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Cleopatra's Moon Paperback – January 1, 2013
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Absorbing Cleopatra Selene becomes a woman with a tenacity and heart that would have made her famous mother proud.” The Wall Street Journal
The novel's atmospheric setting and romantic intrigue are highly memorable.” Publishers Weekly
A fascinating take on a neglected historical figure." Booklist
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One Of The Best Young Adult Romance Books Of The Year?
Entertainment Weekly: They put Cleopatra's Moon in their annual 'Must Read List' of young adult romance novels.
The Wall Street Journal: They infrequently review teen romance books but they made and exception for Cleopatra's Moon, calling it "An absorbing historical novel for sophisticated readers ages 14 and older."
Publisher's Weekly: The young adult historical fiction reviewer wrote, "Fascinating...the novel's atmospheric setting and romantic intrigue are highly memorable."
Shelf Awareness: The teen romance novels reviewer called it "Captivating...riveting."
Booklist: The young adult books reviewer called it "A fascinating take on a neglected historical figure."
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The beginning of the book was very similar to Moran's, to the point that I was almost bored. Honestly, this isn't Shecter's fault: historical fiction is historical fiction. My interest began to rise, however, as Shecter began to make the different decisions, like letting both of Selene's brothers live when they were at Rome. A few other plot twists and differences developed, and I was ecstatic. It really morphed into a different take on who Selene was, while keeping her likeable and relatable.
Perhaps the most amusing difference between Moran and Shecter's books is dictated by the shelves I found them on, adult and teen respectively. Though Cleopatra's Moon was on the teen shelf, Shecter's Selene actually makes more adult-ish decisions than Moran's. Whether its witnessing her father's death or planning to seduce a Roman man just like her mother did, this Selene is far more headstrong. Here is how Shecter gets Selene to transcend time and fit in on the teen shelf. She doesn't hold back. Selene becomes a fighter, a girl determined to retake her homeland at any cost while asserting her pride in her female identity.
Don't get me wrong, I adore both books.Read more ›
Through it all, we meet Cleopatra Selene - a young girl stuck in the middle of high politics who grows into a woman as capable as her mother. Brilliant, inquisitive and curious, she is a heroine for modern times as she struggles with the issues of free will and whether or not her destiny has already been decided by the gods.
Not only is this a great young adult read, adults will fall into the grand scape of the story as well. It would also make an excellent mother-daughter book club read as it deals with expectations and filling shoes (sandals!) that perhaps no longer fit a young heroine. Be prepared to fall into this sumptuous story that brings up so many interesting questions. GREAT read - five stars!
I, being a lover of historical fiction and all things Ancient Egypt, have read my fair share of books on Cleopatra Selene and her mother Cleopatra, the last Queen of Egypt. Like all books, some are better than others and one usually becomes the standard by which all other books on that same topic are measured. Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter is that standard.
Told from the view point of Cleopatra Selene, the book follows the children as they are forced to leave Egypt by Octavianus, known to history as Augusts, and watch as they try to navigate and make sense of their new lives and circumstances. Living in Octavianus's household, the children, more specifically Cleopatra Selene, attempt to figure out just who to trust while trying to maintain both their faith and ideals.
What I really liked about this book is the role reversal of two of the characters. In every other book I have read or movie I have watched about this period and instance, these particular characters have been portrayed in the opposite fashion. It was really refreshing to see that character reversal, whether it was true or not. I also liked the fact that even though you know the basic premise of the story, you never find yourself thinking 'well that certainly didn't happen' or 'that's not realistic at all'. You are able to immerse yourself in the story and simply enjoy it for what it is.
In Cleopatra's Moon, the author has managed to create dynamic, engaging and flawed characters that bring to life one of history's most fascinating time periods. Weaving the tale of the little known story of what happened to the children of Cleopatra once Egypt finally fell into complete control of the Roman empire, the story contains both mystical elements and a love story that leaves you questioning just what is fact and what is fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ancient Egypt is fascinating and I was hoping for more of the day to day events in the typical life of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, and their family. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lilacqueen75
Amazing love it, first read it in school. Had to buy for my book collection!Published 6 months ago by Gabriana
If you need to write a paper on a fictional -but historical- novel, definitely use this book. The author did a very well job of researching facts to incorporate with the plot line... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is not literary brilliance, but it is a unique, wonderfully told, insightful, instructive, beautifully constructed story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by bigboppar
The book was amazing! Was very accurate to the history, and also had a very intriguing/real life look on mythology religion/politics. All the while keeping you interested. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Megan
A wonderfully written piece of historical fiction. If you like ancient Egyptian novels this is a good one. I also liked the fact that it was very accuratePublished 20 months ago by stephanie lorton
A sharp, insightful and well-research novel presenting an innovative perspective (young adult) on a tumultuous era in a rich cultural space at the intersection of... Read more
I enjoy historical fiction, so it's no surprise I loved this book. I went in not recalling much about Cleopatra Selene, which I think actually made the book better. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rondi Olson