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Meet teenage Cleopatra in this first-person account of history that captures “sibling rivalry at its most vicious” (Publishers Weekly).

It is the first century B.C., an ancient time of everpresent drama and danger. Cleopatra, the third of the pharaoh’s six children, is whom her father has chosen to be the next queen of Egypt. But when
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published June 7th 2011)
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Daisy
Ok, so confession time: I'm a bit obsessed with Cleopatra. Or Kleopatra as I believe it should be spelled, but let's not get into that argument right now. There's mystery surrounding her that I love.
Another confession: I don't really know all that much about her. Other than that she was queen of Egypt and had children with both Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius.

Anyway, when I read this was a YA story told through her eyes, my reaction was: COUNT ME IN!! And I was so excited to start reading it
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Donna
I chose this galley because I have a pretty deep love for all things Egypt, Cleopatra and Roman. So by default, the chances of me loving this book regardless of anything were pretty high. And I did like it. But if I didn't have all of that history love going for me from the beginning I probably wouldn't have.

It was written compellingly enough but throughout the entire book I couldn't help but feeling a step removed from Cleopatra. I felt like the story was being told from a distance, that the au
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Amanda
For you, Kristina! This doesn't even go up on the blog until tomorrow (Monday)

Everyone thinks they know the story of Cleopatra, right? Or at least the movie version that brought Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton together?

Cleopatra Confesses introduces us to a new Cleopatra, not the seductress, but the favored daughter who loved her country more than anything, and who was forced into a loveless marriage with not just one younger brother (as was custom), but when that one died, her other younger
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Coreena
As a classicist, I jumped at the chance to read Cleopatra Confesses. I absolutely love this era of history, though my focus has been more Greek and Roman, I find Egypt fascinating too. It was so much fun to read Carolyn Meyer's account of Cleopatra's early life.

Cleopatra Confesses is a really interesting first person narrative told by Cleopatra herself starting at age ten and going until age twenty-two. It is the first century BC, an exciting and tumultuous time in history and Cleopatra is at th
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Joan
This author can do better than the writing in this book. I found it quite disappointing. She presents Cleopatra as making verbal slip after slip with her two sisters who she knew would turn on her if she made even one slip. She has the haughtiest woman in history having as her one real friend a dancer who she regards as a friend in spite of the fact this was presumably her step sister. In reality, Cleopatra would have been likely to regard such a relative as an immediate enemy. Assuming she even ...more
Samita
Not quite four stars. Interesting to read, well researched, the ending is somewhat rushed. For trying to condense Cleopatra's life into a young adult or 288 pages, I think it did a pretty good job. I enjoyed reading in Cleopatra's POV, in the beginning I was just too surprised how smart this eleven year old girl was! But her POV does mature as Cleopatra does. All in all, I think it can be considered a very good ~introduction~ it does leave you wanting more, but that wouldn't have fit the ~young ...more
Whitney Jacoby
Cleopatra Confesses is fantastic! Carolyn Meyer has a true talent for taking history and making it fun and accessible! From the description, I thought there would be a lot of focus on the romances, but I like that while there was some discussion of it, the book also focused on many other aspects of her life at the time. She is such a fantastic heroine in this book and you really see all the challenges she had to overcome at such a young age.
Megan
I've read a lot--okay, practically all--of Carolyn Meyer's historical fiction, and I've always had a fascination with Ancient Egypt, which of course means that I have more than a passing interest in its last, famous queen. So when I saw that Meyer had penned her own version of Cleopatra's story, I was eager to devour it.

And I was so, so disappointed.

This book is just...odd, to be blunt. It is told from the perspective of the adult Cleopatra, her last confessions before she prepares to take her
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Vicky N.

Rating: 4.5


This was my very first book by Carolyn Meyer and I wonder why I have never read anything by her before! Cleopatra Confesses
is a chilling, fast-paced & fantastic retelling of the legend that is Cleopatra.

Told from her early years to her early twenties, Cleopatra Confesses is an intriguing story that albeit might not be a hundred percent accurate(not even archaeologist and historian know for certain) in some facts, it traps you in such way that by the end of the book you are runnin
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Margo Tanenbaum
Carolyn Meyer is one of our most prolific contemporary authors of historical fiction for young people, and has tackled novelizations of the lives of many famous women from history including Marie Antoinette, Elizabeth I, Mary Tudor, and Anne Boleyn. In her newest young adult novel, she turns her pen (or computer?) to one of the most celebrated women in history, Cleopatra.

As in the other books in her Young Royals series, Meyer concentrates on Cleopatra's teen years, as the queen reminisces about
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Barbara
Like many others, I've always been intrigued by Egypt's Cleopatra. While a book I read earlier this year--Cleopatra's Moon--follows the formative years of Cleopatra's daughter, this one describes the early years of Cleopatra herself. The story begins when she is ten and ends when she is in her twenties after the assassination of Julius Caesar, her first love. The author does a marvelous job in bringing Cleopatra to life, highlighting her intelligence, curiosity, and connection to the Egyptians s ...more
Cassie Helwig
If you are an adult looking to read historical fiction about Cleopatra's relationships with Caesar and Marc Antony, or if you just want to read one book about Cleopatra, may I suggest you read When we Were Gods by Colin Falconer. If you are a teenager looking to read about Cleopatra's childhood and relationship with Caesar but not Marc Antony, read Cleopatra Confesses. It was good, but Falconer's was a bit more exciting and the characters were more in depth. Carolyn Meyer seems to want to wrap u ...more
Carrie Slager
This is not my favourite interpretation of Cleopatra’s story, but it certainly paints her in a much more sympathetic light. It’s also more appropriate for younger teens than my favourite one, Hand of Isis.

Cleopatra Confesses is the first-person account of the life and death of Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt. It tells the story starting with her unhappy childhood, where her sisters Berenike and Tryphaena taunt her mercilessly. As is expected, the life of a princess and the taunts of her old
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Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Though dry at times, I enjoyed this fictional account of Cleopatra's life. The first half of the book is my favorite, recounting Cleopatra's life when she is a young girl. Her later years felt rushed, and the ending was too abrupt for my liking. Full review to follow at www.mangamaniaccafe.com
Molly Murphy
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I like it because everything is SCENES, not just like "I went to Rome and on whatever day I became queen". It was so rich in detail that I could clearly envision being Cleopatra, relaxing bya fountain in Alexandria stroking the head of a leapord in a jeweled collar, sipping a cooling drink and observing the hostile stares of my older sisters who plot against me. Carolyn Meyer made Cleopatra come alive to me. Not Cleopatra the cold-hearted seductress, but Cleopartra t ...more
Bookworm1858
Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/Paula Wiseman Books, 2011
278 pages
YA; Historical Fiction
3.5/5 stars

Source: Received an uncorrected galley via Simon & Schuster's GalleyGrab program in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not a big Egyptian fan but I loved Carolyn Meyer's Tudor historical fiction novels so I thought I'd give this a try. I really don't know much Egyptian history other than Cleopatra and her relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark
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Carrie Dye
In Cleopatra Confesses, Carolyn Meyer tackles the story of one of the most famous women of all time. The story is told in the first person and covers Cleopatra’s early life up to the moment she meets Julius Caesar and seduces him. Meyer vividly recreates Cleopatra’s world with much historical detail for readers. Cleopatra and family may live in luxury, but threats from the Roman Empire overshadow their lives. Her father has gotten Egypt heavily into debt and there is unrest in the country. Cleop ...more
Small Review
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So close

Cleopatra Confesses comes so close to being a great book. The writing is detailed, but not at all dense, and flows at a level that is both accessible and entertaining. There is a ton of information here (and it's pretty accurate), so readers looking for a crash course in Cleopatra's history would do well to pick up this book. Short chapters and the simplistic writing make this an extremely fast read.

Cleopatra's famed confidence and shrewd intellect shine
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Sarah
Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer is an interesting take on a young Cleopatra’s life in early Egypt. This story is for anyone who enjoys historical fiction about powerful women. Carolyn Meyer writes about a Cleopatra who is confident in achieving a crown, tackling many different external foes as the story progresses.
The story begins with a young, pre-adolescent Cleopatra, awaiting the arrival of her father, who is a large influence on her life throughout the story, and avoiding two vicious
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Emilee
A rather simplistic retelling of the early life of Cleopatra. Honestly, the overall action and dialogue were often stilted and a bit awkward at times. I understand that it's supposed to be a bit different, given the different time periods, but it still comes across as fairly flat. The characters seemed pretty stock, which is weird, since they're supposed to be drawn from history itself. Development was sudden and without any gradual change, especially given that months and years could be skipped ...more
Kelsey
Historical fiction has always been one of my favorite genres and when you add Carolyn Meyer and Cleopatra to the mix you are sure to have a winner. I have enjoyed quite a few of Meyer’s books and this one was no exception. With stunning imagery, fantastic descriptions, and a wonderful mixture of real and fictional characters; Cleopatra Confesses was an overall riveting and thought-provoking look at the life of one of histories most well known females.

Cleopatra is a mysterious women and it was f
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Christie
First sentence: "My enemy stands at the gates of my city, Alexandria, in Egypt."

Cleopatra is the third daughter of the Pharaoh of Egypt, Ptolemy XII, in a time that values male heirs. Her father is not well liked by the people of Egypt because of high taxes and debts to Rome and her older sisters are plotting an overthrow and usurpation of the power. Cleopatra is her father's favored heir which puts her in a dangerous position with her sisters. Cleopatra must put her mind to survival if she wan
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Charlotte
I absolutely loved this book. I haven't been this glued to a book in a while. I just spent almost a little over an hour finishing it, and while I did get up once, it was to go sit down somewhere else. (Now I'm behind on my homework schedule, but as they say, YOLO.) (view spoiler)

I've never been that interested in Cleopatra. Sure, I thought she was cool and progressive for her time period. But I never actually
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Brianna
This novel offered a unique perspective and new taste on the life of Cleopatra VII. The author does a good job of taking what we know of the life of Cleopatra VII- the historical facts preserved from that time-, wrapping it all together with her own added characters and well-thought-up scenes. The novel is written in first-person- Cleopatra's perspective- and we are given deep insights into how she may have been feeling and why she made the choices and acted as she did.
The novel follows Cleopat
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Haley (Beach Kissed YA Books)
Sorry this is going to be a bit crappy.. I can't brainstorm any, because I'm a bit under the weather. Also, there are some SPOILERS! So I'm warning you right now, if you keep reading, it may ruin the book for you!

I liked this book okay overall. The beginning to middle was great and kept me interested, but the ending seemed a little forced and boring. Let me explain why..

The characters made up for some of it, though they had their bad parts too. Characters I liked : Charmion, Cleopatra, King Ptol
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Nancy Bandusky
This novel takes the reader on an exciting adventure as Cleopatra survives life to eventually become queen of Egypt. She is forced to endure years without her father present, sisters that take sibling rivalry to a new level, brothers that are under the control of others, and at the same time become the woman she needs to be to rule her people.

I found this novel to be particularly enjoyable as I knew next to nothing about Cleopatra. The information about her life was, as usual, dispensed in an en
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Janie
I saw an interesting documentary on some station about Cleopatra and got interested in her life and how much really isn't known about her. I saw this in the YA section and picked it up for that reason, and also because Carolyn Meyer really is a very good writer. One of my favorite books of all time was written by her, Where the Broken Heart Still Beats: the story of Cynthia Ann Parker.

Anyway, though a bit dry at times this book was really interesting and told a lot about what life was probably l
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Victoria Alonso
3.5 stars I found this book sort of boring it started very high-speed and very energetic but going on it just became a little bit more boring succumbs it was a great book but not my favorite by Carolyn but if you find that time period
entertaining then go for it if you are slightly intrigued however I would recommend reading other books by her first and grasping her writing style first before attempting this book
Jenna
Still debating wether this book deserves 3 or 4 stars.

It was very entertaining, but as someone who has read about Cleopatra's life this book was kind of disappointed. My main problem with it was the fact that it focused too much on the early years of her life, in which nothing incredibly exciting or important (compared to the rest of her life) happened, only to skip at the end of the book to her death.
Sophia711
I really liked Cleopatra. She definitely was very smart, and clever, and very aware of what was going on around her, even when she was very young (about ten years old). She was also ambitious, and much bolder than her siblings, and she didn't really let wealth spoil her (I mean, she clearly enjoyed all the luxuries of wealth, but she wasn't snotty like her sisters were). I liked the character Charmion a lot, even if she was fictional. She was Cleopatra's one true friend, and she actually underst ...more
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Carolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup'ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by t ...more
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