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Cleopatra's Moon

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Selene grew up in a palace on the Nile under parents Cleopatra and Mark Antony - the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But when a cruel Roman Emperor takes the country and whisks the princess to Rome against her will. She finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies - until she reaches out to claim her own.
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Stephanie There's a couple make out sessions and one part where the roman kids insinuate that Cleo and her brothers are incestuous. So as long as u dont mind…moreThere's a couple make out sessions and one part where the roman kids insinuate that Cleo and her brothers are incestuous. So as long as u dont mind explaining that, its historically accurate after all, I think its fine. (less)
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This book utterly blew me away. The research that went into it was obviously extensive and i was so glad to see that it was so historically accurate. I've always been fascinated by Cleopatra and ancient Egypt, but i would often get frustrated when authors portray the great queen as a promiscuous sex symbol with a pretty crown and nothing more. Shecter dispels all these misconceptions about Cleopatra and points out that Cleopatra was a very powerful and respectable queen in her own right. After ...more
Jun 26, 2011 Kogiopsis rated it really liked it
Somehow, I read this title on the galley cart at the library and thought "Oooh, Cleopatra as a shapeshifter? Awesome!" and picked it up without actually reading the description.

Yes, I know. Ridiculous. I am properly ashamed, I assure you.

But I'm also glad, because that mistake led me to a book which was surprisingly intense, enjoyable, and interesting. The only thing missing was a true fantasy element, which I was really rooting for, but there were some interesting almost-fantasy scenes to make
Nov 28, 2011 Mara rated it did not like it
A beautifully-written tale, Cleopatra's Moon seemed to promise a stirring historical adventure of intrigue, power struggles, and murders in the night. And it had all of that - and more. It is the "more" part which bothered me. Looking on the surface, this book was good. Cleopatra Selene, though inept at practically all that she attempted, was not the worst heroine to have, and her brother Ptolemy absolutely adorable. The descriptions of Alexandria were rich and vivid - so much so that the Reader ...more
Dec 06, 2011 TheBookSmugglers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-favorites
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Dear readers. Let me formally start off this review by confessing that I am currently in panic mode, trying to finish all of the potentially fabulous 2011 releases in time to formulate the most fair and informed Best of 2011 list as possible. There are a number of books I have let slip through the cracks and, unfortunately, Cleopatra's Moon was one of them.

Thanks be to The Great Goddess Isis, I did read this book before the end of the year because oh my f
Sep 05, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing-audio
For anyone who enjoys lush historical fiction, rich mythology, and the struggles between politics and romance, Cleopatra’s Moon is the perfect audiobook for you. Incorporating the ideal music to set the mood between each chapter, Vicky Alvear Shecter’s debut shines in its beauty as a story, and narrator Kirsten Potter brings it to life as few others could.

I first heard of Cleopatra’s Moon toward the end of 2011, when Thea of The Booksmugglers read and adored it, adding it to her list of top read
Jan 31, 2011 Cleolinda rated it really liked it
I was given an advance copy of this one. I really liked what a strong female character Cleopatra Selene is while still seeming historically realistic--as both a princess and a devotee of Isis, of course she's shocked to find out that other cultures look down on women (including, unfortunately, the one she's now captive in). It's feminist without feeling anachronistic. And while we do end up with the This Guy or That Guy choice that's running rife through YA right now, regaining Egypt and her ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Brenna rated it really liked it
I've read quite a few Cleopatra books- but none quite like this.

Cleopatra's Moon is about the daughter of Cleopatra VII, Cleopatra Selene. And rather than focusing on the events leading up to the death of Cleopatra VII, Vicky Alvear Shecter focuses largely on the aftermath of her death and the impact it has on her children, particularly her only daughter.

Historical fiction based on the story of Ancient Egypt and their famous Pharoah Queen are some of the best books out there; but this one is de
Oct 17, 2016 Erin rated it liked it
I don't think that I'll ever grow tired of reading about Cleopatra Selene(daughter of THE Cleopatra), a historical figure that I was introduced to in Cleopatra's Daughter and became better acquainted with in Stephanie Dray;s beautiful trilogy Lily of the Nile,Song of the Nile, and Daughters of the Nile. Although I mention all these works, it is not to compare, but only to mention how truly wonderful they all are.

In Cleopatra's Moon, this is really the coming of age story of Selene from girlhood
Rain Misoa
Apr 22, 2012 Rain Misoa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People with an interest in Egypt & Cleopatra Selene and who love historical fiction!
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: education, must-own
This book was simply amazing! I loved it! The story, the characters, the intensity, the historical value, and the writing! Everything about this book was great. Vicky Alvear Shecter did an amazing job in studying her subject first before writing this novel. I was seriously impressed with how accurate her fictional story was to the true facts. The characters were incredible! Especially Cleopatra Selene. She wasn't your typical girl pining for love. She had a goal: To Rule. To have Power. To bring ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Cleopatra's Moon was a great book. It funny that I am sad because I am done with the book. Cleopatra's Moon tell the timeless story of Cleopatra Selene the child of the Great Cleopatra and her Roman Husband Mark Anthony. Let me just say that I am bias toward most things dealing with Cleopatra. In the past i have liked anything that was about her life or her children. But for me this book stands the test of a true Cleopatra fan. This book was well written and well researched. Although, Shecter ...more
Also posted on my blog, Luthien Reviews.

I want to briefly preface this (long) review by saying that my first love was ancient Egypt. Back when I was six, seven, eight, I knew that was going to be an archeologist someday. I had a dozen books on ancient Egypt. My parents gave me an archeological “dig” kit with plastic Egyptian artifacts. I knew all about how the Great Pyramids were built and how bodies were mummified. I idolized Zahi Hawass (Egypt’s one-time Director of Antiquities). I was Cleopat
Oct 15, 2012 Annette rated it it was amazing
The combination of the historical Egyptian/Roman setting and the voice of the narrator made every second of Cleopatra's Moon pure enjoyment.

You can search through my blog and you will probably not find these words in any review I've ever written: I want to read this again. That's right. I've said it. Cleopatra's Moon was so good that I could actually read it again. (Even with 100s of books in my TBR!)

Cleopatra Selene is the daughter of "the" Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and Mark Antony. We are told
Kristy Miller
May 26, 2016 Kristy Miller rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
Cleopatra Selene is the only daughter of the great Cleopatra, daughter of Mark Antony. The story begins as Cleopatra and Mark Antony begin to lose their battle with Rome and it's burgeoning emperor, Octavianus. Cleopatra Selene is 7, and just beginning to understand the world around her as it starts to crumble. After Antony and Cleopatra's famous ends, their 3 children are taken in to Octavianus' home in Rome, and live among his family but little more than political prisoners. Cleopatra Selene ...more
Katie W
May 18, 2016 Katie W rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, historical
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. Yes, there was a little of that, but this story seemed to focus a lot of the political world at that time and the way the events played out with Rome. Life at this time was interesting, but there was a lot of evil that abounded. Prisoners, torture, death, adultery, incest, homosexual relationships, concubines, etc. This is all alluded to and skimmed ...more
Savannah Passaretti
Jan 18, 2013 Savannah Passaretti rated it really liked it
Sit back and relax because you wont be able to put this book down. What brought me to start to read this book was the name because the tales of the many Cleopatras are always inspiring and beautiful. Thats exactly what this book turned out to be. This book weaves in and out of actual egyptian history and fictional events that happen to cleopatra Selene. The amazing and rich desciptions of Alexandria places you in the times of ancient Egypt. Cleopatra Selene shows characteristics of a heroine and ...more
May 30, 2011 Reader rated it really liked it
Thoguh Cleopatra, Marcus Anthony, and Alexandria have fallen, the Ptolemy dynasty has hope - in Alexandros, Philadelphos, and Cleopatra Selene as they are taken to Rome to be be Octavius' Triupm procession. Selene is working to return her family to their throne in Egypt, but her brothers are adapting to life in Rome, even under the thumb of their captors. When Selene finds herself torn between a fellow hostage, Jubai of Numidia, and Marcellus, the stepson of her father, Marcus Anthony, she must ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Dawn added it
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The developing romance in this book is slow to unfold, but when it becomes evident it is a beautiful and wonderful thing, as love should be. This work is part romance and part historical fiction. It has a fairly slow pace, with the romance between the main characters really taking place at the end of the book. Some young adults may become impatient with the way the novel unfolds, but it is worth the wait.
Cleopatra Selene is the daughter of the famous Cleopatra. Cleopatra Se
Sep 25, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Yes yes yes!! I loved this book to pieces. It was everything I love in a historical fiction. It was never dull. The research that went into this is absolutely mind boggling.
Aly is so frigging bored
Not in the mood for it
DNF 21%
Sam Via
Oct 14, 2016 Sam Via rated it it was amazing
I love it! Although I thought the ending was kind of hasty.
Hylary Locsin
Oct 03, 2011 Hylary Locsin rated it liked it
Originally posted on my blog: ! Check it out for more reviews!

The romance of Anthony and Cleopatra has been known throughout history as one of the most passionate and tragic love stories of all time. The story not as commonly known, however, is what became of the children of Anthony and Cleopatra, particularly their only daughter, Cleopatra Selene, after their deaths. As intelligent, strong-willed and beautiful as her mother, Cleopatra Selene is just a girl
D.G. Driver
Sep 15, 2016 D.G. Driver rated it it was amazing
I give this book 4.5 stars. It was a great historical novel. I don't know a lot about what happened to Egypt after Cleopatra's death, and this was a good insight. The characters were well-written and the setting was rich with detail. Cleopatra Selene is twelve or younger for more than half of the book, which is important to note for it being a YA novel. It takes a long time before she becomes a teenager and the story gets really interesting. I listened to the audiobook for this, and while the ...more
Cleopatra's Moon tells the childhood story of Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Marc Antony (Marcus Antonius) and the most famous Cleopatra (VII) in history. The story covers her life from ages six to sixteen, from her parents' fall from power to the capture of Cleopatra Selene and her brothers to their lives living in Rome.

Catered to the young adult market, Cleopatra's Moon has a lot to offer older readers as well. While there may not be as much meat on the bones as many adult historical fiction no
Feb 13, 2012 Kailia rated it really liked it
I can't believe I waited this long to read this book! Full of mystery, danger, and loads of historical facts, Cleopatra's Moon is an excellent book that tells the story of a young and courageous girl who was overshadowed by her powerful mother.

To say that I knew a lot about Cleopatra Selene, Queen Cleopatra's daughter, is an understatement. Selene (meaning "Moon") has not really been talked about much in any form of history and I was relieved to finally be able to read more about her and her l
Oct 01, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it
This splendidly written story revolves around the life of Cleopatra Selene-Queen Cleopatra of Egypt’s daughter. It is an absolutely dreamy historical ride into the ancient world. The retelling of the history behind what happened to Cleopatra Selene after the death of her mother and father (Mark Anthony), is meticulously detailed to the point of bringing the whole story back to life.

Cleopatra’s Moon, is not only a great story about a historical gutsy Egyptian princess with clever survival insti
Aug 24, 2011 Angie rated it it was amazing
First, I would like to point out that, so far, the book reviews I've written have been fairly positive. It just so happens I've been on a good luck streak of great books recently and Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter has not ruined my luck. This book is fantastic.

I've always been fascinated by ancient history and originally majored in it at college...until I realized I would eventually have to do my own research and write my own papers (can you believe that? shocking). I figured out I pre
Sep 06, 2012 Greta rated it did not like it
Sigh. This book.

I am an advent hater of love stories, but bear with me, I try hard not to let it be a bias.

Cleopatra Selene is a princess whom everything and everyone is taken away from her, there are many "OF COURSE THAT HAPPENED" moments and "Phew, I'm glad I'm awesome like that" moments.

The main character, let's call her Cleo, is a detached omniscient little girl throughout most of the book. When she is seven she used words that I had never head of before, in English, and I am majoring in E
Apr 25, 2012 Pragya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: History lovers, everyone
Shelves: 2012, library, favorites
Before I tell you about the book, let me say I am not a fan of history at all. I had numerous problems in school trying to rote memorize all the dates and wars and names of people. I just managed to pass in this subject and after I finished with the mandatory history reading, I quit and vowed never to look back. And so I did. Please don't ask me anything about the history of my country or anyone else's for that matter. I am blank in that aspect.

So why did I pick up this book? I saw it first on K
Dec 10, 2012 Corinne rated it really liked it
To tell the truth, I was wary when I began reading this book. There were quite a few reviews that labelled this book as not only graphic, but also offensive. Some even questioned if it should be in the young adult category at all. In my opinion, this book was appropriate for teenagers, and it wasn't overly graphic or offensive. The scene that involves Cleopatra Selene's interactions with a rabbi are pretty much what you would expect
Jun 24, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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Vicky Alvear Shecter wishes she had a time machine to go back to the glory days of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Until she can find one, she writes about the famous and fabulous lives of the ancients and their gods instead. She is also a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University.
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“You must make a choice,” the Goddess said.

“Is that my only choice – to choose between men?” I asked. “I want what Mother had!”

“Your mother chose two men,” she said with light laughter.

“No! She chose independence for her country. She chose power and freedom,” I yelled.

Almost as if in response, a pulsating energy moved up from the ground into my bare feet. It thrummed up my body and radiated out in a bright light, first from my toes, then from my fingertips, then the top of my head.

“I choose power,” I said. “I choose freedom.”
“What caused the gods to fall upon my family like starved lions in a Roman arena?” 5 likes
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