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Cleopatra's Moon

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,723 ratings  ·  395 reviews
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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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 h ...more
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
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
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
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
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 spi ...more
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
Rain Misoa
Apr 22, 2012 Rain Misoa rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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 di ...more
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
Gretchen Hohmeyer
As a historical fiction enthusiast, I’m always excited to see historical fiction on the shelves. More and more lately, I’ve been excited to see some of this coming to young adult shelves, especially since it’s some of my favorite stuff. I’m a huge fan of Egyptian history, specifically the Michelle Moran books for example. When I saw Cleopatra’s Moon on the shelves of the Teen section, I was instantly curious. Michelle Moran had already covered the topic of Cleopatra’s daughter Cleopatra Selene v ...more
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
Savannah Passaretti
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
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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
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.
Catherine Lau
this book surprised me. the story line is grimy, gritty and real. originally, having picked this up in the young adult section I assumed it would be trite and predictable. I was wrong. this novel toys with rather mature themes, but is woven into the story in such a way that is inoffensive to the reader (or at least I think so). the struggle is real. our main protagonist, albeit unsuccessful with most of her ploys, had a strong will and resolve that made me cheer for her until the very last page. ...more
"I could choose something different.
I could choose to live."

Setting:Alexandria, Egypt and Rome, Italy; 34 BC-25 BC

Coverly Love?:Not particularly. I would have liked a little bit more than just a cover model (although she's rather pretty).

Plot:Marc Antony and Cleopatra are dead. The infamous lovers who tried to create an empire are no more. And not only do they leave behind a fractured kingdom, but three small children as well; Ptolemy Philidelphius and twins Alexandros Helios and Cleopatra Sel
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
This book was wonderful. I did not read it, I got it as an audio book from and I'm so glad that I listened to it. I now plan on actually picking up a copy and rereading it. The main character Cleopatra Selene, is the daughter of the Cleopatra we all know. We follow her story of losing Egypt and everyone she loves and going to live with her enemy's family. This was so well told that I was captured from the moment I started to listen to it. All I kept finding myself doing was wis ...more
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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
I am a little miffed that there are not MORE young adult books set in ancient times. For serious, this is an era that is ripe for the picking and if you do it right nerds like me will snap those books up without a second thought. Y’all, Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter left me wanting in the best possible way. It left me wanting more Egyptian-set books. I wanted Roman setting books. I wanted books set in Carthage. I found that to use one of FYA’s phrases — ancient setting historical fict ...more
This interesting perspective on Cleopatra and Marc Anthony comes courtesy of their daughter, Cleopatra Selene. The story begins with the burial at sea of the royal princess's twin brother Alexandros and shows her determination to follow the traditions of her forebears despite any discomfort that might cause those around her. The story then shifts to 34 BCE when Cleopatra Selene is seven, and all is right in her world. From there, the story moves chronologically until she is sixteen, showing the ...more
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
Wow, this is the third book I've read in 12 months about the only daughter of Cleopatra VII. I enjoyed this one a lot, though all three have their strengths and weaknesses. Selene is an intelligent girl, but some of what she did definitely borders on unrealistic, especially the sneaking into Octavian's study and leaving the compound, neither of which should've been THAT easy. I also wasn't a fan of what I saw as more cutesy Westernized nicknames like Ptolly and Klee-Klee. I did like seeing Caesa ...more
Fiona Murphy
I thought this book was very well written. I really liked how it explained the culture of ancient Egypt before they were taken over. The book made me think how cool ancient Egypt's lifestyle was. Also it made me think about the positives and negatives of being a royal in ancient Egypt. The book's name and cover put out the thought that the book was going to be exciting and andventurous and thats exactly what it was. I thought Cleopatra's moon was a little hard to keep up with when the chapters c ...more
June 20 2013: Right now I'm at a rest point. I feel like Cleopatra's Moon will be a slow burn. I love the intensity and how intricately weaved the story is. The audiobook has compelled me to stay up way past my bedtime on more than one occasion. On the other hand, for my sensitive disposition it can be draining. I'm currently on hour four of ten total and I just can't convince myself to pick this back up again, despite how good it is, without a bit of a break.

To give you an idea of my love/hate
I read an ARC of this book and although it says that it is similar to The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen, but set in the time of Cleopatra, I completely disagree. I never got engaged with these characters the way I did with The Luxe characters. Actually this book read more like an adult novel (akin to Nefertiti by Michelle Moran). The characters were flat and the YA voice was nowhere to be found. The main character, Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, begins narrating at a ve ...more
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
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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?” 3 likes
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