Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Cleopatra's Moon” as Want to Read:
Cleopatra's Moon
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Cleopatra's Moon

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  4,098 ratings  ·  534 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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Cleopatra's Moon, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
McKenzie Ask the parents in an email. Mentions of prostitutes. Making out. A near rape of an 11 year old. It has quite a big of sexual name calling, like many…more Ask the parents in an email. Mentions of prostitutes. Making out. A near rape of an 11 year old. It has quite a big of sexual name calling, like many people call Cleopatra a whore and slut. The violence factor isn't that bad. Selene sees her father commit suicide, and that's really upsetting. I'd really say it's up to you, as you will need to explain some stuff, like if they don't know what a "pleasure slave" is, or any of the names people are called. I would ask the parents if they have given their child the rape talk or talked about stuff like this. I am 12, and I was fine with it, but it's really up to you.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.01  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,098 ratings  ·  534 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Cleopatra's Moon
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
Nov 06, 2011 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
"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.”
― Vicky Alvear Shecter, Cleopatra's Moon

I LOVED this book.

I am a major Cleaopatra fan and have read many books about her life. I knew she had a daughter so it was great to find a book that Focused on the princess Selene and Cleopatra's
Jun 13, 2011 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 30, 2011 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
”I was the daughter of the greatest queen of Egypt who ever lived. Even if it meant my death, I would fight to reclaim what had been stolen from me. It would be a dishonor to her memory to do anything else.”

The deader the better, and in this reimagining of Cleopatra’s daughter Cleopatra Selene, we’re treated to the whole motherload of sex, manipulation, greed, and ancient political maneuvering. BRING IT ON.

Marc Antony and Cleopatra are dead. The infamous lovers who tried to create an empire
Dec 07, 2011 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
N.N. Light
I have an obsession with Cleopatra and Egypt during that time period. After reading Margaret George's Cleopatra and finding it a little too long, Cleopatra's Moon is just right. I was engrossed right away and loved it! Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars
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
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Novels set in ancient Egypt and ancient Rome are some of my favorites to read about (any book set in ancient times is absolutely my thing) so I was pretty hooked by this story. Cleopatra Selene isn't a person in history that I've seen many books about so I'm really happy I finally read this one. It was such a great story and I was so glad it had a happy ending.

I do have to admit that the start was a little slow. It took my a couple of chapters to really get into the story. But it wasn't long bef
Jan 13, 2011 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 spi ...more
Jun 22, 2011 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 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
May 03, 2011 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 di ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Di Maitland
Not only is this a great book, but I learned something too. Best of both worlds. Full review to come.
Oct 15, 2012 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
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 i ...more
May 28, 2011 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
Rain Misoa
Apr 19, 2012 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: must-own, education
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
Savannah Passaretti
Jan 18, 2013 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
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
 I found this book to be poorly written and full of shabby research. It bore me with it after reading only a couple of chapters. I had such high hopes, but this book felt forced, the writing didn’t flow, and I reread passages because they made little sense.
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
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
Katie W
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, book-club
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 ove ...more
Mar 11, 2012 added it
Dawn States

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
Aly is so frigging bored
Not in the mood for it
DNF 21%
Jul 24, 2014 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.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book was probably one of my favorite books. it was kinda emotional but a really good book. It's characters were based on real people. i just love this book it was such a really good one. ...more
Note: This review will have plenty of comparison of this book to Michelle Moran's Cleopatra's Daughter, because I read the latter first and both books are very similar in that they follow Cleopatra's daughter as she grows from a child to a woman.

I'm rather surprised that most of the reviews of Cleopatra's Moon I see on Goodreads are fairly positive. Yes, this book was nice to read, but I didn't quite enjoy this as much as Cleopatra's Daughter, though I do acknowledge that I may be biased since I
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Should I read? 7 27 Jun 19, 2014 08:24PM  
Advanced content? 9 31 Sep 20, 2013 06:24PM  
GIVEAWAY: Cleopatra's Moon 1 12 Oct 01, 2012 01:53PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Cleopatra's Daughter
  • Cleopatra Confesses
  • The Heretic Queen
  • Sphinx's Princess (Sphinx's Princess, #1)
  • Lily of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter, #1)
  • Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals, #3)
  • Nobody's Princess (Nobody's Princess, #1)
  • Song of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter, #2)
  • Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914
  • Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de' Medici (Young Royals, #5)
  • Nefertiti
  • Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile - 57 B.C.
  • The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette (Young Royals, #6)
  • Daughters of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter, #3)
  • The Bone Knife (Dauntless Path, #1.5)
  • The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora
  • Sphinx's Queen (Sphinx's Princess, #2)
  • The Amaranth Enchantment
See similar books…
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.

Related Articles

As this strange summer of staying put winds down, one thing remains truer than ever: Books offer us endless adventure and new horizons to...
57 likes · 30 comments
“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.”
“I especially treasured my glimpses of Mother, Queen Cleopatra VII. She sat on a golden throne, looking as resplendent as one of the giant marble statues guarding the tombs of the Old Ones. Diamonds twinkled in a jungle of black braids on her ceremonial wig. She wore a diadem with three rearing snakes and a golden broad collar, shining with lapis lazuli, carnelian, and emeralds, over her golden, form-fitting pleated gown. In one hand, she held a golden ankh of life, while the other clasped the striped crook and flail of her divine rulership. Her stillness radiated power, like a lioness pausing before the pounce. It left me breathless with awe.” 8 likes
More quotes…