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It is the first century B.C. Cleopatra, the third of the pharaoh's six children, is the one that her father has chosen to be the next queen of Egypt. But when King Ptolemy is forced into exile, Cleopatra is left alone to fend for herself in a palace rife with intrigue and murder. Smart, courageous, ambitious and sensuously beautiful, she possesses the charm to cause two of ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Simon & Schuster
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I believe that someday I could become a great ruler of Egypt, better than my sisters can dream of being, but I must be careful not to let them know how I feel. I do not want them to see me as a rival for the throne and a threat to their plans.

Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer

This was such a fun book!

Written from Cleopatra‘s perspective, starting from early days and then going on as she develops into a woman who will one day be queen of Egypt, I found this book to be a great read.

I found the
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: galley-grab
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
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book!

Written from Cleopatra‘s perspective, starting from early days and then going on as she develops into a woman who will one day be queen of Egypt, I found this book to be a great read.

I found the writing in the story really enjoyable. I am a big reader of literature having to do with Cleopatra and I found this to be one of the better books out there. There was one thing I wish were different. That is I wish the book was longer because it does not go into her days with Ju
Coreena McBurnie
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 18, 2014 added it
Cleopatra Confesses was a recommendation when I placed an order for my other mystery books. It’s a historical autobiographical fiction novel written in the point of view of Cleopatra from age 10 to age 39. Normally I don’t read historical fiction books but I was pleased to find that the twisted plots of royalty, power, and jealousy were much more interesting than I expected. Not only does it have an attention-grabbing plot but it also gives accurate known historical facts. It tells an improvised ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Vicky N.
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult

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 running ar
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
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
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 ...more
Hannah Lashbrook
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer takes place in Ancient Egypt, with the most influential historical figure of the story being, of course, Cleopatra herself. What attracted me to this book is the fact that I do not know much about Ancient Egypt or Cleopatra and I felt that perhaps it could provide me a peek into what the mind of Cleopatra might have been like, which is something that a history textbook just cannot provide for me. I connected well with Cleopatra throughout the story on the lev ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Felt more like a series of anecdotes rather than one long grand story. More of a focus on her rise to power than on her actual power. Felt like her "reign" was more the reign of the men who were king alongside her rather than Cleopatra herself. Falling in love with her suitors virtually does not happen. No details about the seduction. They meet, and the next moment they are in love. Very little, almost no mention of Marc Antony, which, after reading the synopsis, made me think he was going to be ...more
Jeni Enjaian
The voice of the protagonist in this novel sounded wrong the entire novel. In the early portions, the voice sounded much older than the five year old child the protagonist was at the time. Then as Cleopatra grew older, the voice stayed the same, showed no maturity at all. By the end of the novel, it sounded like Cleopatra lost her voice entirely. By the second half of the book, I felt like I was reading an only slightly fictionalized version of a history book. If I wanted a history book, I would ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like history
I love learning history, and I've been obsessed with Ancient Egypt since 5th grade. I definitely learned a lot from this book. It's historically accurate for the most part. However, it was insanely boring. First of all, it is written way too formally. I assume the author thought that it would make it sound more historically accurate to have everything written formally, but it was just annoying. It made the writing bland. They didn't speak English in Ancient Egypt anyways, so it's not like she wa ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this!

I know very little about Cleopatra besides the obvious stuff, and so pretty much all of this story was new information for me. I was fascinated by her awful older sisters and her being forced to marry her little brothers (ew), and I loved seeing her come into her own.

I found it a little odd that the story stopped where it did, and then rushed many years later to an epilogue at the end of her life. But, it seems that her early years are seldom covered by any novels, so that
I really enjoyed the book. I devoured it, because I couldn't put it down! I found the topic fascinating and I love how the author wrote the book from Cleopatra's point of view, so the readers could see how she may have felt and though during everything that happened to her. She was an amazingly strong person, and to have accomplished everything that she and before her 40th birthday, which was probably considered old age at the point in time!

Thank you Carolyn Meyer for a very enjoyable book! I wi
Tayler Farrington
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finally finished! I love retellings of famous historical figures and Cleopatra probably the most. I've read many books that have told her story in different ways and all of them have used unique and exciting ways to portray her life. This book was no different. This retelling was definitely different from others that I've read, this story gave more insight into how a young girl would be thinking and feeling in the situations that Cleopatra lived through. If you are a fellow history lover I highl ...more
Kristine Saarenas-Ramos
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought Cleopatra was a temptress, and the reason why she’s so famous.
This book made me Google most of the characters, and I am left wanting to know more of Cleopatra.
I appreciate all the facts stated in the Author’s note. I have been living for 29yrs without even trying to get my facts straightened on Cleopatra.

She has a very interesting and mysterious story to share.
I hope that historians can find more about her, and proof of her existence too.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
4 stars out of 5.

Just Like ‘Cleoparta: A Life’ this novel reflects more on Cleopatra’s life while running an empire. Some people may say she was a B***h, some may say that she was a strong female in a males world. I liked this book because it was just more of and easier read, rather than a harder one like ‘Cleopatra: A Life’.

Read this book if you want a shorter story into Cleopatras.

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Katarzyna Kuczynska
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
O was bored for most of the time. in The first half nothing really happens which would attract the reader, unattractive, slow .I wanted to give up on this book .... the second half when Anthony and Cesar were part of the story were a little bit more interesting however still without much depth. feeling, emotions ..
Cj W
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This was decent.

I was unaware we knew so little about Cleopatra historically, given movies and things that portray her.

This book is a good quick read.

I feel like there was a little too much buildup to when she ruled and too little story of her later years, but again, that's probably due to us knowing so little.

Definitely worth reading though.

- CJ
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A historical fiction of the most famous of Egypt’s rulers, and a quick read.

Not much is really known about Cleopatra’s past, and the author doesn’t take too many liberties with that. This story is told as if Cleo was talking to us in the present before her death.

4.5/5 stars.
Cheyenne H.
I don’t think it’s fair for me to rate this since I am no longer the target audience for it. I know I loved these books when I was younger, but I am struggling to see why. There is so little detail and the ending feels rushed, like time, or page count, ran out to finish the book.
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