Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Cleopatra's Moon

Cleopatra's Moon
Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter
Page Count: 355
Release Date: August 01, 2011
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Series: None
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance, Mythology
Source: Won from the Library Thing
Cleopatra's Moon
Read summary on Goodreads, here.
This is the story of what happened to Cleopatra and Mark Antony's children after their death. Cleopatra Selene was just a child when Octavianus declared war on her mother and Egypt. After he kills her older half-brother and her parents commit suicide, she and her brothers are sent to Rome to live with Octavianus. Some of his family welcome them with open arms and others want to see them dead. As Cleopatra Selene grows up in Rome, she's faced with the death of her little brother, Ptolemy and the threat of being married off. But Cleopatra Selene has other plans. She seduces Octavianus' heir, Marcellus, in hopes of marriage and regaining control of Egypt. But her plan backfires as Marcellus is forced to marry a relative and Cleopatra Selene is shipped off to Africa to marry the new king of Mauretania and one last murder attempt ends the life of her twin brother, Alexandros, and leaves her as the only surviving member of her family.
The author did a great job of portraying the life of the Royal children after their parents death. And I really liked that she put a character list in the front, it really helped to know who was real and who was fictional. There was also some additional true facts at the end that told what happened to Cleopatra Selene and her husband in their later years, which I found to be very interesting.

I really cared about what happened to the characters, both non-fictional and fictional. Cleopatra Selene's loss over her family and homeland was heartbreaking at times, especially when she contemplated her own suicide. I really liked her as a heroine because she actually lived and seemed to be  a very strong, independent woman. There was some romance too. Cleopatra Selene had her sights on two young men, Marcellus and Juba. I think Marcellus was more in lust than love, whereas Juba really seemed to love her.

I was very happy with the ending and I absolutely LOVE this cover. The gold on the hardcover really shines and stands out way better than the picture shows.

Rating: 4/5

Review also posted to Goodreads.


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