Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Author A. Levine Books
"The Luxe" meets the ancient world in the extraordinary story of Cleopatra's daughter.Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, Cleopatra & Mark Antony--the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, & when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she's ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus's household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies--until she reaches out to claim her own.This stunning novel brings to life the personalities & passions of one of the greatest dramas in history, & offers a wonderful new heroine in Selene.Review: 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 life. While this book is fictional, the plot actually followed Selene's life rather well, since there isn't a whole lot about her out there. There is a lot of scheming and danger and even romance, but the larger part of the plot follows the development of Selene. We go from her being with her mother and trying to please her to Selene being alone and trying to figure out who she is.
Cleopatra Selene was riveting character. She was strong willed and carrying and yes, there were times when she annoyed me but I got over it quickly. She missed her mother, was in a place she didn't know and there was a threat to her life around every corner. I'd act like her too. She grew a lot through the course of this novel, from a dependent little girl to a very strong, independent young woman, really embodying her mother. The other characters, such as her brothers, the Romans, and Juba really helped her and the plot. You can get a little confused at who is who which is very much noted, since there are so many people centered around Cleopatra and her children in history itself.
Overall, I liked this book a lot. Vicky Alvear Shecter's writing brought out the culture and traditions and the beautiful (and sometimes gruesome) scenery of Egypt and Greece. Her writing was really advanced and beautiful, her choice of words flowing along the pages, making reading a whole lot of fun. Cleopatra's Moon has an array of different characters and setting and cultures that are really beautiful and rich. This book has romance, danger, and a heroine who is trying to find her worth and her place in her world.
Cover Comments: 5/5—It's so simple and pretty. I can totally picture the girl as Cleopatra Selene!