Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Selene, the twin daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, lives at the pinnacle of culture in Alexandria. When Octavianus defeats her parents and gains control of Egypt, Selene knows that  life will never be the same. Taken to Rome as captives, she is placed in Octavianus' household. Selene hopes to go back to Egypt, but soon realizes that is she is to survive she must learn to play the game of politics. Two suitors present two different lives- and Selene must choose to make herself happy and her mother proud.

Selene's story begins when she is a child whose life has been turned upside down. Sheltered by her mother's enemies, she is full of hatred and the desire to be rescued.As Selene ages, her grasp on her future comes into her view. Realizing she can never have her beloved Egypt back, Selene must determine how to make the best of her life. I loved how protective she was over her brothers, and her parent's memory. I also loved how the author included a lot of little details, like the different languages Selene and her brothers spoke and Octavia's reaction to Ptolly. I loved the evolution of Alexandros and Selene. Highly recommended, even for adults!!

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