I read this book last month and I’ve been DYING to share my review with you all! I have long been fascinated with Egypt and Rome and the people that ruled those places centuries ago. And it’s been a long time since I read a book that brought them life quite like CLEOPATRA’S MOON, Vicky Alvear Shecter’s debut novel.
Selene is the only daughter of Egypt’s only female queen, who, along with her twin brother and younger brother, are taken from the only home they’ve ever known in Egypt to Rome after the death of their parents. As the book progresses, a rich and descriptive story is laid out for us – one of heartache and even happiness as the youngsters become accustomed to their new lives and the roles they must now play.
Vicky Alvear Shecter is a wonderful storyteller. Her eloquent style made the pages come alive with expressive details that made it easy, if not impossible, to imagine you were in the midst of it all. Teens, young adults and adults alike will find it effortless to escape in the lives of the characters, seeing the sites with them, feeling their feelings, all the while willing them to triumph.
The character list at the beginning of the book is a nice touch and make it helpful when learning who everyone was. And at the end of the book, a feature I found very enjoyable, is The Facts Within the Fiction where the author shows that not only can she write an exceptional book, but that she did her homework, too. CLEOPATRA’S MOON is well researched, well written, and quite simply, worth reading.
Tomorrow I welcome Vicky Alvear Shecter to my blog with an informative guest post entitled “Rome’s Hatred of Powerful Egyptian Women”. There will also be a giveaway 🙂