This review contains no spoilers.
Carolyn Meyer has long been one of my favorite authors, so when I heard that she had written several historical books that I hadn’t read – including Cleopatra Confesses and Victoria Rebels – I rushed to get them from the library. I was not disappointed. Ms Meyer’s writing style was every bit as good as I remembered and some. It was bright warm, but well-written and meaningful. And did I mention well-researched?
Even as someone who knows more about Ancient Egypt than the average person – my mother is a former history teacher – I was greatly impressed by the realism of the story. It truly felt as though I had stepped back in time and was experiencing a new culture. It also spanned a large part of Cleopatra’s life, from the end of her childhood (when her breasts began to develop) to her death by suicide.
One note that I have to make about Cleopatra Confesses is that it is brutally real. The Egyptians did run around without shirts – females included – and were not adverse to discussing things that we might not consider appropriate for ‘polite society,’ however it is not graphic or excessive. Just realistic (and yes the Egyptians did marry siblings occasionally). Now if you’re one of the people that thinks Looking For Alaska by John Green is porn, you may want to find something else to read.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and I think it would be great for anyone who likes YA, historical fiction, or romance. As a Latin student I can recommend it for the portrayals of Romans like Julius Caesar.