This is a weekly event hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page every Wednesday.

Marcia says:

I love beautiful, and interesting, cover art so every Wednesday I post my 'Cover Attraction' for the week along with a synopsis of the book. Everyone is welcome to stop by and, if they'd like, post a link to their favorite weekly book cover.

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My find this week is Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran. I only found the UK cover when I visited the bookstore yesterday so I bought it. Anyway, I think both covers are gorgeous! What do you think of these covers?

US Cover

UK Cover


The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two– the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra’s Daughter. Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters: Octavia, the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra; Livia, Octavian's bitter and jealous wife; Marcellus, Octavian’s handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir apparent; Tiberius, Livia’s sardonic son and Marcellus’s great rival for power; and Juba, Octavian’s watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals.

Selene’s narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place–the possibility of finding love, the pullof friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the times. She dines with the empire’s most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority.

Based on meticulous research, Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.

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11 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    Oh I love both. In fact I love all of Michelle Moran's book covers :)

  2. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I will always vote for the one with lots of red in it!

  3. This is the first time in a long time that I've liked the US cover better. I'll be interested in how this one is received! I wonder why she switched to YA?

  4. Melody Says:

    Violet - I've yet to reach Michelle Moran's books, but I've all her books in my TBR pile! ;)

    Sandy - Red always catches anyone's eyes!

    Trish - I didn't know she has switched to YA. Hmm...that's interesting!

  5. Yup, I heard this one is her 'cross-over' novel.

  6. Becca Says:

    I vote for red. I love that one.

  7. Alice Says:

    I like both covers but preferred the second one more.

  8. Ana S. Says:

    I prefer the red one, but they're both good!

  9. The Bookworm Says:

    Wonderful covers! I like the first one best.

  10. Ceri Says:

    This sounds like a really good book. I prefer the first cover - there's definitely more mystery in not seeing the face :-)

  11. Actually loved the covers too!:)

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