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A historical retelling of Anastasia and the Romanovs with the promise of magic and an absolutely gorgeous cover - how could you not want to read this, right? What I got was a blatantly biased and vague historical retelling, with no explanation or real development of the magic and spell making process until the very end. This might be more suitable for a younger audience, not necessarily knowledgable of Russian history. ⭐️⭐️ #reviewathon #netgalley
This book was made for me. I am a sucker for wary 1900 Russia, romanovs, ya, and magic. This one used some real facts and added in a sci fi element. The magic had no real rules, which was frustrating. But I was all in.
I‘ve really fallen behind on the prompts this week. It‘s just been so busy and chaotic here! I definitely cannot make up for all of them but I really wanted to do this one since I am so excited about this book that I purchased with my birthday gift card. This is one of my favorite topics to explore is history and historical fiction.
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I didn‘t know much about the Romanovs or Russian history before reading this book and i don‘t think i can say differently after finishing it. These characters could have been random people in a fictional story, but for occasionally references to royalty and hemophilia. The story was alright but nothing earth shattering. Very basic, presumably designed for a YA audience, as there was no nuance to anything and heavy focus on the romantic interests.
While I enjoyed getting swept away to a magical Russia, I couldn‘t overlook the biased view of the Russian Revolution, the lack of explanation of the magical system, and the too neat ending. It was a quick read, and I really liked the imagined character of Anastasia, but I missed some nuance.
I GREW up on Anastasia + the magic and romanticism of the monarchy helped me see this as fictional play on one of my fav movie rather than the Romanovs of history. I like how this book took the ill fated Romanov's and gave Anastasia a character. A personality. Sure, the plot and history and politics seemed VERY biased but whatever. It however does struggle with defining the magic system. That aside, I see myself rereading this 🤷🤷🤷
Please don't suck. Please don't suck. Please don't suck.
If my Russian history background ruins this, imma be PISSSSSSED.
Weekend mornings done right 👌
My bf is still snoozing, and in trying to ignore the fact that it will be 29 degrees today, by reading a retelling of the story of Anastasia Romanov.
“For the name alone bound to my blood like a Bolshevik is bound to the Russian Revolution I am destined to die,because not even loyal blood can stop bullets.” I absolutely adored this book so much it was PHENOMENAL! And AMAZING! Romanov was so beautifully written I just loved it,Alexei was amazing he was adorable and just a boy,I cried happy tears when it ended,Zash and Nastya are just so cute!!! Awwwwww!! 💕💕💕💕I totally recommend to anyone!
I just started reading Romanov and it‘s just so GOOD! So far I‘m only like five pages in though but I‘m seriously going to enjoy it though,if you‘re wondering I‘m a huge Anastasia fan and I absolutely adore the broadway production of Anastasia it‘s phenomenal! And the songs are just so great I‘m just going to read now!!
A perfect blend of history and fantasy are woven together to create an intriguing tapestry of tragedy and hope in this unique retelling of the Romanov family. This story has a perfect balance of dark and light. A somber read yet the author did a fantastic job bringing these characters to life with such clarity and compassion, that she created a far more beautiful story of humility, courage, loyalty, love. The narration is wonderful
Well, I‘m certainly a lucky lady today! Somebody, and I have NO IDEA who, has sent me some surprise #bookmail, which I‘m super excited about! I just really want to thank the person, who has been so kind, so please, let me know if you are the generous Litten ❤️❤️
I enjoyed Nadine Brandes‘ reimagination of Romanov history in a world mixed with magic. The magic system is not explained in details, which is a shame, but it plays a wonderful role as a background element to the revolution. The characters felt very real, so their pains and struggles touched me deeply.
I‘m not a fan of historical fiction, so I was skeptical about this historical fantasy. But, as I and those who recommended the book hoped, I was sucked in from the first chapter!
The characters are wonderful, their struggles are real, and the ink magic is intriguing. I typically buy books I‘m not sure I‘m going to like on Kindle. I‘m going to have to purchase a physical copy now!
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Characters- 5 stars
Everyone from the Romanov family you know to Zash, the Bolshevik who was their guard was a delight.
Plot 5 stars
So the plot of this book takes a new direction about halfway thorough the book, and this is great because otherwise it would be like a rehash of what you already know, and would have no original story paired with it.
Pace 5 stars
The was of this book was excellent.
I am obsessed with this alternate dust jacket from The Bookish Box 😍 the nesting dolls down the spine and the absolutely stunning artwork for the front and back... love ❤️
New Book Review is up! (LINK IN BIO)👀
I adore Russian history and #NadineBrandes does an AH-MAZING job with her new book #Romanov .
Russian history is fascinating and this book does a wonderful job mixing the history and the fantasy of it all.
I HIGHLY recommend this read if you have time and enjoy a good mystery/fantasy. ❤️❤️❤️ #bookaholic #bookreview #bookworm #bookish #read #reading #reader #booklovers #bookblogger #ebooks #netgalley
I wanted to love this book SO BADLY - a magical retelling of Anastasia that combines the history with the myth? Amazing! And yet.... this book was poorly paced and the magic part of the plot was pretty thinly explained.
I really liked this version of Anastasia as a character though, so that bumped my rating up a bit.
The author recommends Helen Rappaport‘s books about the Romanovs if you‘re interested in their history and I second that!
As mentioned in previous posts, the Romanov family meant a lot to me while growing up. Not just the mystery of Anastasia, but the Romanov family as a whole. Reading this book made me realize that though my intrigue in the Romanovs ended while I was still a teen, the heart & spirit of this remarkable family has shaped me in my writing & as a person. Though alternate history & magical realism, this book captures the spirit of my beloved Romanovs.
OMG!!! Just when I thought I couldn‘t be surprised anymore by @LibrarianRyan another book arrived ‼️❤️ I‘ve lost count, Ryan but you‘ve spoiled me beyond measure❣️❣️❣️❣️Thank you so much 😘#BookMail #LittensAreTheBest #GiveAwaysRock 🙌🏻
For the most part, the first half of the book, which takes place before the fateful night of July 16, hews closely to the history of what we know about the Romanov‘s captivity, with a few magical and romantic twists. However, nearly half the books takes place after that night, and it is here that Brandes gallops off into the realm of pure fantasy, with mixed results.
Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2019/05/07/romanov/
I‘m not really sure when my interest in the Romanovs began, but I‘ve been looking forward to this one since I heard about it! This YA novel tells the post-abdication story from Anastasia‘s POV. Nastya also has an interest in magic as she works to do everything she can to save her family. The pacing is a little uneven, and the characters may seem a bit too good to be true, but the research is evident. Thanks to #NetGalley for my copy!
Happy Book Birthday to Nadine Brandes's Romanov! I read this amazing YA fantasy/historical fiction novel back in January to prepare for the @unabridgedpod interview with Nadine, and we had such a good time learning about her inspiration for the novel. Her careful research and imaginative additions resulted in a strong and compelling retelling of the tragedy of the Romanov family.
I was beyond stoked to get this book as an ARC! Magical Realism meets History in this fascinating take on the Romanov‘s exile and execution. I loved it and although it isn‘t a feel good story it was a good read. I felt something was missing and couldn‘t place my finger on it but still give it 4 crowns! #ya #magicalrealism #yareads
I think I would have preferred this when I was younger. A retelling of the Romanov story from the point of view of Anastasia with magic realism and romance. I found the world building a little bit of an issue and the pacing alternated between really slow and then everything happening at once! Not for me, but you may love it if you are into ya and it did have some charming little elements.
We're so excited about our first author interview! In our newest episode of Unabridged, we talk with Nadine Brandes whose new book Romanov is coming out on May 7. Take a listen on your favorite podcast catcher and pre-order Romanov!
*Stops reading* Googles “Are cougars silent?”