AUTHOR: Nadine Brandes
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Re-telling
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: May 7th 2019
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
The history books say I died.
They don’t know the half of it.
Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.
Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .
That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.
WHAT I THINK
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
“That was how we sisters worked. When one was weak, another picked up the strength.”
First, can we take a moment to appreciate the cover? If that’s not the most beautiful cover of 2019, I don’t know what is.
Romanovs. Historical Fiction. Re-telling. That’s all I needed to want this book. But then combine those two things with Nadine Brandes, I was sold. I went in to this book with so high expectations that I half expected it to fail me and end up with me not liking it at all.
But let me tell you everyone, Romanov did not fail me. I LOVED this book.
When I was little, I was obsessed about the Romanovs. I still am and when I saw that there was a book being published, a re-telling, about them, I just needed it. And this book, it’s fantastic, capturing, beautiful, just beautiful.
It captures you to you sofa, never letting you go until you’ve finished the whole book. During that time you will live through a bunch of emotions. You will be crying but you will be filled with such a joy.
The family dynamics. Gosh, that’s something everyone should learn from. They stayed together no matter what was thrown in their way. They never wavered from each others, they always had their backs. When someone was feeling like giving up all hope, another one would stand up and be that person’s hope. I just, uhh.
But I think Nikolai had the most important lesson to teach to all of us: forgiveness.
Anastasia’s journey was not easy, not saying that none of theirs was. She went through some real tough things that you would never wish anyone to go through. But she grew. She grew up so much throughout this story. That’s what I love to see in the characters of every book, to see them actually learn and grow.
Even though Romanov being historical fiction, it still managed to keep the devastating facts from the true story. I will adore this book, I will be re-reading it in the future. I will be recommending this to everyone who likes historical fiction, or Romanov’s history.