Romanov



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 Saving Herself And Her Family 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 Has Only Dabbled In Magic, But It Doesn T Frighten Her Half As Much As Her Growing Attraction To 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.Romanov

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  • Hardcover
  • 337 pages
  • Romanov
  • Nadine Brandes
  • English
  • 05 September 2018
  • 9780785217244

10 thoughts on “Romanov

  1. says:

    Any ANASTASIA fans in the room I have been DYING to share this news with everyone ROMANOV will be another historical fantasy standalone And now that I m squealing, I m at risk of revealing spoilers BECAUSE I M THAT EXCITED For those who want a teensy info about the book s inspiration,you can find it in my dorky YouTube announcement.

  2. says:

    Advance Review Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Romanov family fascinates people for a century Well, their end does And I was curious what Nadine Brandes would do with the story And mainly how she s going to end the story, that s what I m always curious to see I believe that the book had great potential However, it seems a bit like a miss Like the story is always the one note away for me to really enjoy But it s still an enjoyable read, and I think that you won t be disappointed reading this Roughly the first 60% follow the Romanov family from Tobolsk to Ekateringburg Here, it seems very precise The author then said that she did a lot of research However, it seemed like she mainly used the Wikipedia article about the Execution of the Romanov family There are some sentences that seem very similar Or they might have the same source No judgement, only stating my subjective feeling.However, the result is that it seems a bit textbook said from the POV of a teen girl And I m not sure this is the desired result Then the last 40% is a fiction Following the myth that Anastasia and fully developing the fantasy element of this book Strangely enough, I prefer the textbook beginning Why Because there it at least makes sense Unfortunately, the author seems to be lost when she suddenly does not have a history to follow What to do now And suddenly there are so many problems for me to unsee I have several things I need want to point out There is a lot of Russian words used to describe things Budenovka, fortochka, droshky I understand all of them But, I really doubt that someone who does not speak a Slavic language will know all of them And unfortunately, it is not a good thing to be forced to google things, especially in fantasy Also, I saw that several times the Russian was done wrong as well In a basic sentences If I remember correctly the Good morning was wrong The Romanov family was shown as the nicest people ever And while I understand that of course, Anastasia would love her parents It does not work The author claims extensive research, but here I believe she fails Nikolai was very much a family man who loved his wife and children But, he was a very bad tsar Meek Under the influence of his wife who was HATED by the Russian people But here Nikolai is suddenly the perfect leader who leads his family and supposedly was a devoted leader to his people It seems fake Romanticised But I have to say that I loved the relationship in the family Well written The book should have started at a different point not everyone is familiar with the Revolution and the Romanov family If the book started maybe with the abdication, it would make sense Explain why Nikolai was forced to abdicate Why people hated him and his wife Explain Bolsheviks, Mensheviks Why the revolution started, how badly the Russian people were affected by the First World War.And I wish Grand Duke Michael was at least mentioned in the book This is one of the problems People need knowledge One time Nicholai talks about his cousin King George V of the United Kingdom But he does not say his name and people are left guessing Or confused view spoiler From the book it sounded as if Nicholai was hurt that George did not take them to Britain to save them But he did not know that George refused he believed that it was the UK s government So, do not try to be historically correct and then drop things like that hide spoiler

  3. says:

    well, i started using netgalley.my tbr should fear me.

  4. says:

    like many girls born in the 90s who begged their parents to take them to see the groundbreaking film anastasia in theatres, i too have fostered a lifelong obsession with all things romanov i would never claim to be an expert on russian history or the imperial family, but i have read loads of books about the subject and because of that, i have a lot of thoughts about this novel so bear with me first, i think this a good novel for anyone looking to dip a little toe into the romanov family pool this does a decent job at describing the conditions and routine of the family whilst they were in exile in ekaterinburg i can tell that brandes did some research and i like how she presents the difficult circumstances in a really approachable albeit simple way for the reader however, this glimpse into their life, all the way up until the night of the murders, takes up a good 2 3 of the novel like i said, ive read many books about the romanov family and i was excited to pick up this retelling because of the promise of magic spells what a neat twist on history but until the fantasy element even comes into play until the last 100 pages or so, this just feels like any other book ive read on the subject almost word for word, in some places it just feels like a weak attempt to integrate a magic system into the story, so i am a little let down in that sense i do think this is an informative novel and one most people will enjoy but the fantasy aspect did not have a prominent focus in the story and its nonexistence left me feeling disappointed overall, i didnt hate this, but it didnt quite meet my expectations either 3 stars

  5. says:

    This was definitely the type of Anastasia retelling I have been waiting for I already knew I d love this book before I picked it up, I mean pfft have u seen Fawkes which is a magical Guy Fawkes retelling that exploded into my life and I am still thinking about a year later Exactly Nadine Brandes does the best HF retellingsbut adds in magic and heartbreak and endings that cut deep, but also aren t hopeless I love that balance Love it PLOT If you know the history of the Romanovs, then you knowthis isn t a light quirky story ok It gut wrenching It picks up when the Romanov family are in exile, banished to a house where they need permission to even open a window It s basically a waiting game, while they re promised a fair trail, but they re dreading being executed So the plot isn t an action adventurewe feel trapped and stagnate with Nastya We feel the dread and the thin hope as maaaaybe the White Army will save them I would ve liked to have seen them in their palace life though I wanna prequel MAGIC ok something I love about Brandes novels is how she weaves magic in so flawlessly you kind of forgethistorydidn t have magic It s incredible We have spell ink here, so you can learn the words and write the spells and they sink into your skin And isn t that an awesome magic system 10 10 With Rasputin dead, Nastya is the only one who can do a little magic she desperately wants to learn to be a full spellmaster and she can give Alexei a little relief from his illness with spells But the ending goes BADASS with the magic and it s phenomenal, clever, and heartstopping CHARACTERS the story is Nastya and she holds onto life with all the love and fierceness of a girl who knows she has potential and the world cannot break her Nastya is such an optimist She s a mischief maker and a sweetheart and she refuses to be beaten down, emotionally or spiritually afkdlsad I do love her And she has such a sweet relationship with her 13yo brother, Alexei, who has haemophilia and he s so sick He spends a lot of the book in a wheelchair too While I can t speak of any personal experience with his disability illness, I do feel like the disability rep was done with such love and care Making me so happy Also he s a sassy little spitfire and I nearly choked laughing when he interrupted Nastya and Zash just as they were having a Moment He also shipped them so loudly, so like Alexei is adorable Now Zashah, our love interest He is a troubled scowling boy, a guard of the Romanov family in their house arrest prison, and I liked that the book didn t force him and Nastya into a whirlwind romance Their relationship was tentative and of a promise Which was good because captor captee romances need to be done veeeery carefully.ALSO THERE WAS A DOG AND I LOVE THE DOG AND I PANICKED OVER THE DOG BUT ALL IS WELL WITH THE DOG OVERALL it s one of those book that balances such darkness with the light It s a brutal plot line, full of cruel intentions and unfair circumstances And while it does follow history a lot, so you WILL get your heart smashed, it takes spins and twists you don t expect I loved that about it brb sobbing tho Nastya also explores a heavy theme of forgiveness, and whether it is worth giving While I m not big on forgiving evil, I did appreciate how Nastya was so soft and yet so strong with her choices here Afdsjakld she is a gem anyway you need this It s ANASTASIA and it is magical, powerful, and thoughtful.

  6. says:

    I liked Romanov Really, I did But The setting was ho hum What should be descriptions of places were instead inconsequential, uninspired snippets of text Sure, there was the whole house arrest shebang, so it d be unfair of me to fault the setting for being as claustrophobic as it was, but I can fault the writing for being bland and undescriptive after two hundred pages, I should have a better sketch out of the house than just the fact that there was, uh, a couple of rooms Oh, and stairs Which brings me to the feeble worldbuilding.So much wasted potential and it s just So Frustrating For the most part, the worldbuilding was lost in a sea of vague, confusing information, and on top of that, there was nothing to anchor the details to anyplace specific or in this case, to twentieth century Russia Not to mention, I am so, so cheesed off I mean, seeing as how the Russian Revolution was happening at the protagonist s literal doorstep, I was hoping that at some point, I d read something about hmm, an actual revolution But nope, nada Moving on Then there was the plot which, to be honest, felt like two mismatched halves than a whole Alright, so I did like the slowness of the first half The unfortunate thing was that this slowness worked against the novel later on going into the second half, there was a significant pickup in speed and it was jarring enough to pull me out of the ride What s , some parts of the plot were incredibly contrived aaand I ll leave it at that, lest I start yanking my hair out Regardless, there was something about Brandes portrayal of the Romanovs that touched me The fabric of their lives worn and unravelling at the seams And the unwavering thread of love running in between, binding them all together In which case, I have to applaud Brandes for her writing, for her playful yet elegant turn of phrase which imparted such a fierce vitality to Nastya s voice And the truth is, I adored Nastya, whose hope shone bright and unrelenting throughout the darkness and despair Someone who possessed a deep compassion for all her people, who loved friends and enemies alike Because in the end, Romanov was as much triumphant as it was tragic a story about suffering and loss, but above all, about survival and forgiveness.3.0 5 note thank you to Nadine Brandes and Thomas Nelson for the ARC This review reflects my honest thoughts, and although I know I wrote about the bad than the good in this review, I m not discouraging people from reading this, because I did appreciate this book for what it was And like I said, it did touch me in the end

  7. says:

    I don t understand why none of y all are reading this book at this very moment Honestly just drop whatever you re reading because I assure you it s not half as good as this book.I m sure most of you are familiar with the children version of Anastasia I don t really care for it because I find the true story much better Please look it up if you don t know Anyway, this is a retelling of Anastasia as if it wasn t clear It involves spells and stuff and feels like a better nicer version of the actual story Sure the dark parts are still there but not half as bad as what actually happened.Okay so I just realized that if you don t know the actual story then this sounds like gibberish but if I do write the story, I d be giving some major spoilers so _ _ The book is beautifully written and undoubtedly one of the most underrated books of the year

  8. says:

    Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review No one can out shout a revolution If the Romanov family lived in the Harry Potter world, it would be this book Inspiring, beautiful and captivating, I could not have loved this book Now, I know that not a ton of people enjoyed this book which honestly doesn t make much sense to me I mean, what s not to like No, wait Don t answer that So, what s this book about Romanov follows Anastasia and her family who are under house arrest They are doing their best to escape their captivity But when they try, they are shot to death Or are they Using magic, Anastasia and her friends escape And now they must stop their captors, the Bolsheviks Anastia I opened my mouth to protest How I loved protesting As you can see, Anastasia is rebellious, which I obviously loved But aside from that fact that she s willing to fight for herself, Anastasia is also kind and caring Throughout the book, she is constantly putting herself aside to protect her brother and family which is nothing short of inspiring Zash Broken and afraid, Zash is that character that you just want to hug He is afraid that his family will get hurt and to protect them and himself, he joins the Bolshevik army which ends up causing lots of feelings for both him and Anastasia He is torn between loyalty to The Red Army and his loyalty to Anastasia I ve always had a soft spot for retellings I mean my all time favorite book is Stalking Jack the Ripper which is, in fact, a retelling There is something so interesting and fun about reading history or an already existing story but with a twist Somehow, you know what to expect but you never see the plot points coming at the same time I love it I can only imagine how fun it would be to basically re write history.I loved the magic fantasy twist that Nadine Brandes put on the Romanov I do wish that the magic had been explored I loved that they could use spells but I wish we had some explanation I felt like it was explained with the It s magic so it works cheat If we end up getting a book two and we better get a book two , I want to see the magic explained I think that once some of the rules are cleared up, it will become so much believable and overall enjoyable Finally, I loved the theme of forgiveness Throughout the book, Anastasia had to choose whether or not she wanted to forgive her enemies and captors I loved that the book recognized that forgiveness isn t a simple word It s a battle that takes courage and insurmountable strength In the end, you should read this book If not to get your fantasy fix, than to be inspired and encouraged.Bottom Line 5 StarsAge Rating PG 13 TW Murder, SuicideCover 5 5 Characters 4 5 Plot 4 5 Audio 3 5 That narrator s fake Russian accent was not great Genre Fantasy Historical FictionPublication Date May 7th, 2019Publisher Thomas NelsonBest Format Hardcover Paperback Goodreads Blog Twitch Pinterest Reddit

  9. says:

    DNF Please do not mistake the lengthy ramblings below for I read the whole book and here are my thoughts, but rather, I decided not to continue and here s why deep breath cracks knuckles Romanov is a historical fantasy novel starring 16 year old Anastasia Nikolaevna, daughter of the last Tsar of Russia We learn within the first few pages that Anastasia, or Nastya, aspires to become a Russian spell master i.e., practitioner of an ancient brand of magic that lets you speak special words thereby receive powerful favors We also learn that Nastya s teacher mentor in the basics of this art was none other than Grigori Rasputin There s a lot to unpack there, so let s start from the beginning First off, this type of spell magic is the exact same thing that got so many Christians so upset about Harry Potter Now, for the record, I don t have a problem with HP mainly because HP to my mind is clearly not intended as a representation of our real world Howeverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I do think spells like these become a lot shall we say Murky when they re introduced into a real world, historical setting like the Russian revolution and when they involve real, historical practitioners of black magic like my man Rasputin over here.Because that s who Rasputin WAS You can t get around that part of his reputation And you definitely can t convince me that his historical reputation as Powerful, Successful Dabbler in the Occult wasn t a big part of the reason why he was chosen for the fictional role of Powerful Magic Teacher in the first place I was, as I say, disturbed But I was willing to continue reading to learn about what sorts of things this fictional magic system does I soon found out On page 11 Thirteen years ago, I d watched Mamma and Papa open a layer of that painted doll and release the now forbidden spell that brought us Alexei Alexei being her younger brother Yes You read that right These people have a magic spell that allows them to conceive a human baby And not if I m reading this correctly to help conceive, not to cure dysfunction or whatever but to literally, directly conceive a child To create new life where none existed Do you See rubs nose pensively do you Begin to See where the Problem might lie, Jeeves Real talk I am not comfortable with seeing the power to create life allocated to human beings, through magic, even in a fantasy world with no God But, this ISN T a fantasy world with no God This is our real, historical world, populated with real historical figures who profess to believe in God and Jesus and the Bible and yet, when they wanna make a baby, they turn to magic and not to prayer Which is disturbing The fact that this magic allegedly, according to the story logic ACTUALLY WORKS is 1000x disturbing Like Would you mind telling me, Mr and Mrs Romanov would you mind telling me just WHO you imagine sent you this baby and WHAT he she it they might stand to gain in return Moreover, I m not at all comforted by Nastya s assurances that this baby creating spell is now forbidden Sure, maybe they don t use it any but they used it at least once And it worked And now they have this living, breathing kiddo walking around who by their own admission was FedEx d to their parents bedroom from Somewhere in the Cosmos, and definitely not from the Big Fella Upstairs I can t get on board with that, people I just can t The ONLY WAY I could continue reading this book with a clear conscience is if I had assurances that the whole point of the story would be overthrowing the magic system if Nastya s character arc were aimed at her realizing that Rasputin had led her whole family astray and that she should never touch any of these spells, ever again That, however, isn t the impression I get from other readers In fact I ve been told that the climax involves Nastya using a spell to view spoiler resurrect dead folks Which is just whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat Now you have power over life AND death, apart from God s power Just who do you think you are hide spoiler

  10. says:

    Hi, my name is Erin I have been under the spell of books since I first met Anne Shirley at age 7 Some stories periods of time I will return to again and again I am not here to recover, I just attend to get recommendations and eat these cookies This historical fiction fantasy standalone takes readers to Russia in 1918 where Tsar Nicholas and his family are being imprisoned by the Bolsheviks One hundred and one years later, the tragedy of Russia s royal family still captivates many, including this particular reader I liked Romanov but I didn t love it The story is told through the eyes of youngest daughter, Anastasia Natsya Romanov Imprisoned with her parents Nicholas and Alexandra, sisters Olga, Tatiana, and Maria and brother Alexei, Anastasia brings to life the families last months of life Rich in historical detail, what has been passed down about the Romanov s and their guards is all there on paper Nadine Brandes adds some dark magic and spells to push her narrative a little farther in scope Now I have read previous books that discuss alternative history from Anastasia, Maria, and Tatiana s point of view and how they escape from their tragic fate Aside from the magic that is new, I felt there was a lot of sameness in this book The romances with guards, the Rasputin subplot, and the promise that whatever character has survived is going to live this incredible life albeit in secrecy I wanted a bit fireworks for this story All in all, the release of this book is definitely going to bring the story forward to a whole new generation of readers My hats off to Nadine Brandes for her dedication to getting her version of the story out there I wish it had happened that way Goodreads review 07 05 19Publication Date 07 05 19 I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own

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