Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday! I am so excited about today’s post. I have been waiting quite some time to post it, and I think it is finally time. Romanov. Probably one of the greatest books I have read so far this year. Other than Legendary and Finale, I don’t know what could beat it. With that being said, let’s get onto the review!
Author: Nadine Brandes
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Format: eArc, NetGalley (I did receive this book for an honest review from the publishers)
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings
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.
First off, wow, this book was a heart pumper. It was so thrilling and exciting, I had never truly enjoyed a book this much (other than Caraval) before reading this. If you’ve seen the movie Anastasia, then this book might have peaked your interest, but don’t go into this thinking it’s like the movie. Oh no, it is way better. Natsya is an amazing character, she has so much personality, and you just can tell the genuine person she is. I don’t want to say too much about this story line, but it is so heartbreaking, and feeling how genuinely Natsya was written makes it so much more of an impact.
I loved the fantasy element, while also combining the historical part about this book. There are so many characters who actually weren’t made up, there is a lot that Brandes wrote about that were actual people during this time. Just a few examples and kind of the most known one was Rasputin, of course Natsya and her family. If you read the book and then research after, you’d be really surprised to what you can find out, and you can find quite a few connections.
There was one thing, and one thing only. The gore. I am not one for blood and nasty scenes like that (main reason why I don’t really read horror), but man this book had quite a bit in it. I have a very queasy stomach when it comes to that stuff, so there were times where I thought it was quite a bit much. But, it still wasn’t enough to ruin my reading experience completely, so maybe you will find that the case with yourselves.
Basically, I would recommend this book to anyone. Maybe your into reading about history, with a slight twist. Or maybe you like fantasy and magical elements. Maybe you’ve seen Anastasia and that already interests you. But if you are someone who is looking to read a book so heart-wrenching, so well and deeply written, that WILLtear your heart strings after every page, I 100% recommend this to you. Are you guys excited for this book to release? I think I might have to actually pick up a physical copy, just saying.