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10 thoughts on “Romanov By Nadine Brandes

  1. says:

    This was such a solid Anastasia retelling Out of all the ones I've read this one is definitely a stand out It had such a strong family presence that I connected to instantly and I adored the magical elements that came into play It was devastating at times but ultimately such a great story


  2. says:

    Advance Review Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe Romanov family fascinates people for a century Well mainly 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 feelingHowever 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 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 needwant 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 WarAnd 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 spoilerFrom 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:

    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 suealing I'm at risk of revealing spoilers BECAUSE I'M THAT EXCITED For those who want a teensy info about the book's inspirationyou can find it in my dorky YouTube announcement


  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 23 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 uite meet my expectations either ↠ 3 stars


  5. says:

    well i started using netgalleymy tbr should fear me


  6. says:

    This is an Anastasia retelling that adds in magic and heartbreak and endings that cut deep but also isn't hopeless I love that balance If you know the history of the Romanovs then you knowthis isn't a light uirky story 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 The magic is woven in flawlessly; we have spell ink here so you can learn the words and write the spells and they sink into your skin 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 spellsThe 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 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 There is a romance but I am not pro guardprisoner romances though The book also heavily explores forgiveness and I don't think it was too heavyhanded but I'm not in agreement with forgiving evilIt's a story of dark and lightness following history but also deviating with new twists


  7. says:

    I liked Romanov Really I did But The settings I expected except what should be descriptions of places were nothing than tired uninspired snippets of text And sure there was that whole house arrest shebang so it'd be unfair of me to fault the setting for being as claustrophobic as it was but I guess I can fault the writing for being so atmosphere less Which brings me to the worldbuildingUgh all that wasted potential For the most part the worldbuilding was lost in a sea of vague confusing information and there was nothing to anchor the details to anyplace specific or y'know to twentieth century Russia And 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 aand 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 And 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 Because 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 And in the end Romanov was as much triumphant as it was tragic—a story about suffering and loss but above all about survival and forgiveness305 note note thank you to nadine brandes and the publisher 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


  8. says:

    I do not 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 bookI'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 knowAnyway 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 happenedOkay 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 ¯ツ¯The book is beautifully written and undoubtedly one of the most underrated books of the year


  9. says:

    Ended up listening to it anyway so that I can give this book an informed 1 star and discuss it better with my book club virtually;What I learned from this book Authors they are as dumb as the rest of us even though we think they are smarter just because they had some books published They are also as good at half ass research It's clear Nadine Brandes has done just enough wiki ing to get some historical background for her horrendous love story how would you like to fall for a guy who literally view spoilerparticipated in the murder of you and your family? hide spoiler


  10. 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 historyI loved the magicfantasy 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 encouragedBottom Line5 StarsAge Rating PG 13 TW Murder SuicideCover 55 Characters 45 Plot 45 Audio 35 That narrator's fake Russian accent was not greatGenre FantasyHistorical FictionPublication Date May 7th 2019Publisher Thomas NelsonBest Format HardcoverPaperback| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram


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FREE READ · WIKIWEBDIR.CO.UK · Nadine Brandes

Romanov By Nadine Brandes

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 herThat is until she’s on one side of a firing suad and he’s on the other I do not 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 bookI'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 knowAnyway 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 happenedOkay 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 ¯ツ¯The book is beautifully written and undoubtedly one of the most underrated books of the year

FREE READ Romanov By Nadine Brandes

The history books say I diedThey 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 o This was such a solid Anastasia retelling Out of all the ones I've read this one is definitely a stand out It had such a strong family presence that I connected to instantly and I adored the magical elements that came into play It was devastating at times but ultimately such a great story

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F the Bolshevik army is after them and he’s hunted Romanov beforeNastya’s only chances of saving herself and her family are to either release the spell and deal with the conseuences or enlist help from Zash the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like This is an Anastasia retelling that adds in magic and heartbreak and endings that cut deep but also isn't hopeless I love that balance If you know the history of the Romanovs then you knowthis isn't a light uirky story 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 The magic is woven in flawlessly; we have spell ink here so you can learn the words and write the spells and they sink into your skin 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 spellsThe 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 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 There is a romance but I am not pro guardprisoner romances though The book also heavily explores forgiveness and I don't think it was too heavyhanded but I'm not in agreement with forgiving evilIt's a story of dark and lightness following history but also deviating with new twists

  • Hardcover
  • 337
  • Romanov By Nadine Brandes
  • Nadine Brandes
  • English
  • 02 January 2020
  • 9780785217244