ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes
Format: eBook (eARC)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: 7th May 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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.”
My Thoughts & Review
I finally managed to pick up the eARC that had been sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read for a while now. I managed to even finish it in a space of a few days, when I actually managed to pick it up that is. When I requested this book from NetGalley I wasn’t entirely sure what the book was about as I’m not very familiar with Russian history. However, the description sounded good and also I really liked the front cover.
So let’s get down to what I thought of the book.
I really enjoyed this book. I raced through the first half of it and thought the story had a good mix of historical facts and fantasy elements that stopped the story from feeling too heavy. I did struggle a bit through the second half of the book, it just seemed to slow down for me.
There were a few inaccuracies in the details of the story which sort of made it unbelievable. The main one that comes to mind while writing this is what happens to Anastasia/Nastya’s brother while suffering from his medical condition. This made it unbelievable as even with magic he shouldn’t be able to do what he did. (I really can’t say much more as it would result spoilers.)
I liked how the tale of the Romanov family is told through Anastasia/Nastya’s point of the view it.
I really liked the characters. I loved the wonderful relationship that Anastasia/Nastya and her family had with each other. It felt so pure and real. Anastasia/Nastya was my favourite character I liked her loyalty to her family and the people she comes across. I also liked her little playful antics, they added some fun to the storyline.
This was my first book by Nadine Brandes and I really enjoyed it even with the minor issues I had with it. A book that I would definitely recommend especially if you like historical fiction with a bit of magic and fantasy thrown in then this book is definitely for you.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher Thomas Nelson for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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