on May 7th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: ARC, Netgalley
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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.
I loved this book! I loved it so much that I read it in one day.
It’s true that some of the book was “romanticized” and not based on fact but that’s what you expect from a fantasy book. I’ve been fascinated by the Romanovs ever since I was a little girl. I’ve always heard the rumors to what happened to Anastasia and Alexei but it wasn’t until I was 10 when I read my first book based on them. So when I saw this book I knew I needed to read it! I know there are some inaccuracies in this book but to me, it made it more unique to the authors writing. I don’t flaw her for those mistakes. It’s a really great book and I hope she’ll write another one to follow Alexei and Anastasia’s journey. I know that would be 100% fiction but it’s exciting to see what kind of life they will lead.
The characters were so much alive in this book. I felt their love and hope. Shame and despair. I cried and I laughed. I’m already missing them and it’s only been a couple days since I finished.
The rich history and descriptive background made you feel like you were there with them. I could close my eyes and smell the stench of their enclosed space. I could see them and the swing in the backyard. Joy running around with her big floppy ears and licking everyone in site. I could see the bad parts. The ones that made me cry. Everything. I still can see them. When a book has me that entranced I know it will leave a permanent mark on my soul and Romanov has done that.
Bravo Nadine Brandes! Bravo! You have made me fall in love with the Romanovs all over again and gave the proper ending that Anastasia and Alexei deserved! I can’t wait to read more from you!