Happy Sunday and welcome to my stop on the Romanov blog tour!!! This is such a FANTASTIC book, and I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour! So read on to find my review, favorite quotes, information about the author and the tour, and a giveaway!!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Romanov by Nadine Brandes
Published by Thomas Nelson on May 7, 2019
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Fantasy, Retellings
Format: ARC, eARC
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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.
My Favorite Part
The best parts of Romanov were the characters and the worldbuilding, with the plot coming in at a close third (second? I never know how the counting is supposed to go when you have a tie) and I LOVED IT!!! Seriously, this was such a FANTASTIC book and I’m so happy everyone can go read it now! Nastya, Alexei, Zash, Ivan, and Maria were all wonderful. I even enjoyed the romances! (*gasp*)
My Least Favorite Part
I … didn’t particularly like Nastya’s nickname? So everytime I read it I read it as Anastasia instead. Oops. Also, Once Upon a December has been stuck in my head for almost a week at this point.
Summing it Up with a GIF
Judging a Book by its Cover
LOOK AT HOW PERFECT THIS COVER IS!!! You can see the stark contrast between the colors, the swirls make me think of magic (I don’t know why, they just do), and you can even see the Matryoshka doll!! So I just really love this cover. 9.5/10 stars!
If You Liked…
The movie or Broadway show Anastasia, because of, well, Anastasia…
My Lady Jane, for its alternate magical history and loveable main character…
Wicked Saints, with all of the Russian inspired magic…
Then you will LOVE Romanov!
When am I going to learn that View Spoiler »taglines have answers hidden in them?!?! « Hide Spoiler It seems like every time I review a book I say the same thing, but seriously, View Spoiler » THE TAGLINE « Hide Spoiler IS SO IMPORTANT IN THIS STORY OH MY GOD. Also, can we talk about how much I cried when View Spoiler » Ivan DIED?!?! Because I am not okay!! I wanted him and Maria to somehow escape together and then they both died instead and I am just a fountain of tears. « Hide Spoiler
What did you think of how Nastya, Alexei, and Zash survived? I thought it was SO COOL because there it was, with enough foreshadowing for me to be able to figure it out, and I was still SO SURPRISED when it happened!
About the Author
Nadine once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She’s the author of FAWKES and of the award-winning The Out of Time Series. Her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. Nadine and her Auror husband are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.
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