Book Review: Romanov by Nadine Brandes || MAGIC + The Story of Anastasia!!

Romanov Cover

About the Book-

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 Review-

Me, at midnight on Release Day: “hmmm why don’t I start Romanov?”
Also me: *finishes Romanov at 3am*

This was a good book!!! I personally liked this a lot more than Nadine’s other book, Fawkes, and I enjoyed that one a lot! Like I mentioned, I saw that it was release day on Instagram (I’m SO out of the loop at college, y’all. SO OUT OF THE LOOP) and decided to start  it . . . and finish it, all in one swoop.

Romanov is a magical retelling of the story of Anastasia Romanov, as well as the story of the rest of the Romanov family. There is a conspiracy theory that Anastasia Romanov and her brother, Alexis, did not die with the rest of their family, since they were found buried in a separate grave. Although this was disproved, Nadine went down the rabbit-hole of . . . what if? and what if magic was happened?

One of the parts about Romanov that stood out the most to me was the characters! I have such a GARBAGE memory that books have to be super specific with their characters for me to remember them, and this one did it! Nastya (Anastasia), the protagonist and heroine of this book, was smart, feisty, loving, and thoughtful. Zash was protective, sweet, and conflicted. Alexei was portrayed so well: his sass, his illness, and how absolutely sweet he was. The Romanov father!!! 😍😍😍 he was so WISE and so loving and so sweet and I LOVE HIM!!! The rest of the family was also portrayed so well, as well as really, all of the other characters! They were given a depth that really brought them to life and I loved getting to know each of them better.

The history was also SO good: it was so beautifully written and well researched. Unlike Fawkes, there was a lot less description and a lot more plot, which makes me like it a lot more! I’m not one for huge descriptions: I just want the story already!! In that regard, this book was wondERful. (also it literally had a puppy so like. I’m sold). The pacing was also awesome: it didn’t feel like anything moved too fast or too slow (also it’s also due to the length of the book: it’s way shorter than Fawkes which made it a lot more enjoyable for me). The romance felt a little bit rushed, but it still made sense.

All in all, Romanov was one of my favorite reads of 2019! The characters were well written, the plot moved well, and while the setting wasn’t particularly well set, setting isn’t my cup of tea anyways!

My Rating-

9/10

Things Liked-

  • Nastya was so beautifully written! I loved her character and what she believed in, and her heart!
  • Father Romanov! I LOVED him: he was so wise and understanding
  • Alexei was also great: he was bantery and strong and lived for himself (also greAT disability rep!)
  • The rest of the characters: they were super well written and sweet!
  • The villains were proper villains (well, except for those who weren’t. but still) and you grew to loathe them but also respect them and AAA it was goOD
  • also there were puppies so like
  • The plot moved at a great speed! It wasn’t too fast or too slow, and flowed easily
  • The magic was SO well woven in!!
  • The book was a good length: it was long enough that it felt like it was a Book™, but wasn’t hard to read in one sitting?

Things Disliked-

  • The romance was a /little/ bit too fast for my liking?

Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.

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