About: What if Anastasia Romanov had magic? How would her story have ended then…?
What I Enjoyed:
It was an intriguing mix of simplicity and complication that entranced me. The story has its fair share of magical jaunts that I’m sure have engrossed more readers than just my self. BUT there were also plenty of normal times where the characters are doing average things as they fight to keep morale in such harsh circumstances. Made for a balanced, well paced tale.
Sure it was sad at times, but so much made me happy. Because while there was so much of a mucky mess surrounding her life, Nastya and most of her family managed to keep a sense of humor. I really appreciated Nastya’s impish ways. And then there’s Alexei, her brother. Honestly, I liked him more than all of the other characters. Even when *inserts really horrible situation that’s a spoiler* he could still crack a joke and he is really just an awesome kid who you all need to meet.
You know what trope I ADORE? Enemies to lovers. And this one in particular was filled with a lot of emotion, pain, and strong forgiveness. Y’all, I gobbled it up.
Zash. He’s not your average YA hero. His layers of character made him seem seem less like a book character and more of an authentic real live person. He made me feel a myriad of emotions. I loved him. He baffled me. I kind of wanted to throw a bottle of spell ink at his head at times. But his part in this tale was another star that put me in awe of the author’s writing.
Made me want to adopt the Romanov family. Oh wow, I just… Nadine breathed life into these characters, and their familial bond was just so heartwarming. Seeing all the bad things they suffered made me want to give them all a hug and refuge. *tears*
Also, can I just sing sonnets about how awesome the audio book is?! I switched back and forth between the book and audio (preformed by Jessica Ball), and when I was listening I was struck with chills at how great the narration was. (THE ACCENTS. *claps*)
IT GETS SO STINKING SAD SO PLEASE HAVE A BOX OF TISSUES WITH YOU. Okay, I’m done.
You know a book is good when you close it and your heart is all wonky. Plus you simply miss it. I truly enjoyed this tale, and will certainly be trying more of Brandes’ works asap. “Romanov” by Nadine Brandes is getting a five star rating, and I recommend it to all my fellow fantasy loving book nerds. ❤
Book Review Ratings:
5. Great Book!
4. I Liked It!
2. Did Not Like It Very Much
1. Did Not Finish.