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Thursday, April 4, 2019

History Corner: Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook  free of charge,from Thomas Nelson Publishing  via #Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.

If you've read this blog for any time, you know this part of Russian history has long been of interest to our family!

From the author of Fawkes comes a magical take on the story of Anastasia Romanov.

romanov cover


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 saving herself and her family are either to release the spell and deal with the consequences, or to enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya has only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half as much as her growing attraction to 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.


This one took some time for me to get into this book. My historical brain kept screaming STOP, when the fantasy parts came in. BUT, if you let that intellectual part take a nap, you get an enjoyable YA read. About a third of the way in it turned into a literal page turner, and really kept my attention. Brandes has a way with language- she creates scenes so vividly that you will feel like you are there with the characters.For those who aren't well versed in the Romanov legend, I think this book will be an easier read, and one that might get them TO read more about this important time in history.

About the Author:

Nadine Brandes once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of FawkesRomanov, and the award-winning 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, her Auror husband, and their Halfling son are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom. Visit Nadine online at NadineBrandes.com; Instagram: NadineBrandes; YouTube: Nadine Brandes; Twitter: @NadineBrandes; Facebook: NadineBrandesAuthor.

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