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  • Focus on Forgiveness

    Two things I love are the history of the Romanovs and YA fantasy books. So imagine how excited I was when I learned an author had combined the two! While it wasn't what I expected, I was still very happy with it and fell in love with the characters. The pacing was a little slow, since the focus was mainly on the relationship between the Romanovs and their guards during the last days of their captivity. It lended well to the emotional weight of the story, but the real action occurred around the halfway point. Still, Anastasia, aka Nastya, was just so adorable all the time, had so much heart, forgiveness, and humour that the reader can't help but love her. I also adored Alexei for his courage and determination. As for Zash... I find him to be a good character, very complex and tormented, but it took me a long time to accept his redemption arc. It was a challenge just due to the gravity of the Romanov massacre. The heart of the series is the relationships between the characters. It was a different way of telling a familiar story, and it painted other characters in different lights. I truly enjoyed the heart and historical accuracies, given how light it was on the actual magic. It surprised me, made me smile, and filled my heart with warmth. Recommended for history and fantasy lovers everywhere!

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  • Captivating

    From the time I heard this book was coming out I just knew I had to read it. I will tell you that I lived Anastasia's life while reading this book and that's in part to the author's creative writing style. I found myself caught up in all of the emotional turmoil and upheaval that the entire family went through and I cried with the losses that occurred within this storyline. The blending of historical facts with fantasy kept me captivated until I turned the very last page. I quite honestly did not want the book to end and will reread this book. I really wonder how Anastasia's life would have turned out if she hadn't been murdered and this author gave me a glimpse of what could have been. {I requested a review copy when I signed up and was selected for the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions contained herein are unbiased and my own.}

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  • Brilliant, emotional and full of heart.

    Romanov is a heart wrenching story of love, loss, freedom and what it means to hold true to your values, ethics, and morals even in the direst circumstances. While this story is labeled YA Fantasy and Historical fiction, I have to say it is heavy on the historical fiction (85%) and the fantasy is the other (15%). If you love history, if you are curious about mysteries and how they might have turned out then this is the story for you. I fell in love with the Romanovs (the real ones) from an early age and I have been obsessed with them ever since. This story called to me on every level and didn’t disappoint. The story in and of itself is about the heart of the Romanov and their love for their family and their country despite the change in values, and leadership. Most of the story (about 3/4) takes place in exile and though the eyes of the Romanov’s. As they come to terms with their new life, they still have hope for their future and love for their people (even if it feels like betrayal at times). I loved the humility of the Tsar and of this family, there is just something so amazing about people who have still be positive when the world is falling apart. The story eventually progresses to that ultimate outcome (the one we know happened) but with a twist. This is where most of the magic comes in; and what magic it is! I loved where the author decided to take the story. The ending brightens the darkness of the story’s moments. I think the story wouldn’t have been as success for me if the author haven't kept as true to the facts and people as she did. The story is about the Romanov’s and their strength and the fact that in real life they were as amazing as they could be. She kept the history and the heart the same and only added a touch of magic as to how many of us would have liked the real story to end. Sad, realistic, moving, haunting, hopeful, strength and love are all present in this story and really moved me in ways I never saw coming. This has made my favorites list and I will come back to this heartfelt story again and again. Five magic stars.

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