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Pub Date 07 May 2019 | Archive Date 16 Jun 2019

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My name is Anastasia. 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.

Praise for Romanov:

"I am obsessed with this book! A magical twist on history that will have Anastasia fans wishing for more. I loved every detail Brandes wrote. If you love magic and Imperial Russia, you want Romanov on your shelf!" —Evelyn Skye

"Romanov will cast a spell on readers and immerse them in a history anyone would long to be a part of." —Sasha Alsberg

"If you think you know the story behind Anastasia Romanov, think again! The perfect blend of history and fantasy, Romanov takes a deeper look at the days leading up to the family’s tragedy, while also exploring the possibilities behind the mysteries that have long intrigued history buffs everywhere. Brandes weaves a brilliant and intricate saga of love, loss, and the power of forgiveness. Prepare to have your breath stolen by this gorgeous novel of brilliant prose and epic enchantment." —Sara Ella

  • Full-length historical fantasy
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs
  • Paperback contains special bonus chapter

My name is Anastasia. 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...

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Nadine Brandes effortlessly blends history and fantasy in her latest book, Romanov.

At times heartbreaking, Romanov is an interesting look into an alternate story of what could have happened to Anastasia, had a little magic been present. I especially loved how Brandes touched on what was fact vs. what was fiction in the book. It was so interesting to see how she took elements of fact and added them to the fictional narrative.

Romanov is sweeping, historical, and magical, all rolled into one! I highly recommend this book!

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The story of the Romanov is fascinating as it is, and through this novel, Nadine Brandes adds a touch of magic to this part of Russian history. Although the novel is action packed and keeps you entertained throughout, it also takes the time to highlight the struggle faced by anyone during time of conflict.

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📚 BOOK REVIEW- ROMANOV by @nadinebrandes.Thankyou @netgalley and publishers for this copy.
'Romanov' is a historical fiction retelling about the Romanov royal family, part history and part fiction to all Anastasia fans with an alternative ending.
Grand Dutchess Anastasia Nikoleavna was Tsar Nikolas Romanov's daughter.Romanav family was executed in 1918 without any trial during Russian Revolution.But the real mystery came when their grave excavated in 20th century with only nine bodies with two were missing.
Anastasia as well as her brother Alexie were missing which led to so many questions.This novel gives answers to those questions in a fictional way. ✏️
The novel begins with the execution of Romanov family with the Tsar and Tsarina has been taken for trial leaving their son and daughters.
Anastasia Nastya has been given a single mission of smuggling an ancient spell for the salvation of her family while they gets exile to Siberia.But the Bolshevik officer Yurovsky was hunting the spell masters and the spells which made threat to Anastasia too.
.What happened to them in Siberia?
.Will Nastya be able to help her family??
I am in total love with Nastya and the whole Romanov family. I have heard vaguely about their history but after reading this I wanted to know more about them. The novel keeps our grip from the very first page until the end.Although the exile and prison life was stretched too much but it doesn't matter as that's the truth of their suffer. I love the romantic scenes in between, the twists and turns. The twist at the very end was created very well that the way Anastasia fans would love to. I highly recommend this book.
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I’ve always found the lore and history around Rasputin and the Romanov family crazy interesting and I really enjoyed Brandes take on integrating spells and magic while keeping to the historical fiction genre. It made the story fantastical without making it fantasy.

I enjoyed Nastya immensely; her courage and drive are something to look up to. I enjoyed how she’s able to handle herself and confident in her abilities, while at the same time having moments of weakness and failure. Her struggle with forgiveness was a great theme for the book. I anxiously turned the pages wanting to know what happens next. Now I gotta go pick up Fawkes.

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As someone who loves fiction books/novels based on historical events I found Romanovs utterly fascinating!! I LOVE show the book was pretty accurate on a lot of points but still made you think “what if”? I think a lot of people who are fascinated with the Romanovs and especially the Anastasia twist will love this book!! I sure did!!

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Since I was a child I loved the movie Anastasia so when I saw the announcement for this book I knew I have to read it. Then I saw it on here and was so happy to be able to read it before it even comes out.
I love the take Nadine Brandes takes on the story and can't wait to get a physical copy and live through the magical story of Anastasia again.

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This book was right up my alley. As a person with two degrees in history, an emphasis in European wars, and a fascination with conspiracy theories, I have long loved the truth, myth, fantasy, and reality of the end of the Romanov line.

My background knowledge made me hesitant, but very curious, to read Romanov by Nadine Brandes, worried if it would hold up to my expectations and how it would handle what was real.

As with most historical fiction, what’s happened has happened. We cannot change history, no matter how unfair, unjust, or messy it is. I found this book to do an excellent job honoring the past, while weaving a memorable and believable fiction throughout.

I have read another of Ms. Brandes books. As in that book, here she builds worlds so well – descriptive without getting lost in the details – and creates characters with such talent that the reader is loving this one, questioning that one, and feeling absolute terror for that one over there. Her words suck you in and make you want to race through the book to find out what happens, but also pause because you don’t want the end to come.

At one point I found myself internally screaming at the characters, “No! Don’t do that! Don’t you know what’s coming?!?!” But, no. They did. History remained as it was. But, what came next was also so well done I couldn’t put the book down, wanting to know the ultimate fate and end of the story.

I really did love this book.

Favorite Line(s):
- I have a story I was meant to live. And not even you can unwrite it.
- Until you provide me with a believable alternative, I will hold to my own opinions.

Favorite Chapter:
Chapter 15 -
It can be a little strange or difficult to pick a favorite chapter out of a fiction book, but it tends to happen for me. Before I even finished reading this chapter for the first time I knew it was my favorite. Now, once you read this chapter you might gasp and think, “What is she thinking?!?” Let me explain, without giving anything away. I love this chapter because it is the absolute turning point in the story. It is here that the author fully demonstrates her incredible talent for storytelling, character development, suspense. The raw emotions set forth on the page are so well handled that I felt each one along with the characters and both loved and hated Ms. Brandes for making me feel so much.

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Romanov by Nadine Brandes is an epic historical fantasy novel that takes an interesting twist on the infamous Romanov monarchy. Pulling inspiration from the magical intrigue cloaking the family’s history and the mysterious circumstances surrounding their deaths, Brandes weaves a never-before-seen retelling that is both gripping and heart-wrenching.

The story follows one of the more intriguing family members, Anastasia (or how she’s referred to by the majority of the characters, Natasya). There have been many theories spun as to the daughter’s history and Brandes makes excellent work of answering long-speculated questions as well as aiding the creation of new ones. The addition of a magic sup-plot brings both an edge and new excitement to the story, as characters become concerned not only for their political standing and well-being but also maintaining the secret of their spellwork. The beauty and wonderment of magic compliments the dark, dismal conditions the family is forced to live in and balances the plot quite nicely.

One of the most striking parts of Romanov is by far Brandes’ gift of words. There’s a fine line between writing that flows effortlessly and something that is overly flowery, and Brandes stays on the correct side of that line throughout the book. She obviously has experience with storytelling, and her descriptive prose is masterful.

Romantic interests can often detract from the impact of the plot and its characters, but this was not the case for Romanov. The inclusion of Zash, instead of hindering the development of Natasya, highlighted both the strengths and weaknesses of Natasya as she struggled through her feelings and her family life. It was a risky addition by Brandes that ended up serving the story quite well.

Romantically charged and emotionally driven, Nadine Brandes’ Romanov is sure to delight and inspire readers of all historical backgrounds.

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This is a phenomenal read for young adults and adults interested in a fantastical story set in Russia just after the Romanov's removal from power. The story itself is unique and different from other fictional stories you may have seen from the movie Anastasia or the novel 'I Was Anastasia.' Rather than focus on a princess hiding, or being lost away, this book focuses on Anastasia as a young girl in exile with her family. They are guarded constantly and under scrutiny for possibly harboring and using magic all while hoping to be rescued by an army and returned to their home. This book is different and so well-written that it is hard to put it down.

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