Book Review – Romanov by Nadine Brandes

romanovThe 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 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 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.


My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Half starNo-Star

Romanov is a slightly magical retelling of the story of the Romanov family right after they are forced out of power. As someone who knew the basics, but not lots of detail, I did enjoy the overall story, even though it didn’t really add much.

I liked the story of Maria and Ivan more than Anastasia and Zash’s constant flip flopping too. Both were sweet but sort of meh? I don’t love romance though, so probably just me there! And I did like Anastasia sticking to her guns about her feelings for him when they were in the house.

The magic was a nice touch and I really thought it actually melded well into the real story. And I really liked the concept of the spell ink and how the spells worked.

However I did find that the whole book was very black and white. Romanov’s good, Bolshevik’s bad. Other than some guards being not awful, this was stuck to throughout and the truth can’t have possibly been that simple. That’s why I’m giving it 3.5 stars – it was just oversimplified. And not a lot happens. But it’s a really nice introduction to the story if you’ve somehow not come across it before, and it’s a fun and easy read.


Buy Romanov from Amazon UK.

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