Romanov by Nadine Brandes


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 to either release the spell and deal with the consequences, o...

Details Romanov

Release DateMay 7th, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Reviews Romanov

  • MischaS_
    ***Advance Review Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Romanov family fascinates people for a century. Well, their end does. And I was curious what Nadine Brandes would do with the story. And mainly how she's going to end the story, that's what I'm always curious to see. I believe that the book had great potential. However, it seems a bit like a miss. Like the story is always the one note away for me to ...
  • C.G. Drews
    This was definitely the type of Anastasia retelling I have been waiting for!!! I already knew I'd love this book before I picked it up, I mean pfft have u seen Fawkes which is a magical Guy Fawkes retelling that exploded into my life and I am still thinking about a year later?!? Exactly. Nadine Brandes does the best HF retellings...but adds in magic and heartbreak and endings that cut deep, but also aren't hopeless. I love that balance. Love it.*...
  • Vibur
    I liked Romanov. Really, I did. But. The setting was… ho-hum. What should be descriptions of places were instead inconsequential, uninspired snippets of text. Sure, there was the whole house arrest shebang, so it'd be unfair of me to fault the setting for being as claustrophobic as it was, but I can fault the writing for being bland and undescriptive—after two hundred pages, I should have a better sketch-out of the house than just the fact t...
  • Zainab
    I don't understand why none of y'all are reading this book at this very moment. Honestly just drop whatever you're reading because I assure you it's not half as good as this book.I'm sure most of you are familiar with the *children* version of Anastasia. I don't really care for it because I find the true story much better. (Please look it up if you don't know)Anyway, this is a retelling of Anastasia (as if it wasn't clear) It involves spells and ...
  • Erin
    Hi, my name is Erin. I have been under the spell of books since I first met Anne Shirley at age 7. Some stories/periods of time I will return to again and again. I am not here to recover, I just attend to get more recommendations and eat these cookies. This historical fiction/fantasy standalone takes readers to Russia in 1918 where Tsar Nicholas and his family are being imprisoned by the Bolsheviks. One hundred and one years later, the tragedy of...
  • Ivana - Diary of Difference
    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest From the author of Fawkes comes a magical take on the story of Anastasia Romanov.The history books say I died. They don’t know the half of it.Ever since I read Fawkes, I knew I loved Nadine’s writing, and when Romanov was announced, I couldn’t be happier. As I have spend my childhood and young adult life in the Balkans, whilst travelling across Europe, I have always admired Russia, and alway...
  • Jane Maree
    ROMANOV is a raw, real story, full of pain and hurt. But it's beautiful. It's full of love and light and courage. Courage to hope beyond the hopeless. It's the kind of story you don't just walk away from unchanged.I was blown away by the characters. Every single person who appears on the page, even if they're only there for a few chapters, has a heart and a story and a reason. They're like living, breathing humans.I loved the relationships betwee...
  • Tucker
    Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review No one can out shout a revolution If the Romanov family lived in the Harry Potter world, it would be this book. Inspiring, beautiful and captivating, I could not have loved this book more. Now, I know that not a ton of people enjoyed this book which honestly doesn’t make much sense to me. I mean, what’s not to like. No, wait. Don’t answer that. So, w...
  • Serethiel ☽ ✨
    July 2018: HELLO YES I NEED THIS NOW NADINE IS BASICALLY THE BEST AND OH MY WORD AN ANASTASIA RETELLING???? *all the heart-eyes* May 2019: I HAVE READ IT. AND I HAVE THOUGHTS. AND I HAVE FEELINGS.Feeling #1) That. Aside. MIND. BLOWN. (Teach me your ways, Nadine!)Feeling #2) I A-D-O-R-E-D the Romanovs' family bond! It made me think so much of my own family. I LOVED IT.Feeling #3) Pg. 152. I still haven't recovered. *sobs*Feeling #4) Pg. 212 made m...
  • R.F. Gammon
    "Let no one ever call you tame."THIS WAS FANTASTIC. I don't think it tops Nadine's Out of Time series (because that one truly is just the most fantastic thing ever), but it's still so, so, so good. Anastasia (or Nastya, as she is called in this book), was the feisty and strong-willed heroine we're all tired of--except she wasn't! She was so complex, and her drive to protect her family was beautiful. She was mischievous. She cared about people. Sh...
  • nadia (( disquieting thing ))
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.lots of spoilers ahead, everything is a spoiler, even if you are familiar with the historical events, spoilers spoilers spoilers !!!!“You find joy in so many little things. For once... I want to see joy find you. Surprise you. You deserve it.” and i deserve joy, too! i deserve to love a fantasy novel about...
  • Lili Marcus
    I’m not that familiar with Russian history but I have heard of Anastasia Romanov and I really want to read a book about her. That’s the first reason why I requested this the moment I saw it on Netgalley. Second, God I love the cover. It really is so beautiful and gorgeous. Just so pretty.(Please note that I am talking about the fictional book I read, not the real history. I will never comment on a history I’m not familiar with.)Anyway, let...
  • Sh3lly (
    RELEASE DAY!Full review found at Grumpy Book Grrrl.Release date: May 7, 2019Thank you Netgalley and publisher for a digital copy to read and review.
  • m a r y l i z
    *deep breath*O K A Y.I wanted to fall in love with this book. I really did.But . . . to be perfectly honest, I never connected that much to it. L I K E S:- Family bonds! All the close relationships among the Romanovs were lovely. It was evident that they loved each other dearly and would die for each other in an instant. I always adore a good family relationship, yes I do.-The concept. Anastasia happens to be my FAVORITE Broadway musical, so the ...
  • The Clever Reader
    This book was such a wild ride! From prisoner to fugitive to spell master, Nastya is faced with many challenges. She is the daughter of the former Tsar and now they have been placed in hiding and guarded by their enemy. When her father is taken from her he leaves her with a secret that could help save their lives.This story has so many intense moments that leave you wondering who will survive to the end! I enjoyed how fast paced this book was and...
  • Noa ☾
    ARC provided through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Where do I even start ? I was really excited to get into this story because Russia + Magic + Anastasia… It just had me, you know ? The plot was very promising but the execution was REALLY bad.🌺 The magic system : if you asked me to explain the magic in this book, I… can’t. I’m still confused because if I happened to be some spell master and I discovered that the only thin...
  • Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)
    I received this eARC from Thomas Nelson (publishers) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. All quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and are subject to change.No one could outshout a revolution.This felt like a bad flashback to when I tried to read an ARC of Dark of the West and could only make it a few chapters in, only this time, I could only make it about 1 chapter and th...
  • Melissa Tagg
    Whoa. Whooooooaaaa. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍I have not been this googley-eyed over a book in quite awhile. I don't even often read YA books...or fantasies! BUT I could not resist the premise of this one. I've been fascinated by Russian history since fourth grade and am always so intrigued by anything relating to the Romanovs...especially (of course!) Anastasia. And oh my goodness, I loooooved this book. I read ...
  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    The first 30% of this book was fantastic. It sucked me into the story. It intrigued me. Then from 30%-60% It lost steam. It bored me. It felt repetitive. I tired of reading about the same things. The windows. The food. The guards. The (maybe or maybe not) rescue. I came close to throwing in the towel. However, at 60% the story picked up again. In fact, from 60% onwards the story moves at the speed of light which left me wishing we had gotten less...
  • ABCme
    Did Anastasia survive? It's the question of most books on the Romanovs. Here is yet another one, but it has a unique take on this intriguing part in history.The book opens with the most beautiful dedication and introduction. I'm drawn in from the start. And please do judge this book by its gorgeous cover!Ipaniev House, the Romanov family in captivity, we all know it doesn't end well.The writing is fast, the story captivating, I can't put it down....
  • Tana △⃒⃘ ⚯͛ Cozyreadings
    13/03/2019 Soooooo after thinking about this for a while, and after reading This eye opening review I have decided to lower my rating to a 3.75 instead of a 5 stars. After giving it some more time, I realized that I didn't love it as much as I thought immediatly after finishing this book. (I need to learn to write reviews a few days after finishing books) 25/01/2019 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalle...
  • Jemima
    Title: Romanov Author: Nadine Brandes Genre: Historical Fiction, Re-tellingPublication date: May 7, 2019 I understand that a lot of people are quiet on the fence about re-tellings but I LOVE a good re-telling. I love the imagination and creativity it takes to be able to wield and capture an audience and entice them into making them fall in love with a story that they already know and love or in some cases know and hate. hahaha.So, it's suffice to...
  • Gabrielle
    Nadine Brandes is one of my favorite authors. Period. So I will read just about anything she writes, even if it's not my favorite concept or genre. (I don't mind historical fiction--much less historical fantasy--but it's not my favorite, so keep that in mind with both my reviews of Fawkes and now, Romanov.)To be honest, I liked Fawkes a lot more than I liked Romanov, even though I loooove Russian history, especially this time period. I think what...