Romanov | YA Book Review

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Romanov by Nadine Brandes. An insightful YA book review by An-Mari Fouché only in this Fall 2019 issue of Curiositales Magazine.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes. An insightful YA book review by An-Mari Fouché only in this Fall 2019 issue of Curiositales Magazine.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes | Book Review by An-Mari Fouché

Romanov picks up the story of the Romanov family just after the Russian Revolution and during their Siberian exile. Those who know the history will know how that story ends, and that is where the stories of Anastasia are born. The rest is a struggle for survival, for healing … and for love. 

"Anastasia is a fiercely loving character and known as a mischief-maker." - @NadineBrandes #romanov #bookreview

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The first part of the novel, based on history, is slightly bland, reading more like a memoir or autobiography. However, as reality becomes myth, Brandes’ writing turns poetic and emotive, pulling the reader ever deeper into the world of Anastasia, her royal family, the guards who became their friends … and Zash, the handsome soldier with secrets of his own. Their love and heartbreak become your own, leaving you devastated at times.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes. An insightful YA book review by An-Mari Fouché only in this Fall 2019 issue of Curiositales Magazine.

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Anastasia is a fiercely loving character and known as a mischief-maker. Desperate and determined to save her family after her father gives her an ancient spell hidden in a Matryoshka doll, it’s her character that truly makes this novel brilliant. She is smart. She is a survivor. She doesn’t rebel simply for the sake of rebellion but instead shows a resourcefulness and strength of character that truly makes her the stuff of legends.


A beautifully written novel with memorable characters that will make you laugh and cry and will stay in your heart for a long time to come. Romanov is a story founded in reality, fueled by magic and enchanted by love.


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"A beautifully written novel with memorable characters that will make you laugh and cry and will stay in your heart for a long time to come. Romanov is a story founded in reality, fueled by magic and enchanted by love." - @NadineBrandes #romanov #bookreview

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