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Romanov Blog Tour: Review, Favorite Quotes, and a Giveaway

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 survival 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’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for 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.

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Favorite Quotes:

“No amount of age, pride, or maturity could stop me from loving my papa with the heart of a little girl.” 

“Peace, quiet, and safety are all well. But community and relationships are what truly fill a person's life.” 

“Revenge would have shattered us both. But you've given us the opportunity to be strong. To mend our hearts instead of break them further.”

“Let no one call you tame.” 

“The bond of our hearts spans miles, memory, and time.” 

“You find joy in so many little things. For once... I want to see joy find you. Surprise you. You deserve it.” 

“That was how we sisters worked. When one was weak, another picked up the strength.” 

“But there was still light - we were just learning how to find it.” 

“My blood is my crime.” 


Romanov by Nadine Brandes is a retelling of Anastasia Romanov. The first two-thirds of the book follow the Romanov family as they move from Tobolsk to Ekateringburg. I still don't know how I totally feel about this book. Part of me thinks that I may have been expecting too much. I felt like this was very textbook for awhile. Something you could almost read out of a history book up until you start getting to the fantasy elements of the book which is only in the last third.

Some things I liked:

  • I really like the family relationships. Nastya had a wonderful relationship with her sister and a wonderful one with her father. I really enjoyed reading this aspect. You could definitely feel the connection that this family had with each other.
  • Brandes is able to write amazing characters. I really enjoyed the fact that she could bring a character to life and really make you love them.
  • The romance was lovely. I will leave it at that. 
  • I like that Brandes made the story unique and fun to her style. She too a story from history and added some twists and turns. She add heart and love. I enjoyed that aspect a lot.
All though this is not my favorite book ever written it was a cute read and I am glad that I picked it up. This book is worth reading just for the characters. Do I think it could have been executed better? Yes. The story turned out beautiful all the same. You should give it a shot because you will love these characters.

About the Author:

Nadine once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She's the author of FAWKES and of the award-winning The Out of Time Series. Her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she's not busy writing novels about bold living, she's adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. Nadine and her Auror husband are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.

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Prize: Win a copy of ROMANOV by by Nadine Brandes (US Only)

Start Date: 7th May 2019
End Date: 20th May 2019

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Tour Schedule:

May 7th

May 8th

Moonlight Rendezvous - Review + Favourite Quotes
YA/NA Book Divas - Review

May 9th

Dazzled by Books - Review + Favourite Quotes

May 10th

Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile - Review + Favourite Quotes
Chrikaru Reads - Review

May 11th

Bookish_Kali - Review + Favourite Quotes

May 12th

Kait Plus Books - Review + Favourite Quotes
We Who Tell Stories - Review + Playlist

May 13th

Bookmark Lit - Review

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