Book review

Romanov by Nadine Brandes | Book Review

Hello lovely readers!

Romanov was one of my most anticipated book releases of the year and I’m happy to talk about it with you. As always, this is a spoiler free review, feel free to keep reading. So I’ve only watched Anastasia the movie like once or twice, but I really had no idea this princess movie existed until a few years ago. But I watched it and I liked the story so when I read about a book that was a retelling of Anastasia, I was very excited.

Also, enemies to lovers is my favorite trope and this story has it so of course I was going to read it, even if I hadn’t watched the movie or know a thing about the book. Anyway, let’s get into the review.


I try to paraphrase the synopsis of the books, but this time I felt like the synopsis from Goodreads was well written and it tells what the story is about very accurately. So here it is, copied from Goodreads lol.

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.

Honestly, I was expecting this to be a retelling of the movie, but instead we get a retelling of the true and actual Anastasia and her family, the Romanov, which was even better for me because we get to know about the real story but with a little bit of magic too.

Romanov is told in Anastasia’s point of view, which I liked a lot because she was very intelligent and interesting to get to know. But not only her, her family was what I might believe to be a perfect one. Not because they were rich, but because they stood by their values and their believes, they stood together through thick and thin.

I liked all the members of her family, although we get to know better the ones she interacted with the most. I have to say I liked a lot her relationship with her dad, it was so adorable and it made me happy when they talked.

Another character I liked, was Zash. He was not perfect, but once we understand him, he is such a great and strong character. Like always, I can’t say much because of spoilers, but if he was real, I can see myself relying on him with my deepest secrets.

What I would have loved to see more, was the magic system. I said before that this story has magic and I find it very interesting, but since this is a standalone and the book is not very long, I understand that Nadine couldn’t tell us everything about it. Still, knowing more about it would have been great.

Another thing that I didn’t enjoy as much, was the romance. I mean, there was a lot of love throughout the book. The reader can see how much the Romanovs love each other, but between the two main characters… it gave the feeling of it being kind of forced. I mean, I like it, but maybe because everything had to happened so fast, the romance couldn’t be developed a little bit more.

This was one of my most anticipated releases this year and it didn’t disappoint me. I decided to give it 4 stars because of the little inconveniences I just mentioned, but other than that, it is a great story with a lot of lessons that can be learnt.

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Tell me in the comments if you have read Romanov and your opinion about it. Or if you’re interested in reading it. I love reading others’ opinions.

Until the next post!

Happy reading 💙

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