Romanov Readalong - Day #1

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Hello Books N Beyond fam and welcome to the first ever discussion of our first ever readalong! Grab that cup of tea (or coffee if that’s more your thing!), some cookies and let’s get started with discussing the first 5 chapters of Romanov by Nadine Brandes!

 

! SPOILER ALERT ! The following post contains spoilers for the chapters 1 to 5. So unless you’ve read them, DON’T PROCEED ! SPOILER ALERT !

-S P O I L E R S-

So we’re introduced to Nastya right away and I really like her, Her nickname shvibzik (imp) is just so perfect for her! Also things escalated quickly and I was as shocked as Nastya when the family was separated. ALSO ALEXEI IS A CINNAMON ROLL AND I’M SO SO SCARED FOR HIM IT PHYSICALLY HURTS!

I love the familial bonding Brandes bring out through the writing. I liked the bond between Nastya and her father the most. How about you guys? Also the familial saying “The bond of our hearts spans miles, memory, and time” kind of really tugs at my heart.

To be honest, everything tugs at my heart because I know what happens in real history and as engrossed I am into the novel, I’m also dreading what’s coming!

Also Zash! Hmmm do we see a potential love interest? The blurb sure indicates that but I really am not sure how that would workout. I’m guessing it’s going to be and enemies to lovers thing? But I’m not sure how it could be truly sold considering it’s not a big book but we’ll see! ( Also about the spell ink in his pack! I feel a backstory coming hmmm )

I see some resemblances to what I've read about the Romanovs in history and the Romanovs in this book. For instance, sewing the jewels into their clothes? I’ve read about that in many historical texts but also from my history reading I remember the Tsar was thought to be a weak minded man which eventually led to his abdication but the Tsar, well ex-Tsar here in this book is one of my favourite characters. We haven’t seen enough of him yet but I really love how he’s portrayed.

Also NO TRIAL! I wanted to scream. I felt the shock it brought into the household. And the loss of the doll! Oh it really bothered me and I was so sure Zash took it!

But also Nastya’s idea of a delay thrilled me! I think the next time someone is horrible enough for me to hate them, they’re getting raw eggs in their shoes.

AND THEN NASTYA GOT THE DOLL BACK AND I WHOOPED SO HARD! But I did think it was really stupid of her to have winked at Yurovsky! That was just not a good idea.

I was so happy when the family was reunited! But poor Alexei! That sweet boy is having the worst luck at every turn and I just want him to be alright! Chapter 5 ends with Nastya opening the little ventilator window to get some fresh air and also hoping that the White Army will come rescue them. Those last two paragraphs were so full of emotion and I just can't wait to continueeee!

-L E T    U S   D I S C U S S -

What do you think of Nastya? Who is your favourite character? What are your thoughts about the parallels between the book and reality?

 

9 comments

Nikita Jhanglani

So, I read up quite a bit on the Romanovs before the book reached me. So far, what amazes me is how well the author navigates between reality and fiction. The writing is brilliant; I feel like Nastya knows that I know her story and she is telling me what I don’t. Little details about characters, about Nastya’s relationship with the characters, so well done, especially because the book isn’t that long. I love that the narrative is peppered with with humor despite the mystery and the dark that surrounds the true story of the Romanovs. But just 5 chapters in, and I feel like I know the Romanovs. Like, really know them. The Nastya in Romanov, I am pretty sure, will become one of my favorite literary characters ever.

So far, the author is also creating a good balance between keeping the narrative funny and serious. Nastya’s wink at Yurovsky made me laugh so hard, and Alexei and Nastya’s bond makes my heart weep a little. I cannot wait to see how this narrative unfolds, not just in how the author finds a balance between fact and fiction, or she chooses not to, but also to see how this story affects me emotionally!

Gayatri Saikia

Ohmygod. I AM GOING TO PROTECT ALEXEI WITH ALL MY HEART. HE IS A SOFT BEAN. I LOVE HOW STRONG HIS WILL POWERIS INSPITE OF HIS ILLHEALTH AND HIS MILD HUMOR IS SOOOOO FUN🙊
I LOVE NASTYA TOO, HER CURIOUS AND MISCHIEVOUS NATURE DEFINITELY IS SOMETHING FRESH IN THIS HISTORICAL FANTASY NOVEL AND DOESN’T FEEL FORCED. ALTHOUGH I’M STRUGGLING WITH THE NAMES AND THE START WAS A TAF SLOW,I’M ENJOYING IT SO FAR.
ALSO, SHIPPING ZASH AND NASTYA SO HARD WOHOOOOO. BUT BUT DEFINITELY FELT THAT NASTYA’S ATTENTION TOWARDS ZASH FELT ABIT INSTA, MAYBE? NOT COMPLAINING THO😅

Tahoora Hashmi

I totally feel you when you talked about Alexei. ..I am pretty scared for him too….I usually try to do a good amount of research if the book revolves around a subject I have no idea of but this time I just brushed off most of it since I didn’t want to spoil it for myself. And I feel Zash have some crazy past which I am so eagre to find out about ….what if he is amongst the white army and in disguise to keep the tsar’s family away from extreme harm. You never know.

Thelivrelovers

I loved the character of Nastya with her sneaky habits and caring nature. And, when Nastya winks, man i really loved her for that♥ but knew it was going to bite her back in the butt😂. My favourite character is Alexei so far, he’s such a sweetheart. I only know the basic on what happened to the royal family, so this book is also a history lesson for me🙈

Shatarupa Dhar

I am loving Anastasia’s mischievous side, she’s the perfect shvibzik (I love this word/pet name so much). Also, thank you for this readalong as I am really enjoying it! The book started on such a beautiful but, a heartbreaking note. I love the unity of their family in spite of such hardships.

Alexei has touched my heart from the beginning, especially his cheekiness (and maybe because he’s the youngest?)

Also, I hadn’t read about the real Anastasia before this book. And now that I have read the Wikipedia article about her, I’m very, very scared (or should I say, apprehensive) about the ending. Oh, Book God! Please be kind! Hee hee…

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