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