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We're onto day 2 of the readalong and wow so much happened in these 6 chapters! Since I seem to be incapable of forming proper sentences, let's make a list! (I know what you're thinking 'But Uma lists are made of sentences too' but guys, lists are LISTS. They just make it all so much easier)
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↠ So Nastya finally talked to her dad about the doll and COLOUR ME INTRIGUED. I can't wait to know more about the doll and how it's going to help them And also the interaction between father and daughter is just SO sweet and melted my heart!
↠ And aww Ivan and Maria! Ivan seems so sweet and Zash so distant. I'm not sure how I feel about both the boys yet but I don't think it's a good idea for either of the girls to be mingling with the Bolshevik soldiers, even if they seem sweet. It's really making me nervous.
↠ I hate that changes that follow Alexander Beloborodov's inspection - reducing the outdoors time, cutting down on the quality of food and everything. I also hated how they can no longer even read newspapers! AND OMG THE WHOLE TREATING THEM AS HOSTAGES THING AND THE HEADLINES IN THE NEWSPAPER! I feel so SO sad for the family!
↠ OKAY SO NASTYA AND ZASH! I actually liked seeing it grow. How at first Zash is mad at the family but also starting to like them and OMG HE ACTUALLY HELPED NASTYA GET SPELL INK FOR ALEXEI!!! AHHH That part made me squeal! And I loved how Alexei kept teasing her! And they got the swings made which was just absolutely sweet and I can't get over how sweet but at the same time the way Zash's attitude changes was too fast for me?
↠ The conversation between Nastya and her mother. Ooooo so mcuh awkwardness, I felt second hand embarrassment at times. But I found it really interesting how the author explains why Rasputin visited so much and why the then queen spent time alone with him.
↠ The closing of the windows, the conditions getting worse and the subsequent shaving of their heads was so sad! I felt so sorry for the whole family. Also Nastya telling off Ivan was a pretty great scene to be honest. What she said was absolutely right but I also see Ivan's side and ahhh I like that dude even though he is kinda stupid messing about with things that could get them killed.
↠ OMFG THE GUNSHOT RIGHT AFTER NASTYA THREW OUT THE MESSAGE! That was so terrible! And the scene where Avdeev made the tsar beg to let them open the window. It made me feel just as angry and hurt as Nastya. But I'm so glad her father found the note before others.
↠ BUT BUT OH RESCUE!! It made my heart soar. So hopeful for the family but gaah I bet something's gonna go wrong. *scared*