Romanov Readalong - Day #7

(Image Courtesy -the lovely author Nadine Brandes herself )

 AND AHHH FINAL DAY HERE WE AREEE!! So many thoughts, and not one of them coherent *le sigh*

! SPOILER ALERT ! The following post contains spoilers for the chapters 35 to 40. So unless you’ve read them, DON’T PROCEED ! SPOILER ALERT !

-S P O I L E R S-

 Okay but I'm both happy and a bit "Uhuh?" 

Really liked the explanation about the doll finally. I liked how it created the spells according to their needs. So like Dochkin says, they're basically wishes which makes them like SUPER powerful. And wow how the spell that zoomed West gave Dochkin Nastya's wishes so he could make her spells. Quite an ingenious magical touch.

 When I thought this was the end of the road for Dochkin, I really felt bad. I liked the nice old man with his knowledgeable ways even though we hadn't known him for long. I was happy he had the spell for Alexei though! And the blank spell! I was intrigued to see how that would work.

 Then Nastya woke up and wow so much happened. I was so sure Dochkin was gone and even that Alexei was lost. I liked that Nastya saved some of the special spell for Dochkin. I liked how efficiently she got some healing spells onto everyone. 

I'm glad Nastya didn't take the blank spell. Like she said, "Because I have a story I was meant to live. And not even you can unwrite it." It would have all felt so pointless if she forgot everything and left this life behind!

Can i just say I LOVE the precious boy Alexei so much. His sass about Nastya and Zash about to kiss when he was healing and telling someone to please gag Yurovsky was just ahhh. Also I liked how calmly he responded to the way Yurovsky put him down. I WANT TO GIVE THIS BABY A BIG HUG!

Also I liked that Nastya forgave Zash. I mean if i were her, things would definitely be awkward for a while but I'm glad she forgave Zash

 BUT OKAY USING THE BLANK SPELL ON YUROVSKY??? DECIDING TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP IN FORGIVING THAT SCUMBAG? YEAH THAT WAS ALL MORALLY NICE AND MIGHTY OF NASTYA BUT I WANTED VENGEANCE?? CALL ME PETTY BUT I WANTED YUROVSKY TO SUFFER! I WANTED THEm TO SHOOT HIM AHHH. When both Nastya and Zash couldn't bring themselves to pull the trigger, I was like "HERE LET ME DO IT!"Sorry guys I'm not like super nice or anything, when people are as horrible as Yurovsky, THEY DON'T DESERVE A BLANK SPELL AND A START OVER!

 But other than that, I liked the ending. How Alexei and Dochkin are off to help the White Army and how Nastya is learning to be a spell master and Zash is staying on. I wish his Babushka could've been there though *sniffle

All thing considered, that was a kind of happy ending I think? ESPECIALLY THAT JOY IS FINE OH HEAVENS.

 Also guys, don't forget to read the Author's Note at the end! I absolutely loved it <3

-L E T    U S   D I S C U S S -

What are you going to rate the book? What did you think of the ending? What are your thoughts about how it ended for Yurovsky? 


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  • The strategizing, the waiting – endlessly waiting – for all of them to be okay, to survive. But with Babushka gone – sniff – it seemed a bit like, back to square one. I wish she were alive. There are too many deaths. A rollercoaster of a ride, with the perfect ending where the author ties all the threads together.

    This book gets a solid five from me. According to me, the ending was perfect and about Yurovsky, I am more of the opinion that instead of a quick death (shooting him), he should have been the recipient of the White Army’s wrath, the same torture he inflicted on the Romanovs. He certainly didn’t deserve mercy.

    I loved the Author’s Note at the end where she drew a line between fact and fiction. And I cried again on reading that ‘Joy the spaniel really existed and survived the execution of his masters’. And the last line of the acknowledgement, as a reader I felt a strong bond with the author. Thank you, Nadine Brandes!

    And of course, there is the bond with Books N Beyond as well … ‘which spans miles, memory, and time’. I honestly would have missed out on this book if not for your enthusiasm. I have come to love YA because of you, because of the books you have sent in your Boxes and the ones you make available on your webshop.

    What a fulfilling journey this was … When there’s a void in your life after finishing a book, know that it was one of the best stories. And thank you BnB for the discussion as well, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    • Shatarupa Dhar