Do you love retellings? If you do than check out the excerpt & review below for Nadine Brandes’ YA Fantasy Retelling about the missing Russian princess Anastasia!
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: Nadine Brandes
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retelling
The history books say I died.
They don’t know the half of it.
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 survival 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’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for 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.
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This book was such a wild ride! From prisoner to fugitive to spell master, Nastya is faced with many challenges. She is the daughter of the former Tsar and now they have been placed in hiding and guarded by their enemy. When her father is taken from her he leaves her with a secret that could help save their lives.
This story has so many intense moments that leave you wondering who will survive to the end! I enjoyed how fast paced this book was and the back and forth between who Nastya can trust and who she can’t. The Tsar is also a very wise man who provided her with some great advice throughout her life which helped her get through her circumstances and at the end Nastya is faced with the decision whether or not to forgive those who have caused her so much pain.
The relationship between Nastya and her siblings really shows the dynamics of the royal family, a dynamic that the common people do not see. I liked the people Nastya comes in contact with who help her along the way.
I enjoyed this YA fantasy. I especially liked the magic aspect because it wasn’t complicated and added just enough to the story.
Tobolsk, Russia I watched my diaries burn. Pages curled in on themselves, like spider legs accepting death. My past—my stories—turned to ash and tendrils of smoke. But I would not weep for them. The Bolsheviks could take far more precious things from me. I would not give them my tears.I shoved another diary into the white-tiled stove that filled the corner of the bedroom I shared with my three older sisters here in Tobolsk. Here in exile. A photo slipped free from between two pages, as if putting forth a last attempt to escape its fate. I picked up the black-and-white portrait.Tired, hooded eyes, a long, dark beard, and his hair parted meticulously down the middle: Grigori Rasputin. Our friend. Our spell master. He healed Alexei, he counseled Mamma, and he had been about to teach me spell mastery . . . until they shot him. The Bolsheviks shot him as easily as they threw back a shot of vodka at the end of the day.Or the beginning of the day, depending on how many deaths weighed down their hands.Now they were coming for us.I threw Rasputin’s photo into the fire. That photo, more than any other, could get me in the most trouble if the approaching Bolsheviks conducted a search. Evidence of our connection with the spell master would work against us. And they were searching for any reason to condemn Papa, no matter that he’d abdicated the Russian throne.I snatched my book on spell mastery from my bedside table and shoved it on the bottom of our small bookshelf with the other volumes. It was a German translation—one the Russian guards likely couldn’t read—and I’d rebound it with the cover from a German book of folktales. Still, they’d find it if they tried hard enough. The clip, clip, clip of Papa’s polished boots sounded down the hallway. They passed my door, stopped, and then returned. The door opened and his calm beard-and-mustached face turned toward me. “Nastya. They’re here.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nadine once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She’s the author of FAWKES and of the award-winning The Out of Time Series. Her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. Nadine and her Auror husband are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.
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