Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers, Thomas Nelson, for sending me an eARC of Romanov by Nadine Brandes.


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 saving herself and her family are either to release the spell and deal with the consequences, or to enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya has only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half as much as her growing attraction to 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.

My Review

I was really intrigued by the premise of this book. I don’t know a great deal about the Romanov family at all to be honest, but I was really interested in reading this take on the family.

This story follows Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov on a mission to smuggle an ancient spell on her way to exile in Siberia. With the perfect mix of history and fantasy, Romanov is a story of a family’s salvation, an ex-princess’ attempt help save her family whilst being hunted by the leader of the Bolshevik army, love and loss.

Romanov is my first book by Nadine Brandes and I can tell you now, I will definitely be picking up more of her work. I adored her writing style and I really did love the story. The small touch of magic towards the back end of the story was a beautiful touch and really brought the whole thing together.

This book will have you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next and how it all ends. I highly recommend and I gave it 4.5/5 stars.

Steph xoxo