Waiting on Wednesday: Romanov

Waiting on Wednesday: Romanov



Written by Nadine Brandes

352 pages

Published by Thomas Nelson/ Harper Collins

Publication date: 7th May 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the author of Fawkes comes a magical take on the story of Anastasia Romanov.

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.

Reasons why I can’t wait to read this:

  • I have always been fascinated by the stories surrounding the Romanov family, so I was instantly interested in this.
  • I previously read Fawkes by the same author and really enjoyed it, so I want to read this too. Hope it is even better!
  • When interviewing Nadine Brandes, she mentioned that her next project would be about the Romanov family, specifically Anastasia – this was added to my TBR immediately after that interview.
  • While I have yet to visit Russia, I love the history, culture and folklore so would like to go there someday. Set your book in Russia and I will probably read it for that reason alone!
  • Magic, in a story which already sounds great? Magic (usually!) makes everything better. I am really excited to see how the inclusion of magic changes the story, as well as getting to know one of the Bolshevik soldiers and see things from his perspective.

What do you think?

Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?

Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?

Let me know in the comments!

See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here:  When the Mountains Roared, The Exact Opposite of Okay, To Kill a Kingdom, StarfishThe Gloaming, The Smoke Thieves, The Way You Make Me Feel, The Queens of Innis Lear, Legendary, Nyxia UnleashedBright Ruin, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Empress of All Seasons, Tempests and Slaughter, Grim Lovelies, The Glass of Lead and Gold, Storm Witch, The Way Past Winter, The Gilded Wolves, Fierce Fairytales, Descendant of the Crane. Dragon Pearl, Last of Her Name. The Familars. A Pinch of Magic, A Witch Come True, The Winter of the Witch. Once Upon a River, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Shadowscent.

While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of The Hazel Wood, Tangleweed and Brine, Sanctuary, The Pretender or The Gilded King?

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30 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m really intrigued by Romanov. I’ve read Fawkes and while I struggled a little with it I’m most probably gonna pick up this one. It just sounds really interesting and right up my alley. And I also love Russian folklore and history.

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    1. I had been really excited about Fawkes, but then heard lots of negative reviews before reading it. I think that this actually made me enjoy it more, because my expectations had been lowered (shows how hype can damage a book by setting expectations really high!). Like you, I love Russian folklore and history, as well as the story of Anastasia, so hoping that this version (with added magic!) will be even better!

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      1. Yes, I had that happen to me too. What you expect can really impact the enjoyment of a book.
        But hype has also helped me enjoy a book more. Mainly when I’m buddy reading or reading it exactly at the time where everyone talks so enthusiastically about it. Really depends.
        But I have high hopes for Romanov

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      2. I have only tried buddy reading once and we were both pretty rubbish at reading at the same time due to life getting in the way. But I do love just wandering around a bookshop with a bookish buddy and fangirling over all the great books 😀

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      3. Buddy Reads are great but it’s difficult to actually find a time where it works for both .. and yes to fangirling ☺️

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      4. Fangirling in a bookshop is the main reason why I walk out with so many purchases…


  2. Ooh this sounds fab- I love the story of the Romanovs too! Have you read Firebird? It features quite heavily on that. One of the 39 Clues books centres on it too- I think the Black Circle. That whole series is great, and I think you’d really enjoy them now I think of it!
    Amy x

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    1. I have read Firebird and adored it! I don’t think I’ve read any of The 39 Clues series *goes to library to reserve another collection of books thanks to Amy’s recommendation* x

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  3. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this from Edelweiss. I think I requested it from Netgalley too and was denied. I’ve always loved Anastasia’s story… wonder if she really survived. I’ve looked into it and there doesn’t really seem to be evidence either way. I loved Fawkes too! I never found the “ninja” that Nadine talked about in her newsletters and in the FB group for her street team. I love the way Fawkes was written, historically accurate yet involved a fantasy aspect. I’d never read anything quite like it. Hopefully Romanov is just as good!

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    1. I was approved on Netgalley for Romanov and devoured it – even better than Fawkes! Really loved it! Hope you like it too 🙂

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      1. So glad to hear that! I am really excited to finally read it.

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