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Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia. Like the fingers on a hand--first headstrong Olga; then Tatiana, the tallest; Maria the most hopeful for a ring; and Anastasia, the smallest. These are the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, grand duchesses living a life steeped in tradition and privilege. They are each on the brink of starting their own lives, at the mercy of royal matchma...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Atheneum
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Sarah
Jan 01, 2012 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Finally decided I'm not too cool to give my own book a five-star. In fact, I should have been the first.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
And here I am, continuing on my Russian fiction journey and I am loving it. I love how many books have or are coming out about Russia. This is a historical fiction book told from the point of view of the four daughters of the last Tsar of Russia: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia. It's been awhile since I've read any books or watched anything about the Romanovs and I had forgotten how long they had to wait to find out their destiny. For some reason, I had it in my head that they were taken awa...more
Susan
An excellent novel about the last days of the Romanov dynasty, narrated by the four doomed daughters of Nicholas and Alexandria. There are no gimmicks here--no love affairs between the girls and their guards, no survivors of the cellar massacre. All we have is four young women with distinct personalities managing to keep their individuality, their dignity, their humanity, and their affection for their family while their world collapses.

There's also an excellent author's note and a bibliography f...more
Jenny Q
Setting this aside for later at page 146, but not because this is bad. On the contrary, the writing is lovely and so are the Romanov princesses. At first I was wary of four sisters' POVs, but I was impressed with Miller's ability to give distinct voices to each girl, while at the same time showing how similar they were, and how much they loved each other. They are so sweet, and they try so hard to face the war, and the revolution, and imprisonment with dignity and grace. What happens to them jus...more
Laura Mabee
As an avid Romanov reader, I never liked Romanov fiction.

Many people have tried over and over to capture the Romanovs in fiction, but nobody really managed to capture the Romanovs. The Romanovs were real people who had faults, eccentricities and virtues. Rarely in fiction is the real history taken into consideration when writing.

Ms. Miller has put years of research and dedication into the Romanovs and it shows. Sarah Miller's book captures the Romanovs and I believe The Lost Crown has indeed s...more
Cari
Oct 10, 2013 Cari rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys historical fiction
Recommended to Cari by: Goodreads
This book was absolutely fabulous. I really enjoyed it! This would have to be one of the best historical fiction books I have read all year. By being a great historical fiction, I mean

1) It contains accurate historical facts.
2) Fact and fiction are interwoven flawlessly and flows effortlessly throughout the novel.
3) It taught me stuff I never knew beforehand.

I like how at different parts of the book, when not a lot of things were really happening (really, what are you expected to do while under...more
Meghan
It is impossible not to enjoy this book. Because it takes place from all four Grand Duchess's points of views, you fall in love with every one of them. Each one has a unique personality that is displayed throughout the story. The whole book was wonderful, in depth, descriptive, and unique from anything else I have read on the Last Grand Duchesses. However, my very favorite part of this book was the last four chapters, one from each of the girls. You could tell that would be the last you would he...more
Arabella  Adrienne
The Lost Crown, a new novel by author Sarah Miller, is an excellent book of Romanov Russia. The book is about the world - famous Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaievna Romanov and her elder sisters, Olga, Tatiana and Maria. In alternating chapters narrated by each of the Grand Duchesses, Ms. Miller clearly brings alive the challenges and joys of being a daughter of the Tsar. Each character is very well formed, and different in their own ways - Olga the smart one, Tatiana the beautiful, Maria the s...more
Anna
Feb 26, 2014 Anna marked it as did-not-finish
I’d been looking forward to this for ages, but only realised it was a YA when I started reading it. Narrated by the Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, it sets the tone perfectly for its target audience, and I know that my 14 year old self discovering the Romanovs for the first time would have loved it. As it was, it all wore a bit thin and ended up being a DNF; my teenage self would have rated it at least 4 stars!
Erin
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I attempted a fictional account of the Romanovs' last days almost a year ago and I'm still not entirely over my disgust. I say this because I was so unhappy with Falconer's The House of Special Purpose that I almost skipped out on Miller's The Lost Crown. I seriously debated abandoning it at the hold desk for the next patron on the waiting list. Ultimately I schlepped my then nine months pregnant butt...more
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
I have been fascinated by the doomed Romanov children for years. I think it's because they took so many photos of themselves. The photos make the imperial family in their pretty dresses and sailor suit with the occasional smile (unusual in pictures of that era) make them look approachable and real. It makes their ending seem even more horrible.

The Lost Crown covers the last four years of the imperial family's life. It starts out at the beginning of World War I, when things are basically fine, w...more
Jamie
Pros: The glossary is in the front of the book! So you know to go back and look!
Con: Anastasia's nickname "Svybzik" is not defined until the end of the book. I finally had to look it up, it was driving me nuts.
Pros: Each sister gets her own chapter to tell the story.
Cons: It is practically impossible to tell the 4 sisters apart. Their personalities come out in the story, but their dialog is completely undistinctive.
Pros: The book is well researched.
Cons: This research makes for a lot of plot exp...more
Carissa
It was a great book, but it was also sad. I knew how it ended before I got to the end I guess thats the price you pay for reading historical fiction with historical characters. Reveiw coming soon.
Megan Hicks
Meticulously and lovingly researched, it's hard not to respect the effort that went into The Lost Crown. However, I felt that the effort fell a bit flat.

The first problem with The Lost Crown is implicit in its premise. Because the reader knows that the Romanov family was murdered by Bolsheviks in July of 1918, it's hard to keep up much sense of suspense. This is made worse by the family's captivity. As many writing instructors will tell you, bored people are boring. Therefore, a bored, scared f...more
Helen Azar
It is generally not easy to find quality historical fiction, and this goes tenfold for fiction about the last Russian imperial family. This book is a definite exception to the rule. Historically accurate down to minute details, and at the same time very well written, the story in "The Lost Crown" starts just before the revolution and covers the events that lead up to the assassination of the Russian imperial family. Seen through the eyes of the four historically neglected daughters of the last T...more
Naomi
This book has blown me away on multiple fronts. First, probably one of the best books I have read on Romonov Russia in a very long time. The author is able to put the reader there with the Romanov daughters and give excellent "insight" into the "heads" of the young women and to take them from a place of young innocence to growing up very quickly during war. Second, it is just well written. The book sucked me in immediately! Finally and most shockingly, THIS IS A YOUNG ADULT BOOK! I have read adu...more
Julie
I have read many books, both fiction and nonfiction on the Romanovs, but this is by far the most emotional and intensely tragic account I’ve encountered. Told from the alternating perspectives of the four sisters collectively known as OTMA (Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia), these first person narratives capture the personality of each character superbly. Since it’s historical fiction, most readers will know how their story ends, but that also makes it more heart-wrenching to read, especially tow...more
Lisa
Jun 30, 2012 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: heady historical fiction fans
The Lost Crown is weighty historical fiction that chronicles the last few years of the Romanovs including the abdication of the Tsar and the subsequent house arrest of the entire royal entourage. The novel is told in the alternating voices of the four sisters, the Grand Duchesses.

I enjoyed the novel but I found that I lacked enough background information to really make sense of the events I was reading in a meaningful way and the stories told from the perspective of the four daughters were nece...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Like so many other readers, I am fascinated by stories of doomed princesses. Sarah Miller’s new YA novel, The Lost Crown, about the last few years in the lives of the Romanovs of Russia, tells their story from the point of view of all four Grand Duchesses, the beautiful and privileged daughters of Czar Nicholas II. Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, sometimes known as OTMA, each of them imbued with her own personality, narrate in alternating chapters how world war and revolution irrevocably ch...more
J
In fictional diary format, the 4 daughters of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia describe their lives before and after the Bolshevik Revolution. Their world of glamour and privilege becomes increasingly narrow and poor as revolutionary forces try to decide what to do with the royal family after toppling the throne. Author Miller presumes the reader has some background knowledge of the subject. The girls' references to their brother Aleksei's illnesses won't make sense if the reader doesn't know he had h...more
Brittany
May 21, 2011 Brittany rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of royal / Russian history
How I Came To Read This Book: I stumbled across an Advance Reader's Copy review somewhere, on some random blog. Then I was placing an Amazon order and noticed it wasn't due out till June but they had one left in stock. I ordered it to see wtf would happen and it turns out they sent me an ARC. Hilarious that I bought something that isn't supposed to be paid for, but whatever.

The Plot: The story basically covers the last three or four years in the lives of the Romanov family, told from the point o...more
Holly
I'm one of those girls that has been in love with the story of the Romanovs since I saw the animated Anastasia movie years ago. Ever since, I've been researching it and trying to learn as much as I can about the family, particularly Anastasia, who just seems to be the most interesting to me.

This did an amazing job at being factual. It even gave me a better insight into how they spent their day to day lives and what their "prisons" were like. That was super amazing. Also, I loved being able to se...more
Shelby
This book was truly amazing and haunting at the same time. It took place during the Russian Revolution following the lives of the five Romanov children, Olga, Tatianna, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei.

This book was so sad, and, well, heart-wrenching. The characters seemed so real, probably because they were, and you knew that the story was true. There were pictures of the family in the back of the book, which was both awful and nice at the same time.

It was very easy to connect to the siblings, espe...more
Amanda
I've always had a fascination with the Russian Revolution -the history part, at least. Because I've this, I've been searching for the perfect novel (or novels) about the final years of the Romanov family and their demise. When I first heard about The Lost Crown, it sounded like the perfect fit.

The Lost Crown explores the final years of the Romanov family and, most importantly, the Russian Revolution and the family's demise. Told through the rotating viewpoints of the four grand duchesses -Olga,...more
Ashley W
Wow...this book was very, very emotional. It chronicles the last four years of the Romanov's lives, and I spent most the book dreading the ending that I knew was coming. I absolutely fell in love with this book and the four sisters who narrated it. As I got further and further into it, I felt like I was there, experiencing everything they went through: the start of WWI, the months Olga and Tatiana spend as Red Cross nurses, the measles, and the house arrests in their palace, Tobolsk, and finally...more
Linda Cat
Originally posted to: www.books4hearts.com

The Lost Crown was a fascinating novel. I love historical fiction, especially when it's about a period that I might not have known much about before going into the novel. I didn't know THAT much about Imperial Russia, so this book was very interesting and fresh for me.

The settings were ornate and as the points of view alternated things became different. An interesting point about this novel is that for every chapter the point of view is from a different...more
Samita
Not quite four stars. The book is told from Tatiana, Olga, Maria and Anastasia's POV, sounds lovely no? It wasn't, it's hard to keep track of who is who (also going back and fort to the beginning of the chapter on my nook is not easy for my clumsy fingers), truly the only one that really reads differently is Anastasia's because her POV reads ~younger~ Multiple POVs are always tricky, and it does come in handy near the second half of the book.

Anyhow, it's a great story and the author seems to ha...more
Meredith
The Lost Crown is the incredible retelling of the tragic story of the Romanov sisters. It is told from the points of views of the 4 Romanov Sisters, Olga, Tatiana, Anastasia, and Maria, who each have their own voice throughout the novel Though often slightly confusing, Sarah Miller does a great job of outlining each characters personality making you quite attached to them. And Although the Romanov sisters lived a long time ago, you can actually relate to them which was something I didn't expect...more
Laura
This is a triumphant and complex retelling of the lives of the Romanov sisters - Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia - following the Russian Revolution. It is a beautiful work of historical fiction subtly hiding behind a mask of young adult narrative. Sarah Miller effortlessly switches between first person accounts by all four sisters, deftly weaving the tragic and incredible story together. These four heroines have an abundance of strength in the harshest of circumstances and their story -- tho...more
Casey Bushee
Feb 23, 2014 Casey Bushee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my friends
Recommended to Casey by: Mrs. Chabot
In The Lost Crown the author paints a picture of the early 1900's in Russia's imperial family. The author shows how close the family was and what their life was like and the struggles they faced. The author did a good job of portraying the characters realistically so you felt like you knew them.

The plot that describes their loss of power and struggles is well executed. You feel like you are there with them and you wish you could help them. There is a lot of suspense and mystery about their fat...more
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