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The Curse of the Romanovs

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  301 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Alexei Romanov, heir to the Russian throne, is in deadly danger.

Its 1916, the struggling Russian people are tired of war and are blaming their Romanov rulers for it, and some are secretly plotting to murder the young heir and his family. But nobody outside the palace knows that Alexei suffers from a terrible bleeding disease, hemophilia, which threatens to finish him off
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Emily Farrar
Dec 10, 2008 Emily Farrar rated it really liked it
Good. I liked it a lot!
Something about the Romanovs (just like the Holocaust) has always amazed me, and I've always wanted to learn more. I really like this book, a gave you a whole different look of it all.
Jun 20, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
I loved this young adult novel until page 85 when the narrator, Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov (son of the last Tsar of Russia) finds himself in New York City in the 21st century with a young girl calling him "dude." To say the transition was abrupt is to call the weather in New Mexico less-than-damp. It is a fatal flaw of the novel, something that makes its entire structure inept. I would have loved a young adult novel about the Romanov family with speculation about the role of Rasputin, but the ti ...more
Apr 18, 2008 Becky rated it it was ok
This book would probably be good for kids between 10 and 15, but no adults. The story has some historical value but was just to smple and young. I will give it 3 for kids, but a 2 for adults
Kathy Erskine
Mar 19, 2008 Kathy Erskine rated it it was amazing
A time travel historical novel is not my first choice of book but Rabin does such a fantastic job I was really pulled in and couldn't put it down. GREAT read!
Feb 10, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-literature
Great historical fiction! The author also provides a thorough section of historical notes at the end of the book.
Emme Forbes
Jun 26, 2008 Emme Forbes rated it it was amazing
This is a great book...I love to hear about Anastasia and her family, but this has a twist.
Jena Gardner
Sep 05, 2009 Jena Gardner rated it really liked it
Very good...maybe middle school appropriate. The Romanovs as seen through the eyes of future tsar Alexei. He is able to travel through time to escape certain death and teams up with a relative in the future who is interested in finding a cure for hemophelia. When he learns of his family's fate in a high school history class he travels back through time with his cousin to try to find a way to change the course of history. The author includes outstanding and thorough notes for the reader on what a ...more
Nancy Bandusky
Oct 31, 2014 Nancy Bandusky rated it it was ok
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Mar 25, 2008 Claire rated it it was amazing
Wow! A friend recommended this book and I thought I wouldn't like it that much, but I really like it!
Jan 31, 2008 Scherrie rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly accurate in its potrayal... and yet so enlightening
Kayla D
May 04, 2016 Kayla D rated it did not like it
This is the most ridiculous book that I have read so far in my 16 years. Everything was absolutely ridiculous that I don’t quite know where to start.

To make things easier, let’s begin with the characters.

The only Romanov character featured here was Alexei Romanov, the youngest son of Nicholas and Alexandra and the heir to the Russian throne. At the start, I quite enjoyed the Romanov family life. Everything was in place; from Tatiana being a “governess” to Anastasia’s naughtiness. Felix Yussupo
Whoever wrote this book is a genius.

They somehow managed to combine three of my most favorite plots into one-and the result is amazing.

Granted, it was a lot shorter than I thought it was, and therefore it felt a little rushed. I felt like a lot of the scenes could've been explored more, but I wasn't left unsatisfied with what I got.

But that short-coming is made up for by the fact it's about Alexei Romanov time-traveling to the present and struggling to fit into modern society. My three favori
Sonya   ~*Why Do We Build The Wall?*~ Schuyler  (no more RP invites)
3.5 stars
Food analogy: This book was like a bag of Fritos. I liked it but it doesn't have a lot of substance. The "salt" in this book is decent action scenes and an awful lot of cheesy jokes.
For example:

"What mean this word? Foreign, anti-Bolshevik propaganda?"

"Nyet!" I said. "'Livestrong'. It mean... Long live Lenin!"


On the Plus Side
This was a short and sweet binge-read-able book which I admit I enjoyed despite its improbabilities. I kind of learned how to suspend disbelief with this one
Sep 18, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who love Historical-fic, Adventure, Sci-fic, and Romance
Recommended to Susan by: Emily (:
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Jan 10, 2011 Teresa rated it really liked it
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THE CURSE OF THE ROMANOVS by Staton Rabin is an absolutely spell-binding story of Alexei Romanov and the Russian Revolution.

The story begins in Russia in 1916, where Alexei Romanov is the hemophiliac heir to the Russian throne. As a hemophiliac, Alexei cannot stop bleeding, and the only person who can seem to heal him is Father Grigory, otherwise known as Rasputin. So many of the Russian people despise Father Grigory and spread gossip about his drink

I was born in 1904 and on my nynok the fate of Mother Russia was written.

It's no secret I have a slight obsession with The Romanovs. When I saw this book on a shelf at work, I had some reservations (the cover doesn't appeal to me at all - it's hard to see in the picture, but on the pendant is a very obvious pasted-on portrait of Alexei Romanov, the author was completely unknown to me although that necessarily isn't a bad thing, and the plot seemed a little
Feb 02, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
This historical fiction book about the last Tsar family to rule Russia is an action packed adventure full of time traveling and intrigue. Alexi Romanov, heir to the throne of Russia, suffers from the painful disease of hemophilia. No one outside the Russian palace knows he is sick and the only person that can help ease his pain is the mysterious Father Grigory, otherwise known as Rasputin. While Alexi struggles with his disease inside the palace, outside it’s walls a revolution is being started ...more
Jan 30, 2009 Staton added it
This is one of my YA novels from Simon & Schuster. "Publishers Weekly" calls it "a great trip for lovers of historical fiction." "Children's Literature" says it is "gripping from start to finish."

"Staton Rabin's CURSE OF THE ROMANOVS is a beautifully written and brilliantly imagined retelling of a familiar tale. I know the story of the Romanovs backwards and forwards, and this book took me completely by surprise. Highly recommended."
-Peter Kurth, Best-selling author of ANASTASIA: THE RIDDLE
The other John
Oct 08, 2007 The other John rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
Back when I reviewed Betsy and the Emperor on my blog, I actually got a comment from the author, Staton Rabin! I was so honored and awestruck that I promised to check out her latest book when I got back to the States. Actually, it was a bit more than fanboy enthusiasm. Both my kids have shown interest in the Romanov dynasty, so I thought this might be a book that they would enjoy. Well, now that I'm settled and got my new library card, I fulfilled my promise. I have to admit, sadly, that I was a ...more
Linda Lipko
Apr 09, 2011 Linda Lipko rated it did not like it
The setting is 1916 Russia where political disaster occurs as the three-hundred-year dynasty of Romanov rule is about to crumble.

Young Alexi Romanov is a hemophiliac, a secret kept from all but the inner circle. He is under the spell of Rasputin who seems to be the only one capable of bringing relief from Alexi's incredible pain.

Mixing science and historical fiction, but also weaving well researched facts about the Romanovs and the Russian revolution, the author details Grigory Rasputin's influe
Aug 17, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was ok
I requested this book through my library's InterLibrary Loan system because I'm doing a paper on hemophilia and this popped up. I thought, "Oh, Romanov historical fiction? Awesome. Even if it is YA" and didn't bother to really read the synopsis any further. I wish I had. This is a really strange book involving Alexei time traveling to the year 2010 to meet his distantly related Jewish fifteen year old cousin, who coincidentally is working a gene therapy cure for hemophilia, just for funsies. I a ...more
Claire Soh
Apr 15, 2016 Claire Soh rated it liked it
Was completing a History project on Rasputin and the Romanovs with some friends back in 2011 and picked up this book by chance. It makes for great historiographical metafiction, and has very riveting moments. Otherwise, I found the story a little dull and uninspired at times, although it did add interesting depth to the historical characters.
Michelle BF
Apr 13, 2008 Michelle BF rated it liked it
Shelves: kidsandteenbooks
Good historical fiction. Most bizarre character ever: Rasputin and he was a real person. I was really into the mystery and tradegy surrounding the Romanovs when I was a teen so this feeds that. The time travel aspect was a little "convenient" and the ten pages of historical notes at the end seemed a little excessive but I did find it interesting.

It does put this bit of history in the modern world with the DNA testing they can do now and the mystery of hemophilia with no cure even now. And I lea
Allison L
Sep 20, 2012 Allison L rated it really liked it

I’ll admit it. Whenever I hear about the Romanovs, the first thing I usually think of is Anastasia. And shortly after this initial thought I’m usually humming the familiar sounds of “dancing bears and painted wings and things I almost remember…” I can’t help it. I’m guilty! I think it was based on this awkwardness that when I spotted The Curse of the Romanovs by Staton Rabin in the library, I immediately picked it up. I do believe that part of me was hoping for another Anastasia type mystery sto
Apr 05, 2010 Adrienne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay,so for the most part this book was pretty good. The thing that ruins it for me is the creepy stalker monk dude. This guy is completely freaky... especially in the sense that they try to kill him like five times and he won't die. And then there's the 'I am your father' moment... PLEASE. Like we've never seen that before. And then suddenly the main character totally forgives the creep (who, by the way, tried to kill him on top of the creepiness)and then the creep gets shot (and finally dies t ...more
Dec 11, 2008 Becky rated it it was ok
Recommended to Becky by: chinaberry catalog
It was suspenseful but unrealistic (and at some points frustratingly so).
What I liked most was that the author explained his research his author's note, general note, historical note (what's true, what's not), and calendar notes - which was great for me as an adult and could also motivate a young adult (this book is classified as "young adult fiction") to do further research.

"I think that if doesn't matter who betrayed her. Happiness
Jun 14, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
Hmmm....liked the concept and the topic a lot. I am fascinated by the Romanov family and what might have happened. I really liked the first part of the book, when she adds in time travel and cousins in NY, there were a lot of things that just didn't add up for me. It was too forced, in my opinion. I just didn't believe the stuff about Verda, a 16 year old girl living in NYC. The author has lots of notes about the Romanovs and theories at the end, and I really liked reading those! I do want to re ...more
May 15, 2012 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, 2012
I picked this up at an outlet store for $3, despite it being a YA novel. I've always been intrigued by the fall of Imperial Russia so I figured it might be a fun read.

Time travel notwithstanding, I felt the events were far-fetched and contrived. For a book recommended to ages 12 and up, I thought the writing was a little immature. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone above the seventh grade.

Still, the author included several pages of factual information at the end, pointing out her own invention
Cara Noyes
Nov 22, 2015 Cara Noyes rated it really liked it
Not a bad read. Rasputin, royal family, and time travel? A weirdly cool mix!
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Staton Rabin has a B.F.A. in film from New York University. In addition to writing for children, she is a screenwriter; a popular speaker about the art, craft, and business of writing for film; and a veteran story analyst for Scr(i)pt magazine, screenwriters, and producers. Staton Rabin lives in Irvington, New York.
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