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The Diamond Secret by Suzanne Weyn
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May 17, 2012

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bookshelves: romance, 2012, reviewed
Read from April 07 to 10, 2012

2.5 Stars

The main problem I had with this book was that there weren’t major changes from the original “Anastasia” story and The Diamond Secret. There were a few changes – the petticoats, the age (compared to the movie, which now is more historically accurate), the names, and the antagonist. But really, when I read this book, it was more like reading “Anastasia” but with different names.

In addition, I didn’t see many conflicts involving Rasputin’s assistant. He appears a few times during the main plot, and for a whole chapter in the end, but that was all. Maybe I’m biased because I’ve watched the movie, where Rasputin and his assistant constantly appear, but the antagonist seemed more like a minor threat instead of a villain.

However, I liked the development of Nadya and ‘s relationship. Unlike other books in the Once Upon a Time series, it wasn’t love at first sight or love within a few chapters. Their fondness for each other grew to a liking, then eventually into love. And, as a sucker for romance, this was a major plus for me.

I also liked Nadya as a character. Like Violet in Violet Eyes (another book of the Once Upon a Time series), she wasn’t raised as a princess, but nevertheless is quick-witted and courageous.

I would recommend this book to strong fans of “Anastasia” or middle grade students who are unaware of the story, or just looking for a short read. Otherwise, try The Crimson Thread, Golden, or The Water Frog, three stories where the story is drastically changed into something new.

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