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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,780 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Natalya knows a secret.

A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia's Winter Palace.
It holds a power rooted in the land and stolen from the mystics.
A power that promises a life of love for her and Alexei Romanov.
Power, that, in the right hands, can save her way of life.

But it's in the wrong hands.
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published February 27th 2014 by Razorbill
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Pen&Quill Read No this book is very clean in that regard. I think there's only like 2 kissing scenes in total (and their not at all explicit), however it dose at tim…moreNo this book is very clean in that regard. I think there's only like 2 kissing scenes in total (and their not at all explicit), however it dose at times hint at more, particularly about a guy who thinks the protagonist should be "greatful" to him for rescuing her and there's a part when the girls run in to trouble on the streets at night but everything is pretty much PG-13 no more. But yeah basically not your typical YA ragging romance heavy handed stuff going on. Which I thought was nice.
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Pen&Quill Read Nope. Almost 100% clean. No swearing really that I remember. But if your looking to give to a younger reader, say like 12 and down, I'd give it a quic…moreNope. Almost 100% clean. No swearing really that I remember. But if your looking to give to a younger reader, say like 12 and down, I'd give it a quick read through first.
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Maggie Stiefvater
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Possibly I am biased, because the author (Jackson Pearce writing as J. Nelle Patrick) was sitting across from me in my squashy office chair while she wrote this. I'm fond of both Jackson and that chair.

Possibly I am biased because we brainstormed about this book and The Dream Thieves as we loitered in my kitchen with the 4,000 cups of coffee who died to make both of these books possible.

Possibly I am biased because you always like books you saw being born on your living room floor*.

It's possib
Emily May
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Saint Petersburg was a city of illusions.

Holy hell, I want to go to Russia now. I mean, I did before. But now I really want to go. This novel so beautifully captures the cities of St Petersburg and Moscow at the height of the 1917 communist revolution. It expertly blends the historical facts with elements of Russian mythology and sensitively portrays both sides of the revolution by allowing you to come to your own conclusions about which side is to blame - if, in fact, either is. We see angr
Wendy Darling
Gorgeous, riveting, and heartbreaking all at once. Parts of this book made me desperately sad, even though I knew they were coming--and that is nothing short of spectacular writing.

Review to come.
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: whyyyyyyyyy
Tsarina, Tsarina, why wouldn’t you let me love you? I wanted to love this book you guys. It’s imperial Russia at the time of the Russian Revolution. THERE ARE ROMANOVS (according to the blurb which is a complete LIE because there is only a physical Romanov presence in the first chapter). I can’t be the only one who looked at this book and thought
Anastasia waltzing

And while there was some of this:
desAnya and Dimitri bickering

And the teensiest bit of this:
Anastasia being all fancy

There was mostly this:
Magic egg
Magic. Egg.

Read the full review on Cuddlebuggery.
Lyudmila Potekhina
Ugh...what a tedious book. I could go on for a while, but let's leave it with unlikable main character and the poorly executed story of the Russian Revolution mixed with strange, intentional historical inaccuracies (I'm looking at you, Alexei Romanov) and the same, tired "Russia is a magical land of ballet and glittering palaces and fluffy snow" cliche that people are fond of using in novels and cinema. This book also deals with a very touchy subject and many people don't quite understand all th ...more
Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18)
For a more concise summary, see Sarah Smith's review
2.5 stars.
NOT, in my opinion, perfect for Gemma Doyle fans. The Gemma Doyle series is much more complex and mature with a more intense and less logic-deprived fantasy element. Also, Libba Bray doesn't screw with real people or much of real events.
Overall, Tsarina is a fairly average YA book with a good deal of historical inaccuracy, a lot of philosophical rambling, and a weak fantasy element that had logic issues. It would be three stars, but
Lauren Stoolfire
Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick has a lot of potential. Historical-fantasy is one of my favorite genres and I was hoping I could count this story as one of my new favorite reads. I will say though that my favorite elements of the story are seeing the Romanov family (I could have done with a lot more of them actually as well as Rasputin himself) and the 1917 Russian setting as the Revolution is really beginning to hit home. The author takes some liberties with the timeline of events and changes up so ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Initial reaction: THAT ENDING, WHYYYYYYY?

Note: I could totally see it coming, but I still hoped that the plotberg would be avoided. Spoiler: it was hit at full speed ahead.

Review: Russian history ranks highly among my favorite kinds of history. Let’s be honest: some crazy shit happened in Russia. There are so many amazing stories to be told. As such, I was thrilled to hear about J. Nelle Patrick’s Tsarina. The fact that Patrick is actually a pseudonym for Jackson Pearce upped my excitement, sinc
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-owned-read
I ended up actually really enjoying this! The fantasy element was pretty weak, but I loved the setting and the integration of Russian history.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it

This was a solid four stars for me up until I figured out my hopes for the direction of the romance were wrong, and then that ending. The story is still good enough to merit a happy three though; allow me to elucidate on my experience.

At its base, Tsarina is a historical fantasy crafted around the Romanov family during the revolution, but it feels more like a YA romance in some ways. Natalya is the young noble that has the heart of Alexei Romanov, and he hers. They have known e
The Library Lady
Dear Kirkus Editors:
Who are you having write these reviews and are you aware that whoever wrote this one was obviously heavily into the Stolichnaya when they read this book?

This book is awful. It has a laughable plot whether it's the fantasy element or the history. It has all the worst devices of YA fictions--the loyal but weak best friend, the dead mother, the clueless (and pretty much absent) father, the "perfect" boyfriend and the other guy, the one with a secret. J. Nelle Patrick/ Jackson Pe
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print-arc
Damn, that was awesome. I would have given it five stars if it weren't for something that really annoyed me towards the end; something that I felt was pretty unnecessary as a whole. But still, this was really awesome. And much different from what I thought it would be.

Review to come.
"The rioters at the gates were loud, but no match for the music of the Winter Palace."


I wanted to love this, god damn it! I wanted to love it so friggin much!!!

Instead, it was



I can't remember the last time I reacted so negatively towards a novel, and I'm not even one of this people who went into it thinking "Alexei was only thirteen when he was killed" (but he was) and "those are not the accurate sequence of events." I was ready to let everything go and be swept up in the grandeu
Nasty Lady MJ
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Really 1.5 stars. To see full review click here.

I imagine a conversation went like this when pitching this book:

Publisher: Well, Ms. Patrick the Russian Revolution idea is interesting. But we have to have something to compare it with.

Patrick: Why?

Publisher: New trend in YA. Everything has to be compared to something else.

Patrick: Like Hunger Games?

Publisher: Waaay over done.

Patrick: Okay, what about Dr. Who?

Publisher: Are you serious? Dr. Who meets the Russian Revolution. That is even ridiculous
Without Further Adieu...

Before I mention anything about this book, I must say that I love Goodreads. I love it because of the recommendations it's given me. I love it because of the new friends it's given me. I love it because of the challenge it's given me to complete my reading goal for the year. I love it because it keeps track of all the hundreds of books I want to read. I love for the reviews I can read and determine if I want to read a certain book. I love it for endless reasons. But most
Tsarina did not turn out to be what I expected. It’s young adult, and I knew that, but I still hoped for a more serious approach to the theme of Russian Revolution.
The whole time while reading it, I felt like the important things were happening and we were not getting to see them; instead the focus was on the search for a magical egg, which is supposed to save the country.

This book is an almost childlike, fairytale-like portrayal of Russian Revolution.

If you want an epic story, set in the same
Savannah Foley
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**I got this as an ARC from the giveaway table from The Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA

Readers will love the atmospheric feel of the book. The writer really did her research, and it shows on every single page. I particularly enjoyed how real the Russian winter felt; not just as a winter but as a RUSSIAN winter. It was a delight to find that very specific Russian feel maintained throughout the story.

I also admired how the writer presented multiple viewpoints on the revolution, making each s
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed on Books Take You Places.

I was very intrigued by the idea of this story, Romanov Russia has always been interesting to me and the stories that surround the family have always been fascinating. While intrigued, I was also very worried. I honestly had no idea how Ms. Patrick was going to finagle a love story with Alexei, who was only thirteen when he was killed, it seemed like it would be at the very least, a very short and sad novel. The truth it, Ms. Patrick did manage a love
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
'There was no mistaking a Russian winter. It was a unique thing, a creature born and bred for Russian soil, one that sometimes brutalised the natives but often served as our secret weapon. Napoleon's army was defeated not only by the Russian people, but by Russia herself.'

Natalya and Tsarevich Alexei Romanov are in love, and everything is perfect in Natalya's mind. What could happen to ruin her plan of marrying Alexei, and him becoming the most perfect Tsar that Russia has ever seen?
The com
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2014
This book didn't work for me because Natalya didn't work for me. Her feelings didn't work for me. Her motivations didn't work for me. And everything about this book felt rushed. Rarely do I complain that stand alone novels should be series, but this would have benefited from being fleshed out into two books, I think. For example:
(view spoiler)
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
More than anything, I wanted to like this book. I love Imperial Russia, the Revolution, the ideas of wealth and poverty and social class. I should have known when I caught my first error that I would be dissatisfied.

For a noble woman at this time, Natalya is entirely too knowledgeable about war but seems to know nothing about the royal family. She claims to have worked with Tatiana and Olga, but most of the narrative focuses simply on Alexei. I'm tired of books that focus only on Alexei and Ana
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it

I've been trying to write this review for weeks, but it's extremely difficult because I love Russia and this story is almost non-fiction.
So I'll keep this one short.

The bad thing about the book is Natalya, the main character. She is a Lady, she is a White and she is just dumb. She makes horrible decitions and she also falls in love with a Red while she was supposedly engaged with Alexei Romanov.

The strength of the book is in the conflict between the Whites and the Reds -the tsarists an
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one SO much. Beautiful writing and she did a fantastic job with the setting. Highly recommend!!
I usually love books about Imperial Russia, and the Romanov's. This book though, took me a long time to get through, and it really didn't strike a chord with me. Magical Faberge eggs sound like a fabulous plot idea, but, to me, the whole book just fell flat.

It was very slow, and the characters really didn't grab my interest. Alexei especially just seemed really off for how history portrays him. Nothing rung true for me. I just could not reconcile how the historical characters were portrayed in
Sarah Amelia
3.5/5 stars. This book was honestly really good. I’ll admit that I’d never picked it up before because I wasn’t sure I’d like it but when I found a copy for a dollar, I had to buy it.

That being said, I found myself invested in the story with its gorgeous world building and descriptions of Imperial Russia. Natalya-WHICH IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL NAME FOR REAL I ALREADY LOVED IT BUT I’LL NEVER GET TIRED OF HOW PRETTY IT IS, is an interesting main character.

That being said, I didn't like a certain deci
Mel (Daily Prophecy)

This story has a beautiful setting and interesting concept. I know from her previous work like Sister Red and Sweetly that the author knows how to write an engaging story. But despite the well crafted world-building, I wasn’t fully invested in the story and the problem lies with the main character Natalya.

”That wasn’t foolish Natalya. That was love. Love hopes for happy endings.”

Natalya is in love with Alexei Romanov, next in line to be ruler of Russia. It
Jennifer Ellision
Posted to The Bevy Bibliotheque:

I think that I’m one of many, many people who find Russian culture all kinds of fascinating. And like those many, many people, the Russian revolution and Romanov family is of a particular interest to me. Even if Tsarina was written by someone else and J. Nelle Patrick wasn’t the penname of a favorite author of mine, Jackson Pearce, I would have found my way to this book.

There’s something vaguely Gemma Doyle-ish about the beginning feel of Tsarina. I think it comes
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
Set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, Tsarina is a captivating and often very poignant read. Alexei Romanov shows Natalya Kutepova the Constellation Egg, a special Faberge egg. The egg is supposed to be a closely kept secret, but, are Natalya, the Romanovs and Rasputin the only people who are aware of this egg and its powers?

This marvelous page-turner gripped me from the start and I couldn't put it down for long periods of time. The Revolution, the rioting and fighting in the stree
Eliza Crewe
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really well-written, fascinating and unique setting, solid (if-fairly-standard) heroine, and a plot that moves along briskly. My only (minor) complaint: (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
god only knows where i found the strength to finish it
i don't think it was a bad book (even if i DIDNT LIKE IT AT ALL) but SOMEHOW there was only one character that didn't annoy me
mostly though as soon as the girl was like ~zomg these revolutionaries, don't they know it's not my fault!!!! even if im super rich!!!! and the future tsar is in love with me!!! but no!!! they need to stop this revolution!!! russia will care for them!!! even if they're poor!!!~ OR WHATEVER i could tell it wasn't going
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