The Bronze Horseman
Jesus fucking rollerblading Christ.
No. Fuck no. I can’t do it anymore. You wanna read a historical love story with imperfect main characters? Go read Karleen Koen’s Dark Angels.
You wanna read a story about how fucked up Stalin and the Soviet Union were pre, during and post WWII? Go read The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956.
You wanna read an in-depth history of the European campaigns of WWII? Go read The Guns at Last ...more
First of all, I am not sure why people love this story so much when there are so much better books/movies out there about: lovers separated by war (“Atonement”), surviving through a war (“Gone with the Wind”), Russia during its communist era (“Doctor Zhivago”), escape from Soviet Ru ...more
10++ bright shining stars!!
Wow. WOW. WOW. !! This is the most intense and epic love story EVER told!! It's exquisitely written, achingly heart wrenching, deeply heart warming, and utterly beautiful, unforgettable and incomparable in every way!!!
Quite simply, there is no other series like this.
The author has a truly uncanny gift for really making you FEEL everything that her characters are going through. I FELT Tania and Alexander fall in love, I FELT their longing, I FELT their ...more
Those problems were pure maiden trope got slightly old and happiness was so closely related only to sex which got a little repetitive.
I might/ probably will be doing a mini review on this
~2017 update~ lowering the rating because the maiden trope mentioned earlier is more problematic than my naive self picked up on 3 years ago. It ...more
This book came very highly recommended. I picked it, along with a few others, from Goodreads' top 100 romance novels. It has been recommended to me many times over the years, from people on Goodreads and from those I know in "real life". And it has an average rating of 4.40.
While I didn't loathe the book - and enjoyed some parts - the truth is that more than half of these 600+ pages were excruciatingly boring.
Simons takes some steps towards goodness, but then it is ruin ...more
“At the start of war, on June 22, 1941, the day Alexander met Tatiana, there were three million civilians in Leningrad. When the Germans blockaded the city on September 8, 1941, there were two and a half million civilians in Leningrad. In the spring of 1942 a million people remained.”
This is a historical romance that takes place during World War II in Leningrad, Russia, and even though the characters are fictional, the events are very, very real. I'm not going to lie; this was a really hard ...more
To think, I nearly passed over this book because I don't usually read historical romances. That would have been a tragedy! Thank God, I finally gave it a shot after hearing so much praise for it. I really would hav ...more
The bottom line is that this book normalizes and promotes unhealthy and abusive interactions between a husband and a wife. Never once did Simons denounce any of Alexander’s actions as abusive, violent, or wrong; instead, Tatiana is constantly apologizing for upsetting his husband. It’s sold as a love story, but the main character is only given this love when she’s behaving like a perfect doll for her husband, following his ...more
❝Good-bye, my moonsong and my breath, my white nights and golden days, my fresh water and my fire. Good-bye, and may you find a better life, find comfort again and your breathless smile, and when your beloved face lights up once more at the Western sunrise, be sure what I felt for you was not in vain. Good-bye, and have faith, my Tatiana.❞
Reread (04/13/2017): God, I love this book so much. It's far from perfect but this book and these characters are just so near and dear to my heart. It's be ...more
I never knew how important perfect white teeth could be, that there was such a thing as a slight case of TB, that this many mentions of blueberries could be squeezed into a single book, or that I could ever get bored with/by sex. But these things have all been achieved by Bronze Horseman. She even manages to throw in some scurvy.
The description in this book is endless. Buses, walks, dinners, ice cream, cabbage, love session, buses, w ...more
Hands Down, IMHO, this is the most beautiful love story ever told! E. V. E. R.
This is book one of a phenomenal trilogy, of which I promise, you will be scrambling to read all three. It will have your heart twisted up six ways to Sunday, and then some.
Paullina Simons is an extraordinary author. She transports you back in time to 1941 during World War II in Leningrad, Russia, 1941. I felt like I was right in the midst of everything that was happening. It was surreal.
Tatiana and Alexan ...more
This. Right here. Boom.
Read it, or miss out on the best hero/heroine combo EVERRRRRRRRRR!
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♥ 5 BREATHLESSLY EPIC AND MEMORABLE STARS. ♥
"Love is," she repeated slowly, "when he is hungry and you feed him. Love is knowing when he is hungry."
"Love is, to be loved," said Alexander, "in return."
The Bronze Horseman is probably the most EPIC love story I've ever read. There just aren't any words adequate enough to describe how much I loved this book! From the moment I started reading it, I could not put it down until I finished the very last page. And even then, I just HAD to start the s ...more
This was probably the most beautiful, heart stopping, tragically EPIC love stories I’ve ever read. EVER. Talk about FEELING when you read... I felt EVERYTHING reading this story. It took me days to complete, which isn’t my norm, and I was a wreck the entire time. It consumed me. Utterly and completely consumed me.
I can’t begin to express how wonderful this book was. I’m not even going to attempt to summarize the story. This story is impossible to review properly. No matte ...more
"He wanted to explain but felt shattered. He was shattered." - Yes, I know, Alexander. Me, too. Review to follow when I feel less shattered. On to Book 2!! ^_^
12+ Hours later….
5+ Stars!!! - Also reviewed at:Lady Jayne's Reading Den
Okay, I figure there is NO WAY I can ever do this book justice, so, I just need to pour out this “review” now, and hopefully in the release of my swirling thoughts and emotions I’m not too nonsensical.
Firstly, I would like to THANK my GR
"Tania...you and I had only one moment.." said Alexander, "A single moment in time, in your time and mine...one instant, when another life could have still been possible."
This might very well be the most exquisitely-written blend of historical fiction and romance in one book that I have ever read. Dare I even say that this heart-wrenching and beautiful tale has taken over the top spot from Outlander? I know. I can't believe it myself. Both are 5 star books and both will stay on my all time f ...more
I'm so jealous, I saw that many of my friends were reading one of the most amazing books I have ever read and I couldn't resist!! Re-reading and I will post a new review!!!
No matter what I write for this book it won't be enough. The bronze horseman is definitely a unique book. Tatiana's and Alexander's love story will take you into an emotional rollercoaster but I dont think that you will regret what you read,at least I didn’t.
“A bus came. The soldier turned away from her and walked toward it. Tatiana watched him. Even his walk was from another world; the step was too sure, the stride too long, yet somehow it all seemed right, looked right, felt right. It was lik...more
I just have no accurate words to describe how I'm feeling right now after reading this book. I had NO IDEA what I was getting into when I started it, I just knew everybody who read it adored it so I was almost certain I would probably be feeling the same way. Saying I adored this book is not really enough. It was such a surprise for me, such an emotional and heart-breaking read, a complete roller-coaster of all exis ...more
5 STARS out of 5
“Tania,” he whispered passionately, “you are naked and underneath me!” As if he could not believe it himself.
“Alexander,” she said, still trembling, “you are naked and above me.” She felt him rubbing against her. They kissed.
“I can’t believe it,” he said, his breath shallow. “I didn’t think this day would ever come.” He paused and then whispered, “Yet I couldn’t imagine my life witho ...more
EXTRAORDINARIA. EXCEPCIONAL. GLORIOSA. GRANDIOSA. MARAVILLOSA. BELLÍSIMA. INOLVIDABLE.
Todas las estrellas son pocas.
Todas las palabras son insuficientes.
Todos mis sentimientos son indescriptibles.
Y Tatiana... Ay, Tatiana, Tatiana, Tatiana. El alma, el corazón, la esencia de la historia. Qué maravillosa protagonista. ❤ ...more
It's hard to write a complete review when I'm not yet finished with trilogy, but I will say that I LOVED this book!
Alexander and Tatiana are, hands down, the greatest hero and heroine I've come across. Alexander is the usual gorgeous, possessive male but he has so much more; he is faithful and unconditionally honorable. And Tania is the strongest, sweetest, most selfless heroine I've ever come across. I'm head over heels in love with them both and I've never hurt more for any charac ...more
Every once in awhile a book enters our life that changes the way we think and feel.
Reading this book but felt like watching a WW2 documentary that included a love story. The Bronze Horseman could be categorized as a realistic historical fiction. The whole scenario felt real. When the characters suffered I suffered along with them in my everyday life. Watching this family struggle to survive in Russi ...more
Con este escenario de fondo, al que además se suman las ya de por sí duras condiciones de vida de la Unión Soviética ...more
My friend Whitney (WhittyNovels) has been posting excerpts of this book on Twitter and I'm absolutely shocked and disgusted by what I've seen. There is no way to misconstrue these passages. The cover of this book proudly boasts that it's a love story and none of what I have seen has even a modicum of romance. What I've seen has left me feeling sick.
TW: rape, toxic relationships, mental and physical abuse, and probably much more
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After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullin ...more