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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  2,377 ratings  ·  245 reviews
For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia's last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family's future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives ...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
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Danielle Dimitri was a fictional character entirely fabricated for the highly fictional cartoon film. Sasha is also fictional. Anastasia may have fallen in lov…moreDimitri was a fictional character entirely fabricated for the highly fictional cartoon film. Sasha is also fictional. Anastasia may have fallen in love in her youth, but she died very young and with little exposure to anyone outside of her family. (less)

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”’I’m old enough to know what love is, truly,’ I whispered.
‘Are you? Love is suffering,’
‘My brother suffers, and I love him.
‘It’s not the same.’”

3.5 out of 5 stars

Yet another Anastasia book!! The Romanovs never fail to fascinate the general public (particularly Anastasia, since she was so famously said to have been survived the attack on her family). In this book, it seems that the author was sitting in her chair one day and thought to herself, “I need to write about Anastasia. It’s not like
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
I love anything to do with Anastasia. I guess at this moment I will have to change that statement.

Susanne Dunlap has an extreme amount of talent but I don't know if this should have been her debut book. She seemed a little apprehensive to build such a great historical character, and so therefor stuck to what the world knows of Anastasia which is sadly not much.

There is no action, no catching the readers attention, no romance. It's just a bunch of words describing really nothing. Anastasia is a
Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛

Going back and editing my older reviews and writing some reviews for books I never reviewed, I knew I'd have to come back to this one eventually. I still remember writing this one too, like last year or something like that.

Part of me wonders if I was too harsh on this book since I was younger when I read it. After all, I've obviously read much, much worse things in the meantime, like Burning Glass and Red Queen. I considered going back and rereading this book to see if mayb
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rachel
Judged by The Cover:...

Okay look at the cover, now read chapter 7, now look at the cover again. Anastasia takes a few paragraphs in that chapter (and throughout the rest of the novel) to tell the reader how ugly she is compared to her older sisters -a dying man asks for her older sister to read to him instead of Anastasia because he wants the last face he sees to beautiful-. I am for a fact aware that a character's, especially since this novel takes place over many years, appearance can change,
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
I am having trouble, even now, after several weeks since reading this book, in formulating my thoughts about this story. On the one hand, it is very interesting - what book isn't, when it concerns Anastasia Romanov? But on the other hand, it was massively disappointing. The majority of the first half is good - Susanne Dunlap presents the Reader with her usual rich descriptions and complex characters. But I quickly became frustrated with Anastasia's lack of political knowledge (though this is pro ...more
Tara Chevrestt
This is a seriously boring book. It was difficult for me to stick with and finish, but I did it. (Patting myself on back here.)

Anastasia Romanova was a young Russian princess whose royal family was overthrown and held captive during World War One. Apparently Russians got sick and tired of going hungry and living poorly while their royal "betters" lived the high life with servants and numerous homes to choose from and many meals a day. At the end of their captivity, the entire Romanov family was
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
When I first finished this book I was going to give it two stars, but the more I thought about it, the more I was bothered by this book. First, the good. It was a very well researched book and I learned a lot about the Romanov family, which I really liked. Now the bad (yes, that is the only good thing I have to say about the book). The "romance" was very unbelievable. The only times they are together, he is either condescending or bitter, yet she falls madly in love with him. In the afterword th ...more
Anne Osterlund
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Anastasia has a secret.

The boy, Sasha, who tells her the truth about how the people live and what they believe, and gives Anastasia his balalaika to keep when he goes off to war.

One. Secret. In a palace filled with hundreds of servants, soldiers, guards, a snoopy younger brother, three older princesses, and Anastasia’s parents, the tsar and tsarina of all Russia.

How important can one secret be?

In a revolution, a secret may be all important.

Excellent. Enough imagination and romance to keep me ent
Paige (Arya)
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap 2 of 5 stars.

The life of a Russian princess rests in the hands of her secret love
For Anastasia Romanov, life as the daughter of Russia's last tsar is about to be torn apart by the violence of revolution. Ousted from the Imperial Palace when the Bolsheviks seized control, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia as the rebels determine their future. But even while their captivity stretches out and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance qu
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This. Bloody. Book.

It's been a while since I read Anastasia's Secret (due to probably $300 that's been spent on new books and the reading of them I haven't even gotten the chance to pick it up), bur hopefully my memories are fresh enough to post this review accurately.

While some people probably didn't like it or even hated it for various reasons, whether they be personal or because they disagreed with the largely debated historical themes, this book has been on my all-time favourites for years
Dec 12, 2010 added it
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In a sentence: A gorgeous, intricately rich book that I devoured to the very last page.
compelling, fascinating,

Anastasia's Secret is a stunningly accurate recreation of the teenage years, also the final years, of the life of Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, the last princess of Russia. The novel begins with a detailed Cast of Characters, highlighting the main players and providing some background information with a list of nicknames, a useful reference throughout the whole boo
Dec 29, 2013 rated it did not like it

When the original grave of the Romanovs and their servants was found, it was discovered that Alexei and one of the younger Grand Duchesses' was missing, everyone was left wondering: What happened to Anastasia? That is, if you choose to believe the American scientists. While American scientists believed they were only missing Anastasia and Alexei, Russian scientists (who had used facial reconstruction) believed they had found Anastasia, and were missing Maria and Alexei.

Regardless, the myth of A
I don't have too much to compare Anastasia's Secret to, as I don't know much about the Russian Revolution, and I'm sorry to say that I still don't.

I loved the idea of the book. Reading the epilogue, I saw that the author wanted to believe that Anastasia, the youngest of the Grand Duchesses, found love before she died. I want to believe that, as well, but I did have a few problems with the book. The first thing were the characters. I liked Anastasia well enough, but I never really got to know the
Michelle Wrona
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, favorites
This heartwarming, amazing book just made me feel stunned. It was so amazing. I really didn't expect it to be good, but I was left speechless. It was so tragic, romantic and it tells you what someone would do for someone that they love. This book made me want to learn more about Anastasia and her sisters, and about the Cold War. An amazing, book. Please read it,you will be left stunned. :) ...more
Abby Vincere
I know a lot of people dislike this book, calling it a perversion of History, but I found it delightful and touching.

Apart from the invented romance, much of the information is true. How the family was treated, where they went, all of that stuff, as far as I could research, was historically accurate. Even Anastasia and Alexei being players of the balalaika was true.

And since this book was marketed as a Romance from the get go, I really don't understand what people are all up in arms about. Yes
Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18)

I had low expectations for this book and, to begin, they matched what I read. The first fifteen chapters were deserving of 2 stars and the cringe-worthy prologue could go with one. Anastasia and Sasha's romance seemed straight out of a bad dystopian: Rich-girl-meets-poor-boy-who-tells her "your life is messed up." Anastasia had to make up all sorts of lies just to see him and when there's a war and revolution, all she cares about is him. In addition, a few historical inaccuracies and improbabil

Emily Coleman
The fate of Anastasia Romanov is one that many writers and filmmakers have taken many liberties with. My dad asked for a book about the Romanov's a few years back after reading a news story that documented DNA testing done by scientists on a grave near where the Romanov family was executed. It was found to be Anastasia. I guess that took a little of the mystery out of the story for me, but I still enjoy reading stories about this family and the history behind the Russian Revolution and its event ...more
Sifra (brilliant bookshelf)
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
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Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Truly, truly a disappointment. There is no doubt that Susanne Dunlap did a tremendous amount of research for this book but while it delivers in its historical accurancy, it fails in delivering the story and more importantly, the romance.

Having studied Russian history for school and researched the Romanov dynasty out of interest, I can say that I know more than the average person on this particular part of Russian's turbulent past. As such, this book did little to expand my knowledge on Romanov h
Corinne Edwards
At the heart of this novel is a girl and her family - bonded together by love and by circumstance - and an ages old empire on the brink of extinction.

As the youngest grand duchess in the family of Nicholas II Romanov, Anastasia has spent her insulated life among her older sisters and sickly younger brother. She's always ready for a prank, safe within a cocoon of wealth and privilege. Unfortunately, rumbles of unrest among her father's people begin to reach her ears through a boy she knows she pr
Kristen Harvey
Anastasia is the youngest of all the grand duchesses and the one taken least serious. But when she meets a young soldier in the gardens of the palace, she finds herself learning more about life outside than any of her sisters. Her love blossoms for Sasha, the soldier - but she can tell she is viewed as a child in his eyes. And then he leaves for the front lines.

Anastasia's world starts to change. First, she is caring for the dying and wounded soldiers - trying to comfort them in their time of ne
Jul 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ok... this book was the longest enumeration of "things' happening that i've ever read... i understand that the author was trying to keep to the historical facts, but the whole book felt like a history book with too many details. I did not really care for the characters and did not "swoon" over Sasha at all... i just found their "romance" irrelevant and annoying... it's just too bad...
ah! there was just nothing going on. Yes... i know there was a lot going on in Russia at the time, but if you're
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Well, first off I have to say that I took notes to really review this book but I think I accidentally threw them away! Oopsy. So, I put this book aside hoping to find my notes, but nope. They are really gone.

There is so much tragedy surrounding Anastasia and her family. There are so many books written about them and I always appreciate people trying to give Anastasia a happy ending where there probably was not such a thing.

This wasn't my favorite book, I admit. I think it was well written and
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I still love this book every bit as much as I did when I read it last year. This is a very quick read and it never got boring for me! I finally bought it a little while ago and I will definitely reread this book many times in the future!
May 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Title: Anastasia's Secret

Author: Susanne Dunlap

Publisher: Bloomsbury

I make no jokes when I say I am obsessed with the historical figure that is Anastasia Nicholavna Romanov. I grew up with Don Bluth's animated retelling of the tale. While it was historically skewed, it made me fall in love with the idea of a princess so bent on spunk and ingenuity, and with the classic tale of self-discovery. Ever since then, I have devoured any young adult offerings about Anastasia - either before or after her
Margo Tanenbaum
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Susanne Dunlap has written a wonderfully romantic and tragic novel about the final days of Anastasia Romanova, more formally known as the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna Romanova, the youngest daughter of the last czar of Russia. Told in the first person by Anastasia herself, the self-appointed fun-loving practical joker of the Romanov children, the novel starts at the time of the outbreak of World War I, when Anastasia's idyllic childhood begins to change forever. Dunlap intersects into Ana ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book. I’ve studied some Russian history in the past, so I suppose that might have drawn me into this book faster than most readers, but I still feel that this was a very easy and appealing read.

Anastasia’s narration was honest, complicated and very accessible. You could relate easily to this character somehow, despite the time difference, the cultural factors, the social factors. Somehow Ms Dunlap makes it ever so easy to listen to Anastasia.

The book, whilst seeming to pro
First sentence: "We are surrounded by guards."

Everyone knows how the story of the Romanovs ends. In July of 1918, an entire family was gunned down in a basement. For years there was hope that the youngest daughter, Anastasia, somehow escaped, but forensic evidence has since proven otherwise. But what if Anastasia's last years of imprisonment were lightened by a clandestine romance with a guard? This is the story that Susanne Dunlap tells in the book Anastasia's Secret.

I was so excited to get t
Ann Woodbury Moore
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This is another young adult novel about the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his family--specifically his youngest daughter Anastasia. One issue that fiction writers have with Anastasia is that, according to all reports, she led an extremely sheltered life and was childish, immature, and neither studious nor inquisitive. Thus, how to bring in life-changing historical events without lecturing? Carolyn Meyer, in "Anastasia and Her Sisters," did so by inventing a diary kept by one of Anastasia ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I've always been fascinated and yet saddened by the Romanov family ever since I saw the movie "Nicholas and Alexandra." I've been particularly interested in Anastasia, in light of the theories that she escaped the execution of her family. Of course, we now know that she shared their fate, and that Anna Anderson was a fraud. When I look at photos of this beautiful family I wish they could simply have been exiled somewhere. Some people shouldn't rule even if they're born into a ruling class. I thi ...more
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Susanne Dunlap is the author of ten works of historical fiction. A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton with her long-time partner, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, five step- ...more

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