”’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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In a sentence: A gorgeous, intricately rich book that I devoured to the very last page.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Author: Susanne Dunlap
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more