Usually in books of this nature the view is of a tragic, close-knit family living out their horrible situation in near oblivion and the author notes will say things like, "We don't know how much they knew, but we can only assume they stuck together, and this was the view I took from my research, yada yada I would almost compare it to Anastasia's Secret because in the same way Anastasia finds out from her invented love interest Sasha that things in their country are spinning out of control but doesn't know how much of that to believe, Anastasia in this book gleans similar information from her oldest sister's hidden notebook.
Her reading Olga's diary was touched on slightly in Meyer's earlier book, but here it is a major plot point. Also, while we are told Anastasia is the "jokey" one and there are references to "Anastasia's stupid jokes," etc She even plots a way to bribe a guard to let her say goodbye to Gleb Botkin when this wasn't supposed to be permitted and manages to keep it secret even from her sisters. Strangely, even the cover of this one is more cynical and less wistful than covers for other Anastasia-themed books.
It's so dark and shadowy. I love it for being so unique, truly, but I think that if you're used to the more sentimental views the critical one here we even get hints about affairs and things between other Romanov relations -- such as Aunt Olga's obvious affair that Nicholas refused for the longest time to justify and turn into a legitimate relationship by allowing her to divorce from her -- allegedly gay -- husband might throw you for a bit of a loop.
After that, it's up to you to form your own opinion on how good or bad you think the tone of this book is, according to personal taste. Also, while there are little implied romances and crushes throughout, this book isn't a full out Romanov romance, so if your preference is books like Sarah Miller's The Lost Crown over Anastasia's Secret or John Boyne's House of Special Purpose, this book will be right up your alley. And if you DO like more exaggerated romance in your Historial Fiction, there's just enough sprinklings of that to keep you entertained too. If Anastasia hadn't been such an object of media attention, I think that Tatiana or Olga would have been chosen to narrate To begin, I didn't expect much from this book.
However, its historical accuracy brought my rating up to three. So many books just can't get it right I have to give Meyer some credit. Honestly, though, she was a lot better in the poor neighborhoods of midth-century Paris Marie, Dancing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A really interesting look at the Romanov family. Having Olga's diary entries was like having a second perspective on events. I did a paper about this family a few years ago and so I knew how their story ended, which made reading about and getting invested in the characters pretty heartbreaking.
Apr 13, Finnessa rated it liked it Recommends it for: The thing I always appreciate about Meyer is her way of teaching history without being boring. I've read almost all her books because I never fail to learn something. This was no exception.
I've only seen the animated film and now I know that it's pretty inaccurate. This book is more tell than show, but I still felt a connection to the characters and couldn't help wanting a different outcome, even though I knew how it ended. Interesting, informative and engaging, I'd recommen The thing I always appreciate about Meyer is her way of teaching history without being boring.
Interesting, informative and engaging, I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an introduction to early s Russia. I would've liked a map and a section on how much of the book actually happened. I'd certainly say I "liked it. I'm not talking about being too old to read this, since I read lots of childrens' books and enjoy them. I'm talking about the fact that this was obviously written for someone who was just starting to read about the Romanovs.
Most of the book is just nothing but exposition and explanations about who her servants were and their nicknames, and the nicknames of her family and everything, and that might be helpful to someone who wanted to learn more about the Romanovs, but it's not really helpful to me, who already knew so much about the Romanovs by the time I read this.
Plus a lot of the stuff you're told in this book you can easily find out on Google. Did you know Anastasia's favorite color was pink and wore a giant pink sunhat during the summer constantly? Did you know when she was given her name, which came from Greek, a lot of Russians grew concerned and asked the Tzar to change it since Anastasia wasn't considered a proper Russian girl name? Well you do now, but you wouldn't learn that from this book.
Aside from that, like I said, this book was just alright. It was more a recollection of various important events in Anastasia's life like her other books about famous royalty, narrated by Anastasia of course. The personalities in this one seem fine, but they could always be better. As stated before, if you've never read very much on the Romanovs before and want a good start, this would be a great one to try. But if you're like me and breathe the Romanovs every day of your life, well you should probably skip this one unless you want to be really bored.
Jul 25, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anastasia Romanova was the youngest and the most well-known daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, due to the fact of the many stories and speculation which suggested she had somehow managed to escape a grisly death. The hope of her surviving that horrific day had lasted through generations, even I had hoped so when I first read about Anastasia as a child in elementary school, still young enough to expect only happy endings.
The story of Anastasia and even that of Anne Frank was so eye opening and yet Anastasia Romanova was the youngest and the most well-known daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, due to the fact of the many stories and speculation which suggested she had somehow managed to escape a grisly death. The story of Anastasia and even that of Anne Frank was so eye opening and yet so heartbreaking. Carolyn Meyer has a way of making history come alive through her writing, providing historical details through the eyes and ears of people who are often just seen as mundane names in a history book.
I knew what the outcome would be obviously , but still I felt emotional about the way these young women, their family, and loyal friends met an end that, in my opinion, was really unnecessary. Aug 17, Kristen rated it it was ok Shelves: As a result, nothing in here felt very new or interesting to me. I know that Anastasia is the most famous of the sisters, but framing the story through her eyes, when she was the youngest sister and protected from a lot of the things that were happening, didn't work as well for me.
It would have been more interesting to see the world through Olga's eyes. This is a well written book, and if I had read it at a differ I think I just read this too close to The Family Romanov , which I really enjoyed. This is a well written book, and if I had read it at a different time, it might have held my attention better.
If you don't know much about the Romanov family, this would be a decent place to start, especially if you prefer fiction to nonfiction. This is definitely one of the best historical fiction novels I've read in a while. I loved how the author took some of Anastasia's diary entries and put them in this book. I didn't really expect the ending though. I thought Anastasia died of the old age, not from murder.
I continuily felt awful that her family was under house arrest during WWl. They couldn't do this or that and their "guards" treated them horribly. Some disrespected the tsar but their were a few who treated them kindly. The fact that the guards wouldn't let them even see anyone while they were on house arrest is ridiculous.
This book helped me have a better understanding of the Romanovs. Jun 10, MissyLynne rated it liked it Shelves: Yes, the book was decent, but I get tired of all the stories being told via Anastasia's voice. She may have been the best known due to the imposters who pretended to be her, but you never really hear much through her older sisters' POV.
I can think of maybe one or two books off hand. Nov 03, Tati marked it as to-read Shelves: An historical fiction about the Romanovs?? Dec 08, Steve Tetreault rated it did not like it Shelves: The following response was written for the class for which I read this book: Despite the award this book has won, I found myself having a very hard time forcing myself through it.
As extraordinary as the lives of the Romanovs were, getting the limited perspective of an insulated, undereducated child left me wishing for much broader and grander storytelling. This led to my second major issue: Give me a conflict with which the protagonist must contend, and show me how those contentions turn out, positively or negatively.
Anastasia felt more like a doll than a person, to be move and posed and instructed, rather than a person who would engage with and react to her changing fortunes. And, again, this may have been the reality of her situation, or even the point of the book - to point out how little agency the princess had. I have no doubt that there is an audience for this book, but pairing it with The Family Romanov felt a bit like a cruel joke, because that work was so well-constructed and provided such a great view of what was going on at this pivotal time in Russian history.
Olga, the least two-dimensional of the sisters, seems a little bit tragic in her wish to marry the man she loves, only to be denied this desire because of their mismatched social stations; but she also seems a bit whiny. As for your final discussion question, I found myself asking that repeatedly throughout my reading of both of these books. My best guess is that it was a combination of her age not quite old enough to be seen as a challenge or hard-to-match role model and her personality, as related by Fleming, who suggested Anastasia might have been the most relatable and down-to-earth of the Romanovs with the possible exception of Marie, who seemed to be quite the cypher in both works.
Feb 23, Lindsay Heller rated it really liked it Shelves: I didn't have any intention of reading this book because I just finished The Lost Crown which was pretty good recently and fiction about the Romanovs is often awful. But I also just finished Carolyn Meyer's book about Queen Victoria and found it enjoyable and a quick read so I decided to give this a go. The writing was about as good as it gets for this sort of book YA historical fiction and it was obviously well researched. I was interested mostly in the parts of the story I didn't have any intention of reading this book because I just finished The Lost Crown which was pretty good recently and fiction about the Romanovs is often awful.
I was interested mostly in the parts of the story before the Revolution since The Lost Crown covered the events after so thoroughly, and well. This book covered both, with a longer section which was pre-Revolution. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to write a book about an important historical event from the point of view of a young girl who was more than likely fairly uninformed about what was going on around her.
Debra Anastasia does not follow the rules. This is an experiment in flatulance and meat sticks! This is a well written book, and if I had read it at a differ I think I just read this too close to The Family Romanov , which I really enjoyed. I hate to say it, but I felt like this book was a bit bland in places. However, his horrible girlfriend is one of many obstacles preventing her from making that fantasy a reality.
I liked Meyer's attempts to breach this by having Anastasia read her eldest sister Olga's secret diary. It is sure to be the next Great American Novel…ha ha ha, just kidding. I had to see a therapist after reading the first book. I'm sending you the bill. Guess we have more paper pages to use as TP if we run out It's easier to burn the evidence. Someone should get her some help. Mar 20, Hollie rated it really liked it Shelves: I have to say, this book was as ridiculous and far-fetched as the first book in this series, but I still found myself LOL on numerous occasions.
It is in no way a "safe" read because the heroine does hook up with more then just the hero in this read. Then hero and heroines "friends" personalities were off the charts insane but once again I found them pretty entertaining. I read this book at a time I was in the mood for something silly but not the least bit serious and this one certainly fit th I have to say, this book was as ridiculous and far-fetched as the first book in this series, but I still found myself LOL on numerous occasions. I read this book at a time I was in the mood for something silly but not the least bit serious and this one certainly fit the bill.
I wasn't expecting this until December I was thrilled it was ready early. Furthermore, I was impressed that book 2 was just as funny as book 1. Every now and then you need a book to be so funny you spew wine from your nose. Duke is such a sweet cluster fuck it's wonderful.
How can you resist your stepbrother. I liked it for all the ridiculous that it was. A complete dig on romantic fiction that makes you think adult diapers are a good idea. So many LOL moments my children thought I was going cray-cray: Not as good as the first only because french twat pissed me off but I found a soft spot for Duke and loved the wedding weekend.
View all 3 comments. Jul 16, Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't know where debra anastasia comes up with the witty remarks but I may have to use them through everyday life now, I laughed all the way through this book that I was crying with laughter and don't know how many times I crossed my legs to stop wetting myself it was that good, poor dove I don't know how she gets into these situations I thought I was the only one with that much bad luck, it nice to read about someone who is as bad as me.
I'm gonna miss this series I was soooooo happy a second book came out and now there is no more, hopefully in the future somewhere there will be gynazule 3 and I can't wait for it xx Sep 26, WiLoveBooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: Debra Anastasia does not follow the rules. I adore that about her. How can I get through not just one book filled with disgusting bodily functions humor and awkwardness, but two?
I admit it's not normally my thing, but this book had me laughing until I had tears in my eyes. That's not enough to keep me reading, though. Under the potty jokes the story is about people, some of whom are disgusting and awkward.
But they're people trying to figure out themselves and relationships, both friendly and r Debra Anastasia does not follow the rules. But they're people trying to figure out themselves and relationships, both friendly and romantic. It's about being real, or learning to be real, and figuring out what is important. I got all that from a book filled with fart and penis jokes? Sep 19, Keli rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 27, Nicole rated it it was ok Shelves: I wanted to like it but sadly, I couldn't. Detailed review to come. ARC was kindly provided by author in an exchange of an honest review.
Hell with P90x, Debra Anastasia will do it in a couple hours. I caught all her shot outs to her homies and I was truly entertained. Dove Glitch is embarrassed about everything above her knees and below her belly button. When she has to fill a delicate, embarrassing prescription the last thing she needs is a sexy-as-hell and brand spanking new pharmacist behind the counter.
His glorious voice is way too loud—as in, he should be counting down the hits with Ryan Seacrest kind of loud. How could she not fall for him? Dove's only active goal now is to get Johnson to kiss her right on the lips.
However, his horrible girlfriend is one of many obstacles preventing her from making that fantasy a reality. When Dove defends Johnson in the most unhygienic, unconventionally gross way in the middle of a crowded restaurant, their tender, slightly tantric relationship is off to a galloping, farting start. Each print copy of this book will be dipped in holy water by my mom, and glared at by my father as he purses his lips. So, drop your pants and turn to the left and cough.
Sep 24, Heidi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Was she going to clean it up? Had she realized she had taken her writing too far? Would she seek redemption for the first one? I'm so happy to say none of these things happened. The saga continues when the underbelly of these characters are exposed and we find that sometimes being a man means not holding anything back, letting go when he should, chivalry comes in all forms and learn the true meaning of love and empathy.
With all their strange idiosyncrasies, this author made all these characters loveable and when peeking inside their hearts, I found myself cheering all of them on. I applaud this author's writing and I hope she isn't done with this series because when the fart blanket is pulled back, there's a pretty sweet love story underneath.
So if I have any advice for the reader, dislodge any visible sticks protruding out of your body, turn off the part of your brain that checks off the do's and don'ts, take a fun ride and enjoy every minute of it. Mar 02, Michelle rated it it was amazing. Or however much money it is for a box of tissue! I have now laughed so hard I cried my way through another box of issue and another one of your disturbingly wonderfully original works.
You are a sick, sick individual, and the world is a better is place because you are in it. Oct 03, Janet Romano rated it it was amazing.
Debra's done it again. Brought back all the ridiculousness of Dove, Duke, Johnson and the gang, and I loved every minute of it. If you like to laugh out loud, this is the book for you! Duke is my sausage scented hero. I'm stumped as the whole thing is ruined for me. Aug 14, Amy rated it really liked it.
I love how the story continues and especially the way it ends. Glad I got to meet this Author. A huge chunk of the book takes place away from the craziest apartment building ever, so we see less of the Anastasia's and Steve the Cat, who are a riot but they have some moments at the end.
Shannon and Preston, the half-French manager-in-training are off to conquer Epcot France, his homeland. It's completely ludicrous but will have you laughing your ass off. Flower is on a mission to make Duke realize they're perfect for each other. Which leads us to our loveable but crazy threesome - Dove, Duk A huge chunk of the book takes place away from the craziest apartment building ever, so we see less of the Anastasia's and Steve the Cat, who are a riot but they have some moments at the end.
Which leads us to our loveable but crazy threesome - Dove, Duke, and Johnson who are off to attend two separate weddings at the same venue there are 4 total so lots of wedding hijinks ensue. We get to meet a whole family of Dukes who are funny including his sleep-disorder sister who features in a crazy moment with flamethrowers, swords, and fuzzy puppets. Its still dirty with lots of fart jokes, some stress IBS, lots of language, earless cats, and stepbrother sex.
But if you need a good laugh between angsty reads this is perfect. I would love to see more from this series as Duke becomes an entrepreneur, Flower has a whole new outlook, and King Preston and Queen Shannon reign.
You know this building has more "colorful" dwellers in it! Apr 19, Sue Galuska rated it it was amazing. Well if you enjoy raunchy jokes about farting, pooping or body parts, you will enjoy this book. This story is a continuation of Fire Down Below. Dove Glitch has finally hooked up with Johnson Fitzwell, the pharmacist and Duke is not too happy about it. Duke overhears them having sex and is appalled. Of course, Dove's happy moment doesn't last long with Beth, Johnson's ex lurking in the background.
This story is just too far out there to not be funny. I loved the time at the weddings I really loved how Duke kept helping Dove out even though he knew she wants to be with Johnson. Of course all of the other characters from the first book were back. Shannon and Preston's story was pretty whacked! Loved the Big Peter scene! Flower was still as weird as ever I really enjoyed the way this story ended The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker.
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