Published by Schwartz & Wade on July 8th 2014
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Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.
Full confession: I think I was Anastasia in a previous life. I’ve always been fascinated by her story, and the story of Russia during the Romanov era. Also, I was addicted to the movie (even if my childhood self did think Rasputin was horrifying). That being put out in the open, the second a strolled past this book in my school library, I knew I had to read it.
Of course, it’s only taken me almost a year to actually get through it. But, I’m currently in a nonfiction phase, which seemed like the perfect opportunity to wrap it up. And it was a great story. In fact, the only reason I took away a star was for just how long it took to get through. Everything seems like an important fact to remember, which meant I had to be 100% focused on reading and understanding every line. That takes time to get through.
Despite the length of time it took me to get through this book, I really did enjoy it. Or maybe enjoy is the wrong word. I found it fascinating. Learning the behind-the-scenes information on the Romanov’s was everything my Anastasia obsessed heart desired. But what I loved most was how the book balanced describing the rich, lavish life of the Romanov’s with the poor, dark lives of the working class. Fleming gives the full story, from all sides of the spectrum, illustrating how and why the revolution came to be. And, for what it’s worth, everyone was, at least a little bit, crazy. Finding out just how crazy they were was eye-opening and well worth discovering.
Whether you’re an expert on Russian history, a casual fan of Anastasia, or a total newbie to the Russian world, this book is great. Just be prepared to really dedicate your time to reading it and discovering just how insane and shocking the history of the Romanov’s was.