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There S A Heavy Price To Pay For Royalty In This Compelling And True Story Of Anastasia Romanov And Fellow Grand Duchesses Of Russia, From An Award Winning NovelistIt S Summer InAnd The Romanovs Are Aboard The Standart, The Russian Royal Yacht Tsar Nicholas, Tsaritsa Alexandra, Their Four Daughters, And The Youngest Child, Tsarevitch Alexei, Are Sailing To Romania To Meet Crown Prince Carol And His Parents It Seems Like A Fairy Tale Existence For The Four Grand Duchesses, Dressed In Beautiful Clothes, Traveling From Palace To Palace But It S NotLife Inside The Palace Is Far From A Fairy Tale The Girls Younger Brother Suffers From An Excruciatingly Painful And Deadly Blood Disease, And Their Parents Have Chosen To Shield The Russian People From The Severity Of The Future Tsar S Condition The Secrets And Strain Are Hard On The Family, And Conditions Are Equally Dire Beyond The Palace Walls Peasants Chafe Under The Burden Of Extreme Poverty And Tsar Nicholas S Leadership Power Weakens And When The Unthinkable Happens Germany Declares War On Russia Nothing In Anastasia S World Will Ever Be The Same


10 thoughts on “Anastasia and Her Sisters

  1. says:

    Anastasia and her sisters collective and individual stories have fallen prey to both mythology and writers wild imaginings Tales of escape and recognition, such as the three Anastasia films starring Ingrid Bergman, Amy Irving, and Meg Ryan, respectively , and sexualizing of the young grand duchesses as happened to Anastasia herself in Anastasia s Secret by Susanne Dunlap have contributed to a false and negative image of these four extraordinary lives Sarah Miller s The Lost Crown stands out as the only novel to do full justice to these young women until now Anastasia and Her Sisters , whilst narrated by Anastasia, is really about all four them Olga, in particular, is almost like a secondary narrator with Anastasia s constant thumbing through her secret diary throughout this beautiful novel Starting in 1911 and ending just before their brutal assassination, the book follows these sisters privileged yet relatively normal lives as daughters of the richest man on Earth They live in great palaces by the sea and attend opulent balls, have private tutors, wear pretty dresses, and want for nothing, yet they are as relatable as any YA heroine four young women to strive to be like and to look up to.They have their crushes and little romances based in the historical record i.e the story of Olga and Paul Voronov, tenderly depicted in this novel ,fights with their mother like any normal girls, indicate strong compassion for everyone around them, have their own talents they hone, and love and respect each other, their parents, and brother Four amazingly different personalities bloom in this novel Olga the romantic and smart one, Tatiana the practical and helpful one, Maria the sweet and talented one, and, of course Anastasia, the mischievous and artistic one.Not only does this book offer rich description and psychological insight into the girls , it also evokes the lost fairy tale world of the imperial Romanov court with lavish imagery and a colorful cast of supporting historical characters, like Aunt Olga, Rasputin, Dowager Empress, Dmitri Pavlovich, etc.A heartfelt read worthy of any lover of history s time and attention.Recommended further reading Maria and Anastasia Their Letters, Diaries, Postcards by Helen Azar.


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    Anastasia and her sisters live a sumptuous life in the palace with their father, the tsar, and there are many intrigues that catch Anastasia s attention She is enthralled when she finds her older sister Olga s journal in which Olga details her star crossed love of a guard as well as some of the family secrets Covering a number of years, from well before WWII until the family is exiled and later executed , the traveling back and forth to different palaces, the family dynamic with relatives, Alexei s illness, and eventually, the Russian and world events that lead to the family s downfall are all covered Strengths If you want to lose yourself in Anastasia s world, this is the book I loved all of the details, from the sisters having outfits to wear to tea that matched their mother s sitting room, to the war work the mother had the sisters do, to all of the events that occurred, this is beautifully researched and presents a wealth of information I ve read Meyer s Royal Diary about Anastasia, but she has another book on her as well There must be a huge trove of the family s writings still extant Weaknesses A bit lengthy for middle grade, especially since it is detail driven rather than plot driven, mainly because most people know how the story ends A few details about various affairs than needed, as well What I really think Anastasia is still intriguing, even almost 100 years after her death I think I will buy this, as it really is THE definitive novel about her While reading, I realized the Olga was two years younger than my grandmother That gave me an entirely new perspective on the events Did not happen that long ago


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    I was not impressed with this one It did not feel original and I didn t get anything new out of it it was simply another retelling There was no hook, no fixed plot line, nothing I finished the book and tried to remember what I d read nothing stood out The whole thing was lackluster for me The only reason I gave it two stars is because I thought the idea was a good one and the writing itself was decent enough that I didn t give up on the book altogether.


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    When I first heard about the release of this book, I was very excited because Carolyn Meyer is the author of the first book on Anastasia Romanov I ever read.I was ten well techinally a little under two months from my 10th birthday, but, hey, rounding , and it was a gift from my mum I still have it Sings It was June I was ten I still think of that day now and then Disclaimer technically, it was mid March, but that reference is too good NOT to use Now, Meyer is a wonderful writer and her attention to detail and history is as excellent as ever, but she has one failing And that is her inability to show as well as tell As a writer myself, I don t actually believe in the always show myth, because I know how absurd and tedious, for author and reader alike that was be if taken literally, but A LITTLE showing in this book wouldn t have done it a lick of harm Meyer s brilliant telling prose was perfect for the royal diaries series, but as a novel that is supposed to be a real time POV Meh It shows this isn t her strongest ability She has the habit of jumping from one thing to another very jarringly, as if the entire book is just a collection of diary entries Scenes don t end as much as just stop or taper off.Also, for a book that allegedly was written so Meyer could explore of the relationship between Anastasia and her older sisters and little brother, it really didn t do so We did get to see a lot of Olga and her relationship with Anastasia a WONDERFUL portrayal, I might add, and very believable but very little with her other sisters who seemed to fade into the background As for Alexei, I felt he had too little interaction with Anastasia in this for the reader to care when he was injured suffering from his bleeding condition I would have liked a couple bonding moments between the two.The Gleb Botkin Anastasia thing was cute, but it felt a little rushed at the end like Meyer was just trying to make sure she got the subplot in there I m sure this was meant to be bittersweet, but it was irksome, especially since Anastasia spends the earlier part of the book with a big crush on Dmitri the guy who helps kill Rasputin I believe this is the same gentleman you can see walking with young Anastasia in a 1913 film reel which goes nowhere However, her last meeting with Gleb, and the clock in his drawing telling her the time was an extremely clever and surprisingly believable touch, so there s thatAll that said, this is still a wonderful book, with great detail you won t find as readily in other similar works here in, we get to see the Romanovs react to the sinking of the Titanic, as well as Olga fall in love with Pavel, and Anastasia dance with her cousin Dmitri, amoung other things.This is not a book to be missed if you love reading about the Romanovs Though, I think I should mention that this particular view as presented here by Meyer of the Romanov family is cynical than those of similar books Even the tone of Meyer s own earlier Anastasia book the one I was given as a ten year old has a less critical feel to it 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 This one just seems, well, darker 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 what we actually see of her is much sneakiness and plotting 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 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 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 exaggerated romance in your Historial Fiction, there s just enough sprinklings of that to keep you entertained too.


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    To begin, I didn t expect much from this book There are already a good number of books about how Anastasia sees her country s descent into war and revolution and this book followed the same lines as all the others I have seen In addition, Anastasia isn t the best choice to narrate the entire story because so much is kept from her by protective parents and older siblings If Anastasia hadn t been such an object of media attention, I think that Tatiana or Olga would have been chosen to narrate the Romanovs story because they had romance in their lives and knew about what was going on. The one original idea Meyer used in this telling was to start the book in 1912 instead of 1914, giving readers stories of Olga s ill fated romance with a sailor and mentioning the Titanic, an apt metaphor for the Russian monarchy However, the reason most books based on Anastasia s life begin in 1914 is because their prewar life is just not interesting, which showed in Meyer s telling While her facts are good, the story just falls flat, so I can t really give this anything higher than 2.5 or 3 stars. 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 She also fixed the masculine feminine name problem she had in the earlier Anastasia book she did Honestly, though, she was a lot better in the poor neighborhoods of mid 19th century Paris Marie, Dancing.


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    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.


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    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 1997 animated film and now I know that it s pretty inaccurate But I digress This book is 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 recommend this to anyone looking for an introduction to early 1900s 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.


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    POTENTIAL SPOILERS This was alright, but I don t really think I was in the proper target audience for this 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 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 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 I did like how Anastasia found Olga s secret diary and started reading it to herself now THAT S something Anastasia would do 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.


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    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 so heartbreaking.It s been years since I ve read something about Anastasia, so when I saw that Carolyn Meyer had written this book, I grabbed it 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.If you re a fan of the Romanov family and of the incredibly talented Carolyn Meyer, Anastasia and Her Sisters is a must read.