Book Review: The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen

LON A child of the Romanov line…

She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majesty. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything?

If only she can find the heir. Maybe she can put together the broken pieces of her own past. Maybe she can hold on to the love she found.

Bursting to life with the rich and glorious marvels of Imperial Russia, The Last Romanov is a magical tale of second chances and royal blood

My Thoughts:

The first phrase that comes to mind when I think about the reading of this book is, Oh dear. It was almost a do not finish for me in all honesty. I try not to give up on books, but honestly I wish I had given up and set this one aside. Which sucks because the idea here is fantastic and this is one of my favorite parts of Russian history.

There are so many things I find wrong with this book it is hard to pick a small list to give. For you readers, I will try. One of the big ones that kept rubbing me the wrong way was all the fuss about how her family had all the pink diamonds in Italy. There are no diamond mines that are dedicated only to pink diamonds (the claim in the book), and also as far as I have found there aren’t any diamond mines in Italy a all. Whoops. Number two our “heroine” was said to be conceived on a hunt for auroch‘s. Problem with that is they were extinct. Just a couple hundred years before the events of this book take place. So I don’t see that hunt going very well.

But wait there is more …

When there are major glaring issues like that I have a really hard time getting into a book and that is what happened here. I don’t even want to go into the whole opal eye thing. Just do not want to. If that wasn’t enough, our “heroine” goes on to cure Alexei (yes that one) with a hunk of ambergris, oh and she also kept him alive by using her ambergris to stop bullets, but I guess it was only good enough to save one of the entire family that was slaughtered. I guess at this point we can say, at least it wasn’t used to explain why the rumor of Anastasia surviving persisted so long? Went with Alexei instead, but that could be overly generous.

There is so much more I could share but honestly. I can’t, I just would like to be done with this book now. Honestly, please just run away from this one.



My Star Rating:

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