Anastasia's Secret PDF/EPUB Þ Paperback

Anastasia's Secret PDF/EPUB Þ Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Anastasia's Secret
  • Susanne Dunlap
  • English
  • 15 January 2016
  • 9781599905884

10 thoughts on “Anastasia's Secret

  1. Katherine Katherine says:

    ”’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’” 35 out of 5 starsYet 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 there aren’t another bajillion and one books out there about her But MINE will be different Poor little thing never got to experience the touch of a man so I’ll make it happen for her fictionally” So we now have an Anastasia romance since everyone seems to feel sorry for the duchess who never got a chance at love And what we get is a good book but with a plotline I can’t help but feel would have been better suited to one of her older sisters Anastasia was simply not the type of person to make time for romance so it was bit hard to board the ship so to speak for the romance portion For Anastasia Romanov life as the privileged daughter of Russia's last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia But even while the rebels debate the family's future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows menacing romance uietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death ”They still thought of me as the clown The one who could always find a way to make everyone laugh I realized they assumed that because I was the youngest sister I could be cheerful because I didn’t fully understand what was happening to us I had developed a realistic view of life and a deep existence of love and distance and sorrow and abandonment” Anastasia has always been known as the clown and the imp of the family often overlooked or criticized in favor of her classically elegant sisters As much as I loved Anastasia I don’t think the author got her true personality down It seemed like the author was trying to desperately hard to make Anastasia not the stereotypical kid sister who plays practical jokes that she forgot some of the ualities that made the real Anastasia truly stand out Here she just kind of blended into the background with the rest of her sisters Basically I wanted at least a little of the goofy part of her to come out Here I thought she was just too serious about things ”’It’s true they have not spoiled you and give you high and mighty airs But do you really know what it’s like to be what you call a normal person’” Alexander aka Sasha is a soldier in the Russian army when he first meets Anastasia A fast friendship blooms between him and Anastasia as her shows her how the real world truly is different from her sheltered and isolated existence I liked him but the thing that kind of irked me was that he was always doubting Anastasia and her ideas It got annoying at times What kind of irked me throughout the novel is the several instances where the author took historical licenses throughout the book and perpetrated it as fact Here’s the deal; I’m all for authors taking historical license when it comes to writing about historical figures Oftentimes the information given out is so scant that authors are forced to do exactly that With Anastasia and her family though there were copious amounts of resources at Ms Dunlap’s disposal to get the facts correctly I’m not an expert on the Romanovs but I found several inaccuracies within the text None of them were so bad to warrant a major history buff freak out but it will probably cause some minor annoyances for those who do know about this family then meAs far as the story goes I think that while the plotline is imaginative I think it would have been better suited to one of Anastasia’s older sisters particularly Marie though I’m probably biased because she’s my favorite out of the four For some reason I just couldn’t picture Anastasia in the role the author wrote for her particularly given the real life Anastasia’s personality She wasn’t one to dally in romantic whims or wish upon a star for a husband Honestly this read like the book version of the film Anastasia then a direct representation Probably the biggest thing that irked me is what pretty much irked everyone else; that big thing that happened on page 201 I too had a problem with it Not because it happened itself because duh stuff like this is bound to happen but because I just felt that it didn’t ring true to Anastasia herself and her personality I don’t know why the author insisted on doing this other than to spice up the plot but I thought it was unnecessary Another thing that bothered me was the fact that author doesn’t focus much time on the other members of Anastasia’s family It’s like the author only made it so that the world revolved around Anastasia and Sasha Her siblings and parents were there but acted as background noise then actual characters I would have loved to have seen of their family dynamic since they were so close in real life If the author had interchanged Anastasia with Marie this book would have worked out great With Anastasia the book was still good but it didn’t ring true at least to me


  2. Cindy Cindy says:

    I love anything to do with Anastasia I guess at this moment I will have to change that statement 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 flat character that spends most of her time describing her brother or sistersAnastasia lives in her palace the whole book There were literally 20 30 pages on end and the girl did nothing There are lengthy descriptions of sitting in ballrooms looking out windowsThen after we have 70 pages of description about the measles and the big time comes for the killings it stops It just ends I'd be okay with the no details about death and killing if the sections on Anastasia looking at her naked body hadn't been so detailed I just don't think this book does one of my favorite history events any justice There are areas where events are referenced but not talked about so someone would not understand what is going on if you didn't know about Russian history There isn't much romance in this book instead it's of a facination and then Sasha appears every so often to keep the reader remembering him I am very sad because there is a writer with talent and my favorite time frame and it was just a train wreck


  3. Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ says:

    POTENTIAL SPOILERS 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 ueen I considered going back and rereading this book to see if maybe there was something I was missing After all the other self confessed 'Romanov whores' love it and sing its praises So perhaps there really is something there that I'm missingBut then I told myself that it doesn't matter how much older I get there will never be ANY excuse for false information Even if you claim it's a historical fiction novel you are still responsible for spreading false information about a certain topic of history and usually you can get in trouble for that And that is exactly what this novel does It spreads false information about this person her family her associates and her life I've learned so much about the Romanovs in the four years since I've read this book And guess what It's still filled with lies The fact this has nothing but positive reviews disgusts me The fact this has a movie deal disgusts me If you in any way support or endorse this book DESPITE HAVING LOTS OF PRIOR KNOWLEDGE ON THIS TOPIC you disgust me Some people ask me why I give books I obviously hate with a burning passion like Red ueen Cruel Beauty Divergent and The Book Thief two stars instead of one Actually this is the only book I've ever read that I've only given one star to And my answer is this Despite the characters and plots in those books being horrible I can at least say this about them they are about fictional characters They are not spreading false information And if they are historical fiction they at least RESEARCH their topics heavily beforehand And I don't care if at this point I sound like a broken record because this shit disgusts me on levels that not even I can understand I know the Romanovs were not the most picture perfect pristine family ever especially their father But they were a whole hell of a lot better than how they were portrayed in this novel and if you read it you will never understand that I really really really REALLY wanted to like this book I tried desperately so hard to like this book I LOVE Anastasia Romanova and her family to extend that They have numerous novels and movies about them so obviously the world won't be getting over their 'Romanov flu' anytime soon And here is another portrayal Honestly when I first read the plot I was interested Not only was it about Anastasia but it was a romance that took place when she was still alive How rare are those So I read itI really feel sorry for bashing Susanne Dunlap's writing I really do I've read all her other booksand like I said in my review for her debut The Musician's Daughter she's actually a really good author And she seems like such a nice person to boot But this book she said she did extensive research for it but to me it's pretty freaking obvious she did not because this book is not about the Romanov family It is about a Russian Imperial family who has the same last name and they all have the same names as the Romanovs and the same pets and the same servants and even the same death but they are not the Romanovs It's one thing to write about an obscure event or person of history that barely has a lot of resources about them like journals or photos Or maybe they lived too long ago and those resources weren't widely available to them anyway But the Romanovs have literally dozens upon dozens of letters and diaries and accounts written by themselves and their friends and servants and other people close to them detailing how they looked acted and carried themselves They even have photos The Romanovs loved cameras So what is your excuse for portraying a family so tragic and so famous in such a shitty way I don't even know where to start on the portrayals Maybe I'll start with Anastasia because she's not only the narrator but she is probably the WORST portrayal of this person I have ever seen And I've seen a shitton of Anastasia portrayals She is whiny and pretentious and selfish and vain and self absorbed and cares too much about herself and thinks she's not as good as her older sisters and constantly berates herself because she's forever seen as the 'child of the family' That Is Not Anastasia I can literally bullet point scenes that contrast with how the real Anastasia acted One of my personal favorites to use is when she says Sometimes I wish I could be as girly as my older sisters and wear high heels and long dresses and makeup and be prettier Eeeeeeh wrong bitch You're fucking Anastasia Romanova The REAL Anastasia once ate chocolates with her long white opera gloves on picked her nose and attacked people taller than her She didn't care what she looked like or what others thought of her she did her own thing And what about that scene where a dying soldier in the hospital asks Anastasia's older sister to read to him since he wants to see something pretty before he dies Are you high Even if that DID happen Anastasia probably would've taken it in high stride She's a fucking little girl they're not supposed to be pretty Cute maybe but not drop dead gorgeous The family is just as bad If you had no idea how close the Romanovs were in real life you wouldn't learn it from this book Her family's personalities are just as skewed as her own Olga exists to play cards and mope Tatiana is a fashion obsessed God fearing bimbo Maria has some sort of lesbian crush on Anastasia Alexei and Alexandra exist just to get sick and have people fret over them and Nicolas is super uncaring and cruel to his childrenThere's also the scene where Anastasia's told Rasptin's dead In real life her and her sisters huddled together on the couch fear in their eyes possibly because they thought Alexei would be next to go In this book Anastasia's basically like Meh he was a creepy pervert anyway Now where's my boytoy I could go on and on but what's the point Yes the events are accurate yes the descriptions of locations are beautifully done as per Dunlap's style and yes it does end with their execution but if the characters don't act like the real historical figures then why should I care All throughout this book I was PRAYING for the Reds to murder them and take me out of my misery The sad thing is that this kind of plot could actually work and I actually like this concept Making Anastasia fall in love is a bit strange since she never struck me as the romantic type but I like the idea of her learning about the less fortunate peasants since her older sister Tatiana in real life did a lot of charity work Anastasia too seems like the kind of person who'd want to spend a day with a peasant family playing with their kids or something But not like this TL;DR version The characters are horribly written and portrayed If this was a fictional family or one I didn't know very much about I wouldn't care as much but since this is my favorite royal family I strive to make sure every portrayal of them is done correctly because otherwise you're not only disrespecting their memory but their sainthood Yeah these people are fucking saints Think about that And in her author's note Dunlap was all I hope Anastasia is smiling from above at the romance I envisioned for her Oh bite me If Anastasia knew what you did to her and her family she'd fucking smite you with a fucking lightning bolt Or a snowball with a rock rolled in it Hopefully the latter because then maybe it'll knock some brains into you or at the very least some fucking respect


  4. InkBitten InkBitten says:

    Judged by The CoverOkay 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 but throughout a good chunk of the novel Anastasia states that no one sees any part of her grown up or elegant Also to throw something else out there Anastasia has curly hair this cover has to annoy then just meAnyoneWhat's UpAnastasia's Secret was a historically based novel focusing on Anastasia Romanov and her family's storymostly the events leading up to their murder The novel is narrated by the Grand Duchess herself Anastasia Anastasia the youngest of the daughters isn't really aware of the the troubles that Russia is facing around the time she was 15 Until she meets Sasha a young soldier she meets in the palace garden one day who teaches her of all the troubles going on outside her innocent world that is hidden behind the castle walls As the story progresses so does the war and the secret love Anastasia and Sasha have for each other This being historical fiction there is only so many things you can say as a description without completely giving away the ending Not that everyone doesn't know how it really endsbutCharacterAnastasia was brave she had countless times she and Sasha coould've escaped there faint but she didn't take it because of the fact her family would not be with her Her character devolops with the story very well acutually you barely realease it's happening becasue it flows withthe story so well Anastasia knew when the right time to stand out was and when it was the right time to stay in the shadows by the end I congradulate on this feat for I have not seen a character like this in awhileRomanceSasha It is a very popular Russian name for the time was a little rude He didn't respect Anastasia in the beginning at all and I don't mean as a Grand Duchess I mean just as a human being Of course you do have to take into account that when you don't like the way a country is run you don't exactly respect the ruler or their family so I find his rudeness excusable He wasn't to controlling over Anastisa he seemed to let her do her own thing if they couldn't agree He wasn't perfect but he wasn't so flawed that it was hard to believe Bonus Features HistoryThere are some fantastic adventures you can take when you're reading fantasy awesome creatures you can meet in Science Fiction and Lessons you can learn from thoseuh'true to life' novels you read but nothing beats it when you read a book knowing that some form of it existed before this was written in real life Anastasia no matter how untrue the animated version is It was my favorite animated princess movie and still is and I love finding the real pictures of Anastasia's family and suchClandestine MeetingsA big part of Sasha and Anastasia's relationship is secret meetings They come from two diffrent social classes if their relationship was found out it would not have been approvedFinal Flavor an ideal main courseThe style of writing took me as a diary style Most of the time that would annoy me but with this one it seemed to fit Her life kind of was falling apart before her eyes I found that the characters our pretty memorable at least Sasha I really enjoyed this book the phrasing didn't make you do a double take becasue you didn't undersatnd the sentence This story was a mix of the classic Romeo and Juliet and the mysterious story of Anastasia Overall it was a good book and I would consider reading it againI'm not talking about those books were they murder someone but the only thing everyone is worried about is how their boyfriend cheated on them with said person before they died You can learn nothing good from them


  5. Mara Mara says:

    I am having trouble even now after several weeks since reading this book in formulating my thoughts about this story On the one hand it is very interesting what book isn't when it concerns Anastasia Romanov But on the other hand it was massively disappointing The majority of the first half is good Susanne Dunlap presents the Reader with her usual rich descriptions and complex characters But I uickly became frustrated with Anastasia's lack of political knowledge though this is probably not an entirely inaccurate portrayal and Sasha her love interest goes from a pleasant sort of fellow to downright vexing His contempt for Anastasia's ignorance and always calling her a child is irritating because he does nothing to enlighten her on what is going on and then getting mad at her when she expresses her ignoranceContent uickly spirals downhill from there when the Author begins to describe French kissing in pretty thorough detail characters grope each other and then there is finally a bed scene in Chapter 21 page 203 While it is not horribly detailed it is suggestive enough of what is happening to make it wildly inappropriate and I actually found it rather disrespectful towards Anastasia's memory to have her sleep with someone Thankfully however the Reader can avoid the majority of these nasty details skip the parts where Sasha and Anastasia meet up and enjoy the rest of the book because all other occurrences in the story are interestingIt is unfortunate that the Author put in so much lustfulness; Anastasia's Secret could have been both a good wartime novel and a good love story were it not so bogged down with physical pleasure When I think back on this book I can only think disappointing thoughts


  6. Tara Chevrestt Tara Chevrestt says:

    This is a seriously boring book It was difficult for me to stick with and finish but I did it Patting myself on back hereAnastasia 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 taken to a basement and murdered There has always been possibility and speculation that one or two of them survived Fascainating stuff right WellThe problem with this novel and I rarely say this is the first person POV It is told from Anastasia's point of view and with her hardly ever leaving their current home and being sent from the room everytime the conversations get interesting all the juicy stuff is third hand instead of experienced first hand and falls flat Russia was obviously a very happening and exciting place during all this revolution and anger but readers never get a look at anything going on outside of Anastasia's very sheltered world The book ends up being about a make believe romance Anastasia has with a guard while she moves one prison to another Also tho I realize this is a young adult novel I feel twelve years and up can handle a bit of death I mean look at the video games they play nowdays So why is the massacre just mentioned in the epilogue The book ends with the royal family moving again and only a brief telling in the epilogue of one of the most fascinating mass murders in history Didn't work for me


  7. Jana Jana says:

    When I first finished this book I was going to give it two stars but the I thought about it the I was bothered by this book First the good It was a very well researched book and I learned a lot about the Romanov family which I really liked Now the bad yes that is the only good thing I have to say about the book The romance was very unbelievable The only times they are together he is either condescending or bitter yet she falls madly in love with him In the afterword the author states that she wanted Anastasia to have a love story before she died Of course in her mind apparently this means not only falling in love but becoming sexually active Really Of course this is okay because it happens after midnight on her 16th birthday so she is legally considered an adult Of course the entire family is heavily guarded at the time but they are able to find a store room that no one will go by or find them together in Right And of course there are no repercussions there is never any concern that she might become pregnant And when they are found out and they end up killing a guard the only remorse she feels is that her lover has to run away and she misses him Don't worry that someone died because they were so in love Ugh Word of warning this is not what I would consider an appropriate young adult novel there is nothing graphic but it doesn't really teach what I would want my young adult children to learn


  8. Anne Osterlund Anne Osterlund says:

    Anastasia has a secretThe 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 warOne 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 RussiaHow important can one secret beIn a revolution a secret may be all importantExcellent Enough imagination and romance to keep me entertained and interested in the story’s central relationship But also—and where I believe Susanne Dunlap truly excels—absolutely cram packed with real historical detail that had me racing through the pages A fabulous example of YA historical fiction


  9. Paige (Arya) Paige (Arya) says:

    Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap 2 of 5 starsThe life of a Russian princess rests in the hands of her secret loveFor 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 menacing romance uietly blossoms between Anastasia and a sympathetic guard named Sasha Will their secret love be enough to help her and her family avoid the firing suad Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the fate of Russia's last princess this is a compelling and romantic vision of what might have beenI was extremely excited to read Anastasia's Secret having been intrigued by Anastasia Romanov for uite some time but I was sadly disappointed While Susanne Dunlap's prose was nice the story wasn't able to hold my attention It lacked suspense There were a few scenes that I enjoyed and I think were done well but on the whole the book wasn't very interesting I think Susanne Dunlap is a good writer and the initial plot was a great idea but I feel she could have done with it The characters were well laid but the action I feel was not I kept hoping toward some sort of surprise as I got closer to the end but it never came The author left off the real ending to the story in my opinion and left us with what is known through historical evidence which wasn't very satisfying It was like there was no point in reading about this secret life of Anastasia's if we weren't able to see how it could have ended I would I liked to read something entirely fictitious and then be told how it really happened But that is just me I'm sure some of historical fiction readers might fall head over heals for this novel but I did notReviewed by Arya at A Sea of Pages


  10. Jaz Jaz says:

    This Bloody Book 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—I've read thousands of books it seems but only a rare few reach my All Times and this was one of them It emotionally drained me And I loved it I don't even know why I love it so much Maybe it's because it was my first real insight into the lives of the tsar's family even with the fiction woven in Maybe it's because of Sasha and Anastasia's love story which was undeniably beautiful and artistic and tragic and heart wrenching and hopeful all at the same time Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for historical fiction Maybe it's because it was amazingly well written But in any case this book was one of the most amazing things I've ever read and I'd recommend it to anyone although it's uite close to my heart so in all honestly I doubt I'll ever tell anyone in real life how much I love it I love it so much it's practically personal to me; I don't want to share it But I would rate this 5 stars and 5 stars suared and 5 stars cubed because this was absolutely beautiful from start to finish from when I laughed to when I cried from when I smiled at childlike innocence to when I lay shocked at the realities of the last tsar's family's historical tragedy Anastasia's Secret literally floats on a cloud for me If you haven't read it read it If you have read it againNote I first wrote this at around 2am in the morning so excuse any most likely freuent errors you may find


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Anastasia's Secret❰EPUB❯ ✴ Anastasia's Secret Author Susanne Dunlap – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk When Princess Anastasia Romanov's life is torn apart by revolution she and her family are exiled to Siberia As their captivity stretches out the threat of death by firing suad grows stronger But despi When Princess Anastasia Romanov's life is torn apart by revolution she and her family are exiled to Siberia As their captivity stretches out the threat of death by firing suad grows stronger But despite the menacing circumstances a secret romance blossoms between Anastasia and a young guard named Sasha Will their love prove strong enough to help Anastasia and her family Inspired by the mysteries surrounding the Romanovs this is a compelling and romantic vision of what might have beenThis magnetic reimagining of Anastasia's story has the potential to reach a broad audience Publishers Weekly.


About the Author: Susanne Dunlap

Susanne Dunlap is the author of nine works of historical fiction A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University Susanne grew up in Buffalo New York and has lived in London Brooklyn and Northampton MA She now lives in Northampton with her long time partner Charles has two grown daughters three granddaughters a grandson a stepson and a stepdaughter five step.


10 thoughts on “Anastasia's Secret

  1. Katherine Katherine says:

    ”’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’” 35 out of 5 starsYet 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 there aren’t another bajillion and one books out there about her But MINE will be different Poor little thing never got to experience the touch of a man so I’ll make it happen for her fictionally” So we now have an Anastasia romance since everyone seems to feel sorry for the duchess who never got a chance at love And what we get is a good book but with a plotline I can’t help but feel would have been better suited to one of her older sisters Anastasia was simply not the type of person to make time for romance so it was bit hard to board the ship so to speak for the romance portion For Anastasia Romanov life as the privileged daughter of Russia's last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia But even while the rebels debate the family's future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows menacing romance uietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death ”They still thought of me as the clown The one who could always find a way to make everyone laugh I realized they assumed that because I was the youngest sister I could be cheerful because I didn’t fully understand what was happening to us I had developed a realistic view of life and a deep existence of love and distance and sorrow and abandonment” Anastasia has always been known as the clown and the imp of the family often overlooked or criticized in favor of her classically elegant sisters As much as I loved Anastasia I don’t think the author got her true personality down It seemed like the author was trying to desperately hard to make Anastasia not the stereotypical kid sister who plays practical jokes that she forgot some of the ualities that made the real Anastasia truly stand out Here she just kind of blended into the background with the rest of her sisters Basically I wanted at least a little of the goofy part of her to come out Here I thought she was just too serious about things ”’It’s true they have not spoiled you and give you high and mighty airs But do you really know what it’s like to be what you call a normal person’” Alexander aka Sasha is a soldier in the Russian army when he first meets Anastasia A fast friendship blooms between him and Anastasia as her shows her how the real world truly is different from her sheltered and isolated existence I liked him but the thing that kind of irked me was that he was always doubting Anastasia and her ideas It got annoying at times What kind of irked me throughout the novel is the several instances where the author took historical licenses throughout the book and perpetrated it as fact Here’s the deal; I’m all for authors taking historical license when it comes to writing about historical figures Oftentimes the information given out is so scant that authors are forced to do exactly that With Anastasia and her family though there were copious amounts of resources at Ms Dunlap’s disposal to get the facts correctly I’m not an expert on the Romanovs but I found several inaccuracies within the text None of them were so bad to warrant a major history buff freak out but it will probably cause some minor annoyances for those who do know about this family then meAs far as the story goes I think that while the plotline is imaginative I think it would have been better suited to one of Anastasia’s older sisters particularly Marie though I’m probably biased because she’s my favorite out of the four For some reason I just couldn’t picture Anastasia in the role the author wrote for her particularly given the real life Anastasia’s personality She wasn’t one to dally in romantic whims or wish upon a star for a husband Honestly this read like the book version of the film Anastasia then a direct representation Probably the biggest thing that irked me is what pretty much irked everyone else; that big thing that happened on page 201 I too had a problem with it Not because it happened itself because duh stuff like this is bound to happen but because I just felt that it didn’t ring true to Anastasia herself and her personality I don’t know why the author insisted on doing this other than to spice up the plot but I thought it was unnecessary Another thing that bothered me was the fact that author doesn’t focus much time on the other members of Anastasia’s family It’s like the author only made it so that the world revolved around Anastasia and Sasha Her siblings and parents were there but acted as background noise then actual characters I would have loved to have seen of their family dynamic since they were so close in real life If the author had interchanged Anastasia with Marie this book would have worked out great With Anastasia the book was still good but it didn’t ring true at least to me

  2. Cindy Cindy says:

    I love anything to do with Anastasia I guess at this moment I will have to change that statement 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 flat character that spends most of her time describing her brother or sistersAnastasia lives in her palace the whole book There were literally 20 30 pages on end and the girl did nothing There are lengthy descriptions of sitting in ballrooms looking out windowsThen after we have 70 pages of description about the measles and the big time comes for the killings it stops It just ends I'd be okay with the no details about death and killing if the sections on Anastasia looking at her naked body hadn't been so detailed I just don't think this book does one of my favorite history events any justice There are areas where events are referenced but not talked about so someone would not understand what is going on if you didn't know about Russian history There isn't much romance in this book instead it's of a facination and then Sasha appears every so often to keep the reader remembering him I am very sad because there is a writer with talent and my favorite time frame and it was just a train wreck

  3. Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ says:

    POTENTIAL SPOILERS 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 ueen I considered going back and rereading this book to see if maybe there was something I was missing After all the other self confessed 'Romanov whores' love it and sing its praises So perhaps there really is something there that I'm missingBut then I told myself that it doesn't matter how much older I get there will never be ANY excuse for false information Even if you claim it's a historical fiction novel you are still responsible for spreading false information about a certain topic of history and usually you can get in trouble for that And that is exactly what this novel does It spreads false information about this person her family her associates and her life I've learned so much about the Romanovs in the four years since I've read this book And guess what It's still filled with lies The fact this has nothing but positive reviews disgusts me The fact this has a movie deal disgusts me If you in any way support or endorse this book DESPITE HAVING LOTS OF PRIOR KNOWLEDGE ON THIS TOPIC you disgust me Some people ask me why I give books I obviously hate with a burning passion like Red ueen Cruel Beauty Divergent and The Book Thief two stars instead of one Actually this is the only book I've ever read that I've only given one star to And my answer is this Despite the characters and plots in those books being horrible I can at least say this about them they are about fictional characters They are not spreading false information And if they are historical fiction they at least RESEARCH their topics heavily beforehand And I don't care if at this point I sound like a broken record because this shit disgusts me on levels that not even I can understand I know the Romanovs were not the most picture perfect pristine family ever especially their father But they were a whole hell of a lot better than how they were portrayed in this novel and if you read it you will never understand that I really really really REALLY wanted to like this book I tried desperately so hard to like this book I LOVE Anastasia Romanova and her family to extend that They have numerous novels and movies about them so obviously the world won't be getting over their 'Romanov flu' anytime soon And here is another portrayal Honestly when I first read the plot I was interested Not only was it about Anastasia but it was a romance that took place when she was still alive How rare are those So I read itI really feel sorry for bashing Susanne Dunlap's writing I really do I've read all her other booksand like I said in my review for her debut The Musician's Daughter she's actually a really good author And she seems like such a nice person to boot But this book she said she did extensive research for it but to me it's pretty freaking obvious she did not because this book is not about the Romanov family It is about a Russian Imperial family who has the same last name and they all have the same names as the Romanovs and the same pets and the same servants and even the same death but they are not the Romanovs It's one thing to write about an obscure event or person of history that barely has a lot of resources about them like journals or photos Or maybe they lived too long ago and those resources weren't widely available to them anyway But the Romanovs have literally dozens upon dozens of letters and diaries and accounts written by themselves and their friends and servants and other people close to them detailing how they looked acted and carried themselves They even have photos The Romanovs loved cameras So what is your excuse for portraying a family so tragic and so famous in such a shitty way I don't even know where to start on the portrayals Maybe I'll start with Anastasia because she's not only the narrator but she is probably the WORST portrayal of this person I have ever seen And I've seen a shitton of Anastasia portrayals She is whiny and pretentious and selfish and vain and self absorbed and cares too much about herself and thinks she's not as good as her older sisters and constantly berates herself because she's forever seen as the 'child of the family' That Is Not Anastasia I can literally bullet point scenes that contrast with how the real Anastasia acted One of my personal favorites to use is when she says Sometimes I wish I could be as girly as my older sisters and wear high heels and long dresses and makeup and be prettier Eeeeeeh wrong bitch You're fucking Anastasia Romanova The REAL Anastasia once ate chocolates with her long white opera gloves on picked her nose and attacked people taller than her She didn't care what she looked like or what others thought of her she did her own thing And what about that scene where a dying soldier in the hospital asks Anastasia's older sister to read to him since he wants to see something pretty before he dies Are you high Even if that DID happen Anastasia probably would've taken it in high stride She's a fucking little girl they're not supposed to be pretty Cute maybe but not drop dead gorgeous The family is just as bad If you had no idea how close the Romanovs were in real life you wouldn't learn it from this book Her family's personalities are just as skewed as her own Olga exists to play cards and mope Tatiana is a fashion obsessed God fearing bimbo Maria has some sort of lesbian crush on Anastasia Alexei and Alexandra exist just to get sick and have people fret over them and Nicolas is super uncaring and cruel to his childrenThere's also the scene where Anastasia's told Rasptin's dead In real life her and her sisters huddled together on the couch fear in their eyes possibly because they thought Alexei would be next to go In this book Anastasia's basically like Meh he was a creepy pervert anyway Now where's my boytoy I could go on and on but what's the point Yes the events are accurate yes the descriptions of locations are beautifully done as per Dunlap's style and yes it does end with their execution but if the characters don't act like the real historical figures then why should I care All throughout this book I was PRAYING for the Reds to murder them and take me out of my misery The sad thing is that this kind of plot could actually work and I actually like this concept Making Anastasia fall in love is a bit strange since she never struck me as the romantic type but I like the idea of her learning about the less fortunate peasants since her older sister Tatiana in real life did a lot of charity work Anastasia too seems like the kind of person who'd want to spend a day with a peasant family playing with their kids or something But not like this TL;DR version The characters are horribly written and portrayed If this was a fictional family or one I didn't know very much about I wouldn't care as much but since this is my favorite royal family I strive to make sure every portrayal of them is done correctly because otherwise you're not only disrespecting their memory but their sainthood Yeah these people are fucking saints Think about that And in her author's note Dunlap was all I hope Anastasia is smiling from above at the romance I envisioned for her Oh bite me If Anastasia knew what you did to her and her family she'd fucking smite you with a fucking lightning bolt Or a snowball with a rock rolled in it Hopefully the latter because then maybe it'll knock some brains into you or at the very least some fucking respect

  4. InkBitten InkBitten says:

    Judged by The CoverOkay 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 but throughout a good chunk of the novel Anastasia states that no one sees any part of her grown up or elegant Also to throw something else out there Anastasia has curly hair this cover has to annoy then just meAnyoneWhat's UpAnastasia's Secret was a historically based novel focusing on Anastasia Romanov and her family's storymostly the events leading up to their murder The novel is narrated by the Grand Duchess herself Anastasia Anastasia the youngest of the daughters isn't really aware of the the troubles that Russia is facing around the time she was 15 Until she meets Sasha a young soldier she meets in the palace garden one day who teaches her of all the troubles going on outside her innocent world that is hidden behind the castle walls As the story progresses so does the war and the secret love Anastasia and Sasha have for each other This being historical fiction there is only so many things you can say as a description without completely giving away the ending Not that everyone doesn't know how it really endsbutCharacterAnastasia was brave she had countless times she and Sasha coould've escaped there faint but she didn't take it because of the fact her family would not be with her Her character devolops with the story very well acutually you barely realease it's happening becasue it flows withthe story so well Anastasia knew when the right time to stand out was and when it was the right time to stay in the shadows by the end I congradulate on this feat for I have not seen a character like this in awhileRomanceSasha It is a very popular Russian name for the time was a little rude He didn't respect Anastasia in the beginning at all and I don't mean as a Grand Duchess I mean just as a human being Of course you do have to take into account that when you don't like the way a country is run you don't exactly respect the ruler or their family so I find his rudeness excusable He wasn't to controlling over Anastisa he seemed to let her do her own thing if they couldn't agree He wasn't perfect but he wasn't so flawed that it was hard to believe Bonus Features HistoryThere are some fantastic adventures you can take when you're reading fantasy awesome creatures you can meet in Science Fiction and Lessons you can learn from thoseuh'true to life' novels you read but nothing beats it when you read a book knowing that some form of it existed before this was written in real life Anastasia no matter how untrue the animated version is It was my favorite animated princess movie and still is and I love finding the real pictures of Anastasia's family and suchClandestine MeetingsA big part of Sasha and Anastasia's relationship is secret meetings They come from two diffrent social classes if their relationship was found out it would not have been approvedFinal Flavor an ideal main courseThe style of writing took me as a diary style Most of the time that would annoy me but with this one it seemed to fit Her life kind of was falling apart before her eyes I found that the characters our pretty memorable at least Sasha I really enjoyed this book the phrasing didn't make you do a double take becasue you didn't undersatnd the sentence This story was a mix of the classic Romeo and Juliet and the mysterious story of Anastasia Overall it was a good book and I would consider reading it againI'm not talking about those books were they murder someone but the only thing everyone is worried about is how their boyfriend cheated on them with said person before they died You can learn nothing good from them

  5. Mara Mara says:

    I am having trouble even now after several weeks since reading this book in formulating my thoughts about this story On the one hand it is very interesting what book isn't when it concerns Anastasia Romanov But on the other hand it was massively disappointing The majority of the first half is good Susanne Dunlap presents the Reader with her usual rich descriptions and complex characters But I uickly became frustrated with Anastasia's lack of political knowledge though this is probably not an entirely inaccurate portrayal and Sasha her love interest goes from a pleasant sort of fellow to downright vexing His contempt for Anastasia's ignorance and always calling her a child is irritating because he does nothing to enlighten her on what is going on and then getting mad at her when she expresses her ignoranceContent uickly spirals downhill from there when the Author begins to describe French kissing in pretty thorough detail characters grope each other and then there is finally a bed scene in Chapter 21 page 203 While it is not horribly detailed it is suggestive enough of what is happening to make it wildly inappropriate and I actually found it rather disrespectful towards Anastasia's memory to have her sleep with someone Thankfully however the Reader can avoid the majority of these nasty details skip the parts where Sasha and Anastasia meet up and enjoy the rest of the book because all other occurrences in the story are interestingIt is unfortunate that the Author put in so much lustfulness; Anastasia's Secret could have been both a good wartime novel and a good love story were it not so bogged down with physical pleasure When I think back on this book I can only think disappointing thoughts

  6. Tara Chevrestt Tara Chevrestt says:

    This is a seriously boring book It was difficult for me to stick with and finish but I did it Patting myself on back hereAnastasia 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 taken to a basement and murdered There has always been possibility and speculation that one or two of them survived Fascainating stuff right WellThe problem with this novel and I rarely say this is the first person POV It is told from Anastasia's point of view and with her hardly ever leaving their current home and being sent from the room everytime the conversations get interesting all the juicy stuff is third hand instead of experienced first hand and falls flat Russia was obviously a very happening and exciting place during all this revolution and anger but readers never get a look at anything going on outside of Anastasia's very sheltered world The book ends up being about a make believe romance Anastasia has with a guard while she moves one prison to another Also tho I realize this is a young adult novel I feel twelve years and up can handle a bit of death I mean look at the video games they play nowdays So why is the massacre just mentioned in the epilogue The book ends with the royal family moving again and only a brief telling in the epilogue of one of the most fascinating mass murders in history Didn't work for me

  7. Jana Jana says:

    When I first finished this book I was going to give it two stars but the I thought about it the I was bothered by this book First the good It was a very well researched book and I learned a lot about the Romanov family which I really liked Now the bad yes that is the only good thing I have to say about the book The romance was very unbelievable The only times they are together he is either condescending or bitter yet she falls madly in love with him In the afterword the author states that she wanted Anastasia to have a love story before she died Of course in her mind apparently this means not only falling in love but becoming sexually active Really Of course this is okay because it happens after midnight on her 16th birthday so she is legally considered an adult Of course the entire family is heavily guarded at the time but they are able to find a store room that no one will go by or find them together in Right And of course there are no repercussions there is never any concern that she might become pregnant And when they are found out and they end up killing a guard the only remorse she feels is that her lover has to run away and she misses him Don't worry that someone died because they were so in love Ugh Word of warning this is not what I would consider an appropriate young adult novel there is nothing graphic but it doesn't really teach what I would want my young adult children to learn

  8. Anne Osterlund Anne Osterlund says:

    Anastasia has a secretThe 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 warOne 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 RussiaHow important can one secret beIn a revolution a secret may be all importantExcellent Enough imagination and romance to keep me entertained and interested in the story’s central relationship But also—and where I believe Susanne Dunlap truly excels—absolutely cram packed with real historical detail that had me racing through the pages A fabulous example of YA historical fiction

  9. Paige (Arya) Paige (Arya) says:

    Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap 2 of 5 starsThe life of a Russian princess rests in the hands of her secret loveFor 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 menacing romance uietly blossoms between Anastasia and a sympathetic guard named Sasha Will their secret love be enough to help her and her family avoid the firing suad Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the fate of Russia's last princess this is a compelling and romantic vision of what might have beenI was extremely excited to read Anastasia's Secret having been intrigued by Anastasia Romanov for uite some time but I was sadly disappointed While Susanne Dunlap's prose was nice the story wasn't able to hold my attention It lacked suspense There were a few scenes that I enjoyed and I think were done well but on the whole the book wasn't very interesting I think Susanne Dunlap is a good writer and the initial plot was a great idea but I feel she could have done with it The characters were well laid but the action I feel was not I kept hoping toward some sort of surprise as I got closer to the end but it never came The author left off the real ending to the story in my opinion and left us with what is known through historical evidence which wasn't very satisfying It was like there was no point in reading about this secret life of Anastasia's if we weren't able to see how it could have ended I would I liked to read something entirely fictitious and then be told how it really happened But that is just me I'm sure some of historical fiction readers might fall head over heals for this novel but I did notReviewed by Arya at A Sea of Pages

  10. Jaz Jaz says:

    This Bloody Book 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—I've read thousands of books it seems but only a rare few reach my All Times and this was one of them It emotionally drained me And I loved it I don't even know why I love it so much Maybe it's because it was my first real insight into the lives of the tsar's family even with the fiction woven in Maybe it's because of Sasha and Anastasia's love story which was undeniably beautiful and artistic and tragic and heart wrenching and hopeful all at the same time Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for historical fiction Maybe it's because it was amazingly well written But in any case this book was one of the most amazing things I've ever read and I'd recommend it to anyone although it's uite close to my heart so in all honestly I doubt I'll ever tell anyone in real life how much I love it I love it so much it's practically personal to me; I don't want to share it But I would rate this 5 stars and 5 stars suared and 5 stars cubed because this was absolutely beautiful from start to finish from when I laughed to when I cried from when I smiled at childlike innocence to when I lay shocked at the realities of the last tsar's family's historical tragedy Anastasia's Secret literally floats on a cloud for me If you haven't read it read it If you have read it againNote I first wrote this at around 2am in the morning so excuse any most likely freuent errors you may find

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