Anastasia's Secret [NOOK Book]

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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 and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be ...
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Overview


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 and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance 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?



Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap's new novel is a haunting vision of the life-and love story-of Russia's last princess.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Anastasia Romanov lives a charmed childhood—her father is the czar of Russia and she is one of its grand duchesses. She grows up among the aristocracy, and elaborate palaces are her and her many siblings’ playgrounds. However, those familiar with Russian history also know that her family is quickly heading toward its demise. Dunlap (The Musician’s Daughter) steps boldly into this famous historical narrative, envisioning another possible future for Anastasia—one that includes a handsome suitor-soldier named Sasha, who falls in love with Anastasia and hopes to save her from the doom awaiting her family. The author’s prose is heavy on telling, largely because she packs it with an impressive amount of Romanov and Russian history. The romantic dimension of this novel sparkles when it appears and Dunlap’s treatment of Anastasia’s family is full and tender, but as the years pass and revolution appears on the horizon, the story grows expectedly bleak. Dunlap persuasively inhabits the thoughts and emotions of her embattled protagonist; her magnetic reimagining of Anastasia’s story has the potential to reach a broad audience. Ages 12–up. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
What if Grand Duchess Anastasia had a secret lover among the guards who watched over the Romanovs? That conceit provides the arc, such as it is, for this first-person account of the last years of the Russian monarchy. This Anastasia is an immature, sweet and spoiled innocent whose world revolves around her family, all of whom can be summed up in one or two flattening adjectives (sensible, kindly, sickly). The romance between Anastasia and Sasha-who manages to go from the youngest imperial guard to a commander of Bolshevik troops, making his character even more obviously fictional-will appeal to romantics, but Anastasia's naivete (late in the book she is startled to realize "a loaf of bread had a fixed price") grates and detracts from the sympathy a doomed heroine should command. Even a near escape has no excitement as the ending is a matter of historical record (neatly laid out in an epilogue, which also references the 2007 grave and the various false Romanovs). Anastasia has never been so dull. (cast of characters, author's note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599906751
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 283,372
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.18 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Susanne Dunlap graduated from Smith College and later earned a PhD in music hiatory from Yale University. She has taught music history at the college level, and is the author of two historical novels for adults. The Musician's Daughter was her first novel for young readers. susannedunlap.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Awsome book ;))))

    I read book in two days well because i was busy plus i love this book i couldnt stop reading it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Check it out. Excellent

    This book was incredibly easy to read. I got through it in a day. The plot is beautifully thought out. I recommend this book to anyone who loves this part of history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Amazing Book

    This is a very good book and I loved it dearly. Not for children under 10 years of age.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Reviewed by John Jacobson aka R.J. Jacobs for TeensReadToo

    Anastasia Romanov may be royalty, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have problems. Her brother, Alexei, is dealing with the life-threatening disease of hemophilia, which has no known cure. Her older sisters are dealing with the likes of men and society, while she's stuck in a time-warp of 'little girl' proportions. Tsar Nicholas the Second, her father, is worrying about a revolution going on in Russia, all the while watching his wife become entranced by the workings of 'holy man' Grigory Rusputin. Behind the scenes, a friendship with a soldier named Sasha also threatens to shatter the fragile piece of the family.... And then war is imminent. Battle lines are drawn, and the people of Russia are ready to take up arms. Sasha and Anastasia's relationship, which is barely able to be kept, is laced with feelings of something more. Grigory's influence on Alexandra and her son, Alexei, is growing tighter, and the governing of the country is becoming harder and harder to maintain. How is a girl supposed to grow up knowing the harshness of war, when she only knows what goes on in her own little world of royalty? The characters that make up the pages of a historical novel are the hardest part to work out. History shows us a factual face, personal accounts give us a general personality, and rarely, we have diaries or journals that show the true mind of the figure. Anastasia had the first two down, and thus she's been pictured as a tom-boy with a lot of spunk and a mindset unlike the rest of her family. I always loved her general personality, and thus I'm really picky about how people depict her. Dunlap gives her a fresh face, keeping her rambunctious attitude and coupling it with the thought processes of a teenage girl on the brink of adulthood when she just isn't ready for it. The depth showed great apt for characterization. Anastasia constantly worries about things that we all can relate to, such as her relationship with Sasha, and things that we can never imagine, like the Bolshevik uprising in Russia. Her family is also depicted stunningly, with great personalities that are flexible yet true to what history tells us. Sasha didn't appear much, which disheartened me. His whole relationship with Anastasia was pretty thread-bare compared to the rest of the story. It was marketed as being more of a love story, so I felt cheated in that respect. The various servants and such also got confusing, but they were interchangeable, and more for historical accuracy than for characterization. Plot and historical accuracy are also important. Being an Anastasia fan-boy, I naturally had an above-basic knowledge of what went on with the Romanovs, and I was immensely pleased to see a ton of historical fact and care used in the novel. Basic facts were there (i.e. the Romanov's various pets, the political cartoons about Rusputin and the Romanov women), but she got everything down to the time of events(though Dunlap admitted to lightly moving some around to fit the character's needs, which was understood). The plot moved fast for me, and the interest in what would happen with Sasha and with Anastasia's handling of the war kept me going strong, though I could see how a reader less history-minded would get bored at some intervals. See the full review at the TRT website.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Great book

    Excellent historical fiction book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    ?

    Should i buy this book??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Could be better

    Well......this book was well written and fun in parts. But their was a implied sex scene that was not needed and would have been a good book without it. I am not sure what thee author was thinking.
    I like anastasias character and the book is pretty accuet*
    *i did not spell that right

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    A Must-Read

    I cryed when i read this book. It is truly wonderful. the whole secret romance between Anastasia and Sasha was beautiful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    recommender

    this was a great book i dont know if i liked the ending but i understond why it end that way so it all good i love the romance in it great job

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    Reviewed by John Jacobson, aka "R.J. Jacobs" for TeensReadToo.com

    Anastasia Romanov may be royalty, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have problems. Her brother, Alexei, is dealing with the life-threatening disease of hemophilia, which has no known cure. Her older sisters are dealing with the likes of men and society, while she's stuck in a time-warp of 'little girl' proportions. Tsar Nicholas the Second, her father, is worrying about a revolution going on in Russia, all the while watching his wife become entranced by the workings of 'holy man' Grigory Rusputin. Behind the scenes, a friendship with a soldier named Sasha also threatens to shatter the fragile piece of the family....

    And then war is imminent. Battle lines are drawn, and the people of Russia are ready to take up arms. Sasha and Anastasia's relationship, which is barely able to be kept, is laced with feelings of something more. Grigory's influence on Alexandra and her son, Alexei, is growing tighter, and the governing of the country is becoming harder and harder to maintain. How is a girl supposed to grow up knowing the harshness of war, when she only knows what goes on in her own little world of royalty?

    The characters that make up the pages of a historical novel are the hardest part to work out. History shows us a factual face, personal accounts give us a general personality, and rarely, we have diaries or journals that show the true mind of the figure. Anastasia had the first two down, and thus she's been pictured as a tom-boy with a lot of spunk and a mindset unlike the rest of her family. I always loved her general personality, and thus I'm really picky about how people depict her. Dunlap gives her a fresh face, keeping her rambunctious attitude and coupling it with the thought processes of a teenage girl on the brink of adulthood when she just isn't ready for it. The depth showed great apt for characterization. Anastasia constantly worries about things that we all can relate to, such as her relationship with Sasha, and things that we can never imagine, like the Bolshevik uprising in Russia. Her family is also depicted stunningly, with great personalities that are flexible yet true to what history tells us. Sasha didn't appear much, which disheartened me. His whole relationship with Anastasia was pretty thread-bare compared to the rest of the story. It was marketed as being more of a love story, so I felt cheated in that respect. The various servants and such also got confusing, but they were interchangeable, and more for historical accuracy than for characterization.

    Plot and historical accuracy are also important. Being an Anastasia fan-boy, I naturally had an above-basic knowledge of what went on with the Romanovs, and I was immensely pleased to see a ton of historical fact and care used in the novel. Basic facts were there (i.e. the Romanov's various pets, the political cartoons about Rusputin and the Romanov women), but she got everything down to the time of events(though Dunlap admitted to lightly moving some around to fit the character's needs, which was understood). The plot moved fast for me, and the interest in what would happen with Sasha and with Anastasia's handling of the war kept me going strong, though I could see how a reader less history-minded would get bored at some intervals...

    Read the full review at www.teensreadtoo.com

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    Anastasia's Secret wasn't really happy but it was perfect anyway. The book was believable and emotional. First person of Anastasia was really great as the grand duchess's life slowly gets worse and worse. From living a pretty easy life to being held prisinor in her own home, Anastasia and the people around her remain realistic. I love how the author added in Sashsa for a romantic element. All around Anastasia's Secret was a wonderful historical fiction, but don't expect a happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2010

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    Absolutely loved this book!

    This book was a wonderful read. I never wanted to put it down once I started reading it. Susanne Dunlap is a great writer. Her stories are historical fictions. I enjoyed reading about the history of the last Tsar and his family. I learned a great deal about Russia and its history. This book grabbed my attention. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

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    Anastasia's Secret

    I loved Susanne Emily Dunlap's first teen novel so I had to read her new one. This book has a great romance that has the reader feeling too. This book doesn't suger coat Anastasia's toching story. I really liked this book it filled you with so many emotions. Each charactor was so believeable and just made you ache when you got to the eprologe. I didn't want the story to end and wish that the Romanova family could have been saved from their teribble fate. I really loved this book and will deffinetly read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

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    Anastasia's Secret

    As the youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, Anastasia had a very sheltered and isolated childhood. So when at twelve years old she meets Sasha, a young soldier, in the garden of her palace, she is intrigued - he is very different than anyone she is permitted to be friends with. But soon he must leave to fight in World War I. Anastasia is later reunited with him while helping to care for the wounded soldiers, and now that she is fourteen, hopes he will see her as a young woman, and not a child.

    But everything in Anastasia's world is about to change forever. In the aftermath of a costly war, the people of Russia are increasingly angry with their ruler. She must grow into a young woman as everything around her falls apart. After a revolt by the people, Anastasia and her family lose their wealth and status, and are eventually exiled to Siberia. In these dark days, Anastasia's growing love for Sasha still brings her hope and joy. But there is little hope for their future together.

    Anastasia's Secret is a romantic and tragic story of what might have been, and brings Anastasia to life as a regular teenager with hopes and dreams, experiencing all the emotions of a teenage girl, although she grew up in a time very different than our own. It was hard to read the book at times knowing what the outcome would be and I so wished it could have ended differently. For readers who love historical fiction or who are fascinated by the Romanovs, I highly recommend this book, but you may need tissues at the end.

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