The Diamond Secret (Once upon a Time Series)

The Diamond Secret (Once upon a Time Series)

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by Suzanne Weyn
     
 

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After the Russian Revolution, Empress Marie, the czar’s mother, who escaped to Paris, offers a reward for the return of her missing granddaughter, the princess Anastasia. Eager to collect the large sum, two friends hatch a plan to fool Empress Marie and convince Nadya, a mischievous and quick-witted kitchen girl at a Russian tavern, to accompany them to

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After the Russian Revolution, Empress Marie, the czar’s mother, who escaped to Paris, offers a reward for the return of her missing granddaughter, the princess Anastasia. Eager to collect the large sum, two friends hatch a plan to fool Empress Marie and convince Nadya, a mischievous and quick-witted kitchen girl at a Russian tavern, to accompany them to France. Nadya resembles the famous Anastasia, but can’t remember her life before the revolution. Eager for the future, Nadya and her new friends venture across Europe, discovering new terrain of friendship, family, and love.

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Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
Nadya is a mischievous kitchen girl in a Russian tavern. Having nearly drowned in the Iset River during the turmoil of the Revolution, she has no memory of her past and longs for the life she cannot remember. Then two men arrive at the tavern and announce that Nadya's long-lost grandmother has sent them to find her. Yearning for family and friendship, she agrees to accompany them to Paris for the joyful reunion. Nadya eagerly embarks on her journey, never dreaming it will be one of laughter, love, and betrayal. This is a fast-paced re-telling of one Anastasia story. The reader will also learn something of Russian history and aristocratic rulers. The story is truly captivating even if it is historical fiction. The paperback book, with its attractive cover, is easy to read. Suzanne Weyn has produced another really good book. Reviewer: Naomi Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416975304
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Series:
Once upon a Time Series
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
344,525
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Suzanne Weyn has written more than 100 novels for children and young adults and has had her work featured on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books in the Once upon a Time series include The Crimson Thread and The Night Dance among others. Another contribution to the Pulse line is her Romantic Comedy, South Beach Sizzle. Suzanne lives in Putnam Valley, NY.s

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Diamond Secret (Once upon a Time Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I've seen the movie many times and it's definitely one of my favorite animations. So when I saw this book, I got pretty excited! Some of the reviews said they were disappointed because it was too much like the movie, but I think that's why I partly liked it so much. They were simillar for the story line with the con men, the falling in love part, the grandmother, but the details made it it's own story. The characters were wonderful. They each had their own personality and seemed very real. I loved the whole thing with the diamond and overall I think it's a great book. I've read it more than once and will probably read it again! :)
Jiji More than 1 year ago
Great book! I have read several of the once upon a time books and this is my favorite so far!
Pearl16 More than 1 year ago
Really not worth your time. Poorly written and leaving a LOT to be desired. I like other books in this series so I expected something a little smarter with better developed characters. I was mostly bored while reading it. She could have done better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definelty a good read. It keeps you going. A very good retelling of Anastasia, even if the real Anastasia got killed
LynnBuns More than 1 year ago
"The Diamond Secret" by Suzanne Weyn is a quick retelling of "Anastasia" a wonderful and timeless classic. After had watching Anastasia, the Disney movie, I thought no book nor any other version of the story would compare, but this book comes quite close! This book's main character is Nadya who works in a kitchen of a tavern, knowing nothing of her past except that she has come from an asylum before arriving here, and her only companion was her little doll. One day, two men enter the tavern for lunch, and looking at Nadya, they think that she is the perfect counterpart of the real Grand Duchess Anastasia (little do they know that she's really her.) There's a rumor that the Duchess is still alive after the Russian Revolution, and her grandmother is paying a hefty price for her return. She believes that she has wandered her whole life without any final destination and longs to belong somewhere, and so she follows them. But throughout the story, she encounters danger, a new life, and a love like no other. This story is a wonderful retelling of "Anastasia" and the romance in this story, although, very predictable is refreshing at the same time! "The Diamond Secret" is woven intricately with many surprising turns of the plot, but it's an extremely interesting retell because the characters are substantially developed enough for the readers to fall in love with their characters, the turn in the plot keeps you wanting more and more, and also, the emotion that is conveyed when a sacrifice has to occur in the ending warms hearts!
yearningtoread More than 1 year ago
I was happy with this book, as much as I was disappointed. I enjoyed it for what it was (it only took me a few hours, too, which was a relief amongst the many classics I'm reading), but it had several flaws. A few of them are: One - the characters were underdeveloped and immature. Nadya had a temper that flared up at the most random times, which cut off the flow of the story. Ivan, too, was a confusing character. You never really knew what he wanted and why. Two - the love story was choppy and slightly unresolved. Ivan's feelings for Nadya are up in the air the whole time. In fact, their love story is so thrown together and choppy that I can't really say when they first started falling in love. In fact, his first affections for her, and vice versa, aren't even shown. And when they are finally together, there is no explanation of why they treated each other the way they did... and that brings me to my third flaw - the form of the novel. I felt like a lot of it was seperate chapters that were merely thrown together when it was time to publish the book. There were hasty explanations for certain actions of the characters after the fact, when it would have been much more smooth and interesting to build up the reason beforehand. Her writing itself wasn't too bad; that, and the fact that I am extremely fascinated with Anastasia Romonov's story, kept me into the book. If it had been written badly and I hadn't cared about the characters, I would have put the book down early on. I did care about the characters, however, despite the many flaws in the way Suzanne Weyn built them (or rather threw them together). Ever since I first read about the Russian revolution, I've often wondered whether or not Anastasia managed to escape. In fact, I've hoped she did. Therefore, in this story, I wanted her to escape, find her grandmother, fall in love, and live a normal life. And don't get me wrong. Like I said before, I enjoyed this book for what it was. It had it's moments, yes, and big flaws that almost anyone can recognize, but it was a good story, and made me smile, laugh, and feel for the characters. I would recommend it to someone looking for an easy and fun read. Because that's exactly what it was.
QueenRose More than 1 year ago
The Diamond Secret was basically the retelling of Anastasia. I thought it was okay but nothing special. When I read the book I was excited but as I read on I realized that the author just wrote the cartoon movie making a few small changes. Like when Nadya(Anastasia)met these two con men who were out to make some money never really realizing that Nadya was Anastasia and you knew that she and one of the men were going to fall inlove. The point is I think the author plagerized the movie but put different parts in it like that whole thing about the Diamond in the Doll that saved Anastasia's life and the story didn't have all the magic in it. But other than that this book was very much like the movie. Which the movie is good(I love it) but I was expecting something different and better. I am a little disappointed with writing. Suzanne Weyn needs to do better she did well with that book The Night Dance but right now her books are sucking. So please if this is a first time reading from Suzanne Wyen read the Night Dance.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the story of Anastasia, and so naturally I jumped at the chance to read this book. I have o admit I was disappointed. It was a bad book or anything, it had just enough story to keep me interested, but when I finished it, I had a feeling of wasted hours instead of the "WOW! What a great book!" that you would expect. It was too slow, and not memorable enough for me. Even though sometimes a story can make for that with a great ending, this didn't do that either.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book was good, but not as good as I expected it to be. It's a retelling of Anastasia - but it doesn't really talk about her life before she survived the killing of her family, except for the first one or two chapters and Nadya's dreams. The romance seemed kind of forced into the story. I like the story of Anastasia, but I didn't really like this one.
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Compare to animated version, but for teens. Love the interactions.
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Love it
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Spoiler alert! I loved this book so much but i was so suprised when i found out the rag doll she used to make her boobs look bigger saved her life!
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Looks really good
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This book is truely an amzing story that makes you feel like youre in another world. You will love it so much that you wish they had a sequel to this book. Now those are the truely wonderful novels in the world.=]
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