The Diamond Secret (Once upon a Time Series)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416975304
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Series: Once upon a Time Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 188,796
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Suzanne Weyn
has written more than one hundred novels for children and young adults, and has had her work featured on the New York Times bestseller list. Her other Once upon a Time books include The Crimson Thread, Water Song, and The Night Dance. Suzanne lives in Putnam Valley, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    Loved it!

    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! :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    the diamond secret

    Great book! I have read several of the once upon a time books and this is my favorite so far!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Okay but not Amazing.

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    Okay...

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Really not worth your time. Poorly written and leaving a LOT to

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

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    One of the best

    Definelty a good read. It keeps you going. A very good retelling of Anastasia, even if the real Anastasia got killed

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Perfect for a quick read!

    "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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    A Yearning to Read Review

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    So..

    I liked this book! I though it was going to be more like the movie Anastasia from my childhood but not soo much, which is okay because I still like the book anyway. Nadya and Ivan were cute together and I'm gald they ended up together.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    AMAZING

    this is my favorite book by Weyn. she spins a thrilling web of a story. she has made a masterpiece. you really should read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    a retelling of a fabulous tale

    Nadya works in the kitchen for a tavern in the cold of Russia She doesn't remember anything from her past, but one day two men enter the tavern for lunch. They take one look at her and think she's perfect for their scam. They plan to take a girl and turn her into the Grand Duchess Anastasia, who's rumor to still be alive after the Russian Revolution. Her grandmother would give anything to have her back - and the men are out for the reward. Together they approach her and make her an offer - not telling her about the reward. Instead they confide that they're private detectives and she might belong to a family. Nadya longs to belong somewhere and with little hesitation, follows them. They make the journey to Germany, where they run across an old friend from the Russian aristocracy. He has no doubt of Nadya's true identity once he sees her dressed in the part. In fact, he's so convinced that he holds a ball in her honor announcing her to his other Russian friends. When the empress hears of this night, she sends a car for Anastasia from Paris. Now, Nadya must learn the truth about her family, if she really is royalty. She's scared to learn the truth and even more angry when she discovers her friends have lied to her. Will she ever find a family and a place to call home?

    Anastasia stories intrigue me. The secret of the diamonds is both fascinating and an ingenious idea. I love the heart warming scenes between the empress and Nadya. The cover is gorgeous and it's a perfect tale for those wanting a romantic historical novel.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Amazing take on the czar's daughter

    Really interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Once upon...

    Compare to animated version, but for teens. Love the interactions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Amazing

    I read this book a while ago nd thot it was really good. I got psyched when i found out it was based on the movie Anastasia. I love that movie and i think the history of Anastasia Romanov and her family is very interesting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Awesome

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Spoiler

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    BEST BOKK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FANTABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (By the way, thats fabulous and fantastic together!!!!!!!!) :DD

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    How long?

    I want toknow how long the book is

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

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    Amazing! I loved this book sooooo much! I've been obsessed with

    Amazing! I loved this book sooooo much! I've been obsessed with Anastasia's tale forever. I'm glad that Suzanne Weyn was able to bring it to life. Even though, DNA testing proved it impossible for Anastasia to survive, I love the way that this book makes it happen.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Bradi

    Looks really good

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