Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap (YA review by Camryn)
I am personally fascinated by the Romanova’s and wonder if
I may enjoy this one more than Camryn as I love Historical Fiction!
Anastasia’s Secret is a book written by Susanne Dunlap. Anastasia Romanova is the daughter of the very last Russian tsar during the first World War. Anastasia’s family is used to a quiet existence, with occasional outings outside the palace. But when the revolution that builds up to World War one begins, her quiet, sheltered life with her family is torn apart. Her sisters, Olga, Tatiana, and Maria, her brother Alexei, her mother Alexandra and father Nicholas are all forced to move from palace to palace, under heavy guard, to stay out of harm’s way. Anastasia is always with her best friend, the boy she loves, Sasha. Sasha is a sympathetic young guard she met when she was just twelve years old. Their bond is strong, and he helps her in every way he can without drawing attention to himself. But, as the uprisings happen more and more often, will Anastasia’s family make it through the war? Or will they become yet more casualties?
I thought this book was….okay. It was slow moving, and at parts a little dull. I did like the way the author really portrayed Anastasia’s pain throughout the book; I felt like I understood her. The ending is really sad, and abrupt. But, you can’t change history. I read the epilogue, and I advise you to read it as well. It gives you a little more detail about what happened to Anastasia and her family. I would recommend this to anyone who like historical fiction.
13 years old, and enjoys reading YA books of the fantasy and romance genre. A few of her favorite books are “Hourglass” by Myra McEntire, “The Other Countess” by Eve Edwards, “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick, “The Immortals” series, the “Marked” series and the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series. When she’s not reading she enjoys watching Gilmore Girls or going to book sales for more books to add to her ever-growing collection.