April 2021 Reads + Book Review

This is going to be a short post considering I barely read anything this month. With everything that happened this month, reading was extremely low on my list of to-do activities. I instead chose to spend my free time watching re-runs of comfort shows like Gilmore Girls, Modern Family and The Middle. If you’re wondering what happened this month – I launched my business at the beginning of the month only for India to go into lockdown with it’s worst case of COVID yet. Hence, my total book count for the month is 1. The book I read was Romanov by Nadine Brandes.

ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes

The first time I heard of the Romanov family was because of the popular Boney M song – ‘Rasputin’. *Ra-ra-rasputin
Lover of the Russian Queen
There was a cat that really was gone
Russia’s greatest love machine
It was a shame how he carried on*

The Romanov family was the last imperial dynasty to rule Russia. The Tsar Nicholas abdicated the throne after large unrest across the country. The entire family were brutally murdered by a firing squad in the middle of the night by the revolutionary army fearing that their supporters were gaining in number.

PLOT: The novel is a fictional story revolving around the Romanov family. Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov, the youngest daughter of the newly ousted Tsar is given a spell by her father that will help protect their family and their lineage. She is to use it at the right time to ensure her family’s safety from the dangers that loom over them in exile in the form of the Bolshevik army. The Bolshevik army is hunting down all spell masters and she must use her incomplete spell training to ensure her family’s well being.

REVIEW: I really enjoyed the novel. I liked how it kept faithful to the real story but included some variations that weren’t too implausible to happen. I had expected a book based on a real story but with a fantastical angle of magic to fall flat but instead found myself gripped with interest on what would happen next. It was an easy read and if you are interested in historical fiction, you should definitely give this book a read.

YAY or NAY: YAY (7.5/10)

Find the book on Amazon here.

Here’s hoping I do better in May! How did you do reading wise in April? Leave your book recommendations in the comments! 🙂

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. akshita1776 says:

    Sounds okay to me. Greatreview!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you 😊


  2. You’ll have that song stuck in my head the rest of the day now 😆

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Hahah it was but it’s such a fun song that I didn’t mind 🤣

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  3. Shahrin says:

    I love your book selection -you always have books that spikes my interest.

    I haven’t had a good luck reading wise, I am currently on the hunt for “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama. Although I need to finish a lot of half-read books before I buy new ones🙈😂xx

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you!! I think our book choices are similar!!
      Ooh how is that book? It’s been on my TBR since December. 🙈

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      1. Shahrin says:

        It’s too expensive now😂I will get it once I get paid! I really want to read it x


  4. Juliette says:

    This book sounds really interesting! I find that dinasty fascinating! I hope the situation in India will improve, it is truly heart breaking what is happening there. Sending you lots of love and courage ❤️

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  5. bosssybabe says:

    Still not reading, 🙁 maybe I’ll have a different update end of May!!


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