Sunday, January 30, 2022

Romanov by Nadine Brandes | An Anastasia Retelling


 Title: Romanov

Author: Nadine Brandes

Genre: YA | Magic | historical fiction | Retelling

    [Synopsis: The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them, and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of saving herself and her family are to either release the spell and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya has only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half as much as her growing attraction to Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her.

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.]

I adore retellings and was so excited to finally pick this read up! It's already so hard to find a good ''Anastasia Retelling'' so it had been on my list as soon as I'd heard about it.

 While I enjoyed the story I do have some mixed feelings overall, so the only way to truly describe this book for me was to do a list of pros and cons.


- A unique retelling, the world building and history was very intruiging and welldone.

- The magical parts were really cool but I wished to know more about it.

- The romance progressed at a pace that I really enjoyed and liked to watch!

- The side characters were some of my favorites and I really missed them by the time I finished the book- I wished there was more to the story just so I could read more about them!

- I did like that the message was clear and well shown throughout the story.


- Uhm, I can't spoil for this but the love interest and his actions at a certain point were Like, I get it. But... if it was me I would've done killed the dude.

- I wanted more. Like I love how it ended and all and the story development, but crud y'all I want another book!! I felt like this was a setup for a duology so I kept thinking there'd be another book... now, realizing that it's one standalone novel I wish there had been a bit more for me. 

- REALLY. THAT'S WHERE IT ENDS?!?! *curses and swig of coffee*

Yep, that's...that about covers it. 

I did enjoy reading it, and I was frustrated about somethings but the author still handled it well and I do recommend it. It's not a forever favorite for me, but I know several people that adore it all the way. 

So give it a try and let me know you're thoughts!

 Have you read Romanov? What were your thoughts? Do you have any Anastasia retellings you could recommend me?? PLEASE???

I'm not begging I swear...

My rating:

Hope y'all have a lovely day lovelies!! <3



Sunday, January 23, 2022

Pug Puppies, current reads & watch list!

     Last Sunday evening Wednesday (my mother's female pug) had a litter of 6 puppies! Now to catch everyone up on the same page, this is what my family's pug situation looks like....

My parents (also my neighbors) have two black pugs, the girl is Wednesday and the boy is pugsley.

My older brother that is renting from me has his own pug that's the oldest, Biscuit. She used to be mine before I went away to college. Once I moved away and couldn't take her with me I had to give her to my brother those few years ago.

Now, I get to have my pick of the litter to get myself a pug! It's been a while since I had my own to look after and I miss having my own furr baby <3. But we'll see!

Having my hands full with Wednesday's puppies (they're starting to stand up and walk!!), I'm finding a bit more time to sit and catch up on shows and discover new books to read- something I've very much  missed. 

Care for a peek at my currents? 

Currently Reading~


  I've been in the mood for consuming werewolf reads, so The King's Mate by Harlie May is just one I've been sinking my teeth into this past month ;)

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay is one I've been meaning to read for (I kid you not) three or four years now *grimace of shame*...what's bad is it's literally a book that screams me and is right up my alley! A sci-fi fairytale retelling?? What would I not love about that?!?!


Currently Watching~

    Currently I've been bingeing a few different shows, I've finished watching Loki (my favorite show in a long time to watch, it was AMAZING!!)

And a friend has convinced me to give the anime One piece another shot, so trying to get through that... it's good or at least interesting, but I don't know if it's just the knowledge that it's such a long show with still no ending...but I find it so hard to actually get in to for me *shrug & sip of coffee*.


Looking forward to updating you lovelies about the puppies, and more!

What are you guys reading or watching these days?

Have a lovely day & season my friends!!


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Books You Have To Read ASAP

   There's a lot of books that Noel loves, these are all compiled on a list and titled: Forever Favorites. Here is a peek at some of those books, but these are ones that anyone should be able to pick up and enjoy!
 These are the heartfelt favorites that made me sob, laugh (which is actually very rare in a book for me), or just smile stupidly at my book when I was reading in a public place.

Some of these I do enjoy more than others, I'll let you know which one barely made the line as a favorite, and some I really want to reread soon!!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

  *As a writer myself, and as someone that used to write on Wattpad big time, this was an awesome book to read. Not only that though, it touched on a girl that was suffering from anxiety and trying to become stronger. 
Eliza was an amazing character, and the plot and story just helped seal the deal!*

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.


You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

*This read was almost a five star for me and one that I absolutely adored! It might hit really hard for some though, because it deals with depression and overcoming the trauma of losing a loved one. 

But it was real. The characters felt so real and each of them had a different flaw or something they realized about themselves and decided to combat and overcome it- some of them needed to lean on friends they hadn't let be there before, some of them needed to see the truth that they'd denied for years.

I'm not saying I loved all the characters by any means, but they all had a story that felt so real and like they were coming off the page!*

Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past?

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother's death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake's favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother's exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn't bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

   Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?

All In Pieces by Suzanne Young

*This book specifically hit hard for me and I loved it so much because I connected with the main character about several things she was struggling with in her life. Not many people will have gone through these things and therefore be as touched by a book revolved around it, so this may not be for you. 

It absolutely was for me and I can't read it without sobbing through 78% of it.*

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

*Everyone needs to read this. Everyone. And then watch the movie too. That's all I have to say.*

Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That's pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn't as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

    She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste. Her name was Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. And when she was older, she watched as a colt was born, and she heard the first word on his tongue, his name, Falada.

From the Grimm's fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

It's 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

            The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and
their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

What are some books that are a must-read in your opinion?? 

Have you read or heard of any of these??

Please let me know & wishing you all the best!! (Stay safe and well!!)

Have a lovely day!!

~Noel Walker