Hi guys, I’m mostly on semi-hiatus while I move into my new home and finish up wedding planning, but I wanted to drop by with a quick book review! I’ve teamed up with Xpresso Book Tours to bring you Romanov by Samaire Provost.
In an abandoned warehouse in Manhattan, two enemies battle to the death, while outside, a malevolent entity watches and waits and plots, eager for blood. On an island in the heart of Seattle, an immortal princess struggles to lead a normal life just as a flood of terrifying creatures starts to pour in through a portal that should not be there. A young man meets a classmate while walking home from the college library, and embarks on the most dangerous adventure he’s ever known – will he survive? A deranged madman hunts the girl he’s lusted after for a century, in a relentless pursuit for vengeance. A prehistoric, mythical beast jealously guards a primeval land, which is leaking into present-day Seattle. A sweet, forbidden passion blossoms between two lovers who steal moments whenever they can, while unbeknownst to them, they’re hunted by a deadly creature.
A royal family threatened at its weakest – yet lethal in its own right – is stalked by an ancient evil that will not rest until they are utterly destroyed: a nightmare incarnate that has waited millions of years for revenge threatens the very existence of the young lovers and their family.
Will they prevail?
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I didn’t know much about the Romanov family before this book came into my life. When I got my ARC, I figured I should probably read up on the family before diving in to this book. (I can tell you now, that’s totally not necessary, but) I’m so glad I did! I knew vaguely about Rasputin from history classes in high school, but reading about the Romanov family was terribly interesting.
Assuming you’re a little more in tune with history than I was: the premise of this book is great! Rasputin as a vampire makes so much sense. The Romanov family as vampires fits right in with the sort of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter lore that was popular more recently than the whole vampire romance craze. This is a vampire romance, and it is so hard to pull off this sub-genre today.
Unfortunately for me, it was a miss. You can check out my Goodreads review for more of why this just didn’t work for me. I’m not sure if I can do the sub-genre at all anymore. (I hated The Coldest Girl in Coldtown despite being a huge Holly Black fan.)
I can find a lot of good here, though. I actually don’t like romance at all, typically, but initially, Eric and Julia’s early courtship was quite cute. It’s full magical creatures like dragons and fae, and peppered with nerdy references. There is a ton of different magical lore in here which is probably a bit much, but what I found most interesting.
My favorite thing about Romanov? The cats! Jinx and Gypsy are great cat names.
If you are a fan of vampire romances give Romanov a go. It’s an easy read, and a quick read!