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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Review: The Lost Crown

Title: The Lost Crown
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Historical
Author: Sarah Miller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Book: Galley grab

"Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia. Like the fingers on a hand--first headstrong Olga; thenTatiana, the tallest; Maria the most hopeful for a ring; and Anastasia, the smallest. These are the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, grand dutchesses living a life steeped in tradition abd priviledge. They are each on the brink of starting their own lives, at the mercy of royal matchmakers. The summer of 1914 is that precious last wink of time when they can still be sisters together--sisters that link arms and laugh, sisters that share their dreams and worries, and flirt with the officers of their imperial yacht.

But in a gunshot the future changes — for these sisters and for Russia. 

As World War I ignites across Europe, political unrest sweeps Russia. First dissent, then disorder, mutiny — and revolution. For Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, the end of their girlhood together is colliding with the end of more than they ever imagined. 

At the same time hopeful and hopeless, naÏve and wise, the voices of these sisters become a chorus singing the final song of Imperial Russia. Impeccably researched and utterly fascinating, this novel by acclaimed author Sarah Miller recounts the final days of Imperial Russia with lyricism, criticism and true compassion."

Lately, I have been reading quite a few books that have to deal with war. I am happy that I can read and see different points of views of war. So many people are involved, there are so many stories to tell. This one, with the fours sisters, tells of their time in the war. These sisters, stick by each to other, helping out, even being nurses in the war.

Slowly these girls after being sheltered, start to see things differently. They of course were royalty, but I loved that they did not act like it. They get scared and pray a lot. The war is getting worse and everything is changing quickly right in front of their eyes. The storyline switches from point of views a lot, like every chapter. I was a bit confused with the pov changes.

Now the way that these four young ladies held the family together is awesome. I loved how they treated everyone with respect even though they weren't treated that way. They show so much strength during the uproar, that it began to change people minds. The profound affect that these ladies had is great to see.

 This book is a great historical read. The descriptions of war, the love of their family that held them together made me smile.

I give it 3 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I like most every historical fiction book I read. Nice review!

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  3. I'm so glad the girls were not spoiled brats. There has been a lot of war books but I do like the more historical ones like this. Oh I think I need to look at this one. Sounds good.


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