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Tsarina by J Nelle Patrick

Posted by Caitie F on February 27, 2014

Title: Tsarina17382389
Author: J Nelle Patrick
Hardcover: 331 pages
Pub Date: Feb 27, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Natalya knows a secret.

A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia’s Winter Palace.

It holds a power rooted in the land and stolen from the mystics.

A power that promises a life of love for her and Alexei Romanov.

Power, that, in the right hands, can save her way of life.

But it’s not in the right hands.


I am so excited for more young adult historical fiction and I am absolutely fascinated with this time period – I blame the movie Anastasia.

Tsarina is a perfect mix of romance, magic, and a lot of action and suspense with fascinating and complicated characters.

It is easy to see things from the perspective of the rich. They have everything they could want and live in luxury. Natalya is also going to marry the next Tsar, so she has it even better than most. It could make her spoiled and cruel, but luckily it does not. She does want to keep the Tsar around, but she isn’t heartless and can see things in more than one way.

This book is so full of action that you will always need to read just one more chapter. You know there wasn’t really a magical egg that could save everyone in the royal family,but it doesn’t take away from the suspense of what is happening to them. The added magic really works in the story and adds a fantastical element to the basic story most know.

I can’t say much without giving away the story, so I won’t. Not knowing any of the twists in this book made it so enjoyable to read, and I won’t take that away from anyone.

So if you like historical fiction, even if you don’t read many YA books, you should get this one, it is really good. And if you love YA but are unsure about historical fiction, try this book.


One Response to “Tsarina by J Nelle Patrick”

  1. Linda said

    Wow. I’m going to see if my library has this one. I think I’d really like this one.

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