I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This was our book club pick for November!  I didn’t get to read the book before attending book club, which gave me a different perspective when I did get a chance to read it!

I had to do some googling for historical purposes as this book takes place from 1918-1920 when under orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police took Anastasia Romanov and her family into a basement in Siberia to kill them.  None survive…..

Then, a couple years later, a woman who looks identical to Anastasia is found in a canal in Berlin.  She even has the same sort of scars as Anastasia.  She is taken to a hospital and when she finally speaks, she claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia!  Some are convinced that this woman is only after the Romanov fortune and call her by a different name, Anna Anderson.  The pot starts to boil when old and new enemies are brought to light.

Is she the real Anastasia, somehow saved from the brutal killings, or is she a brilliant impostor?  If you are up on your history, you may know how this story ends, but this is a great book of deception and uncanny truths of what happened to the Romanov family.

If you’ve read this, let me know what you thought!!  Just a quick note – yes this is the same Anastasia that is in the Disney movie – however – the true story is much more grim…

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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

I really wanted to like this book because I had all three, so I wouldn’t have to wait to begin the next book after finishing the first…well…I didn’t make it to #2.

I can’t really put my finger on the reason I couldn’t get into this story.  Although I have several friends who absolutely loved all three books!  You’ll just have to read them to see what you think!

The story revolves around a young woman named Diana Bishop.  She comes form a long line of powerful witches and despite it all, Diana tries her hardest to NOT practice magic.  Although one day she accidentally calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript while doing research in the Oxford Bodleian Library.  Unfortunately for Diana, word spreads to other witches, vampires and even demons who soon start hanging around the library.

The story was interesting, but I feel like the author would get long winded in her writing and I would get bored.  Then something would happen and it would grab my attention again only soon to be back in the rut again.  Please let me know if you have read this book and what you thought!

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The cover for this book is amazing especially with the gold accents!  The story on the other hand was interesting and not what I was expecting!

It’s 1785 and a man named Jonah Hancock hears a knock on his door late into the evening.  There is a captain standing there and tells Jonah that he has sold Jonah’s ship for what he claims is a real (but dead) mermaid!  Jonah isn’t sure how to take this news as his ships are his life and his only source of income, lost all for a claim to a real mermaid?

No sooner than it arrives, gossip spreads through the town and everyone wants a peek at this new wonder.  The mermaid takes him to places he’s never dreamed in the high society ranks as a show piece.  One night at a showing party, he meets a woman who changes his life forever.

The two slowly learn that priceless things come at a great cost…including the destructive power mermaids are said to possess.  The story isn’t what you would think.  After reading the first chapter, then to the end you realize it’s not the story you thought it was going to be.

Although the curiosity is there surrounding the finding of this mermaid, the story more focuses on the destruction it brings to those closest to it.  Which does make for a story in itself I suppose!