Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Blood, Crime


Potentially Intense Themes


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My Opinion

“It takes more strength and courage to forgive than it does to enact revenge.”

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5) I am completely fascinated by the Romanov’s story. Because of that, I knew I needed to read this book. I wish I would’ve loved it just a little bit more but in the middle of the book during their exile, I got a bit bored. It’s exile, how exciting can it be? Before and after I was entertained though and loved the story. I liked the different characters and getting to know what the Romanov’s might have been like, but I also liked getting to learn a bit more about the Bolshevik soldiers and their beliefs. Even though the book is fiction, it was a good look into that time.

For the content, the violence was the most. To me, it seemed like a pretty mild book based on the content. There are multiple executions or killings. Some of them had more blood detail than others but that is the base for the violence rating. Everything else was minimal. Most teens, possibly even younger teens, could read this in my opinion.


Nadine Brandes

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 either to release the spell and deal with the consequences, or to 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.

-Excerpt taken from book.

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Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

Men drink a shot of vodka at the beginning or end of the day.

A man passes out cigarettes to soldiers. 

A family shares two bottles of wine. Teens too. 

A soldier is tipsy from drinking. He is drunk or smells of it often.

A mother wants the morphine she keeps for herself (headaches and weak heart) and her son (hemophilia related problems.)

A man carries a bottle of alcohol.

An office smells of alcohol and cigarettes. 

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

A man and woman kiss in secret. 

A man kisses a young woman.

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood

A man is shot.

Spell masters are hunted and murdered.

Gunshots for executions are heard multiple times.

In the newspaper, there is a threat of execution to anyone who helps prisoners. 

A young woman is shot at. It misses and ricochets, sending plaster onto her face, making her bleed. 

A man points a gun at a man. A man slaps a woman. A gunshot is heard. 

A man shoves a young woman making her fall. 

A man is shot in the chest. Blood pools. Guns are pointed at more people. More are shot. The bodies are transferred into a truck. A young man’s body stares forward, blood splattered on his face. A man’s body is unrecognizable due to bullet holes. There is a line of blood from the place they were shot to the trucks. Where they were shot is filled with bullet holes and blood. Dogs have been killed too. 

A man is injured badly with a gash from a bayonet, a bullet wound and a swollen face from being beaten. A young woman sews up his wounds. 

A man shoots a man as he runs. The man collapses. A young woman knocks a man off a horse and he slides under a train. A young woman shoots a man, misses but it kills his horse and he is caught underneath it. 

A man points a gun at a man. A man points one at a young woman. 

Soldiers who refused to shoot prisoners were locked in a shed. They were most likely executed. 

A man shoots a gun out of a man’s hand. He tells of killing an old woman. He threatens to shoot a young man. He then shoots him, twice. Pistols are fired. 

A young woman carries a young man, his blood sliding across her skin. She sees two men fighting on the ground, one with a knife.  Blood drips onto the floor. A man holds a knife to a man’s throat. A man walks in with a face “bashed in” and blood running down his face. A man throws a bottle at a man’s head, knocking him out, blood pooling. A man slices a man’s throat and he falls. Blood is covering the floor. A dog bites a man and he kills it. He holds a blade to a young woman’s throat. She throws a rock at his head. She misses but cuts him with a knife. He slams her to the ground, and punches her then chokes her. She slams a knife into him. 

Potentially Intense Themes

A family is held in exile like prisoners. 

A group of people stay hidden for fear of lynching. 

A young man has hemophilia and is bedridden with pain. 

People cry in anguish and drop to their knees in pain over a man being shot. His friend is forced to dig his grave. He holds his friends body against him and cries. 

Bodies of people are stripped of clothes and burned, then acid poured over them.

A man holds a gun to his mouth and fires. 

A mother died of a stomach illness. A father died when trampled by reindeer. 

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