Review: I Was Anastasia

I Was Anastasia by Ariel LawhonTitle: I Was Anastasia

Author: Ariel Lawhon

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: March 27, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (3.5 stars)


Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. 

Germany, February 17, 1920 A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia.

Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. 

As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened.

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WWW Wednesdays: April 25, 2018

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. It’s simple – just answer the three questions below. And check out her post this week to get inspired by what everyone else is reading!

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words in Thriller Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Oh, this was such a fun prompt! I’m playing loose with the genre here, mostly because mystery, thriller, and crime novels blur the lines for me. All of the covers link to the Goodreads pages of the books if you’re interested in checking any out.

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Goodreads Monday: April 23, 2018

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Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Check out this week’s post to share your links.

Somehow this one had made it onto my TBR and been promptly forgotten, but I’m glad I found it again today! It’s coming out soon, so this is the perfect reminder to go and get my hands on it 🙂

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Review: Sirens (Aidan Waits #1)

Sirens by Joseph KnoxTitle: Sirens

Author: Joseph Knox

Series: Aidan Waits, #1

Genre: Crime Fiction

Publication Date: February 20, 2018 (first published January 12, 2017)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟 (3.75 stars)


The mission is suicide.

Infiltrating the inner circle of enigmatic criminal Zain Carver is dangerous enough. Pulling it off while also rescuing Isabelle Rossiter, a runaway politician’s daughter, from Zain’s influence? Impossible. That’s why Aidan Waits is the perfect man for the job. Disgraced, emotionally damaged and despised by his superiors. In other words, completely expendable.

But Aidan is a born survivor. And as he works his way deep into Zain’s shadowy world, he finds that nothing is as it seems. Zain is a mesmerizing, Gatsby-esque figure who lures young women into his orbit–women who have a bad habit of turning up dead. But is Zain really responsible? And will Isabelle be next?

Before long, Aidan finds himself in over his head, cut loose by his superiors, and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman.

How can he save the girl if he can’t even save himself?

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Links I Loved: April 21, 2018

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Every week, I’m now trying to put together a weekly compilation of all the posts I enjoyed around the blogosphere. This was inspired by Zuky @ BookBum, who always has a wonderful list of reviews that I might have missed or are by bloggers I’ve yet to follow— everyone should go see her favorites this week! I just think it’s such a great way to spread the love, and I’m looking forward to continuing to share some of the various posts that have caught my eye while blog hopping.

Check out the posts I thoroughly enjoyed this week below.

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Stacking the Shelves: April 21, 2018

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tygna’s Reviews and Reading Reality and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

This week, I added 5 books to my stack! Three in the mystery/thriller category, one YA fantasy, and one YA romance.

If any of these appeal to you, too, check out their Goodreads pages via the links on the cover images.

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