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  1. says:

    Hey, I wrote it, what am I supposed to say but I love it


  2. says:

    aaaand my massive binge read on all russian related books continues if i hadnt already known before picking this up that it was a work of historical fiction, i would have never assumed that not in a million years i was blown away at how much of this read like a memoir the story felt so personal and so realistically genuine yes, the events that happened were unfortunately real, but wow i believed nearly every single word of this book and if that isnt a testament to the phenomenal quality of this story not to mention the research done to ensure its accuracy , then i dont know what is i found this to be quite moving, highly informational, and truly a gem of a book on what was otherwise a terribly dark moment in history very well done 4 stars


  3. says:

    4.5 stars rounded up Many years ago, in my high school world history class, I was assigned a research project I cannot recall how or why I ended up with Rasputin being my research topic, but he became the subject of my project It was then and there that my strong interest in the Romanov story was born Ever since, I have been fascinated by the Romanov family and this tumultuous piece of history And for anyone interested in the tragic tale of the Romanovs, The Kitchen Boy, is a fantastic read This novel, by Robert Alexander, is a fine piece of historical fiction Told from the perspective of Leonka, a kitchen boy, working in the house where the Romanovs were imprisoned, this novel explores the last few weeks of the Romanov s lives Robert Alexander does an excellent job with the entire setting and feeling of this book It feels very personal and poignant, and the flow of this novel is astounding Although we all know what ultimately happens to the Romanov family, the build up along the way is full of tension, anxiety, and fear There is a heaviness that accompanies this story Not only that, there are deeper mysteries lurking throughout this novel Connecting present with past, truths and lies and confessions come pouring out, giving the reader a very interesting mystery to piece together I must say, I thought by the end I had it all figured out, but I did not The last several pages had me completely on edge For fans of historical fiction, for fans of historical mysteries, and for anyone who is simply curious about the Romanov family, I highly recommend The Kitchen Boy.


  4. says:

    Like all well educated individuals, I first learned about the Romanovs from the animated movie Anastasia I know you remember it Don t deny it A Brief Father CameoA Sweet Romance Between Meg Ryan Anastasia and John Cusack DimitriYou Want a Little Sass with that Romance You Betcha I am still a kid at heart and still adore this movie for everything that it is I fear that accurate is not something that it is Unfortunately, this means that my obsession interest was based on LIES Being aware of this, I decided to approach The Kitchen Boy as a newborn babe unaware, innocent, and wrinkly yet adorable.You know what I loved about this book Well, a lot of things, but the first was that it didn t go on and on and on and on much like this review may end up doing It was short and precise but also very powerful There is a mystery twist, but I was a little oblivious and didn t get caught up in that at all Much of the book was the day to day activities of the Romanov family and the select servants still with them, but it didn t feel repetitive Even the mundane rinse, lather, repeat days fascinated me The mystery twist was just a bonus I loved that the way the characters were presented made me grow attached to them Good Because I felt connected to the characters I felt like I was there A fly on the wall I felt my heart break for that poor Tsar and Tsarista because they weren t evil they were just oblivious and ignorant and too wrapped up in their own family and four walls And while I don t love feeling sad ok, sometimes I do , I do love a book that can make me feel.Bad Because I just dreaded what I knew was going to happen all the I went to bed right before that part of the book because I knew I wouldn t be able to sleep if I read it then I loved that there was Russian throughout It made me want to learn Russian, and I was walking around my house repeating words in an incredibly horrific amazing Russian accent imitation I felt so fancy I don t read a ton of historical fiction because the story I read usually gets into my head, and I confuse it with the truth I forget that it is a work of fiction and find it difficult to detach and remember that it was written as a fictional account of events This is why I appreciated the authors note the indented passages, select notes, and letters attributed to the Romanovs, their captors, and Rasputin are all accurate and can be found in various archives.This helped me separate the fiction from the non fiction Sometimes a girl needs a little help Next time I will just pick up a non fiction book and save myself the headache Still a great book and a great story.4 Stars


  5. says:

    For the first 170 pages, I felt like the Alexander was beating a dead horse by focusing on the same four points over and over again 1 Leonka was the kitchen boy, 2 Although Tsar and Tsaritsa had many failings, they were good people that deeply loved their family and Russia, 3 The conditions the Romanovs were kept in were terrible with little hope of escape, and 4 Misha hated himself for how history unfolded Seriously, I was sick of these points being described again and again Yet, I didn t skip a single sentence I think that s because Alexander would unfold them in a slightly different angel every time So I guess I liked Alexander s writing style.By the way, this was our Book Club s March book Many of my friends had finished the book before I did They kept telling me how the end had a twist and how they were still thinking about the ending I thought, How could this book have a cool twist for an ending The book was so straight forward and dull with description that I knew I could predict the ending So, I thought of the most wild and strangest endings I could think of just in case it was a really crazy twist I am not going to appear smart at my Book Club on Thursday I was NO WHERE close to guessing the ending The last seventy pages, WOW I couldn t read fast enough There were so many twists and turns And that s how I came to give this book three stars.And guess what Those four points is what makes the ending that much better.


  6. says:

    9,5 de 10 Aqui est um livro completo N o tenho nada a apontar, j que gostei de tudo nele O tema a hist ria tr gica dos ltimos dias da fam lia Romanov, a forma como nos contada, com um narrador fabuloso que me agarrou da primeira ltima letra, a escolha de uma forma poss vel do desfecho deste epis dio tr gico muito bem constru da e ainda uma surpresa no final Perfeito Coment rio completo em


  7. says:

    Na verdade, s o 4,5 Cansei me aqui e ali de algumas repeti es, embora as compreenda, uma vez que quase toda a hist ria contada, na primeira pessoa, por um homem j muito velho, e devem ser assim, s vezes err ticas, s vezes repetitivas, as recorda es de um homem perto do fim e consumido pelo arrependimento.Ainda que se trate de uma fic o, tem como base factos comprovados e com testemunhos materiais, peolo que creio que fiquei a saber um pouco mais sobre os Romanov sabia pouqu simo Para al m disso, entusiasmou me e comoveu me a reviravolta final N o facto, fic o, mas a mim, que raramente sou enganada, enganou me e ainda bem.


  8. says:

    Nikolai, Aleksandra, and their five children were the ultimate symbols, both good and bad, of all that was Russia3.5 stars If like me, you know very little about the Romanov s, this is an excellent introduction The author explains, while blending it in as part of the story, the politics and history He also shows that bad rulers, can still be good people And to top it off he manages to still add a lot of suspense to a story where everyone knows the ending.


  9. says:

    I was assigned this book for school my Ma hadn t read it, just bought it offline It went with our last year s study of Russia, and the Romanov family Granted, of course, we learned plenty and read books on the time line, learned about Russia, saw the anger and the mobs during that bad time, etc But no book brought to life just how tragic and serious that time of history was like this fictional novel Not for me I was never interested much in the history of Russia I d started reading the Last Tsar, and found that obviously the history was absolutely awful An entire royal family being murdered in the same room, with their servants and their dog, too I couldn t imagine that graphic, that horrific kind of thing This book is from the fiction perspective of the kitchen boy he lives with the Romanov family while they re under lock down basically, that s what happened Honestly, I can t give much of this story away because it s just so stunning and astonishingly told The story leads you on Not slowly, nor so fast you lose track of what s happening I loved how it was told, the style of writing It wasn t some far fetched, extravagant tale no It was told in a serious, startling tone That time of history was crucial and it was told as such It wasn t on a whim the story and the perspective it was told from was all very keen I was never bored I was dragged in so fast, by the writing, by the story I was gaping At how significant it all was How it all happened in history Whether I was grounded by the actual history, or the fictional bits that slid so perfectly in alignment with the truth the history It seriously all fell into place Into perspective Into line Whether I was staring in utter surprise, or covering my mouth because Dang Dang it was all real Real, cruel, hard, smooth and then jagged, hope and no hope The only thing that bummed me with this book, was the fact there seemed to be no hope If there was, it was crushed and found as a lie I didn t particularity like that with the kitchen boy s end I feel that he didn t have to end like that With no hope Perhaps the author and the world found what ended and how the boy s thoughts were in his final time realistic or something But I don t As the story is told, yes, the narrator did some very, very bad things But I was forced to think as I read would God forgive him If the man asked for forgiveness for what he had done, would Yeshua have forgiven him I do not know if the author was a Christian or such but that ending, that part, I found wrong Hope, faith, it IS there We are not lost cases Not with God God was in no part of this book, so I didn t quite expect for hope to be found in the story but I wish it had I think that if faith in God had been a part of the narrators heart it would have been different for him Because he did not, I felt deeply sorry for him It was that gripping and moving of a book, in a way though I wrestled in distaste because no hope was present, I still saw the character s utter lost self It showed me what we really are without God, when we face our sins and past alone Without mercy, without His Love This book is still one of the best I think I ve read It was a fascinating, heart wrenching story The history itself has lessons to teach, and to see it written out in such a story really made it all the vivid This book is not a clean novel it is about a very dark, horrific time in history It portrays the history as such Because of this, this book is graphic, and bad cussing is used once in the book at least, super bad cussing While some of the facts of this book may be unsettling for others, it was not that bad to me, and the book seemed very honest to me I got the insights of just how bad it was.


  10. says:

    Que livro espetacular O Leonka, o nosso narrador brilhante Descreve acontecimentos com uma emo o e carinho fora de s rie Nem parece que a a o se passa numa casa com uma fam lia e alguns criados como prisioneiros e os seus guardas Est muito bem ficcionado e tem ali 2 plot twists finais fant sticos Que me levaram a dar lhe a pontua o m xima A hemofilia est muito bem explicada Quem n o percebe nada de hereditariedade consegue perfeitamente perceber como se transmite a doen a De salientar que o autor n o recorreu a um chich bastante conhecido sobre o fim dos Romanov o que tamb m me agradou bastante Porque que n o li este livro h mais tempo


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