Tsarina, Tsarina, why wouldn’t you let me love you? I wanted to love this book you guys. It’s imperial Russia at the time of the Russian Revolution. THERE ARE ROMANOVS (according to the blurb which is a complete LIE because there is only a physical Romanov presence in the first chapter). I can’t be the only one who looked at this book and thought
And while there was some of this:
And the teensiest bit of this:
It was mostly this:
There are two circumstances under which I will accept magical realism. I like when it’s a kind of trick i.e. was it magic or just how you see things? Did magic egg stop the bullets from hitting the tsarina or was it the jewels in her gown? It’s open for interpretation depending on whether you believe the world is magic or not. It engages the reader’s brain, adds a touch of subtle mystery and it’s awesome.