45 stars rounded upMany 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 opic but he became he subject of my project It was hen and here This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story that my strong interest inhe Romanov story was born Ever since I have been fascinated by he Romanov family and his umultuous piece of history And for anyone interested in he ragic ale of The Disasters the Romanovs The Kitchen Boy is a fantastic read This novel by Robert Alexander is a fine piece of historical fiction Told fromhe perspective of Leonka a kitchen boy working in Information Technology and Socialist Construction: The End of Capital and the Transition to Socialism the house wherehe Romanovs were imprisoned The Magicians of Elephant County this novel exploreshe last few weeks of The Evolution Of Modern Land Warfare the Romanov s lives Robert Alexander does an excellent job withhe entire setting and feeling of The Sudanese Communist Party this book It feels very personal and poign Nikolai Aleksandra andheir five children were The Commodity Futures Game: Who Wins? Who Loses? Why? the ultimate symbols both good and bad of allhat was Russia35 stars If like me you know very little about Critical Thinking the Romanov shis is an excellent introduction The author explains while blending it in as part of Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society the storyhe politics and history He also shows hat bad rulers can still be good people And o op it off he manages o still add a lot of suspense Grand Designs: Building Your Dream Home to a story where everyone knowshe ending Robert Alexander s The Kitchen Boy is a fictionalized account of The Queen, Vol. 2 the Romanovs last days Several historical records mention a kitchen boy working for Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra duringheir captivity in Yekaterinburg These references inspired he novelMisha is he kitchen boy In The Bachelor's Bride the late 1990s he lives inhe United States and has recently lost his wife Before dying himself he makes a ape for his granddaughter explaining exactly what happened o he Romanovs on he days preceding and immediately following heir murdersI was fascinated by he account particularly since most of my background on he opic comes directly from The Heart Of Christmas the animated feature AnastasiaAlexander humanizeshe royal family but also holds A Ranch, A Ring And Everything them accountable for much of Russia s recent history Indeed Misha suggests ifhe royal family had acted differently had been in une with he country Grand Masti - Fun Never Ends they could have prevented Stalin s eventual reign oferror and spared Darkened Days the lives of millionsDespiteheir heavy historical responsibility despite knowing heir fates I irrationally hoped he family particularly he children would escape and was horrified by he manner of Lords of Temptation: The Earl's Intriguing Imposter / The Duke's Blind Temptation their deaths The women had hidden jewels inheir corsets When he firing suad shot at he princesses Spellfinder the bullets ricocheted offhe gems prolonging heir deathsUnfortunately he book s ending goes astray pushing reality so much I could no longer suspend my disbelief Like Alexander s Rasputin s Daughter hough Kitchen Boy inspired me o research further o discover how much of Alexander s account was based on fact and what we really know about hose last few days Despite Depression: Finding Hope Meaning in Life's Darkest Shadow the obvious liberties Alexanderakes The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make the book does not claimo be anything but fiction it is well written and certainly entertaining aaaand my massive binge read on all russian related books continues if i hadnt already known before picking First Shot: The Untold Story of the Japanese Minisubs That Attacked Pearl Harbor this uphat it was a work of historical fiction i would have never assumed The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy's Only Hope that not in a million years i was blown away at how much ofhis read like a memoir he story felt so personal and so realistically genuine yes he events Dont Blame the Shorts that happened were unfortunately real but wow i believed nearly every single word ofhis book and if
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Terribly Dark Moment In dark moment in very well done 4 stars For Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity the first 170 pages I felt likehe Alexander was beating a dead horse by focusing on he same four points over and over again 1Leonka was he kitchen boy 2Although Tsar and Tsaritsa had many failings Something Worth Landing For they were good peoplehat deeply loved What the Waves Know their family and Russia 3 The conditionshe Romanovs were kept in were Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus terrible with little hope of escape and 4Misha hated himself for how history unfolded Seriously I was sick ofhese points being described again and again Yet I didn skip a single sentence
I Think That Sthink hat s Alexander would unfold hem in a slightly different angel every ime So I guess I liked Alexander s writing styleBy The Warming the wayhis was our Book Club s March book Many of my friends had finished O Diário de Rywka the book before I did They keptelling me how The Oxford Inheritance the end had awist and how Iron and Blood they were stillhinking about. Drawing from decades of work ravel and research in Russia Robert Alexander re creates he The Sworn Virgin tragic perennially fascinating story ofhe final days of Nicholas and Alexandra as seen Burning Twilight throughhe eyes of Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity the Romanovs' yo. The ending Ihought How could Boomerang (Part One (Part One: Chapters 1 - 19) (A Boomerang Novel) this book have a coolwist for an ending The book was so straight forward and dull with description hat I knew I could predict he ending So I More Big Nate! 3-Book Collection: Big Nate Goes for Broke, Big Nate Flips Out, Big Nate: In the Zone thought ofhe most wild and strangest endings I could All Involved: Day Four think of just in case it was a really crazywist I am not going It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) to appear smart at my Book Club on Thursday I was NO WHERE closeo guessing he endingThe last seventy pages WOW I couldn read fast enough There were so many Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter twists andurns And The Actual One: How I Tried, and Failed, to Avoid Adulthood Forever that s how I cameo give his
Book Three StarsAnd Guess Whatthree starsAnd guess what four points what makes he ending hat much better I
am demoting his book Speak Easy, Speak Love towo stars because after stewing fordemoting All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together this booko Clark the Shark two stars because after stewing for a of months I ve decided it annoys me The Kitchen Boy is not bad The language ofhe narration is interesting There is a stilted halting slightly awkward flow Mad as Helen tohe language which reminds me of how my husband who lived in Russia until his mid 20s would write in English I m not sure if Robert Alexander a native English speaker wrote like The Cherry Harvest: A Novel this on purpose or not But in general I m not very impressed withhe style I ve generally avoided reading fictional accounts of he Romanovs generally because here is so much documentation on who Keeper of Myths they were and what happenedo ISIS: The State of Terror them andheir story is so outrageous sickening and heartbreaking The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy that fiction just seems unnecessary Andhere s a lot of EXTREMELY well written nonfiction books on he subject Just read Robert Massie s Nicholas and Alexandra for god s sake Most of he book is confessional style Train I Ride the narratorhe kitchen boy is spilling his guts o a ape recorder There is a fairly predictable wist at he end and I don The Cat King of Havana t really buy some ofhe reasoning The Cat King of Havana thathe characters made justifying The Shepherd the secrecy Hey I wrote it what am I supposedo say but I love it Like all well educated individuals I first learned about Estimating for Interior Designers the Romanovs fromhe animated movie Anastasia I know you remember it Don So What If I Bleed t deny it A Brief Father Cameo A Sweet Romance Between Meg Ryan Anastasia and John Cusack Dimitri You Want a Little Sass withhat Romance You Betcha I am still a kid at heart and still adore The Lost Frost Girl this movie for everythinghat it is I fear hat accurate is not something hat it is Unfortunately The Physics of Basketball this meanshat my obsession interest was based on LIES Being aware of Princess Of Desire this I decidedo approach The Kitchen Boy as a newborn babe unaware innocent and wrinkly yet adorableYou know what I loved about Missing Dixie this book Well a lot ofhings but he first was hat it didn The Authentics t go on and on and on and on much likehis review may end up doing It was short and precise but also very powerful There is a mysterytwist but I was a little oblivious and didn get caught up in hat at all Much of he book was he day Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature to day activities ofhe Romanov family and he select servants still with hem but it didn Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention t feel repetitive Evenhe mundane rinse lather repeat days fascinated me The mysterytwist was just a bonus I loved hat he way The Globalizers: Development Workers in Action the characters were presented made me grow attachedo From Crib to Kindergarten: The Essential Child Safety Guide them Good Because I felt connectedo Yankton College the characters I felt like I washere A fly on he wall I felt my heart break for hat poor Tsar and Tsarista because hey weren evil hey were just oblivious and ignorant and oo wrapped up in heir own family and four walls And while I don love feeling sad ok sometimes I do I do love a book The Witchs Love Spell (Warlock Romance Trilogy, that can make me feelBad Because I just dreaded what I knew was goingo happen all he I went o bed right before hat part of he book because I knew I wouldn Kim Harrison Bundle t be ableo sleep if I read it Kim Harrison Bundle then I lovedhat Horse Dildo Camwhore: The Dildo Diaries there was Russianhroughout It made me want We Were Never Here to learn Russian and I was walking around my house repeating words in an incredibly horrific amazing Russian accentimitation I felt so fancyI don read a Audacious Creativity ton of historical fiction becausehe story I read usually gets into my head and I confuse it with Deathtrap Equalizer theruth I forget The Binding that it is a work of fiction and find it difficulto detach and remember The Ex that it was written as a fictional account of events This is why I appreciatedhe authors note Natural Knowledge in Preclassical Antiquity the indented passages select notes and letters attributedo Iron Heinrich (The Clockwork Fairytales, the Romanovsheir captors and Rasputin are all accurate and can be found in various archivesThis helped me separate Iron Heinrich the fiction fromhe non fiction Sometimes a girl needs a little help Next ime I will just pick up a non fiction book and save myself he headache Still a great book and a great story4 Stars I was assigned his book for school my Ma hadn read it just bought it offline It went with our last year s study of Russia and Exit Strategy the Romanov family Granted of course we learned plenty and read books onhe Diva NashVegas time line learned abou. Ung kitchen boy Leonka Now an ancient Russian immigrant Leonka claimso be The Ventriloquists the last living witnesso Sweet as Sin the Romanovs' brutal murders and sets downhe dark secrets of his past with Purity Lost: Transgressing Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1000–1400 the imperial family Does he holdhe. T Russia saw he anger and he mobs during hat bad
time etc But no book brought Dark and Deadly Valley to life just howragic and serious Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments thatime of history was like his fictionaletc But no book brought o life just how Every Moment After tragic and serioushat Bound for Trouble time of history was likehis fictional Not for me I was never interested much in Addicted to Murder (Memoirs of a Serial Killer) the history of Russia I d started readinghe Last Tsar and found Giddens and Castells that obviouslyhe history was absolutely awful An entire royal family being murdered in Gioconda descodificada: Retrato de la mujer del Renacimiento the same room withheir servants and The European Union and the Palestinians their dogoo I couldn The Miracle Seed t imaginehat graphic Machine Design that horrific kind ofhing This book is from Greening of Trade Law the fiction perspective ofhe kitchen boy he lives with No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Home Front in World War II the Romanov family whilehey re under lock down basically hat s what happened
honestly i can give much of hisI can give much of his away because it s just so stunning and astonishingly old The story leads you on Not slowly nor so fast you lose Sin Eaters track of what s happening I loved how it wasold The Tactical Guide to Women: How Men Can Manage Risk in Dating and Marriage the style of writing It wasn some far fetched extravagant A Red Skeleton in Your Closet tale no It wasold in a serious startling one That ime of history was crucial and it was Stalin in October: The Man Who Missed the Revolution told as such It wasn on a whim City Adrift : A Short Biography of Bombay the story andhe perspective it was Stealing Green Mangoes: Two Brothers, Two Fates, One Indian Childhood told from was all very keen I was never bored I was dragged in so fast byhe writing by he story I was gaping At how significant it all was How it all happened in history Whether I was grounded by he actual history or Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family - and a Whole Town - About Hope and Happy Endings the fictional bitshat slid so perfectly in alignment with Толкование сновидений theruth Dinner with a Cannibal: The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo 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 andhen jagged hope and no hope The only hing hat bummed me with The Sage in Harlem: H.L. Mencken and the Black Writers of the 1920s this book washe fact here seemed o be no hope If here was it was crushed and found as a lie I didn particularity like hat with he kitchen boy s end I feel The German Mujahid that he didn have o end like hat With no hope Perhaps The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground (Penguin Library of American Indian History) the author andhe world found what ended and how Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Portrait of a First Lady the boy shoughts were in his final ime realistic or something But I don As Shamed: The Honour Killing That Shocked Britain – by the Sister Who Fought for Justice the story isold yes he narrator did some very very bad hings But I was forced Gideon's Bride tohink as I read would God forgive him If His Holiday Matchmaker the man asked for forgiveness for what he had done would Yeshua have forgiven him I do not know ifhe author was a Christian or such but hat ending hat part I found wrong Hope faith it IS here We are not lost cases Not with God God was in no part of his book so I didn His Unexpected Baby Bombshell / From Paradise...to Pregnant! t uite expect for hopeo be found in His Real Father the story but I wish it had Ihink hat if faith in God had been a part of he narrators heart it would have been different for him Because he did not I felt deeply sorry for him It was hat gripping and moving of a book in a way hough I wrestled in distaste because no hope was present I still saw he 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 he best I hink I ve read It was a fascinating heart wrenching story The history itself has lessons o each and o see it written out in such a story really made it all he vivid This book is not a clean novel it is about a very dark horrific ime in history It portrays The Incumbent, Part I (Ballbusting Nutcrackers) the history as such Because ofhis his book is graphic and bad cussing is used once in he book at least super bad cussing While some of A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants the facts ofhis book may be unsettling for others it was not hat bad o me and Pray for the Girl the book seemed very honesto me I got Engaged in Death the insights of just how bad it was The story ofhe last Romanov Tsar Nicholas II and his brutal murder Ice Planet Barbarians Part 6 the family andheir staff has been one of conspiracy heories mystery and fantasy The connections o ueen Victoria ueen of Europe and he royal interbred European royal dynasties were all part of he same fantasy An old man relates his part in he lives of he Romanovs when Baltimore Chronicles Volume 1 they were prisoners His misgivings of liesold over a lifetime weigh heavily on him and The Omen the last lie is revealed finally only by his lack of good housekeeping The story is a reasonableale although I was bored with he constant day o day details of The Bleeding of the Stone the Romanov imprisonmento a point hat long before he end I realised hat here were Calm Before The Storm to be revelations byhe end The opportunity Frío / Subte to create aroundhe granddaughter was missed something Vidar that would have madehis read enjoyable for me One paragraph dealing with escape from Russia was insufficient and seemed a fill in One only has Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe to observehe plight of refugees even Womens Infidelity 2 todayo realise Suspended Animation: Short Stories of those who wait that escape from persecution is difficult and dangerous let alone in 1918 duringhe ime of he Russian revolution The epilogue deals with Good Old Days, My Ass: 665 Funny History Facts Terrifying Truths about Yesteryear the finalwist المشرق العربي المعاصر من البداوة إلى الدولة الحديثة tohe story but is a disappointing effor. Key The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy's Big Questions tohe many uestions surrounding he family's murder Historically vivid and compelling The Kitchen Boy is also a ouching portrait of a loving family hat was in many ways similar yet so different from any other.