Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Synopsis: Sixteen year old Anne thinks her life is pretty ordinary – until she smacks into handsome, mysterious, and okay, annoying Ethan on her way to chemistry class. Now Anne has powers she doesn’t understand, a history altering mission she may not want, and a growing attraction to this blue-eyed stranger. And Ethan- who at eighteen made some choices he’s starting to regret – realizes that Anne is the girl for whom he’s been searching – for a very, very long time. Stir in doomed Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia – who is definitely not quite as dead as the history books say – and Baba Yaga, the legendary witch from Russian folklore, and you’ve got DREAMING ANASTASIA, a contemporary YA fantasy that alternates between the voices of Anne, Ethan, and Anastasia as Anne and Ethan join forces to battle the bad guys and save Anastasia. Only problem is – no one’s quite sure who’s really bad and who’s good. And everyone has some secrets.
Review: Being the ignorant person I am, I didn't know of this book until Kate's review and giveaway. But when I did, I knew I just had to get my hands on it, and it wasn't until yesterday that I did. From the first few pages, I was immediately drawn in. With the three point of views present, I could easily distinct one character from another, and that just gives the well written novel an extra thumb up.
As I was reading this book, it actually created an eerie mood for me--but in a good way. I don't think I've ever felt that way with any other book. The only thing I didn't like--which might just be because of my poor eyesight--are Anastasia's letters/journal entries. The font used was too hard to read and I found myself being a bit cross-eyed. But I understood that it was used to represent Anastasia's handwriting so I didn't get irked too much.
When I finished this book--which was really late at night---I couldn't stop thinking about it as I lay in my bed. It was that intriguing. It was simply amazing for a debut novel! I especially loved how it interwines with historical fiction. I am everything, but disappointed with it. Extra kudos to Mrs. Preble!
Read it if you haven't already! :)
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