Friday, May 4, 2012

Review: Dreaming Anastasia

Dreaming Anastasia
by Joy Preble
Publisher:  Sourcebooks
Released:  Sept. 2009
Pages: 310

Summary from Goodreads:What really happened to Anastasia Romanov?
Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn't. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead.
In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn't know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams

My Review:  5 stars
      The Romanov's have always intrigued me and Dreaming Anastasia only sparked that interest more.  Dreaming Anastasia is about Anne, who dreams she is Anastasia, and the chaos that follows once she realize the dreams are a little more real than she first thought.  If you've heard much about old Romanov tales then you shouldn't be surprised to find magic mixed into the story.  Just as Anne thinks things are normal, she runs into the mysterious blue eyed boy, Ethan.  Through fast paced action and twists along the way, Anne finds out her family past is far from normal and this will have an impact on how she sees the world.  I personally loved the mix of old world and new world settings and how the past can have an impact on the future beyond what anyone imagined.  The hand written letters that give a little back history to Anastasia's story added a unique touch that made me feel like she had actually written them.  There is not a love triangle, which I likes, but there is defiantly some romantic tension through out that kept me guessing.  If you like stories with connections to the past and magic, then you really should give Dreaming Anastasia a read.

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1 comment:

  1. I always wanted to read this one... and I definitely love some history in combination with magic!! Oh and I want to meet Ethan!