Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dreaming Anastasia Review

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

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...

3.5 out of 5 stars

Dreaming Anastasia is the first book in this series.

 Anne keeps dreaming of Anastasia Romanov. Then she meets Ethan and he tells her that she is the one that can save Anastasia, who is trapped by Baba Yaga. But there is a danger that Ethan doesn't expect and they have to fight to save her.

I actually liked a lot about this book. The story was really interesting and stayed that way for the whole book. I liked the characters and the way their relationship slowly developed over the course of the book instead of the instalove that happens in a lot of these YA books. Overall, it was a really well planned out book.

The problem with it, and the reason it's only 3.5 stars, is the writing. It wasn't bad exactly, but it felt like it wasn't the final draft. This book should have gone through some more editing and cleaning up before it was published. It was really clunky a lot of the time. I would have probably given it a higher rating if the writing had been better.

Despite the writing, though, I do want to read the next one. It was a really good story and I do think it's worth getting through the rough draft feel of the book.

*Picture and description from Goodreads 

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