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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Blog Tour: Dreaming Anastasia Review

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Pub. Date: Spetember 1, 2009
Pages: 320
Age Level: YA

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…

Dreaming Anastasia was a captivating novel that kept me on the edge, wondering what was going to happen next. The story was a perfect combination of fantasy/folklore and history. At times, some of the motives for things seemed a little unclear or confusing but it all seemed to work itself out. The Romanov family is a great interest of mine so I was very glad to be able to read this book. (I found myself putting down the book to go look up Russian laquer boxes on my computer so I could see what they looked like. I think I'm going to start collecting them.)

I enjoyed the characters and loved getting to read the different point of views. I felt that this element made the book even better. I thought the relationship and level of trust between Anne and Ethan was practical and well developed. It wasn't something that was just, BAM, there.

As far as the ending is concerned, I can't help but wonder what is going to happen with Ethan and Anne. Other than that I thought it was a suitable and well rounded ending.

All in all, I think Dreaming Anastasia is an engrossing, thrilling read that anyone could enjoy. If you haven't read it yet, I strongly suggest that you do.

Characters: B+
Writing: B
Plot: B+
Ending: B
Cover: A
Recommendable: B+

Overall: B+

I would now like to take a brief moment to apologize to Joy and everyone else for being late posting this review. As most of you know, there was a death in my family. I fell behind and things just got out of hand there for a while. Plus I was busy with other stuff as well. Still, I'm sorry and hope you will all forgive me.


ReggieWrites said...

Don't worry Briana! We all forgive you! I know what it's like to loose someone in your family. I hope you feel better and recover from the grief :-)

Natascha De Marco said...

Hmm I still need o finish this one, but thanks for the review! I am very into the whole Romanov history in the book, and Anastasia's letters.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry that there was a death in the family, I'm sure we all understand & forgive you things come up.

Anonymous said...

Sounds good and I love the cover.

Teddyree said...

Enjoyed your review, I like Russian folklore and history so maybe I'd enjoy this one.

Sandy said...

Oh man, I want to meet this Ethan character. Blue eyes always turn me into mush xD

And like Reggie says, no worries! Losing someone from the family is a rough time and it's more important to be with your family. (I also know from experience) I hope that you and your family are doing well<3.

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