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...
Preble’s combination of fiction, history, and folklore was riveting. I was automatically gripped from beginning to end, and I completely devoured this book in no time. After I was finished reading, I had the urge to research Anastasia and the rest of the Romanov family.
The characters were amazing and I found myself cheering for some, while wishing some not-so-nice things to others. (but you’ll have to read to find out who and why). Anne is just like your average teenager – she’s smart, funny, and courageous. I especially loved Anne’s best friend Tess. She’s the epitome of a perfect best friend. She always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. And her sarcastic remarks to Ethan had me laughing every time!
I really enjoyed this book – well, more like I LOVED it! Dreaming Anastasia is a fantastic debut novel, and I can’t wait to see what Joy Preble comes out with next.
Be sure to check back her tomorrow when I have Joy Preble as my special guest.