Book Review: Dreaming Anastasia

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

Releases: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 310
Rating: 5 stars

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...


I was so excited for this book, and to be honest, I had high expectations for it too. Well, I’m proud to announce, I wasn’t disappointed.

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.




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26 comments:

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

I'm really looking forward to this one.

Krista said...

Oh, I want this book so bad. I'm so looking forward to getting it!

Lauren said...

I'm so happy to hear that you loved this one, because I'm really excited about it! Sounds like it's as awesome as I hoped.

Ellie said...

I WANT THIS BOOK! :)

I'll have to get it soon!!

Okie said...

This sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

Grat review, Casey! :)

Wanda said...

This is a book I'll need to check out, for sure!
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elaing8 said...

Great review. there is alot of good reviews for this book.
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Jennie Smith said...

Great review... I love that you said you wanted to say "not so nice things" to others!! I know how you feel! Can't wait to read this one!!

Jennifer said...

Awesome review! I like the mix and I have always wondered what happened to her. I shall be adding this to my TBR.
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B.A.M. Book Reviews said...

Great review! This book sounds excellent and I can't wait to read it!

-Marisa

~JoRdAn~ said...

Great review! That makes me even more excited to read it!

Jordan

donnas said...

Awesome review. So glad you liked it, cant wait to get the chance to read it.

Jenny N. said...

I'm glad you like the book. I'm excited about this book as Anastasia's stoy seemed so tragic to me.

Jill of The O.W.L Blog said...

I had seen this book mentioned but never really paid attention to it. After reading your review I'm super interested! Thanks!

Dani. said...

I am really looking forward to this book!
It looks sooo good, and your review just convinced that much more to read it! :)
Dani.

Tynga said...

it sounds great, do you know if it will become a series?

Pixie said...

5 stars! This must be a great book. You have given some of my other favorite books, 4. I will definitely be adding this one to the TBR pile.

Leslie said...

aww :D love it! wonder if it will become a series?

ReggieWrites said...

Awesome review! I've seen this around in a few blogs :-) Looks amazing!

Kira R. said...

Sounds like a great book! I'll have to add it to my TBR list.

Limerick said...

Mixing history and folklore is a great combination. Dreaming Anastasia sounds fanstastic. Thanks for the review!

Razlover's Book Blog said...

Great review and it makes me want to read this one even more!

TheBookShopaholic said...

I pine of this book!

thetruebookaddict said...

I have heard about this book and now your review really makes me want to read it!

Paradox said...

I'm so excited about this book and I'm glad that you loved it so much. I really have to find my own copy now!

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