Review: Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Author: Joy Preble
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: September 1, 2009
paperback, 312 pages
Genre: Young Adult
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 by Joy Preble is the first book in the Dreaming Anastasia series. The book takes place in modern day, but has some interesting historical elements woven into it. Anna Michaelson is an average girl who just happens to dream of Anastasia Romanov. She doesn't just dream about her, she dreams she is her. Anna's life gets turned upside down when a boy named Ethan shows up and changes her life forever.
Joy Preble did a great job mixing history and folklore and turning it into a fascinating read. The characters are great. Anna and Ethan have great chemistry. Tess, Anna's best friend, is a true friend in every sense of the word. Anna has to search inside herself to discover the truth and unravel the mystery of Anastasia while trying to escape two different nemesis. The girl has her hands full.
Overall this is a good book. I like the modern-day twist on historical facts blended with Russian folklore. It also has action, adventure, mystery, and romance. Dreaming Anastasia was predictable at times, but still very enjoyable.