Review: Anastasia Forever by Joy Preble
Author: Joy Preble
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: August 1, 2012
paperback, 314 pages
ISBN 13: 978-1-4022-6875-5
Genre: Young Adult, paranormal
Stories within stories. Secrets within secrets. In accepting powers from the legendary witch Baba Yaga, Anne must tackle a complex set of missions: Discover the secret of their enemy's newfound immortality; decide whether she can kill him to free her family from a vicious curse; come to terms with the magic that now resides inside her; and finally find true love with Ethan. The riveting conclusion to the trilogy that began with Dreaming Anastasia.
This review will contain spoilers for Dreaming Anastasia and Haunted.
Anastasia Forever by Joy Preble is the third book in the Dreaming Anastasia series. So much has happened since Dreaming Anastasia. Anne has so many decisions to make. It's almost as if all the creatures in the supernatural realm are out to get her. She has to deal with an old witch, a bitter mermaid, and a psychopathic relative who is out to destroy them. To figure out how to defeat him, Anne has to travel back in time to understand events that could hold the key to stopping Viktor for good.
Throughout this whole series, I've been trying to figure out if Baba Yaga is bad or just misunderstood. In this book her background is finally revealed. I really enjoyed that part of the book a lot. I finally understand why she is the way she is. I also enjoyed the story behind the rusalkas. In the Haunted we found out that Lily is Anne's grandmother and Laura's birth mother. My heart went out to Laura. She's still dealing with the loss of her son while trying to comprehend her birth mother is a mermaid out for vengeance.
Anastasia Forever doesn't slow down on the action. With the 'help' of Baba Yaga, Anne has to figure out how to stop Viktor. Anne is reluctant, and I don't blame her, to trust the witch. However she must embrace her destiny to be able to do what she was born to do. Preble has done a fantastic job with this third book. She keeps up the fast-paced tempo of the the books. I've really enjoyed this series and would recommend them to anyone. Is this the last book? I have no idea, but Preble left an opening so it's always a possibility.
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