Review: Haunted by Joy Preble
Author: Joy Preble
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: February 1, 2011
paperback, 290 pages
ISBN 13: 978-1-4022-4468-1
"Anne Michaelson "is trying to forget everything that happened last year. But it's hard to do when her heart aches for Ethan "and there's a wild-haired woman stalking her..."
"Ethan Kosinsky "is embracing his newfound mortality. But something is drawing him back to the girl he left behind--"back to Anne and back to the magic..."
A mysterious stranger is hunting Anne wherever she goes. No one sees her but Anne. When she searches for the woman's identity, Anne exposes secrets about her own life-- things that will change her life forever. And when the gorgeous Ethan returns, her life gets a lot more complicated.
Spoiler Alert! This review will contain some spoilers if you have not read Dreaming Anastasia.
Haunted by Joy Preble is the second book in the Dreaming Anastasia series. This book picks up a few months after Dreaming Anastasia ends. Anne is still trying to deal with the aftermath of what happened in book one. She feels guilty over what happened with Anastasia. She is angry at Ethan, but she still misses him as well. Anne wishes her life would go back to the way it was before magic, before Baba Yaga, before Viktor. However that doesn't happen. In fact she's now being stalked by a rusalka, which is a Russian mermaid. Before you start singing "Under the Sea", you should know that these mermaids are more like sirens from the sea. They are more likely to lure you to your death than anything else. Anne, Ethan, and Tess have to figure out why the rusalka is after Anne before it hurts someone that she loves.
One of the things that I love most about these books is that they introduce me to Russian mythology. In the first book I learned about Baba Yaga, a powerful witch. In this story, a mermaid out for vengeance. Preble does a fantastic job of incorporating these myths into the modern-day story line. Haunted is full of action, mystery, and suspense. It's the perfect second book to this series. The only complaint I have is the love triangle. Love triangles are done so much that I almost expect them when reading books. I feel as if this story would have been fine without it. Other than that everything else is good.