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Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

August 25th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Sourcebooks for the chance to review this book!

I give it 3 out of 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 really excited when I saw this book because I took Russian language and Russian History in high school and always was interested in the idea that Anastasia Romanov actually escaped that fateful night.   The story had a wonderful premise mixing modern day, magic and Russian fairy tales but I felt like sometimes the story took the easy way out.  There was great build up and then I was left with a feeling of let down at several parts of the book.   For instance, I loved hearing about Anne and her older brother and really felt for the family as they had to deal with his lost to cancer but I didn’t feel like the overall storyline made much use of it.   It seemed to be more of a great mini story line that is still waiting to be developed.  Despite that I zoomed through this book and found it an enjoyable read.  It makes me want to go back and re-read my Russian fairy tales.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Fantasy, Young Adult

10 Responses

  1. NotNessie

    I really enjoyed this book, but I see what you mean about the brother. For the amount of page space spent talking about it, they never really went anywhere with it.

  2. Lori

    This one sounds good – – I’ve always found the story of Anastasia fascinating.

    A bit OT, but Debbie, can you tell me how you get ARCs or books from Sourcebook? Do you host blog tours, etc?

    Many thanks!

    – Lori

  3. Falling Off The Shelf

    Lucky you! I would have loved to review a copy of Dreaming Anastasia! AHHH. I’d like to second Lori’s question, lol. Great review. I personally love Russian fairy tales too, and the story of Anastasia. I actually LOVE the cartoon movie, Anastasia, it’s one of my favorites, lol. Great review! I’m looking forward to reading the book.

  4. dsuzuki

    I sent Lori an email but I found this one on Twitter. Most of the Sourcebooks staff is on Twitter. Hope you guys enjoy the book!

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