by Joy Preble
Sixteen year old Anne thinks her life is pretty ordinary – until she smacks into handsome, mysterious, and okay, annoying Ethan on her way to chemistry class. Now Anne has powers she doesn’t understand, a history altering mission she may not want, and a growing attraction to this blue-eyed stranger. And Ethan- who at eighteen made some choices he’s starting to regret – realizes that Anne is the girl for whom he’s been searching – for a very, very long time. Stir in doomed Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia – who is definitely not quite as dead as the history books say – and Baba Yaga, the legendary witch from Russian folklore, and you’ve got DREAMING ANASTASIA, a contemporary YA fantasy that alternates between the voices of Anne, Ethan, and Anastasia as Anne and Ethan join forces to battle the bad guys and save Anastasia. Only problem is – no one’s quite sure who’s really bad and who’s good. And everyone has some secrets.
This was an okay read--I mean, the story was fun, and I liked the bits about Russian folklore (and who doesn't love the Anastasia story/myth? It's a good one!). The thing that kept it from being a great story was just that it wasn't that detailed or nuanced. Now, I'm not saying one must have these things in a book, but personally, I like them. Others I'm sure would find this to be a perfectly awesome book. I just found myself wanting more. More of the details of Anna's world, and especially more of Ethan's--he was a rather interesting character that I totally wanted to see and learn more of. Anyhow, an interesting book, and I'd recommend it to those who like a hint of Russia in their reading :)