302 pgs. (ARC)
Anne keeps having these weird nightmares. She swears these people are real, it's like she's really there. They want her to do something but it's not making any sense. Then she meets Ethan. What is this connection they have? Could Anastasia Romanov really be alive? Is Ethan crazy...or is Anne?
Dreaming Anastasia had me looking up more information about the Romanov's while reading parts of the story aloud to my daughter. I thought Joy Preble brought in just enough history - it didn't impede the flow of the story nor did it take the story over.
I enjoyed the relationship between Anne and Ethan. Anne remembered that Ethan was immortal and over 100 years old. They fought their attraction to each other as they tried to understand what was this mystery that brought them together. Their alternating voices telling the story enhanced my awareness of their growing relationship.However, Anne's friend Tess didn't ring true. I didn't buy her as strong but more as an unfunny girl obsessed with her ex.
I would love to know more about the sources Preble used for her Baba Yaga story and for her information on the Romanovs. I not only want to see what happens to Ethan and Anne, especially since Ethan is now mortal again - which is a great twist - I also want to know more about the betrayal and why it happened. Dreaming Anastasia is a great addition to any middle school library and will be joining ours.
About the Author
Preble grew up in Chicago, though she moved to Texas and inexplicably began listening to country music, which she claims she didn't like until then. She has an English degree from Northwestern University, and she teaches high school English. Dreaming Anastasia is her first novel. She can be found online at www.joypreble.com