Dreaming Anastasia

Title: Dreaming Anastasia: A Novel of Love, Magic, and the Power of Dreams
Written by Joy Preble
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September 1, 2009)
Language: English
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What would you do if your nightmare turned out to be more than just a dream—and the only way to stop it was to believe the impossible?

Anne Michaelson is a pretty, average, American girl.  She’s worried about her grades, about college, about her ballet classics, about boys.  She’s definitely not worried about Russian history.

Until she starts having the same, strange dream, over and over again.  She is someone else, someone watching her family die.  She is Anastasia Romanov.  And instead of dying with her family, a pair of large, gnarled hands plunge down from the sky and snatch her up and away before she can die as well.

Then, one day, as she and her best friend Tess are watching Swan Lake, she turns back to find a handsome, mysterious, blue-eyed boy watching her.  Then he’s at school the next day; when he bumps her arm, it’s more than the charge of attraction rattling her bones. Then she’s seeing the witch from her dreams on the sidewalk.  And her hands are glowing blue.

There is a lot going on in Dreaming Anastasia.  You have the alternating point of views of Anne and Ethan, her mysterious stranger, plus you have letters from Anastasia herself to different members of her family, written during her imprisonment with the witch Baga Yaga.  You have the history of the last members of the Romanov family and their assassination.  And you have a new author, Joy Preble, entwining all these threads into a remarkably well-written, if somewhat dispassionate tapestry of love, magic and dreams.  Despite the very minor freshman flaws and my near inability to care for the characters, by the end Ms. Preble pulls it off.  It’s slow to get going, but once it does, it’s a lot of fun.  And I have to give her props, I was totally surprised by the ending and admire her greatly for pulling it off.  I love it when an author surprises me, and surprise me, Ms. Preble did.  And I did come to care for the characters, even if it took about half of the novel for that to happen.

All in all, this is a fun read and I will be sure to look for more from Joy Preble.  In honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I am going to give away a copy of Dreaming Anastasia.  If you would like to win, please comment and clearly state your desire for the copy.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell when I just ask for a comment, so please, mention that you would like to win.  Thanks and good luck!

A huge thank you to Paul at Sourcebooks: Jabberwocky, for supplying my review copy and look to these other sites for more about Dreaming Anastasia.

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60 thoughts on “Dreaming Anastasia

  1. I'd love to win a copy of this book–I've been dying to read Dreaming Anastasia. It sounds so unique and different from everything else!

  2. I would love to win Dreaming Anastasia! I love the tale of the Romanov dynasty as well so that will make this book even better for me!


  3. Shawna

    I would love to be entered into this book giveaway for I have been eying this book for quite sometime and would love the chance to win it for my very own!!!

    Your blog looks fantastic Keep on Keeping on!!!

    Smiles ;o.) Shawna

  4. I would LOVE to win a copy!
    (How's that for straight forward?) =0)
    Seriously though, I have been hearing wonderful things about this book and I think it's high time I read it for myself so I can join in the discussion (other than I like the cover)!

    Happy BBAW!


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