Book: Dreaming Anastasia: A Novel of Love, Magic and the Power of Dreams [Dreaming Anastasia #1]
Author: Joy Preble
Review: Anastasia Romanov's family is murdered in front of her when two large hands grab her and save her from the same fate. She finds herself in a hut in the woods, with the witch Baba Yaga, seemingly stuck in time.
Meanwhile, in present day Chicago, Anne starts to have weird dreams that she is in a hut with an old woman and talking dolls. It's not real, or is it? She soon meets Ethan, a handsome stranger who tells her an incredible story about magic, witches and destiny. It seems Anne is the only person who can free Anastasia from her fate, and Ethan has traveled around the world almost 70 years to find her.
Great premise, well developed characters and an overall fun, fast read. I loved the three person narrative (it switches between Anne, Anastasia and Ethan) and the historical element to the book. Anne and her best friend (Tess) both read as teenagers which I enjoyed (sometimes characters in YA books seem too mature) and Ethan, while being somewhat weak in the personality department, has the potential to develop into an intriguing male lead. I think this is the first in a series and I'm excited to read the next one.