Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dreaming Anastasia

Title: Dreaming Anastasia: A Novel of Love, Magic, and the Power of Dreams

Author: Joy Preble

Pages: 310

Rating: **1/2

Summary (from Goodreads): 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…

Review: This book just didn't do it for me. I was really intrigued by the summary, and it had gotten great reviews. I can't completely place my finger on why I didn't like it. Maybe it was the writing. Maybe it was the unrealistic feel. I know it's a fantasy book, but it is set in the real world, so I thought I'd be able to connect more with it. Also, the cover is pretty except for the creepy ghost of a guy's face. I forced myself to read it so I could just have it over with. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this one.

(I read this book about a month ago, which is why I don't have many real details. Just my overall feeling that I remember).

Recommended for: Anastasia obsessers; age 13+ if you feel you must read it

I thought it was time for a review of a book I didn't like (they are few and far between, however).

Question for bloggers: How do you remember details for reviews from books you read a while back? Do you keep notes, or do you just have better memories than I do? Just curious because I've seen the "slideshows" of a whole list of books waiting to be reviewed. I can't even remember details from the book I read a month ago.

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