HAUNTED by Joy Preble


Age Range: 12 & up
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In this sequel to Dreaming Anastasia (2009), 17-year-old Anne faces up to the fact that she has a magical destiny that she cannot escape. The plot relies heavily on the earlier book; this sequel does not stand on its own. It progresses in chapters divided between the viewpoints of Anne and Ethan, Anne’s centuries-old, formerly immortal friend. Preble writes the voices of each as nearly identical, however, so readers must pay attention to the chapter headings in order to understand who’s speaking. Also in the mix are Ben, Anne’s current, very nice, boyfriend, and Tess, her somewhat humorous, chatty best friend and the most appealing character in the novel. The supernatural characters—Baba Yaga, the dreadful, powerful witch of Russian folklore, and Anne’s grandmother Lily, who’s become a crazed and vengeful Russian mermaid—provide the villainy and the motor for the narrative. In all, it’s a somewhat confusing but well-paced roller-coaster ride of death-defying magical encounters. Suspenseful scenes fly by quickly as Anne tries to make sense of unexplained events from the previous book. Entertaining, if quite a jumble. (Supernatural thriller. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4468-1
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2011


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