Haunted (Dreaming Anastasia, #2)
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Haunted (Dreaming Anastasia #2)

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"Anne Michaelson "is trying to forget everything that happened last year. But it's hard to do when her heart aches for Ethan "and there's a wild-haired woman stalking her..."

"Ethan Kosinsky "is embracing his newfound mortality. But something is drawing him back to the girl he left behind--"back to Anne and back to the magic..."

A mysterious stranger is hunting Anne wherever...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Emma
Does anyone think it's rude that I haven't read the book yet and all I'm already thinking is: "DUMP BEN!"? :) Oh well, I can't help it.
Michelle
Anne and Ethan return in this sequel to Dreaming Anastasia with no less angst to endure or conflict to navigate. When last seen Ethan was leaving Anne behind in order to get his own life in order. However, despite having roamed Europe and farther lands he is still as in love with her as ever. She, on the other hand, is smack dab in the middle of an attempt to move on. That attempt’s name is Ben — the polar opposite to the mysterious Russian her heart truly craves.

Though the star-crossed lovers h...more
JL (An Avid Reader's Musings)
I actually read HAUNTED before reading DREAMING ANASTASIA and I liked how, although this is the second book in a series, it had a stand alone storyline that I could follow despite not knowing the history of the characters and their introduction in the first novel. Author Preble did a great job of recounting the major events in the first book so that those who had not already read it would not be confused, but she avoided the dreaded info dump.

Unlike most of the popular young adult paranormal boo...more
Precious
Dreaming Anastasia continues with a darker installment, showcasing the emotional side of Anne. Anne was torn between moving on with Ben, her new lifeguard boyfriend, and leaving behind the magic, and confessing her feelings for Ethan and coming to terms with her destiny. She struggled with staying normal and embracing who she really was, and accepting her magic.

Meanwhile, a wild-haired woman who was only visible to Anne, kept stalking her, popping in and out of sight when she least expects it. T...more
Ginny
Dec 10, 2010 Ginny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, arc
This book takes up after Dreaming Anastasia. Anne is left with powers that didn't disappear. Ethan has left, and Anne has a new boyfriend. Her mother still vanishes with no explanations. Anne still dreams of Baba Yaga. On top of it all, a mermaid begins haunting Anne.

To complicate things even more, the source of Anne's powers begins to manifest and made known to her, and those closest to her. Things change big time in Anne's world. And not everyone is destined to make it out in one piece.


I lik...more
Marilyn
This book was just silly. Yeah, a few parts were cool, but mostly I was frustrated. Too much confusion as to what Anne was supposed to be or do, and the different situations in which Anne found herself just felt....ridiculous. Actually, in my opinion, Dreaming Anastasia didn't necessarily need a sequel, and Haunted seemed forced and muddled, plus I noticed quite a few typos in the form of missing words, such as "the", "of", "a", ect. Not much was resolved in this book and left it open for anothe...more
Kristina
3.5 stars...

The Dreaming Anastasia series is a very original and enjoyable series and Haunted did not disappoint. There is still enough mystery, romance, family secrets and Russian lore to keep you very satisfied. After the events in Dreaming Anastasia, all of our favorite characters have changed, and while they thought it was all over, they realize in Haunted that it is just beginning. New threats threaten to tear them apart and it's up to Anne, once again, to try and save everyone.

Anne has bee...more
Stories & Sweeties {Becky}
Joy Preble has a knack for picking such intriguing creatures to act as her villains! After Dreaming Anastasia, I immediately hopped online and researched Baba Yaga, even though I was thoroughly freaked out by her gigantic detachable hands and iron teeth. This time, it's the Rusalkas...vicious mermaids who were once wronged women. No singing and giggling for these mermaids---these creatures cloud a man's brain, lure them to the water and drown them. Nothing cute about it. While this book wasn't n...more
Page (One Book At A Time)
I think I being a little generous with the 4 rating, but I know I enjoyed more that those books I give a 3. It was really the ending that I had issues with.

I've noticed lots of reviews that stated the reader was surprise/upset that Ethan and Anne are not together at the beginning of this book. I fully expected it and it didn't bother me. I think they were both trying to process and deny what happened during book 1. Ethan was coming to terms with being mortal and trying to avoid the girl who made...more
Mevurah
I have come to the conclusion that when it comes to reading YA books in the Paranormal sub-genre, that I should be careful before I pick up a book that deals with "Immortals" or incorporates folklore into a modern setting. Most of the time the results aren't great and the way it was done in Haunted wasn't done tastefully. As I mentioned in my review for Dreaming Anastasia, I consider myself a fan of all things involving the mystery and history of the Grand Duchess and the Romonav family. When I...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A rusalka is “haunting” Anne while she tries to fight her destiny. Two men also fight for her heart.

Opening Sentence: Through the skull in my fireplace, I watch her.

The Review:

It has been a year after the incident in Dreaming Anastasia and Anne has been trying her best to forget that it ever happened. Unfortunately, weird things are beginning all over again. The powers that Ethan told her would go away are not only still there, but are growi...more
Tia
Anne Michaelson's only dream is to be a normal girl. No magic, no immortal boyfriend, no crazy mythical Russian mermaids chasing her about. Unfortunately, she's not about to get her wishes granted anytime soon. Trying to recover from the trials of the previous year, she finds herself knee-deep in the middle of it all again.

In all fairness, Anne does her best at appearing as normal as she can. She resists the magic and the weirdness until it overtakes her and everyone around her, leaving her no c...more
Christine
Review: After saving Anastasia, newly mortal Ethan is traveling around Europe to redefine his life. Anne is back home in Chicago trying to pretend she is a normal teenager, but it's proving challenging. Her powers are growing, she is still dreaming about the hut in the woods and she is being stalked by a mermaid. Meanwhile, she is dating a really nice guy (Ben) who makes her feel normal, but she cannot reciprocate his feelings of true love. When the mermaid starts to take drastic measures to cap...more
Camryn
This book was kinda creepy. But at the same time it was good.
Anne has returned to a relatively normal life when her and Ethan went their separate ways at the end of Dreaming Anastasia. The only thing is, Anne is being haunted by a creepy woman that only she can see. And if that weren't weird enough the creepy woman keeps telling her cryptic messages that Anne can't make out. Not with out the help of the man that she left behind. Ethan. Now these two are back and ready to get to the bottom of the...more
Marcie
Haunted by Joy Preble is the second book in the Dreaming Anastasia series. This book picks up a few months after Dreaming Anastasia ends. Anne is still trying to deal with the aftermath of what happened in book one. She feels guilty over what happened with Anastasia. She is angry at Ethan, but she still misses him as well. Anne wishes her life would go back to the way it was before magic, before Baba Yaga, before Viktor. However that doesn't happen. In fact she's now being stalked by a rusalka,...more
Kathy
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Katie Stout
Haunted is a nice follow-up to Dreaming Anastasia - it feaures the same sweet romance, stunning cover, and creepy, Russian villains. Preble does a great job of mixing history with fantasy into Anne's crazy world. She also has a real gift for creating great bad guys. I'm not sure who I love to hate more: Victor or Baba Yaga.

While Dreaming Anastasia took a little while for us to get into the story, Haunted pretty much started off with a bang. Anne knows she's being haunted by a mermaid. Ethan has...more
Jessica Harrison
review via Cracking the Cover
After finishing “Dreaming Anastasia” I was really looking forward to “Haunted.” I couldn’t wait to see how the author had grown as a writer. And, for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed.

There’s definitely a greater maturity to Joy’s prose and to her storytelling abilities. She jumped straight into the story with a surprising character: Baba Yaga, a witch that flies around on a giant pestle, has detachable arms and lives in a hut that stands on chicken legs. Baba Yag...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Haunted is an enticing sequel to Joy Preble's Anastasia Dreaming. I loved this book's Russian lore, romance, and suspense as much as I did in the first book. Joy Preble has a fabulous job at taking her readers deeper into her lore, unraveling the secrets from the first book and uncovering some unexpected twists. I was so caught up with the story this time around that I didn't even question what was going on, and the ending left me wanting more. Joy not only answers questions I had from book 1, b...more
Sheri
Sep 23, 2011 Sheri rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Lovers of the paranormal, creepy, & romance
HAUNTED is a beautiful story of self acceptance and honor, believing in what is good despite what is seen.

I'm a sucker for multiple POV tales, especially fantasies with a creepy edge. Just as in DREAMING ANASTASIA, the first book in this trilogy, HAUNTED follows more than one narrator: Anne--the girl with an unearthly connection to a girl trapped from book I, Ethan--the boy destined to find Anne, and Baba Yaga--the witch, who's entrapped the girl Anne dreamed about.

The journey begins with both m...more
Colleen
I liked this novel, again with the Russian fairy tale aspect it is hard to go completely wrong, but Anne was a bit more annoying in this novel than the first one. More on that in a minute. I loved that we got Baba Yaga's point of view a few times, though it usually just confused me, but I like that she is an actual character. The plot was fun and very inventive.

Anne, sweetheart, we need to talk. At the beginning of this novel I really couldn't stand you and near the end you were just getting whi...more
K. Francis
I had never read a YA novel until I picked up Dreaming Anastasia. The reviews were good and the premise sounded like a good one. Not only was I not disappointed, I found myself hungry for a second installment.

In Haunted, Joy Prebles further refines and deepens the central characters from the first book. They are richly drawn and finely detailed. Her characters are at once gifted and all are fully human enough to give into the foibles we have all experience. To cause us to suspend our beliefs whi...more
Eliza
This book picks up where Dreaming Anastasia left off. I didn't enjoy Dreaming Anastasia as much as I had expected, or wanted to, but I enjoyed Haunted more! I have to admit that I signed up for this ARC tour before reading the first book in the series. I was intrigued by the blurb, it sounded like my cup of tea. Apparently, Dreaming Anastasia was not, unfortunately. Although, I enjoyed being on my first ARC tour, and I appreciated the opportunity to read a book before it's release, I am sad to s...more
Dale Ibitz
Haunted is a sequel to Dreaming Anastasia, and while I didn't read the first book, let me say 2 things. 1) I am SO going back and reading the first book, and 2) I could easily pick up Haunted and follow along without having read the first book.

It's a complex tale that is difficult to summarize in one blurb, but Anne's heritage traces back to the Romanovs, full of magic and deceipt and lies. In Haunted, Anne is being stalked by a Russion mermaid; she's hooked up with a new boyfriend; her old flam...more
Samantha
I loved the romance between Ethan and Anne. Wish there was more. Maybe in the last book? I know, I'm a softie. This is the sequel to Dreaming Anastasia. I loved the concept. The story intertwines the Russian witch Baby Yaga with the young Russian princess, Anastasia. Now, Rusalka? It's almost like a Pushkin poem. I loved the usage of the Russian language. I took classes, and I was able to understand the 3 or 4 transliterations in the book. I know. IT WAS EXCITING.

As much as I liked this book, I...more
WilowRaven
I was somewhat reluctant to pick up Haunted. After reading Dreaming Anastasia, I wasn't really sure that Anne's story needed more telling. Unfortunately, this feeling stayed with me through about a quarter of the book. However, once I was fully immerged in the storyline, I was very happy that Anne's story wasn't over.

Book 1, Dreaming Anastasia, had a lot going on. Haunted has even more. The almost constant action helped move the plot along but the addition of Ben - point 3 in a frustrating love...more
Lexie
Prelim Review: While I enjoyed the first book, the ending felt definite to me. I didn't get the feeling that this was to be a more than one book storyline. And to a degree I can still stand by that statement. DREAMING ANASTASIA can still stand on its own, HAUNTED however can not in my opinion.

There is a matter of disconnect between to the two books that I didn't feel was fully addressed. The ending of DREAMING led the reader to believe the happily ever after love that Anne and Ethan shared would...more
Ashleigh
Joy Preble's first novel wasn't that bad, for a first time writer. The storyline was interesting, characters developed enough, and the story itself flowed easily. And, after reading it, I thought the sequel would be even better. Obviously, I was wrong. It seems, to me, that Preble's writing techniques got worse - seemingly close to a young teenager's; the plot - if it could even be called that - was so undeveloped and confusing and just all over the place that I had trouble at times continuing o...more
Shellys♥ Journal
I'd probably give it a 3.5 actually. But it's a fun book, so I'm a little generous. This is the sequel to "Dreaming Anastasia" - which tells the story of Anne, who is a modern day Chicago teen that finds herself the key to releasing Anastasia Romanov from a magical hiding place where she was squirreled away just before the rest of her royal family died.

Now, she's still have problems with the witch who was hiding Anastasia, and a new magical monster - a Russian mermaid called the rusalka is stalk...more
Dianne Rivera
Psycho Rusalkas? I mean...Mermaids? Really?....all of them running like maniacs in the city flopping their tales and nobody noticed them? and also the giant fat hands of a witch flying down from heaven in the middle of main street and nobody noticed them? The story had potential, but the writer wrote this story for an audience from 4 years old to 18. Too mature sometimes and too kindergarten silly on others, not balanced at all. Also it was extremely repetitive/redundant, going on and on about d...more
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