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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...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Kate
I am not going to lie, I had HUGE expectations for this book. And I am very happy to report, Preble did not disappoint me. The book features an intriguing premise that is sure to captivate any reader with an interest in Russia history and folklore. This book drew me in rather quickly, and did not let go. The plot is very well paced. It is not too fast, but not too slow. In addition, every aspect regarding Anastasia and her life has been wonderfully researched and blends together seamlessly in th...more
Ana Carter  シ
Nov 08, 2011 Ana Carter シ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys some history about the Romanov's
Honestly, this book wasn't all that bad. Though, it needed some minor editing.
Sarah
Boring, boring, boring...and the faux-teenager voice made me want to vomit.

A close friend of mine recently tried to read this book. She failed to reach page 100. At first I thought her pain-filled text messages were slightly exaggerated for the sake of comedy, since that's the kind of twisted symbiotic humor we enjoy feeding one another. But no. There was no exaggeration. Dreaming Anastasia was just that bad.

I couldn't have cared less about Anne & her flatline Mary Sue crapola. The only se...more
Katie(babs)
When Anne and her best friend Tess attend the Sunday matinee of Swan Lake, she never expected to catch the eye of a hunky older boy who watches her all through the performance. Anne finds his staring to be very uncomfortable. What Anne doesn’t know is that her stalker, as she names him, needs her because she is the answer to a century old mystery regarding the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov. The history books tell of the Romanov family being assassinated in 1918 and of the Tsar’s lost da...more
Arielle
I am a huge fan of anything that has to do with Anastasia, so when I spotted this book at Borders I just knew I had to read it. The premise of the whole novel was intriguing and I couldn't wait to see how Joy Preble wrote it all out. I liked reading this and I couldn't put this book down and found myself turning the pages in anticipation to see what would happen to the characters. I found this novel to be a great read for the most part. But to every great read, there has to be some buts. To be c...more
Endochick
I LOVE this book! "Dreaming Anastasia" is seriously off the charts excellent! I couldn't put it down. Just like the cover says, it has magic, love, power, and dreams - and is every bit as romantic as Twilight. This is one of my favorite books of all time - and I am an avid reader!

One day, at Barnes and Noble (again with my neice), I came across "Dreaming Anastasia" (also in the Young Adult section). I've always been interested in Russian romances, the lore of Russian tales and fairytales, and R...more
Sami
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—unt...more
Lauren
In school one of my favorite subjects is History ( well, besides America's because it's just a bit boring. lol). So, when I found out there was going to be a book featuring Anastasia Romanov, I was ecstatic. Luckily, Dreaming Anastasia was a pretty good book, but sometimes falled short of my exceptions.

First off, the premise of this novel was very interesting. I loved the idea of having Anastasia still be alive because of a spell that bound her to the care of Baba Yaga. It was exciting to see t...more
K. Francis
Sadly, I had high expectations for Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble. I say sadly because had my expectations been twice as high, Ms. Preble would have exceeded them easily.

This was my first time reading a YA novel. I picked it up because the premise of the book sounded intriguing. The blurb alone gave a clue to the treatment of the subject and on that basis I launched into it.

I didn’t expect much from the genre especially the genre handled by a début novelist. With luck, I figured there might be...more
Debbie
I was really excited when I saw this book because I took Russian language and Russian History in high school and always was interested in the idea that Anastasia Romanov actually escaped that fateful night. The story had a wonderful premise mixing modern day, magic and Russian fairy tales but I felt like sometimes the story took the easy way out. There was great build up and then I was left with a feeling of let down at several parts of the book. For instance, I loved hearing about Anne and her...more
Anne Osterlund
What if . . .

Anastasia, the last princess of the Romanov dynasty, never died? But instead put her trust in a secret, illegitimate half-brother? And that half-brother made a pact with the most notorious witch ever to haunt a Russian fairy tale?

Yeah, right. Like Anne is about to believe that whopper! Not even from the lips of the hot guy who stares at her all the way through the Chicago performance of Swan Lake. But then he saves her. And she saves herself. And then he tells Anne that she is the o...more
Nan
While I did enjoy this book, I think I may be too old for it.

The book had all the hallmarks of one that I would have loved when I was a teen: a nice delicate romance, a plucky best friend, past secrets intruding on the present, and some solid folklore. Sadly, I'm not a teen any more. While I did like the format of the book (three narrators in alternating chapters, with one narrator telling the story through letters--which are then printed in a font that resembles handwriting) and liked Preble's...more
Carien
I will confess having a weakness for stories that use Tsar Nicholas II and his family, especially Anastasia. I think that started when I saw the 1956 movie Anastasia with Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner.

Now I know that in the years since I saw that movie new evidence has been found, DNA has been identified, and in no way could Anastasia have survived.

Still...

The myth of Anastasia surviving and escaping, does have all the elements of a suspenseful and intriguing story.

So when I came across this se...more
Carolina Riojas
Ahajshsjsjaosns!!!! I looooove Anastasia's story!!!



Meeehhhh, no fue- es- lo que me esperaba.
Evie
Russian folklore, myths, incredibly fascinating premise and awesome characters - a total WIN!
Lisa Chung
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Faye
I was so excited for this book, When i read the summary i was like I WANT THIS BOOK! I was not disappointed.I liked how Preble put together everything, the combination of fiction, history, and folklore was very interesting and had me hooked until the LAST page.

The characters were awesome.My favorite character was Anne's best friend Tess, she was so funny. Ethan is just HOT.Anne is the icing on the cake, she's funny and brave.They made the story fun and interesting.


Overall I really enjoyed this b...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I was drawn to the book by it's cover and the premise of the story. It's a great mix of Russian folklore, historical fiction, romance and supernatural powers. I felt that Joy was able to capture all these wonderful elements and weave them together into a great modern day story. I liked that the book is from three points of views. Anne, Ethan and Anastasia's. Through each of their points of views, we get to learn more about them. I enjoyed that through Anastasia's pov, we learn more about the Rus...more
Jessica Saylor
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QUICK OVERVIEW:
Though Dreaming Anastasia is easily forgettable, I plan on following along with the story in book two hoping the by-the-book method of Preble will have adopted an extra umph.

REVIEW:
I don't really know how to write this review. The plot, characters and writing were all decent in Dreaming Anastasia. But for some reason it took me forever to get through. I didn't look forward to picking it up and when I did I just didn't seem to find myself d...more
Mindy
So I'm really between 3 and 3.5 stars here. The story is solid, as is the writing for the most part. I did not connect well with the main character, Ann. She was too fearful and sad most of the time. It seems as if she had sort of a cloud over her head most of the time. I also didn't really get the relationship between Ann and Ethan. It felt a little forced.

Now, the part I did like - the reason this books teeters on the 3.5-4 stars - is the Russian folktale aspect of the story. I'm a huge lover...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I really like how the author really interpreted such a classic tale in to something new. I love it when authors do that!! It gives me a whole new fresh picture of the story of Anastasia Romanov.

The story line of this story is amazing! I love the new concept of the story and how it flows. I love the history of the Romanov's and what happen to Anastasia. Ms. Preble did an great job in pulling the reader from the very first page. Heck, I was hooked. I loved that right from the started the action an...more
Emily
From Books and Threads.

This was an odd little book that, despite the subject of Anastasia Romanov, really felt completely original as I read it. Perhaps it’s in part because there are so few retellings of Russian fairy tales – or Russian influence on typical young adult paranormal books, but while some of the elements were familiar, the story as a whole was incredibly fresh.

We start with Anna, a modern Chicagoland teenager, who’s having weird dreams of another teen girl trapped in a little cotta...more
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
I absolutely loved this book. It had everything in it~ fairy tales/folklore, paranormal aspects, a hot guy, a hilarious kick ass heroine, annoying but loving best friend, a witch, NO insta love and a whole slew of problems. My kind of book.

I just loved the whole plot of the book. Its basically about Anne freeing Anastasia Romanov from the witch Baba Yaga's hut. When Anastasia's family was being assassinated, some magical brotherhood (this is where Ethan comes in) calls and compels the Russia fol...more
Sarah
So like I said in my bio, I am a huge historical fiction buff. I don't know if you could consider this a historical fiction, but I thought this channeled some historical background. Personally, I always believed that Anastasia was alive. Though not in the way that Joy Preble describes. This is a very creative piece of work. I think the characters were thought out as well as the plot. I really got into the story and was saddened towards the end. You truly realize all the pain and suffering the Ro...more
Inspired Kathy
I accepted a review copy of Haunted which is the sequel to Anastasia Dreaming. As I don't read books out of order I quickly read this one so I can start Haunted.

Dreaming Anastasia is a book that is right up my alley... magic, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, adventure, fairy tale with a little romance mixed in. The legend of Anastasia Romanov mixed with the Russian folktale character Baga Yaga meets modern day Anne Michaelson for a unique story that I enjoyed.

Without reading the epilogue t...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

Anne is a typical American high school student. She is more worried about what college she will get into than Russian history.

But she keeps having a strange dream over and over again. This dream is about Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tzar Nicholas. Nicholas was the last reining Tzar of Russia and his whole family was gunned down in the basement of their house.

Then in walks Ethan. He is an attractive stranger who seems to know Anne and is stalk...more
Heather
I have to admit the writing in the beginning was a little shaky for me (it had some awkward sentence structure), but that didn't last long.

I really enjoyed the three person narration. I also loved Anne and Tess' sassy attitude. And, what's not to love about brooding Ethan. I liked the added mystery plot and the unraveling of it. The story line was interesting and I loved it too. I graduated with a degree in History, so that part of the story was awesome and I'm really intrigued with Russian his...more
Lydia Perversius
I never thought I would find Russian folklore so alluring.I recently went to Bansko for a university field trip,and when the name Baba Yaga accidentally slipped from my lips,the villagers were more than happy to make my every wish come true-seems like Bulgarian citizens like that awesome witch,too,haha!Every character was unique,each with their own traits,their own goods and bads,and the end was simply perfect,cause I got all wrong on how it would be(it's unusual for me to be wrong about the out...more
Angie
The premise of this novel was fine, but it was not well developed - even for what I would expect of a young adult novel. The characters were not developed and there was no rhyme or reason as to why they did what they did or what drove them; I didn't connect to anyone in the novel. The dialogue and thoughts of Anne and her friend were too stereotypical for teenagers and not what I feel even the most devoted tween would use in life-threatening, dangerous situations. I also did not feel the novel w...more
Mimi
I was looking forward to reading this because I've always loved the romantasized story of Anastasia Romanov and the idea of weaving it into a modern story was appealing. I couldn't make it past the first 40 pages however. Preble's adolescent voice is so over the top it almost seems to be a parody of typical teenage girl chatter. It's actually almost insulting. Unfortunately, whatever potential was hiding in this story simply could not compete with the mind-numbing dialogue and with each page the...more
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