Source: ARC from Stars Book Tours
Author: Joy Preble
Published: February 1st 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Length: 320 pgs
ISBN: 1402244681 (ISBN13: 9781402244681)
Anne is trying her best to live a normal life, but she's still got some power sparking inside her. She's hearing and seeing things that she tries her best to ignore-like being haunted by a Russian sea nymph that claims the princess Anastasia is still alive.
That's when Ethan Kozninsky-he of the stunning blue eyes, thick brown hair, and former immortal status-returns. Anne soon realizes that everything she's been trying to forget might be impossible to bury.
Mistake number 1, I received Haunted from Star Book Tours and much like a previous review I have done, I did not read the previous book to Haunted. I was completely lost at the beginning of Haunted, all of which was my own fault for not reading Dreaming Anastasia first, but with the beautiful cover that it has, how could I resist!
Anne is a young girl caught between the paranormal and the real world, the love she wants and the love she has, being a normal girl and a mysterious wanderer. From reading Haunted I gathered that Anne's powers should have ceased to exist after they freed Anastasia, however that does not seem to be the case. Anne is being stalked daily by a Russian Mermaid called a Ruskula at her local pool and nightly in her dreams by a witch named Baba Yaga. Anne just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to trying to go back to being an ordinary teenage girl.
She has a super cute lifeguard boyfriend, but who her heart truly longs for is Ethan. Her best friend is trying to understand Anne and help her as best as she can, but how can someone help you who has no clue what it is that you're going through?
Annes mother is no help at all....she has mysterious "appointments" that make her late or absent for work at the jewelry shop that she and Anne work at, leaving Anne to try to explain away her mothers weirdness to the shop keeper.
I have to say that I did enjoy the folklore in Haunted and it kept the story extremely intriguing, I just wish I had chosen to read Dreaming Anastasia before I had embarked on this reading adventure.
I believe there is supposed to be a third book in this series, for which I am glad because many things in my mind are still left unanswered at the conclusion of Haunted.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique pairing of folklore with YA Paranormal Fantasy. It's a nice read , but please be sure and read Dreaming Anastasia first so you can get the most out of Haunted!
COVER: Beautiful! Love the purple and blue hues!
CHARACTERS: Well written, funny and serious at the same time.
IMAGERY: Nice descriptive qualities, but wouldn't hurt to add more.