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Gr 8 Up-Anne and Ethan are now dating but happily ever after will have to wait. Anne's magical powers have increased, yet controlling them is a challenge. Ethan begins to feel that his own powers might have a frightening darkness in them. The mixture of Romanov family history, Russian folklore, and modern-day American teen angst makes an intriguing combination. Anastasia's unrest is tragic and pitiable. Legendary Baba Yaga is nuanced and richly drawn. Tess, Anne's hip, sassy BFF, while a willing participant in Anne's time travels, is a solid connection to the 21st century. Scene for scene, Preble packs a punch. Vivid settings and thrilling action sequences are captivating. The frigid air in wintertime Russia and the nauseating confusion of unexpected time travel are palpable. Romantic scenes are tender and engaging. What is lacking is overall cohesion. The story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Anne, Ethan, and Tsar Nicholas's son Viktor. Even though each chapter is labeled accordingly, their voices (and those of the secondary characters) sound alike, so it is hard to keep the narratives straight. In addition, frequent location and era changes add to the confusion. Oblique references to the first two novels do little to get readers up to speed, so this title does not stand alone. Consider purchasing where the first two books are popular.-Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NCα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Bittersweet, beautiful, and absolutely breathtaking." - Saundra Mitchell
"If you enjoy a little magic and mystery and Russian Folk tales in your reading then I highly recommend you check out this series." - Sarah's Books and Life
I'm not gonna lie, I haven't read this series (yet). I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my sister and it not only arrived on time, but I got the most delightful surprise when... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Angel Summers
Psycho Rusalkas? I mean...Mermaids? Really?....all of them running like maniacs in the city flopping their tales and nobody noticed them? Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Dianne
Anastasia Forever by Joy Preble is the third book in the Dreaming Anastasia series. So much has happened since Dreaming Anastasia. Anne has so many decisions to make. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Marcie
Anastasia Forever... LOVED IT!!!!! This book has all you need; Time Travel, Dangerous adventures, a grandmother who just happens to be a mermaid, a witch and ofcourse Anne, Ethan,... Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Here's the deal...
I have enjoyed the Anastasia Forever Series very much! Fun and interesting twist on Anastasia. The story or Anastasia has always interested me and what happened to her.... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Melonie B. Hill
I am always a little afraid when I know I am going to be reading the last book of a series. I am so worried that the author won't give the characters the ending that I want for... Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Kristina