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Haunted (Dreaming Anastasia) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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"I have to say that there isn't much to Haunted that I didn't like...Preble has yet again crafted a fun and imaginative story that borders on the realistic. Yea, there are killer mermaids. Sure, there is a magical old witch. Uh-huh, there are loads of additional other-worldly type of events as well. But that's what works so well. It's perfect for the lover of paranormal fiction but also not so over the top that those who aren't as fond of those elements will want to shy away. If you haven't read Dreaming Anastasia pick it up, but make sure you have Haunted on hand too because you'll want to start it right after." - GalleySmith
"Even without having read the preceding book in this series, Dreaming Anastasia, I was able to not just follow along, but thoroughly enjoy Haunted. Ms. Preble has a masterful way of weaving a story that is not just romantic, but exciting and magical. You'll be loath to leave Anne and Ethan behind when the book closes. Haunted is a wonderful and imaginative story for both older teens and adults alike. Entertaining and magical to the very last page." - Long and Short Reviews
"...enjoyable, good for lazy afternoon reading." - Night Owl Reviews
""Haunted" is a fast and enjoyable read... Kudos to Joy for crafting an impressive second novel." - Cracking the Cover
"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... The Russian folklore elements make it unique, and Preble's storytelling keeps you turning the page." - One Page At A Time
"...all the fantasy, comedy and romance you could ever want but I think their genius is in the choice of villainesses... you will love it!" - Beauty Crazed
"Joy Preble has a knack for picking such intriguing creatures to act as her villains! ...I will definitely be eager to continue the story when the third book comes along!" - Sweets and Stories
"Haunted packed quite a punch. I thought I knew what was going on - and I was right - sort of. Lots of mystery to this tale. Lots of stories within stories. The part of me that craves intricate layered fantasy loved this aspect... I also really enjoyed Joy's writing. She's on my radar now and I'll defiantly be picking up her next work - whatever it may be." - Red House Books
"...an exciting sequel to Dreaming Anastasia... The Russian folklore was fascinating and I loved how masterfully Joy weaves it through the story. I also absolutely adored Anne's best friend, Tess, who encourages Anne and has her back. Finally, I enjoyed the book's fast-pace and the extraordinary ending that left me breathless and wanting more." - Eating YA Books
"I really enjoyed the story of the rulaska. I don't know a lot about Russian folklore and this series had definitely changed that. I liked how she could be seen in very little amounts of water. It's no wonder Anne that she was going crazy. I liked how all the pieces fall together in this installment. Everyone is connected somehow from the jewelry shop owner to the rulaska herself. It's not something I even suspected at the start of the story." - One Book At A Time
"An enjoyable read I finished in one day. If you liked Anastasia Dreaming then you'll need to read this sequel." - I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
"The will and desires of 17-year-old Chicago high-school student Anne, a mysterious, wild-haired Russian rusalka (mermaid demon), and the infamous Baba Yaga collide in a complex story of love, betrayal, and revenge." - Booklist
"I think this is the only time I've ever said that I liked a sequel better than the first book. To go along with that it also had lovely, lyrical writing that added to the story in the best way possible. Haunted was a riveting and interesting sequel to a lovely series!" - Zoe's Book Reviews
"The interweaving of the story with Russian folklore and history is seamless and clever. Despite the complexity of the plot, it's easy to follow, and the twists and turns will keep you flipping pages at breakneck speed to see what happens next. I would definitely put anything written by Joy Preble on my TBR list!" - Dale's Place
"I've read my fair share of alternate reality concerning the brutal murders of the Romanov family, but never one with such a twist that includes Russian folklore thrown in the modern world... Overall, if you love Russian folklore, than this is the book for you!!!" - Girls in The Stacks
About the Author
Joy Preble grew up in Chicago where possibly because she was raised by an accountant and a bookkeepershe dreamed of being a back up singer, but instead earned an English degree from Northwestern. Eventually, she began to write books so she could get paid for making up stuff. She now lives in Texas with her family, including a basset/boxer mix rescue dog named Lyla who never met a shoe she didn't want to eat. Visit Joy at joypreble.com
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In Haunted we are introduced to Rusalkas – mythological mermaid like creatures. Anne is being “haunted” by one of them. We also have a little bit of a love triangle going on. This book picks up about 6 months after Anastasia Dreaming and Anne has found someone to spend her time with in Ethan’s absence.
An enjoyable read I finished in one day. If you liked Anastasia Dreaming then you’ll need to read this sequel.
Content: language although it seemed like a little less than in the first book, more groping hands and talk of sex.
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: From Publisher for Review
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 choice but to fight back. However, in spite of all that weirdness, she remains oddly grounded for a seventeen-year-old. I was highly impressed with her relative lack of attitude towards her parents and the usual teenage angst that you find in novels like this. That's not to say that she and her mom didn't have their moments, or that she didn't have her own, dark thoughts, because she did. The difference here is that those moments all helped the story move forward instead of just painting Anne as a selfish, spoiled child.
Ethan, on the other hand, is a one-time immortal learning to deal with being mortal again for the first time in decades. In between his moments of indecision, once the weirdness of the year before finds Anne again, he never once hesitates to do what he believes is right - and that is to protect Anne at all costs. He is my idea of a real hero. Ethan is considerate, conscientious, and one hundred percent dedicated to Anne and only Anne. When they're together, they're completely and utterly happy, no matter how bizarre the circumstances.
Even without having read the preceding book in this series, Dreaming Anastasia, I was able to not just follow along, but thoroughly enjoy Haunted. Ms. Preble has a masterful way of weaving a story that is not just romantic, but exciting and magical. You'll be loath to leave Anne and Ethan behind when the book closes. Haunted is a wonderful and imaginative story for both older teens and adults alike. Entertaining and magical to the very last page.
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Quick & Dirty: A rusalka is "haunting" Anne while she tries to fight her destiny. Two men also fight for her heart.Read more