I ripped through this book in a day, but was left wanting. The plot is fascinating; I love the use of the Baba Yaga and Russian folklore to beef up this story. I thought it was creatively thought-out, and it kept suspense going throughout. I was bummed with the ending, though, so I didn't have that sense of satisfaction upon the conclusion. The POV shifts were jarring. At times it was reminiscent of Twilight with the whole perpetual 18-year-old thing. Some technical pickiness: sometimes she included accessory details that really weren’t interesting (ie: what Anne was eating or wearing). I’m not particularly attached to any given character—they fit a lot of the standard YA archetypes (dark broody love interest, sassy BFF, wise old man, clueless main character). I don’t have any particularly strong feelings about it, even though it was decently intriguing.
Anne is a high school student in 21st century Chicago who has a series of dreams involving the Romanov Grand Duchess Anastasia and the Russian witch Baba Yaga. She is approached by Ethan who tells her she is the girl from a prophecy who can free Anastasia who has been imprisoned by Baba Yaga since her family’s execution. The mixing of history, folklore, and high school angst makes for a bizarre story.
Another twist on the Anastasia Romanov families fate. An excellent read!
Romance history and intrigue are the elements of this retelling of Baba Yaga tale. Anastasia, daughter of the Romanov czar is being held captive in Baba Yaga's hut in the woods, and it's up to Anne, a teenager in present day Chicago to rescue her with the help of a stranger. He appears to be eighteen years of age through magic, but is really almost 100 years old!
An awesome book. From all points of views. It was great!
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