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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Haunted by Joy Preble

Haunted by Joy Preble
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: Full Length (290 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Cholla

Anne Michaelson is trying to forget everything that happened last year. But it’s hard to do when her heart aches for Ethan and there’s a wild-haired woman stalking her…

Ethan Kosinsky is embracing his newfound mortality. But something is drawing him back to the girl he left behind—back to Anne and back to the magic…

A mysterious stranger is hunting Anne wherever she goes. No one sees her but Anne. When she searches for the woman’s identity, Anne exposes secrets about her own life— things that will change her life forever. And when the gorgeous Ethan returns, her life gets a lot more complicated.

Anne thought her journey with the Romanov family had ended, but it was just the beginning…

Anne Michaelson’s only dream is to be a normal girl. No magic, no immortal boyfriend, no crazy mythical Russian mermaids chasing her about. Unfortunately, she’s not about to get her wishes granted anytime soon. Trying to recover from the trials of the previous year, she finds herself knee-deep in the middle of it all again.

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.