Anna (book review)

Anna was written by Meghan Riley.  It is the first book in The Starseed Series.  I received a copy of Anna through Bostick Communications in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

For as long as Anna can remember, she has had a smattering of freckles on her arm. But these freckles are starting to change, causing hallucinations and odd side effects that only she seems to notice. When a strange shadow man starts to haunt her nights, she decides to go on a hunt for the truth of what is truly happening to her.

The hallucinations grow stronger, the shadow man more nefarious, and Anna realizes that she can no longer hide from her friends and family what is happening to her. But as she shares her secret with those closest to her, Anna never imagines that her very life will be put in jeopardy.

Progressing toward the novel’s stunning conclusion, audiences will be left breathless as the ultimate question reveals itself: who—or what—is Anna?




My review:

I really enjoyed this book on multiple levels.  Before the novel added in any science fiction bits... this was a really great novel about a really smart, bookish, science loving, poor girl (Anna) who happens to catch the attention of the really cute, high school varsity quarterback, rich boy (Steve).  She's had a crush on him forever, and can't quite accept that he's REALLY interested in her...  even though they actually have quite a bit in common.  (Hmm... now that I've written that and am really thinking about it... it's a little reminiscent of Pretty in Pink).  There is all of the angst you expect from Anna.  The usual flack she gets from the rest of the rich girl crowd for daring accept attention from Steve.  (Seriously.... very Molly Ringwald.)  I really think it's a great teen book.

On the other hand... there is the bit of science and sci-fi throughout the book.  Anna has this interest in going to college to study to become a physicist.  She's involved in an evening astronomy club at the local college.  There are hints here and there of Anna being more than she seems... or being effected by some illness or evil doing.  As a "sci-fi" novel it was really slow to go.  But as the final chapters started flowing I just couldn't put the book down.  The story is well built.  Again... total teen book.

In addition... layered within everything... Anna also has this complex situation with her family.  I found myself really impressed with how concerned she was for her younger brother.  She had a lot on her shoulders for a high school kid.

My biggest complaint??? Cliff hanger!!!!  Amazing, killing me, cliff hanger.  Book 2 needs to hurry on up with publishing!

About the author:

Meghan Riley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland and immediately pursued her lifelong passion for the written word. Her debut novel, Anna, presented itself as a way for Riley to inspire teenage girls to expand their interests beyond the typical teenage quandaries, ultimately encouraging females toward an interest in science. She is currently hard at work on the sequel to Anna.