Review: Anna by Meghan Riley


18429406Release Date: 
August 29th 2013

Series: The Starseed Series #1

Publisher: Createspace

Genre: YA/ Sci-fi

Format: Paperback

Source: Copy provided by author

Rating: 4 Stars (3.5)

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To the outside world, Anna appears to be an ordinary high school senior…

Anna has a lot of questions. Should she pursue her desire to leave home for college and live out her dream of becoming a physicist? Or should she stay home and help care for her family, which has struggled ever since her father died in Afghanistan? Is her crush, Steve, really interested in her, or is he only using the highly intelligent Anna to try and boost his grades in school?

These questions, plus the ordinary trials and tribulations of high school, distract Anna from noticing some very… strange things that are beginning to happen to her.

For as long as Anna can remember, she has had a haphazard smattering of freckles on her arm. But these freckles are starting to change, and cause a series of unnerving hallucinations and odd side effects that only Anna seems to notice. When a strange shadow man starts to haunt her nights, she decides to go on a hunt for the truth to discover, once and for all, what is happening to her. The hallucinations continue growing stronger, however, and each new visit by the shadow man appears to become more and more threatening. Eventually, 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, and the lives of those she loves, will be put in jeopardy.

Who, or what, is Anna?

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Not quite 4 stars, but since I don’t do half ratings 4 stars will suffice, and it was more Good than Okay.

Anna is a typical teenager, who loves astronomy and wants to become an astrophysicist one day. First off, this book read more like a YA/Contemporary with a little Science-Fiction thrown in. I’d hazard to say that 75% of this book was about Anna’s high school experiences and all around life in general. If you remove the ending and the few glimpses of the shadow man, then what you get is a good story about a girl who goes through what normal teen girls deal with on a daily basis. She is a smart girl who can’t wait to graduate and go off to college and conquer her dreams. Her home life is not really different, they are barely making it, but where does it say that the protagonist has to have it all? I really loved her character and the author did an amazing job with writing this part of the story.

Now, the description of this book had me thinking that this was going to be a sci-fi bonanza. Not even close. Anna has these freckles on her arm that are suddenly changing formation and she can’t decide if she is hallucinating a strange man following her. It takes some time for these aspects to come to fruition. That being said, it totally threw me off of what the plot is supposed to be about. I’m guessing that this book is more like a prequel for the next book because we only get a snippet of what The Starseed Series is about. Surely the world building and action will happen in the next book?

I’m not a fan of love triangles. I can’t stress that enough. Anna has these two handsome guys to choose from, Steve and Jared. Yes, even nerdy/geeky protagonists can have two swoon worthy guys pining for her affection. Who knew? If you take away the freckles on Anna’s arm and the shadow man, you have your basic contemporary novel. I love the writing style of this book but there are a plethora of things to deal with. I would like to read the next book to see if the author gives more to this story in terms of action and sci-fi because I didn’t feel like I was reading what the description says. Recommend? Probably, because it’s not a bad read. I may not have gotten what I expected but Anna’s story is written well.

4 star four-star-review

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