The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Product Description *Amazon.co.uk*One of the greatest horror stories of all time, “The Phantom of the Opera” makes compulsive reading. It abounds with wonderful descriptions, extraordinary events, tragedy, horror, pathos, humour and a gallery of charming minor characters. Leroux’s portrait of the hideous musician, crazed by his own extreme ugliness, shows compassionate insight into the criminally insane mind.
From School Library JournalGrade 9 Up—This convoluted and contrived story shuttles between contemporary Chicago, Russia during the reign and downfall of the Romanovs, and the enchanted world of Baba Yaga. Ann, 17, who lives in Chicago, and Ethan, a handsome 18-year-old who mysteriously enters her world, share the narration. She is attracted by his beauty, and she soon develops strange magical powers. Ethan has powers as well; he can protect people and places. Readers eventually learn that he is actually a man who died in 1918 during the Russian Revolution. Ann begins to hear Anastasia’s voice in her dreams and sees Baba Yaga and her frightening antics. Supposedly Ann is the one who can save Anastasia Romanov from Baba Yaga’s clutches, where she has been since her family was brutally murdered by the revolutionaries, and Ethan has come to enlist her help. After a great deal of mystery about Ann’s connection to the Romanov legacy, readers learn that she is the great-great granddaughter of Victor, Anastasia’s illegitimate brother who has also survived since 1918. He is trying to stop Ann and Ethan from rescuing Anastasia; if she is found, Ethan and Victor will become mortal and die. In spite of the confusing back and forth, persevering readers might forge ahead to see how the story concludes, but it is a difficult read. Also, the contemporary scenes between Ann and her friend Tess contrast sharply with the book’s main focus, and Tess’s bitterness over the loss of her virginity awkwardly intrudes on the main plot.—Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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ReviewA very entertaining and original story. (Wendy Cueto The Book Lush 20090901)
The novel is cleverly written in alternating points of view (Anastasia, Anne, and Ethan) and takes you on a ride of paranormal fantasy, contemporary and historical fiction, with a little bit of romance. It’s the perfect blend that will attract a variety of readers. (Lori Calabrese Examiner.com 20090922)
I really enjoyed this book. It made me want to research the Romanov family and the fairy tale character of Baba Yaga… DREAMING ANASTASIA is easy to read and an enjoyable story. Thank you, Ms. Preble, for a great read. (Marta Morrison TeensReadToo.com 20090924)
Dreaming Anastasia is a story of love and loss on many different levels. It was a wild, fun and sweetly romantic ride. (Michelle Franz Galleysmith.com 20090917)
Dreaming Anastasia is a fun young adult fantasy that takes the reader back and forth from current-day Chicago to the time of the Romanovs, and throws in elements of a Russian folktale for added chills. (Belle Wong MsBookish.com )
Joy Preble has given readers an intriguing tale of magic, tragedy, love, and betrayal… Be prepared to fall into this story; your heart will ache for the characters and what they’ve suffered, especially Anastasia. Lovers of fantasy and romance will not be disappointed, and a sudden twist at the end will leave readers eyes wide and mouths agape… Dreaming Anastasia will most definitely be gracing my shelves from now on. (Noel Furniss YABooksCentral.com )
From Amazon.ComIt’s taken a long time for me to feel like a normal teenager. But now that I’m settled in a new school, where people know me as more than Charlotte Silver of the infamous Silver family paranormal investigators, it feels like everything is falling into place. And what better way to be normal than to go on a date with a popular football star like Harris Abbott? After all, it’s not as if Noah is anything more than a friend….But my new life takes a disturbing turn when Harris brings me to a party and we play a game called One Hundred Candles. It seems like harmless, ghostly fun. Until spirits unleashed by the game start showing up at school. Now my friends and family are in very real danger, and the door that I’ve opened into another realm may yield deadly consequences.