Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review: Anna by Meghan Riley

Anna (The Starseed Series #1)
Meghan Riley
YA, Sci-Fi/Paranormal, Romance
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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?

Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
To start off, the premise of the story is really good. Anna's freckles, her hallucinations and the weird effects on her body were downright interesting enough to grab someone's attention.
So why focus too much on her normal life? 
Anna started off real good but towards the 20% of the book until the 70% of it, it was nothing but mundane. Cut those scenes and the book would still be good. Heck, it'd be a whole lot better. 
The story had too much unnecessary details that kind of ruined the reading experience for me. It tried to cram experiences, new people and even prom into Anna's life.True enough, it gives Anna the authenticity for having experienced those things but it veered away from the book's promise. It was only until the end that I got a glimpse ( a glimpse!) of what Anna truly is.

I can't wait to read the second book as I am hoping for the explanations that this one wasn't able to give.
Who love Science Fiction, aliens and YA, Anna is a good book to read. But do so while sitting or anywhere as long as you're away from the bed since the build-up takes reaaaaally long.
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. Riley currently lives in North Carolina with her significant other, her mother, two clingy cats, and an opinionated dog.
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