Anna (The Starseed Series)

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Anna is an ordinary high school physics geek. Intelligent, awkward, and crushing horribly on the captain of the football team (cliché, right?). Or is she? When a haphazard smattering of freckles on her arm start to change causing a series of unnerving hallucinations and odd side effects, she can’t help but wonder if she’s losing her mind or if there truly is something to the visions. More

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Words: 114,070
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311662149
About Meghan Riley

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, one clingy cat, and an opinionated dog.

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Review by: Mihi M. on Sep. 24, 2014 :
Anna is a normal girl with normal problems, like getting accepted in university, taking care of her family and trying to get the golden boy Steve McCormick to like her. Little does she know that soon, these will be the least of her worries.

Most of the book deals with the main character's struggles to get noticed by Steve, despite her being a nerd, standing invisible in the high school background. She wants him to notice her not just as that smart girl in his Physics class but has doubts that he may be using her to get higher grades. Those doubts are only worsened when she overhears his friends talking behind her back. Enter Jared, the handsome guy in her Astronomers program who helps her through the disappointment with his kind and forward personality. But is that all there is to him? And what is the reason behind the strange phenomenons that Anna experiences more often than not?

The author, Meghan Riley, has done a great job describing the characters, the surroundings, and tying up all the loose ends. She has created a unique plot with intriguing ideas. The characters are believable and relatable, though a little predictable at times, and the dialogue flows smoothly and naturally.

I felt that the first ten or so chapters are rather slow-paced and had to put the book down a few times, but I am glad I continued reading. The ending was amazing - the scary but exciting turn of events made me want to get my hands on the next book and read it as soon as possible. I would recommend this book to all Teen fiction, Romance and Science Fiction fans, for there is something in there for everyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Pfingsten on May 19, 2014 :
A fantastic beginning to what looks to be a promising young adult and science fiction series. I’m a huge fan of both and I absolutely loved this read.

Before opening the book I knew that I was going to be introduced to a young adult novel. The story begins by focusing on freckles on Anna’s arm; freckles that are likened to a star cluster. The story from there takes a decidedly mundane turn to describe the life of a normal teenager with nothing really special about her, the stock fair of many young adult novels. The interesting thing though is that this mundanity is actually something of a plot twist. The author uses this seeming normalness to set you at ease and get you comfortable before she starts twisting reality around on you. What starts as a book about a teenage girl tutoring the football hero slowly starts to turn. Is there really a man watching her from the corner while she sleeps? Are the freckles on her arm really glowing green? Or is she hallucinating it all?

This story has all the elements of a good thriller that slowly twists your reality and boggles your mind.

Anna (Book One of The Starseed Series) is a well written, intriguing page turner that left me wanting for more. I can’t wait to read Book 2 ... I need to know what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lee Wolf on May 13, 2014 :
Anna is about an ordinary High School Senior who slowly starts to discover she’s extraordinary. The best part about the story is the character of Anna, very engaging and relatable. Also, the sci-fi elements were done well. The descriptions of the hallucinations were always fascinating and made me want to keep reading to find out why Anna was seeing those things. I liked how the Jared-Anna relationship started speeding up just as the Anna-Steve relationship hit a rough patch. The relationship between Anna and her brother Michael was well done. Some quibbles about Anna: The start of the Anna-Steve relationship felt too pedestrian, clichéd. The relationship between Anna and her mother felt inconsistent. The sci-fi elements do not take prominence until the final 3rd of the book. But overall, I really enjoyed Anna. The cliffhanger ending made me can’t wait to read the sequel to Anna, and to me, that’s the mark of success. A great first book by Meghan Riley.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: m on March 08, 2014 :
Impressive !!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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