Anna (The Starseed Series)

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
To the outside world, Anna appears to be an ordinary high school senior. But readers will quickly learn that she is anything but in Meghan Riley’s fantastical debut novel, 'Anna'. This fast-paced tale full of supernatural experiences, romance, and half-answered truths expertly blends science fiction with young adult appeal. 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: 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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