Anna (The Starseed Series #1)
by Meghan Riley
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
First of all, let me start by saying that I’m not usually a big fan of the paranormal genre but the description intrigued me so I went ahead and took a chance on it.
I really enjoyed reading about Anna’s life as a regular high school senior, her crush, her friends and everything that surrounded her. The beginning of the book was basically a great YA read in itself. Then, as the story progressed and strange things began to happen to her, the book felt more like a thriller in my opinion. I started reading faster, eager to find out what was going to happen and I could almost feel the suspense building up.
What I loved about the book was that, even though the things that were happening to Anna were not normal, it still felt like it was something that could’ve just happened to anybody. I think that’s part of what makes this a great story. Usually I steer away from paranormal stories because I sometimes find it hard to relate to the characters, but that wasn’t the case with Anna. This book has elements that will appeal to all audiences; YA, romance, paranormal, suspense -it has a little bit of everything.
Since Anna is the first book of the series, I didn’t expect to get all the answers by the end of the book, but I was very satisfied with the ending. It wasn’t an awful cliffhanger but it will leave you wanting more.
I’m so glad I took a chance on Anna!
P.S. A side effect of reading this book is that I now have a newfound interest in all things astronomy!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
5 out of 5 stars