Anna ( The Starseed Series, Book 1 ) by Meghan Riley: Review
When author Meghan Riley reached out to me on Instagram and asked if I would like to read a copy of her book in return for an honest review, I couldn’t pass this one up. I mean, how could I not be intrigued? This was the most interesting and different concept for a YA novel that I had ever heard of. I admit, what most piqued my interest was that Anna was a girl with freckles. I had freckles my entire life, and I can remember being teased when I was in school for it. I can remember pain in the but boys always trying to play connect the dots on my arms with a pen. Not funny. Luckily, over the years, the freckles on my face faded away. However, I still have a huge smattering of them on my hands and arms. It doesn’t bother me as much now as it used to when I was younger. So cheers to the girls with the freckles. This story is for you!
Just your average high school science geek…or not? When a haphazard smattering of freckles on her arm start to change causing a series of unnerving hallucinations and odd side effects that only Anna seems to notice, she can’t help but wonder if she’s losing her mind or if there truly is something to the visions. Her roller coaster senior year of high school may make it easy for her to live in denial, but she’ll soon learn what you don’t know about yourself could kill you. Will you see the clues before Anna does?
This book was a very enjoyable read! From the very first page it started out so interesting. The writing style really captivated me and held my interest very well. It had plenty of twists and turns, romance, and just pure teenaged fun.
In the beginning of this story there were some very interesting elements going on and grabbed my attention. The middle of the story kind of started to just feel like a teenaged romance story to me instead of a science-fiction/fantasty and I felt myself starting to wonder what was going on. For a bit it was like the things that were happening to Anna were just forgotten for a while. It still held my interest because of how well it was written, I was just missing the magical/paranormal stuff that was going on.
In the last 100 pages the story really picked back up and started getting really exciting again and the element of mystery returned. It started to get really interesting! The entire story took an unexpected twist. People turned out to be not who I expected. The tables turned. Anna finds out things that will totally change her life forever.
You can tell that the author had a lot of fun writing this book and that she really put her heart and soul into the characters and the story. She took her time with the plot and didn’t rush things. It was a pleasant change to actually get some background on these characters, and get to know them before just jumping in to the conclusion. This book was a great starter novel for the series. You really get to know the characters. I can’t wait to dive back into the second book and see how this is all going to play out. I know it is going to be one exciting twist and follow-up.
Be forewarned that the ending is a huge cliff-hanger and you are going to want to read the next book Quintina immediately. The ending was done so well it is going to be impossible not to pick up the next book. If you love books about the universe, with an element of shock and surprise, some good, fun teenaged romance, you are really going to enjoy reading this book.
About the Author:
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 next book in The Starseed Series.
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