by Meghan Riley



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484126509
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/29/2013
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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.

Riley lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Anna 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Bookaholic_Banter More than 1 year ago
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. *I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read for everyone. Ms. Riley, who is a brilliant writer, has begun a series of books called the Starseed Series. Exciting, romantic, suspenseful, intriguing, educational, and best of all never a dull moment. This book will not disappoint you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Although I am neither a young adult, nor an avid science-fiction fan, I could not put this down! The story is real, and while it reflects the feelings of a high school girl, it also thoughtfully incorporates adult stress and struggle as well as hope for the future. The fashion may be different, the war may be different, the cars may be different, but the story will ring true with adults and teens alike. The twist at the end hooked me--I cannot wait for the next book!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
H. Pfingsten 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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**reviewed for around Table Book Reviews** This story mainly revolves around Anna. She seems like just a normal girl in her senior year of high school. She has a set of spots, or freckles as her mom has always told her, on her arm that resemble a constellation. In the beginning we get a good idea of Anna's day-to-day routine.  For me, the plot took a little while to pick up. We start to really get into the meaning of everything and all of the plot twists towards the end of the book. So the author leaves a good opening for the next book. Towards the latter part of the story is also where I started to really get into the book. Hopefully we will find the answers to a lot of the questions in the next book that are left unanswered, especially about this "shadow man" character.  Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far the best book I have ever read, it kept me wanting to read with it's excitement and suspense, could not wait to get to the next chapter. The author is brilliant in her writing skills and I can not wait until the sequel of Anna comes out.  I would definitely give this book 5 stars,.