Preble artfully combines contemporary characters with classic figures from Russian mythology to create the second installment in this intriguing series. Anne and Ethan's undeniable chemistry adds romance to the novel, but it is Anne's best friend, Tess, who ultimately make this story stand out from the other paranormal tales. The sassy Tess provides a good foil to the couple's emotional angst by seeding the story with the more realistic elements. After reading Haunted, those who missed Dreaming Anastasia will likely want to go back to the first book in the series so that they can spend more time in Preble's multi-dimensional world.
After Ethan Kozninsky leaves town, Anne Michaelson thinks that the days of vengeful Rominovs, unpredictable witches and cursed princesses are behind her. But when a Rusalka, a Russian mermaid, begins haunting Anne, it's clear that Russian folklore is not done with Anne yet. Matters only become more complicated when Ethan returns, to try to help her unravel the latest development before anyone gets hurt. But with mythical creatures on the loose, Anne's unexpected magical powers acting up and a love triangle brewing, do these teens may not live to see the end of their summer vacation. (SOURCEBOOKS, Feb., 290 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9781402244681, PB, 14 & up)