Thursday, June 13, 2013

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake [Review]

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)4 out of 5 Robots!

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Series: Anna Dressed in Blood #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: August 7, 2012
Hardcover: 332 Pages
Publisher: Tor Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

Shannon's Thoughts:
I really liked Anna Dressed in Blood and was excited to read the sequel.  Anna Dressed in Blood left off with Anna sacrificing herself to save Cas, Thomas and Carmel.  It was such a sad ending.  I was happy there was another book to further Anna's story...and maybe get a happier resolution? 

Girl of Nightmares starts off really well.  Thomas and Carmel now join Cas on ghost hunting missions, which was pretty much awesome.  Cas is still reeling from losing Anna and is very disturbed when he starts to have visions of her.  He comes to realize that these visions are true and Anna is being tortured in the afterlife (after-afterlife?)  Cas, of course, wants to save her even when everyone tells him it is impossible and to leave it alone.  This is where things start to get a little murkier and the plot loses some of its momentum.  There is a fair amount of angst and roundabout while Cas tries to figure out how to save Anna.  There were still a couple of scenes that made my hair raise though.  *Shudder*  I also wasn't very interested in the addition of some new characters (one in particular - I found her fairly obnoxious).  But the towards the end, things started to upswing and it got really exciting and tense.  I was rooted in my seat, frantically flipping through pages to find out what happened next.  Girl of Nightmares ends on a high note with a bittersweet ending.  I don't think I like it quite as much as Anna Dressed in Blood, but Girl of Nightmares does have some spectacularly gruesome scenes and an awesome ending.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Anna Dressed in Blood
2. Girl of Nightmares

1 comment :

  1. I LOVED this series! They were so different then pretty much everything I've read in YA. Great review!




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