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Friday, October 12, 2012

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Finishing off Ghost Week, we have a review of Kendare Blake's Girl of Nightmares, the second book in the Anna Dressed in Blood series. I reviewed Anna Dressed in Blood last year for Halloween, and you check out that review here. I loved the first book, but held off on reviewing this one 'til Halloween. (If you haven't read the first book, look out for spoilers - I won't spoil book 2, but there are spoilers for book 1 in the summary!)

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Cas following Anna. He fell in love with this ghost in the first book, but the lengths to which he is willing to go for her really become apparent in Girl of Nightmares. It was a very strong emotion, and it was easy to feel as I was reading. 2) I still like his sidekicks, Carmel and Thomas. They added a lot to the story. But in this one a new person was added, Jestine. I think I was expecting something specific from her, but even though that didn't show up, her presence was a fun change. It gave Cas something to fight for other than Anna. Everything that Jestine brought into the story was gave Cas reason to look into the history of the atheme and how it came into his family's possession in the first place. I loved getting to know some more about that history. I didn't miss it in the first book, but as this one went on, it made me more and more curious. 3) The final battle scene. This was what the whole book was building up to. And it was so nerve-wracking, and action-packed. It seemed to go on for such a long time, but not in a dragging on way, just in a, how can he take that much kind of way.

What I Didn't Like: 1) Some parts of the book were a little repetitive, and unlike the battle scene, did seem to drag on. I knew there was a point coming, but by the time we got there it was just too convoluted to be recognizable. 2) There was not as much character growth as I have come to expect from Miz Blake's writing. At times I felt like the plot was dragging the characters through the motions, while Cas and Crew dug in their heels.

Overall Thoughts: I've had a hard time not comparing Girl of Nightmares to Anna Dressed in Blood. I was so impressed by the writing and character metamorphosis in ADIB that when I didn't encounter that in this book, I was sad. I still loved the creativity that Miz Blake brought to her story, and some new characters brought a different dimension to Cas's life and his purpose. The scare factor wasn't as high as Anna Dressed in Blood, but still made for a fun ghost story with a definite evil dude! Anyone know if this is the end of the story?

My Rating: 3 candy corns


  1. I enjoyed this one, though not as much as Anna Dressed in Blood. This is the end of the story. It was only a two book series. Great review

  2. Yup, this is the end of the series as Amy says.

    I haven't gotten to this yet, but am excited too since I am missing Cas and his friends and Anna too! Look forward to reading this!

    Nice review!


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