August 27, 2012

Review of Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake


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.

Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake
Publication Date:  August 7, 2012
Publisher:  Tor Teen
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 After reading Anna Dressed In Blood, I was totally and completely stoked to read Girl Of Nightmares!  I needed to know what and if that was going to be the end of the this budding romance between Cas and Anna.  I was just starting to fall in love with the idea of them being together, and it all got ripped out from right beneath me in the end.  I had hope though…

In this next installment in the Anna series, Cas is still shaken up after having lost Anna after everything that they have gone through.  After finally finding someone that he actually has fallen in love with, and can be happy with, his father’s murderer, the Obeahman, takes someone else away from Cas.  We watch as he wallows in his sorrows, taking things as they come, slowly becoming a shell of his former self…thinking of only Anna, seeing her everywhere…hearing her.

A wake up call during one of his ghost hunting adventures alerts Cas to a possibility that Anna is still attempting to contact him, and is not where she should be.  It is after some investigating that Cas believes Anna needs him…needs him to help her get out of Hell.  But will this new obsession of Cas’ cost him his friends, or even worse…his life?

Although Girl Of Nightmares was a fantastic read, I felt that it was not quite as amazing as Anna Dressed In Blood.  Don’t get me wrong.  Kendare does another amazing job in making the ghosts and monsters spring to life off the pages, with her unbelievable descriptions and storytelling skills.  I, personally, felt that the first one was more action packed, a story line that was constantly on the go, had more…umph!  I will admit that there were some points in Girl Of Nightmares that dragged for me, and I was begging for the story to start picking up.  Luckily for me, when the story decided to pick up, it totally picked up!

I was thrown once again into a world created by Kendare Blake full of gore, ghosts, monsters, terror…once again feeling the uneasiness of something watching me in the dark… I was craving for those moments when I started Girl Of Nightmare.  And when they came, I was thrilled!  The part which comes to mind that gave me the absolute chills and had me laying awake in bed was the part in Suicide Forest.  And OMG if ever there was anything dead that you thought may freak you out in the woods, it’s all in here.  I found myself kicking my feet trying to get away from these things lurking in the woods. Gah!

Girl Of Nightmares is riddled with humour and horror, following in the footsteps of its predecessor.  I was still crushing on Cas, found Thomas incredibly adorable, and found Carmel to have taken on a little bit of an Isabelle, from The Mortal Instruments, type of attitude.  Totally loved it!  Aside from her little, faux pas in the beginning of the book, she quickly became one of my favorite characters in this book.

We are introduced to some new characters in Girl Of Nightmares and all though they aren’t in the book until well into the latter half of the book, they will instantly become unforgettable favorites.  Not only are the characters unforgettable, but the ending will leave you breathless, and aching for the possibility of more.

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