Friday, January 18, 2013

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Title: Girl of Nightmares
Author: 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 on Goodreads
 Kala's Review:

I love this series! Girl of Nightmares was a perfect followup to Anna Dressed in Blood. Sequels often fail to match the hype of the original, but I have to say this one came pretty damn close.

While I liked Girl of Nightmares, it didn't hook me nearly as much as the first. I found myself skimming occasionally and I think that's partially because outside of a few quick visions, Anna was mostly absent in this book. The majority of Girl of Nightmares is Cas trying to get to Anna once he finds out she's in Hell (or what she thinks is Hell).

When I started this series, I was a little weirded out by the ghost/human love story, but it totally made sense. I was also nervous about how Blake would end it, but she blew it away. I won't spoil it, but the ending was perfect, absolutely perfect.

Parts of Girl of Nightmares bored me, as Cas spends a lot of time traveling around. A new character (Jestine) was introduced, and I didn't connect with her as much as with the other side characters. Outside of these minor issues, the book was great.

Definitely will be checking out more from this author in the future!
4 out of 5 stars.

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