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

August 12, 2012 Review 2 ★★★★

Art by Nekro

Girl of Nightmares

(Anna, #2)
by Kendare Blake

Genre: Paranormal YA, Horror
Excerpt: Yes | Book Trailer: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0765328666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328663

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing

Description

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.

Review

The chilling and impossible love story begun in ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is resurrected in GIRL OF NIGHTMARES as ghost hunter Cas begins having nightmares and visions of the now truly exorcised Anna.  Once again, Blake’s characters are vibrant and alive–even the dead ones.  Cas’s clear and compelling voice draws readers into his story as we learn the eerie history of the ghost hunters and Cas’s athame dagger, the true fate of Anna, and the frightening lengths Cas must go to in order to save her once and for all.

Reminiscent of Dean and Sam from Supernatural, Cas traveled the country hunting ghosts until he met and fell for one.  Anna was cursed in death to violence, but Cas was able to break her curse in time for her to drag the ghost that killed Cas’s father to hell.  Six months later, Cas is still in the same town–a novelty for him–and has even made a couple friends (think Cordelia and Zander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).  He can’t forget the ghost he loved and is tormented by tortured visions of Anna.  When Cas and his friends form a plan to bring her back, they end up in London tracking down the shadowy organization that forged his ghost-banishing athame. Cas keeps things from getting too dark with his dry humor and utterly stoicism towards anything but his friends and mother.  One of the new characters in GIRL OF NIGHTMARES manages to get under Cas’s skin–and mine too–which added a very unexpected element to the story.

Horror and romance don’t usually go together, but in Kendare Blake’s Anna series, it’s the blend of the two genres that make Cas and Anna’s story so unforgettable. Full of real scares and heart racing fear, Cas’s quest takes him beyond our world in search of the girl he can never truly have.  It’s heartbreaking and yet deeply romantic.  The ending fully resolves all the storylines and character arcs and ends the series in a surprising yet satisfying way.  Kendare Blake has created a lifelong fan after captivating me with her deft writing and deep characters.  Can’t wait to read what she creates next.

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2 Responses to “Review: Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake”

  1. CCAM

    I’m waiting for this Series to be publish in my country, but I’m glade that you liked. Thanks for review, like always it’s very helpful