Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Book Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765328666
ISBN-13: 978-0765328663
Buy the Book: Amazon
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.

I really enjoyed this book. This sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood is one creepy, scary, fast-paced ride. I really had a hard time putting this one down, that's for sure. I enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood so much, I love creepy gory books. I was very excited to start the sequel to Anna. I think this book might be the only book I was really pining for at BEA in NYC. Kendare Blake has a great imagination. She answered all my lingering questions in Girl of Nightmares. This book was written so well, let me just say this might be one of my favorite series. 

Blake keeps Cas, Carmel, and Thomas together for this incredible ride. Carmel blows my mind in this book. She is quite the tough, kick-butt girl. Cas is not quite the same as he was in book one. He is depressed and missing Anna. Thomas is thoughtful, loyal and sweet as can be. I like the romance between Carmel and Thomas, it was a nice addition to the storyline.

There will not be a book three, so this is it! Quick fun sadistic read. Start this series, if you like blood and gore. It would make a great Halloween read. 

5 out of 6

Profanity: Extreme
Sexual: Minor
Violence: Extreme

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  1. I don't know what I love more, the fact that this book is just as good as the first one or that it's the end!!! YAY! No trilogy!!! (I wouldn't have minded but I love it when good storylines DON'T drag and then become crap).


    1. I feel the same way. No trilogy ;) it was awesome in every way.

  2. I loved this book too!! I think the way it was all wrapped up was great. I enjoyed how the characters grew and changed.

  3. I loved this book too. Not quite as much as the first one, but almost. I just missed the Anna from the first one too much. That said, I loved the unexpected direction this one went in. Great review!

    Karis @YA Litwit

  4. I haven't read with book, but I love the covers. Reading the synopsis of this one was giving me goose bumps. Not sure I'm ready for it, but I hope you enjoy!
    Tammy @


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