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.
My Rating: 3.5 hearts
on the Novel: Basically, if Kendare Blake's Girl of Nightmares had featured
more of Cas hunting ghosts and less of him obsessing over Anna, I'd have given
it a higher rating. While a still a solid sequel though, it just lacked the
creepiness of Anna Dressed in Blood.
Since I wasn’t keen on the romance
between Cas and Anna to begin with, Cas’ constant moping about Anna made me annoyed
with him, especially because it affected his ability to kill ghosts. Thank
goodness for Thomas’ optimism and Carmel’s
levelheadedness! In fact, I really liked Carmel’s characterization in Girl of
Nightmares because she wasn’t afraid to take a step back and stop hanging out
with Cas and Thomas when she found the situation becoming a bit too much for
her to handle. Unlike Cas and Thomas, who are used to not living a normal life,
I thought it was a really smart decision on Carmel’s part to try and figure out what she actually
I also liked the expansion of the
world from Anna Dressed in Blood as Girl of Nightmares explores Cas’ father’s
past as a ghost hunter and the athame’s connection to The
Order of Biodag Dubh, which eventually leads Cas and his friends to visiting London
and Scotland. Besides the awesome and scary scene in the Suicide Forest,
I enjoyed meeting Jestine, who almost seemed like a female Cas to me.
Girl of Nightmares was released by Tor
Teen in August 2012.
About the Cover: I love the colours used, that you can see the dead faintly,
and how Anna looks like she’s beckoning you to come join her. It’s brilliant!