Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Reads Week: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Girl of Nightmares
(Anna #2)
by Kendare Black
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Publication Date: August 7th 2012
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 332
ISBN: 9780765328663
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Ghosts
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)
Girl of Nightmares kicks of my Halloween Reads week for 2013! I read Anna Dressed in Blood a while back, and enjoyed the book SO very much. I don’t know what I waited so long to read Girl of Nightmares, but I am glad that I did. It was such a great, creepy read. Perfect for Halloween!

I have really loved Cas since we met him in Anna Dressed in Blood. I still haven’t read many books from a guys point of view, and it’s always interesting to get inside their heads. In this book, Cas is pining away for the girl that he loves, Anna. He’s wondering what happened to her after she sacrificed herself to save Cas and his friends.  When he starts having visions of Anna, he finally see’s the horror of what she’s going through, and of course, he’s going to do whatever he can to stop her torment, even when that means going into Hell himself to find her. Leave it to Cas to do something quite so brave to save his girl.

I love the secondary characters in the story as much as I did in the first book. Thomas and Carmel were so great together, even when there were moments in this book when I wanted to smack Carmel. I love Cas’ mom, and am glad we get to learn more about Gideon in this book as well. Great characters!

The thing I missed most in Girl of Nightmares was the ghost herself. Anna was such an awesome character in the first book; she really made the book so much more special. And while we get to see her a few times in Girl of Nightmares, it really wasn’t enough. The book just wasn’t the same without her. 

The storyline for the book pretty much centers around Cas finding out what happened to Anna, and of course, him wanting to save her from her fate.  Let me tell you, this book had some major creepy moments in it. The ending was a little bittersweet for me. I’ll not spoil it by giving anything away, but it was not exactly what I was expecting, but it was definitely more realistic the way that it was written.

Overall; I thought this book was a great ending to the series. I’m definitely going to miss these characters! If you haven’t read the books yet, you totally should check them out, especially if you want a creepy read for Halloween!

Happy Reading!


  1. I was sad the book ended. I loved the characters so much! It was a great conclusion :)

  2. Yeah, I wasn't sure how it was going to go, since Anna was pretty much out of the picture. I mean, I liked the other characters but Anna really pulled it all together.

  3. I still haven't read the first book! Shame on me! Maybe I should make that my Halloween read? Which book did you like better?

    1. I definitely liked the first book better. You totally should make it a Halloween read!

  4. I missed Anna too. But, I still loved the book. And, the ending was hard. But, it was a good ending.


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