Saturday, October 31, 2015

{REVIEW} Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Title: Girl of Nightmares
Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Anna #2
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal
Publication: August 1st, 2012
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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.
Hmmm. For quite a while now I was super excited to read the second - and last - book of the Anna duology by Kendare Blake. I really, really, really liked Anna Dressed in Blood and was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it. It felt like an episode from Supernatural and that only made me like it even more. Fast-paced action scenes, a little ghost hunting and in general everything was a bit more ... creepier? I understood why it's a Paranormal book, I mean there were ghosts and all that, so yeah.

However, the second book disappointed me a little. While I loved Cas in the first book, I barely couldn't stand him in this one (at first, he got better eventually) ... he seemed so lost and didn't know what to do. He stopped hunting - not quite true, there were huntings but I don't even remember them anymore - and even though it's understandable, it's also ... not. He and his athame have a purpose and well, I just missed all those action scenes.

"Cassio," she whispers. "Get me out of here."

The first half of the book focused more on how life is now after Anna sacrificed herself and saved Cas and the others. They're all sad - especially Cas - and he's desperate to find out what exactly happened to her up to the point where he even tries to get her back from Hell.

Don't get me wrong, those scenes where Anna showed up were creepy and I felt really, really bad for both, Cas and Anna. The second half of the book was a lot better though ... there are new characters and it even felt like a whole new storyline. The main goal was still to get Anna back but I couldn't help feel like it suddenly wasn't that important anymore. Hm. What I loved is that it got creepier! Especially the forest scene was pretty cool and atmospheric!

The ending was not what I expected. In a way it was good but just not for me. I wanted it to end differently and was kinda disappointed that it didn't. Sigh. I could've thought of at least 2 alternate endings that I would've prefered over that one but it's okay, I guess. It didn't stop me from caring about all the characters - Carmel & Thomas FTW! They were so adorable! - and I already know I'll miss them a lot!

"It’s true what they say about answers only leading to more questions. There will always be more to find out, more to learn, more to do."

So yes, I'd recommend reading this duology, even though it isn't as good as the first book. I mean, only to find out what really happens and how everything ends ... that's worth reading. The books are quick and easy to read and especially around Halloween is the perfect time of the year to read them!


  1. Love your review and couldn`t agree more with you! First book was much better!

    1. Thanks Aleksandra! The first one was A LOT better. Like I said in my review I enjoyed the second half more than the first but it still didn't meet my expectations ... sadly. Oh well. :/

  2. I felt exactly the same. I adored Anna Dressed in Blood and then I waited absolutely ages to read the sequel and it wasn't as good as I was hoping. I also didn't really like the ending – I guess it was maybe the best way to end the book but it didn't turn out the way I wanted. Anyway, great review!

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf


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