Saturday, August 18, 2012

Review: Girl of Nightmares

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Series: Anna Dressed in Blood #2
Published by Tor Teen
Genre: YA paranormal
$17.99 (US hardback)
332 pages

What it's about:
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 thoughts:
I read the first book, Anna Dressed In Blood, back in December and loved it. I thought it was creepy and dark, but great. I loved Cas, Thomas, and Carmel (especially Carmel. Her and her anger cracks me up) and thought they made an interesting trio. Everything I loved about the first book, I still loved about The Girl of Nightmares.

The problem I found I had with this book was that I couldn't read it  in one sitting, or two, or three. I would read a few pages, and have to put it down. Maybe I'd get through a few chapters before I had to put it down. Either because something came up that I had to do or it wasn't holding my attention.  When I read Anna, I read it in the perfect setting. I read it at night, in the dark, during a huge storm. It was perfect. But while reading GON, it was a 100 degree sunny day. This is not a good setting and having the right setting while reading this book is a big deal. It's the difference from loving the book or just liking it.

I think that is the biggest thing I want to say about this book. The other big thing I want to say is about the ending. While the ending was good, I felt like it just...ended. Everything was getting to the exciting part, the part you wait the whole book to get to, and in about 20 pages it's done. And then to my utter horror, there is no epilogue! Ugh. I really truly hate it when there is no epilogue.

If you liked the Anna, you'll like this one as well. Just make sure to read it in the right setting ;)
My rating: 8/10
No epilogue = lower rating from me. It's a pet peeve of mine. 


  1. I think you're onto something about reading in the right the setting. I just started it and I can't get into it. I loved book one and like this one so far, but I'm not feeling it. I think I may switch to Endlessly and go back to GOA later.

    I just finished another that took place at Christmas and was not into it as much as I could have been.

  2. Hmmm, now I need to ponder this. I think mood and setting totally effect out opinions of books. I'm sorry the setting wasn't as perfect this time.

  3. I'm really interested to see what people think of this one. I loved it and would recommend it but I wasn't happy with it - if you get what I mean. (too spoiler to say here)

    1. I completely understand what you mean and agree.


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