Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake
Synopsis (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 Thoughts: Oh, CAS! When last we left Cas, his ghostly lady friend had just sacrificed herself so that he and his friends wouldn't be chowed on by the nasty Obeahman.You'd think that they'd all frolic into the sunset after that and live happily ever after. You'd be wrong. Dare I say it... DEAD WRONG! (oh, man. I'm dying of the laughter, people. DYING OF THE LAUGHTER!)

The waking nightmares Cas is having about Anna just keep getting worse. He can't sleep. He's barely eating. He's hesitating in his ghost hunting. I get all that. I understand why he wants to find a way to help Anna. What I don't get is why he's so chummy with Jessy when he jaunts over to England. After her first stunt, I would have punched her in the face and thrown her in a river. Seriously. The girl bugged the crap out of me. Her little digs about how Cas isn't as good as she's been led to believe... Eff you, you little scab. You're a brainwashed twit. Frankly, I was kinda hoping she'd get left in Hell AS SOON AS SHE WAS INTRODUCED and that would be that, BUT NO! I should feel bad for this rage, but I don't.

I do love the ghosties that Cas was sent up against. Except for the one in the inn in Scotland. I wish Cas had accidentally stabbed Jessy instead of the ghost. That might just be my rage talking. -pause- No, maybe it wasn't. Anyway. I liked the ghosts. I was properly creepified by the Suicide Forest. I did like how everything ended up. It was... somehow perfect.

Books in this series
1. Anna Dressed in Blood
2. Girl of Nightmares - Hardcover | Kindle

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  1. I was so sad when I read this book. It seemed like a lot of not much happening until the very, very end, and I didn't like any of that stuff. It was all a little too irritating for me, and yes, the new girl bothered the snot out of me too. Why didn't someone trip her in front of the train?

    I think my problem with this book boiled down to very, very little interaction between Cas and Anna, though. That was, to me, the best part of the first book, and it was utterly absent from this one.

    1. Why didn't someone trip her in front of the train?
      You always have the best ideas!

      I enjoyed the book overall (with the exception of Jessy), but I think you hit the nail on the head that the lack of interaction between Cas and Anna hurt it.

  2. I think the ending was what it had to be. It was bittersweet, but it was good.

    1. It was bittersweet. You are so right. After rereading my review, I still kinda hate Jessy. Even though you made a valid argument for her just being immature. *stabs quietly in the background*

  3. Aww, I liked Jessy! But I liked the book okay. It was just okay to me.

    1. Really? She struck the wrong chord with me from the first time she popped up and I could never get past that.

  4. Your thoughts toward Jessy amuses me. Some day I'll be able to weigh in.