Girl of Nightmares
by Kendare Blake
Plot Summary: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.
Review:This book was a surprise for me. I felt like the story, and the direction the author took the characters was very natural and in keeping with the world she created, but for some reason it didn’t draw me in as much as the first book. The search to find out what happened to Anna and where she was felt too prolonged perhaps, even though there were many revelations about the origins of the athame and the people who created it that was interesting to me. The ending was a little predictable as well which made the story a tad (just a tad!) lackluster for me.
The writing, the characters and the snark are all in top form though, and this novel is a believable sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood that answers many questions that were set up in the first book. The story is enjoyable and only suffers to me in comparison to the first book which I loved. I think though that many people will also love this book as it is a great ending to Anna and Cas’ story, and adds more depth to all of the main characters.