Title: Girl of Nightmares (Book 2 in Anna)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates – TorTeen
Release Date: August 7, 2012
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.
I don’t think this book was as good as the first one. It wasn’t as fluid and it wasn’t as well written. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it, though. In fact, the characters are better than ever, and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot.
Cas and his friends get into even bigger trouble, and have bigger adventures in this sequel. There is no lack of adventure, thrill, or suspense. These two books together could easily be turned into one of the best horror flicks of the decade (or if not horror at least thriller. with even creepier ghosts scenes,weirder secondary characters, and a fantastic ending). Blake has done an extraordinary job of giving her readers the heebie jeebies even though the writing and the book in general was not as good as I expected.
The cover, however, was fantastic, even better than the first book’s. The quote on the cover from Kirkus Reviews really describes the book very well – “Stephen King ought to start looking over his shoulder.”
Considering what I’ve said so far, I do recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thrill, and even to some for borderline about the genre. I generally don’t like horror genres, but this book doesn’t completely fall into that category. I hope you get to enjoy the book even more than I did.
*Note: I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 14 do to gruesome violence as well as profanity.