(Anna # 2)
By: Kendare Blake
Pub. Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Southern Book Bloggers ARC tours
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 absolutely loved Anna Dressed in Blood, the first book in the Anna series. I read it in one day, and was completely enthralled with Anna, Cas, and the rest of the cast of characters. I was very excited to receive an ARC of Girl of Nightmares through the Southern Book Bloggers ARC tours. Girl of Nightmares did not disappoint and I thought it was a perfect ending to the Anna series!
Six months ago, Anna saved Cas, Thomas and
Carmel by sacrificing herself, and Cas can't
stop thinking about her and what she did. When Cas starts to see her in random
places he knows something is wrong. She is beat up, she has cuts all over her
body and she looks scared. Cas knows exactly what he has to do, he has to save
her, even if that means him dying in the process. Even when everybody else
tells him to let her go, Cas still will stop at nothing to help her.
I loved Cas so much Anna, and in Girl of Nightmares, he has same sarcastic humor that made me fall in love with him and kept me laughing out loud. For example, when Cas said "He smiles at me like he's Yoda and I'm just a dumbass without the force", I nearly fell off my bed I was laughing so hard! Cas has grown since the first book and for the first time, he has friends who go along with him on his hunting escapades. I love how loyal and protective he is of Thomas and Carmal. The three of them really care for each other.
Anna is not as prominent in this book, but she is always in the background. When we do see her, we see the fierce ghost that she has always been, the ghost that would do anything for Cas.
Girl of Nightmares is about a lot more then just ghost hunting and I was interested to see where the story was going to take us. We learn more about the history of the athame and the secret society that created it.
The ending was absolutely perfect! Everything made so much sense and I was very happy with it. I don't think I could have asked for anything better.
Side note: When I first saw a picture of the cover for Girl of Nightmares, I was not impressed, but seeing it in person, I think it is amazing! I wish they would have kept it completely red on the finished copy.
Overall, the Anna series is a creepy, fun and original read. I would highly recommend it!
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