Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2)
By Kendare Blake
Tor Teen

To Sum It Up:

After Anna Korlov, aka Anna Dressed in Blood, disappears through a gateway to Hell in order to save ghost-hunter Cas Lowood and his friends, Cas refuses to move on. He has to know for sure that Anna is safe. So, when Cas begins to see Anna being tortured everywhere he turns, he begins a dangerous quest for answers. The answers Cas finds may kill him, but Cas knows it's his turn to save Anna.


I loved Anna Dressed in Blood so much, I almost died having to wait for Girl of Nightmares. I was relieved to find that everything I loved in the first book carried over into the sequel.

Cas was as sarcastically charming as ever, and his friends, Thomas and Carmel, grew on me even more. They are the most loyal friends anyone could ever have. They pull out a side of Cas you only caught a glimpse of in Anna Dressed in Blood. Cas knows that hunting ghosts puts his friends in danger, a realization that plagues him throughout the book, but Thomas and Carmel are not going anywhere.

The only thing (and I mean the ONLY) I didn't love was the lack of Anna in the book. I wish readers could have seen more of her experience in Hell than what they did through Cas. On the other hand, it might have been too grotesque for some readers. When we did get to see Anna in Hell, I was engrossed in the world Kendare Blake had created. Wow, it was so creative and detailed and original! Not only did she create this entire Hell in her head, but she translated it so well to the reader through words.

My pet peeve with books is when they raise questions that are never answered, leaving holes in the plot. There were so many questions left unanswered in Anna Dressed in Blood, I was afraid this might happen. GOOD NEWS: It didn't! Everything that required an answer was given one, and anything left unanswered, worked. If the author explains everything, there is nothing left tying the reader's thoughts to the book after it has ended.

All in All:

It’s really sad that this was the last book, but it ended beautifully. I loved Girl of Nightmares, and I know fans of Anna Dressed in Blood will too. So, I guess I'm saying: Go read it!


  1. It's good to know that you liked it! I have the first book and will read it soon!
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  2. I love this series so much!! It was a surprise to me because usually I hate too much gore, but the story and characters just completely drew me in. While I hate to see this series come to an end, it definitely ended perfectly!

    1. I'm so glad you liked it too! I can't wait to buy this series, so I can reread both of them! I thought the ending was perfect for all the characters. :)


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