Girl of Nightmares
by Kendare Blake
genre: YA, horror, mystery
It follows well from the second and has a great end. Find out why I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars!
(Taken from 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.
The book followed really well from the second novel. At the beginning I felt like the book gripped me. Some time later, even though action was happening, it was happening much slower. I felt like some relationship drama stuff wasn’t necessary and kind of felt like filler.
Even though it’s exciting to read about Anna, it doesn’t have the same power that the first book had. I really loved the intense description of the trapped but powerful girl who was a murderess in the first novel. But Anna was primarily a victim in this book. I liked that the formula wasn’t stay the same, but at the same time, I felt like that allure of Anna’s character in the first book was lost in this one. The creepiness and haunting nature of the first is also gone. The book reads more like an adventure tale with a creepy flavour.
I really liked how Cas was struggling with his mixed feelings about Anna during the book. I think this was done best at the beginning but near the end, it’s kind of like he forgets about these feelings or they simply become less prominent. There’s an emotional disconnect between Anna and Cas in this book which made me disappointed. That strange but sensual relationship was part of what made me really enjoy the first book.
Even though there was some things I would have preferred to have been improved, the ending of the novel really sealed the deal for me. I was preparing myself for a third book, and as far as I can see, there has not been a third written. The way the second book ends allows it to be a great duo read which is rare with all the trilogies around.
If you enjoyed the first book, I would definitely recommend grabbing the second. There was new elements to keep the book fresh but unfortunately some of the original elements have been left out. Although, if you enjoy the new flavour enough to read it through to the end, you won’t be disappointed. This mini ‘series’ (if you could call it that?) was a great read as it was a unique and refreshing NA novel.
3.5 out of 5 stars
This book is for you if you:
- Want to continue Cas’ story and find out what happened to Anna
- Love adventure
This book is not for you if you:
- Were hoping for the original element of ‘creepiness’ and ‘spook’ that the first book had
- Only want to read more about Anna
– Ermisenda Alvarez
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