Title: Girl of Nightmares
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
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’ve heard a lot of people complain that they didn’t like this sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood as much as the first book, and in the time since I read this book, which is a couple months or so, my enjoyment of it has lessened slightly and the problems I had with it have become more memorable. I still enjoyed this book, but I definitely agree that it was quite the same as the first book.
The first book was creepy and attention-grabbing and terrifying. This book had its creepy moments as well, but it never quite lived up to the same level or creepiness. This book was more about a secret society and a rescue mission. It just wasn’t as enthralling as the first ghost story. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as interesting.
Slight spoilers ahead: one of the most interesting characters (in my opinion anyway), Carmel, kind of took a 180 in characterization in this book. She was an interesting character in the first book, popular and interested in Cas’s ghost hunting adventures. In this book, though, she suddenly decides that it’s too much and withdraws from it all. It just seemed random and made me disappointed with the direction of the character. It got better toward the end, but I don’t know why it was necessary in the first place.
Overall, this was a decent book and follow-up, but definitely wasn’t as good as the first book.