Saturday, May 18, 2013

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

It took me a while to get to this sequel of last October's favorite Halloween read. I kind of wanted to wait till next October, but I couldn't hold out that long. I kept wondering about Cas and Anna and what happened after Anna Dressed in Blood ended.

This book picks up a few months after the concluding events of the first book - so spoiler alert! If you are interested in an intense and refreshingly different ghost story, please check out my review of the first book and read no further.

Cas becomes increasingly convinced that when Anna disappeared after saving his life, she did not cross over into whatever peaceful place is waiting for her. He keeps seeing her everywhere - when he is out killing ghosts, when he is asleep - and she is suffering.  He can't stop thinking about her. When the distraction of Anna nearly gets him killed, he knows he has to do something fast, so he ends up leaving for England in search of the information he desperately needs to save Anna. What he discovers there is nothing he could ever have imagined...

Another great ghost story, with the same surprising twists and turns I loved in the first book. Girl of Nightmares is a definite thrill ride, but there is substance and depth as well. This is the kind of story that is a gripping page turner, but also contains an emotional resonance that will linger with you long after you close the book.

Books in the Anna series:
1. Anna Dressed in Blood
2. Girl of Nightmares

Girl of Nightmares (#2 in the Anna series) by Kendare Blake (Tor Teen, 2012)

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