Title: Girl of Nightmares
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen/Macmillan
Publication Date: August 2012
Genre: Young Adult Horror
My review of book one can be found here.
Go on. Read it. I’ll wait.
Months after Anna Korlov disappeared, Cas Lowood still can’t get over her. She saved his life. She saved his soul, and sure she might have been under a curse that made her kill people in horrible ways, but you know what? Stuff happens. Don’t judge.
Flash to now and Cas is seeing Anna again, in dreams and hallucinations. Or are they? Cas doens’t know what to do but he has a very bad feeling that Anna is somewhere she’s not supposed to be. And she needs his help. But how do you rescue your girlfriend in hell?
You may have, and by may have I mean should have, already read my review of Anna Dressed In Blood. Therefore, you will already know that I thought it was fan-freaking-tastic.
Obviously I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on Girl of Nightmares. And it did not disappoint.
Oh, Cas, I missed you so.
Cas is back with all of his hilarious inner monologues, clever observations and bravery. He’s a little more damaged this time around and normal high school girls just aren’t very interesting to him. I mean, he did sorta fall in love with a princess ghost of destruction. And I mean that in the most loving way possible.
As always, best friend Thomas is there to lend some comedy and grounding. Cas and Thomas’s relationship really make this book for me. They both are going through some tough times and naturally lean on each other for some support. It’s easy to see why they’re best friends.
And of course, who could forget Carmel. Queen Bee by day and ghost hunter by night, she’s funny, complicated and overall adds a nice strong female touch to this boy group.
The story warms up and doesn’t let you go. Every time Anna appears, I died a little. As soon as you see her, you know Cas has to save her. You want Cas to save her. No matter what.
And that is the problem, my friend.
Because for Cas to save Anna…
Ooooh, you thought I was going to tell you!I don’t think so.
A wonderful book filled with adventure, voodoo, blood, gore and romance. Yes, all those things.
Go pick up Girl of Nightmares and Anna Dressed In Blood.
Leave the light on.
Rating 10, One of The Best
*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.
Author Interview with Kendare Blake!
What inspired you to become a writer?
What was the last book you read?
What sparked the idea for “Anna Dressed In Blood”?
And when you wrote it, did you already know you would write a sequel?
Cas’s voice is so unique, filled with dark humor, smart-ass remarks and clever observations. He is a multi-layered character and it’s awesome to have him back! How did you create Cas’s distinct voice and how do you feel he has changed from book one to book two?
What are you favorite things about Anna? Do you believe in ghosts?
Carmel and Thomas are loyal and trusted sidekicks. Have you ever thought of doing a spin off series involving Thomas and his witch heritage?
How do you like your potato?
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Batman or Superman?
Do you have a favorite literary character?
What do you do when you’re not writing? Besides ghost hunting?
Is this the end of Anna and Cas’s story?
What are you working on now?