Saturday, October 27, 2012

YA Week: The Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

by:  Kendare Blake
published by:  Tor Teen
publish date:  August 7, 2012

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.  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.
Girl of Nightmares is the 2nd book in the Anna Dressed in Blood series.  I really enjoyed the first book, but this book just wasn't quite there for me. 

Cas is trying to resume his ghosthunting job, but he's having a hard time with it.  The ghost killing knife that he uses is tainted with the knowledge that it may or may not be strengthening the dark entity that killed his father.  He's also seeing Anna everywhere.   There's something wrong with Anna, it's as if she's being tortured.  In an effort to understand what happened to Anna and what he can do to help her, he travels to England to get in touch with a secret society that he hopes will have the answers he's looking for.

Girl of Nightmares was just so-so.  I did enjoy revisiting the world that Cas lives in.  However, his feelings for Anna in this book didn't seem quite realistic.  Maybe it was because it's been awhile since I read the first book, but I just wasn't feeling what Cas didn't make sense that he would be pining over a dead ghost.  Perhaps, if some of the first book had been replayed reminding the reader of what their relationship had been like, it would have given the situation a little more depth.

There's another book coming in this series.  I'm sure I'll read it, but I doubt it'll be a high priority.  Girl of Nightmares didn't thrill me like the first book did, but I'm curious to see where the story goes.  Other than being scary and violent, this book isn't too bad in terms of need any parental warning.  I'm sure most kids that would be reading this have watched a scary movie or two.

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