Monday, August 20, 2012

Review: Girl of Nightmares

Girl of Nightmares
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

GoodReads Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: Let me say I thought “Dressed in Blood” was a beautifully written spook-fest, Blake made evil poetically beautiful. But that beauty was missing from “Nightmares”. I’d say this installment was equally scary and spooky, but it just felt like something was missing.

Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I was fascinated by the history of the knife that Cas wields…as well as the council group Cas’s Dad broke from. So much of the backstory, we were missing from the first book was revealed in “Nightmares”. I love all the Voodoo and Hoodoo and all the other creepy crawly stuff.

I really appreciated that Blake didn’t let our hero and his sidekicks escape unscathed from “Anna Dressed in Blood”. They are all suffering from PTSD and are all handling it in different ways which made the story even more engaging. Nothing worse than heroes and sidekicks that are completely unaffected by what they go through!

This book also felt like a completion to the story. Thinking about it afterwards, though, I did realize that Blake did leave the door open for another adventure, but it would have to go in a different direction.

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