Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Girl of NightmaresThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll admit to being totally surprised to find out that a sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood was coming out.  The first novel seemed to end on a pretty definitive note, and the loose ends in the story were all tied up.  And yet here we are, with a new novel on the horizon.  Girl of Nightmares is an interesting follow-up, but it’s very different in tone and content from the original.

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“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.”

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Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in BloodThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve been reading a lot of teen fiction lately.  While the majority of my reading fare can be found in the “adult” science fiction and fantasy sections, there’s no denying that young adult literature has produced some gripping tales in the past few years.  Many of those lean heavily towards the dark end of the spectrum, and Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood is no exception.

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“Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.”

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