Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Title: Girl of Nightmares
Series: Anna, #2
Author: Kendare Blake
Category: Paranormal/ Horror/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult 
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 Review

I've just enjoyed this series so much. The paranormal elements that Blake mixed with her story really pulled me in and left me wanting more. Girl of Nightmares was just as beautifully written, creepy, and consuming as the first book.

Blake created a wonderful world filled with ghosts, ghouls, and magic. Her story was beautifully told that left a chill creeping up my spin.  Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down!

The only thing that deterred me was that I couldn’t remember a few events from the first book. So going in was a bit overwhelming, at first, but once I got a few chapters in things did slowly start coming back to me.
"She crossed over death to call me. I crossed through Hell to find her."
I still feel like Cas is the perfect male POV to read from. I just enjoy being inside his head so much. He wasn’t as cocky as he was in the first book, he felt more level headed, more sure of himself in ways. Though he is battling with more emotional events, I could feel that he has matured since the first book. I just adore him, quite honestly. And being inside his head while he did whatever he could to save Anna was an enjoyable experience.

Carmel and Thomas are some of the greatest side characters I have ever encountered. I just adored them as well. I loved that Thomas supported Cas no matter what. And though Carmel did have a bit of a stumble, in the end she really turned out to be another great friend to Cas. I loved that Blake added such strong friendships in her book.

This definitely is not your typical love story. And I loved that about this series. It shows a different kind of love.   Anna, being a dead girl, is not your typical love interest, but she is a strong character and she, once again, proves herself in the end. I enjoyed her because of what she went through and despite it all she was a good person, dead or not.  She is smart and selfless.
 "If it's possible to be starstruck by the dead, then I guess that's what's happening."
I just love the creepy, paranormal world that Blake created. It was refreshing and unique. I adored the main character, loved the side characters, and just couldn’t get enough of the not-so-typical love interest. Girl of Nightmares was a wonderful read!


  1. Yay. So glad you liked this one too. I thought it was a great conclusion even though it made me ugly sob. Wonderful review.

  2. It is great to see you enjoyed the last book in the series. I haven't read this one but it sounds so good. Cas sounds like a great character and has great supporting characters around him. I hope I can get to this series one day. Fab review girl!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  3. I loved this book so much, probably even a little more than the first book. I just loved that it was so bittersweet.

    Great review, Magen!

  4. Cas' wonderful male POV has my attention. This has been on my TBR for a while now


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