Sunday, December 16, 2012

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Anna, Book 2

Description (taken from Kendare Blake's website):
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.

Before I share my thoughts on this book, I have to point out that it has been over a year since I first read the first book in this series.  And I think somewhere between then and now, I fell off of the Anna train. It's been six months since Anna sacrificed herself to save Cas and his friends.  And Cas hasn't gotten over this moment.  In fact, he's being constantly haunted by Anna.

I felt disconnected with this book.  Like I couldn't remember enough of the first to enjoy this one.  All of the memories of Anna and being constantly reminded of her, I felt like Cas was just dealing with some hard times, nothing supernatural (other than the ghost aspect).  And that kind of resulted in a rough beginning for me.  To put it bluntly, I was bored for the first half.

But then we meet some interesting characters.  And Cas' athame gets explained.  And we pretty much get to see Hell form Cas' eyes.  It's uber creepy and really fun to read about.  I was very engrossed with the last fifty pages, and they totally made the book worth it.  But then it ended, and I felt kind of let down.

I absolutely adored the first book in this series, Anna Dressed in Blood.  But this second was a letdown for me.  So my suggestion is for people to pick up both of these books and read one right after the other.  You may have a better experience than I did...

Thanks goes to Tor Teen for providing me a review copy.

Challenges:  Sensational Seconds and Young Adult Reading Challenge

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