Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Publisher: Tor Teens  (August 7th, 2012)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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


Girl of Nightmares definitely had it’s work cut out being the the sequel to the ever wonderful Anna Dressed in Blood and well it definitely did not disappoint. This book was awesome, simply put because it was so damn satisfying. The book is actually more about understanding the mystery surrounding the Order and the athame rather than Cas and Anna’s relationship but that didn’t take anything away from the book at all because Blake writes such a compelling story with the characters. I felt this book really hammered it home that it wasn’t just about “your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…” but about amazing friendships.

I was able to see some great character development especially for Thomas and Carmel. I adored Cas and Thomas’ friendship and was so glad to see Thomas always in Cas’ corner rain or shine (and especially when even though Thomas couldn’t understand Cas’ thoughts, he was still willing to stand by him). I liked Thomas in the first book, but Girl of Nightmares really brought the awesomeness for him. Carmel was so-so for me in Anna Dressed in Blood, but than she got that much better with her badass sassy and take-no-crap snarky-ness attitude in the second book. I loved that Blake was able to write Cas in a selfish light but in such a manner that I still wanted to support Cas no matter what.

Overall, another great book, with great ghost stories thrown in (similar to the first book, I love the “side” ghost stories that don’t really play into the overall arc but sets a fabulous tone for the book). It has more of a serious/emotional tone than it’s predecessor but wraps up the story so wonderful, it breaks my heart a little that this is last book in the series (I think? but hopefully not!??!).

*: Interested in reading the series? Check out Kim’s and my review for the first in the series: Anna Dressed in Blood here.
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0 Replies to “Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake”

  1. […] Kim’s review). Also I basically have a built-in Christmas present too since the second book, Girl of Nightmare is fabulous too and obviously needs to read in short […]

  2. I liked the first book Anna Dressed in Blood a lot, but I couldn’t get into this book at all. I DNF’d it, but after seeing so many good reviews I have promised myself I will try again. I guess it was just taking to long to get some activity started with the storyline.

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