Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Anna #2
Published: August 7, 2012 by Macmillian
A Copy of this Book was Provided by the Publisher for Review
I am continuously being blown away by the level of CREEPINESS that is being flawlessly inserted into YA books nowadays. I consider myself to have a high tolerance for being scared, especially when it comes to books where its the hardest to terrify a reader, but Kendare Blake has once again conquered the fright factor in the follow up to Anna Dressed in Blood.
In this sequel, we return to Cas' flight to discover the mystery behind Anna's disappearance months ago amidst a terrifying ghostly battle. After falling in love with her ghost, Cas is determined to save Anna's soul from what he believe to by infinite torture with a personal demon. Thankfully, we have returning characters Thomas and Carmel to aid in his paranormal mission as well as add some romantic angst to the drama.
Girl of Nightmare's lacks the initial scare that captivates readers in Anna Dressed in Blood, but makes up for it in a eerie and well plotted build up to one horrific ending. Where Anna Dressed in Blood was filled with unknowing scares and sometimes gore surrounding a crazed killer ghost, Girl of Nightmares is a much more haunting read as we experience poor Anna's torture through Cas' nightmares and daydreams with much more heart break and darkness.
Adding to the drama of Girl of Nightmares, readers get to learn more regarding Cas' past and where his abilities derive from. This definitely added to the depth of the read as well as some new fascinating characters- namely a personal favorite in badass Jestine who has a complex interest in Cas and Anna. I loved the purpose of her character and where this story is leading to.
Overall, Blake blows em away with an equally scartastic read that lives up to the hype of Anna Dressed in Blood. As a sequel, this book has an individual flare that complements Anna perfectly and will definitely bring on the goosebumps!