Girl of Nightmares
by Kendare Blake
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.
The second (and last) installment in the Anna Dressed in Blood duology. In my opinion, these two novels are gems. It uses archetypes and clichés in a way that we are happy to see them. The author's style is also a plus here. I've been taken aback more than once by the clarity and efficiency of her words.
Girl of Nightmares doesn't have the same ghost story feel as Anna Dressed in Blood. We are, instead, transported into a mystery shrouded in doom. If we all expected it to end well, no one has been able to predict the ending itself. It's a thing of beauty, really.
There was a speed bump, however, with a certain forest that wasn't where it should be, but I decided to let it slide and be fooled for the sake of the horror feel.
I absolutely love the series and have a feeling that it will never fall victim to one of my bookcases clearings.
My rating: 5 stars