Series: Anna #2
Published by Tor Teen on August 7, 2012
Genres: Horror, YA
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.
First, a huge thanks to Erin from Cullens to Classics for being gracious enough to let me borrow her arc.
Second, it appears I’m going to have to eat my own words. And I really hate having to do that. I read Anna Dressed in Blood back in January and despite my reservations I loved it. But I did write this in my review:
Due to the ending in this book (don’t worry, no spoilers here) I’m not really sure it needed a sequel. I think this book is great by itself, and it doesn’t have a cliff hanger ending (which I appreciate). I’m happy with this book as is. I’ll read the sequel of course, but I hope it doesn’t disappoint.
I still think Anna has a conclusive ending, but after reading Girl of Nightmares there is just no way Anna’s story can end there, because this ending is so much better. I was only happy with the ending of Anna because I didn’t know any better. But I am educated now, Anna needs this book.
What I Thought…
- I cannot say enough how much I love a male POV in a YA book. It’s not done nearly enough. Cas is amazing. I love that he feels for Anna, that he’s brave but not too brave. I love the he’s slightly reckless and that he cares enough to always want to protect his friends. I love his occasional outbursts and that he’s sometimes selfish.
- It’s kind of like a quest for Cas. There are adventures and traveling and general (scary) awesomeness.
- Thomas and Carmel are awesome. I love that Thomas will do anything for Cas and Carmel is always a bit afraid. They are the perfect sidekicks for Cas.
- You get to meet the mysterious Gideon, and he turned out to be such a fascinating character. There’s a few new characters as well, but they weren’t as cool as Gideon.
- Girl of Nightmares is one creepy, scary book. There is one scene in the book that I cannot get out of my head. I’m surprised that I didn’t have nightmares for real. (Note to scaredy cats like me: read this book in the daylight!)
- Girl of nightmares is so much more than Anna Dressed in Blood. More of what I cannot tell you, just know that there is more. And you will like it.
If you’ve read Anna Dressed in Blood than you should preorder this book. If you haven’t read Anna, then I suggest you go to the bookstore or library and pick it up now.