Friday, 15 March 2013

Review: Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) 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.
Anna Dressed In Blood was one of my favourite books that I read last year, and as soon as I finished it I began immediately chomping at the bit to read the sequel. Now having done so, I was not disappointed.
It was great to fall back into the lives of Cas and his friends as the story picks up once again, six months after its predecessor. It opens with yet another killer line (no pun intended!) which really grabs your attention straight away, and everything that unfolds kept me hooked. Following Cas's quest for answers, some new and interesting characters join the picture, including the mysterious Jestine. The backstory blooms up in a new direction I never anticipated, opening a whole new level of twists and turns that takes us from Thunder Bay to London and into the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. The settings are described vividly, each displaying their own slice of beauty and menace.
To top it all off, everything is shot through with unique cynical humour that had me chuckling on basically every page. Like Anna Dressed In Blood, though, this book does have its fair share of grizzly and gory moments, so the squeamish should probably proceed with caution! But that is part of what makes the entire tale so riveting. This was one of those books where I got so caught up in the story and the turning of pages, I didn't realise how fast I was working through them. Praise be to Ms Blake, and I really do hope there will be a third instalment to this amazing series!

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