Girl of Nightmares

Author: Kendare Blake
Pages: 332
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

My Summary: It's been almost six months since Anna disappeared into Hell, taking with her almost ever ounce of sanity Cas had left. Now he's seeing her everywhere, bleeding and tortured and dismembered. It's obvious that something is wrong with Anna, and Cas is determined to fix it, no matter who tells him to forget it and move on.

Soon Cas, Thomas, and Carmel are on a quest to find a mysterious group known as The Order of the Black Dagger - the makers of Cas's knife - and enlist their help to open a portal to Hell. But getting the Order's help just might mean the end of Cas's ghost-hunting days... along with releasing the horrible monster that Anna died to protect them from.

My Thoughts: This book... just... I can't even form completely coherent sentences at this point. I just finished reading Girl of Nightmares, and already I'm itching to grab Anna Dressed in Blood and start the series all over again. It was that good. Amazing, actually.

Although this novel was a tad different than its predecessor, I still loved every minute. Cas and the gang have grown since the first book, forming a tight-knit group. I really liked that the characters maintained their sense of individuality even when they were faced with the crisis of getting Anna out of Hell: they don't just follow blindly. Thomas and Carmel really shone as characters in this book. I'm a little disheartened that it was the last in the series... I totally wouldn't have minded another book. Just putting that out there.

And oh, the ending. It wasn't your typical fairy-tale ending with the rainbows and the flowers and the singing birds in the distance, but it was fitting. An awesome way to end an awesome series. This was one of those rare endings that just fits.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend  Girl of Nightmares to anyone who enjoyed the first book in the series, and I recommend the entire series to anyone who enjoys paranormal YA, adventure, and some edginess with their ghost stories.

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