Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

August 27, 2012 4 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 13 ★★★★

Girl of Nightmares

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.


Engaging sequel with less punch but just as much oomph.

Girl of Nightmares was an excellent follow up to Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood. It tells us what happens after, which I was definitely curious about. It builds more on the relationships between Cas, Carmen and Thomas and gives us some realistic tensions between them. We even get a taste of a few high school drama moments that fit really well. Personally, even though I read a fair amount of young adult books the high school drama behavior usually just annoys me, but the bits included here were perfect.

There isn’t as much spine tingling action, or blood curdling chills as the first book, which I was somewhat disappointed in, but there are plenty of interesting tidbits to keep you turning pages. I enjoyed the new character we are introduced to in the second half of Girl of Nightmares, and would say it would be nice to see more of her. We also get to learn about the athame, it’s origins, as well as Cas’ father’s past. Though I didn’t feel there were as many creeptastic scenes, one particular scene toward the end seriously helped make up for the lack through earlier parts of the book.

However, what was really missing was more Anna. But I suppose that was the point of Girl of Nightmares after all, to find out what happened to her, so we really don’t see her until the end. Such a pity.

Overall it was a great read and I am seriously looking forward to reading anything else Kendare Blake writes.


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13 Responses to “Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake”

    • Pabkins

      I hear this is just a duo-logy – which I find very refreshing – there are so many series books out there. I definitely loved the first one – the second one wasn’t as wowtastic.
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    • Pabkins

      Yes I thought it hilarious that a final copy arrived on my doorstep the day after I ordered a copy from amazon. I had been told there were no more arcs, much to my surprise they sent me a final copy. So I gifted the one I bought. Hope you enjoy!!
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  1. H. Anthe Davis

    This one felt to me more like a continuation of book 2 than a proper second book — like they could have been melded together and it would seem right. That being said, I liked it, even though it indeed didn’t pack the same punch as the first book. In the end it feels like it should segue into some sort of Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, which put me off a little bit. But still, a great read.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I was sadly not as taken with this one. I still really enjoyed it but there should have been more Anna. And you’re right it really wasn’t its own book. Heck I could have been happy with just the first book. I don’t even know if there is another planned.