Sunday, August 12, 2012

Review of Girl of Nightmares and US giveaway of a Signed Copy

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

I admit it. I'm totally obsessed with Anna. But I know I'm not the only one. Who here isn't totally excited about the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood, which was one of my favorite reads this year? Totally inventive, unique, and Anna is probably the coolest character I've come across in recent times. The only issue I have with the sequel is I want MORE ANNA. Right. Told you I was obsessed.

Goodreads Book Description:  
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.

I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars. And I'm totally thrilled that Kendare Blake, the amazing author of these two books is offering a signed copy of Girl of Nightmares!

Amazon Review:
"Haunting and darkly funny at the same time, a worthy finale to Anna Dressed in Blood"
I haven't been as excited for a sequel since the Hunger Games. And that's saying something!

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake takes place a few months after Anna Dressed in Blood ends. We rejoin our favorite trio, Cas, Carmel and Thomas as they try to figure out what Hell Anna has disappeared to at the end of the last book. Cas knows it's not a good place, and sees nightmarish visions of what is happening to Anna. His hunt to find her leads them abroad, and on their journey, they meet new friends, new enemies, and new adventures.

Anna Dressed in Blood was, if not my favorite read of the year, pretty darn close to it. So Girl of Nightmares had a lot to live up to. Just keep in mind as you read this review that I had very high expectations for this book. While still very well written with that same wonderful dark humor and gothic feel, it's not as strong as the first book. The reason I say this is because for most of the book, I am waiting for things to happen, and most of all, waiting for Anna, my favorite character from the last book, to make her grand entrance. Unfortunately, don't expect to see her much in this book. If I had realized that to begin with, I think I might have come away less disappointed.

That said, I still blazed through the book, and I completely love Blake's sense of humor, and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times throughout the book. I love the world she has created, and her female characters still pop with more energy and sass than any other ones I have seen recently. I love the three dimensionality of all the characters. Plus, Anna does get her moment, at last, and I have to say that it was a beautiful reunion.

Blake is super talented, and I know I'll be watching out for her books in the future. This book is still a must read, as it closes the curtain on a story that is properly finished in a worthy climax. 

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  1. So exciting! Awesome giveaway! I love Anna

  2. Amazing giveaway! I'm obsessed with Anna dressed in Blood too so I can't wait to read Girl of Nightmares. I absolutely love Anna and Cas. I was sad to hear it's only a duology. i guess that means I'll just have to keep re-reading the books. =)

  3. I've haven't read a horror story in a while.

  4. I love horror stories, and I've heard so many awesome things about both of these books from so many bloggers I follow. :D

  5. I've read soooo many good reviews of Anna, that I'm moving it up on the TBR pile!

  6. I'm here because my wife told to me be. LOL :D

  7. I love ghost and horror stories and except for The Unquiet, which was awesome, I haven't read one in a long time. Anna just sounds so creepy and exciting. I was drawn to it immediately.


  8. I'm excited because I have ONLY seen rave reviews!