Anna book 2
Whoa, whoa, whoa – what a turn of events!
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.
It was the perfect ending!
I will say that this was a little slower than Anna Dressed In Blood but it still had all the elements that made me fall in love with Anna and Cas in the first place.
“She crossed over death to call me. I crossed through Hell to find her.”
There is some fantastic character development in this book and Carmel, Cas and Thomas become a great little trio. Their friendship is obviously cemented by the events of the first book but it was the way Carmel and Thomas took care of Cas and aided his investigation into the whereabouts of Anna that really fuelled their chemistry and made them a perfect unit.
We also learn a lot about Cas, his family and the weapon he uses to capture his ghosts. We meet The Order (who are dicks) and a girl by the name of Jestine (who starts as the worst but is actually pretty cool) and everything comes to head in some of the most horrifically intense scenes I’ve read in YA books of this genre.
Anna was my favourite character after reading the first book and her absence from Girl of Nightmares was noticeable – I missed her and would’ve loved some more scenes with her and Cas. I was however pleasantly surprised to see Thomas step out of his shell and really carry the group throughout – his talents are part of the reason we find any resolution at all.
If you loved the creepy vibes of the first book, you’ll definitely still find them here. In particular there is a scene with a forest…holy shit guys, brace yourself because it is a thing of nightmares. There are spine tingling moments that will leaving you on the edge of your seat and there are some tender moments that will leave your heart aching.
This series had an unexpected ending and I don’t think I would’ve wanted it to end any other way. It is very true to who the characters are at their core and I think served the duology brilliantly.
Pick this up at Halloween time if you are looking for a tame horror read.
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