Review – Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Girl of Nightmares “Anna 2” is the follow-up to Anna Dressed in Blood.  Anna was released into hell at the end of Book 1 and GoN continues the story of Cas and his friends.  Cas can’t forget about Anna, the girl/ghost he loves, even though he tries to move on.  He starts seeing Anna but she isn’t herself and he knows that something has gone wrong.  It appears that she is being tortured and he wants to save her.  Carmel and Thomas are back as well.

I really liked ADiB and had such high hopes for GoN.  Unfortunately, this one just didn’t do it for me.  The story just didn’t seem to move until the last 1/3 of the novel.  I kept putting it aside and reading other books.  In the end, I forced myself to finish it.  A lot of the magic from the first book was Anna’s character.  We don’t really see her again until later in this book and maybe that’s what I was missing.  I also didn’t like Carmel’s treatment of Thomas.  No real excuse for that.

When Jestine was introduced, I didn’t like her attitude but hoped that her character would grow on me.  She did (a little) but I wanted more.  The trip to Europe, the secret society, the additional mythology…mostly boring.

Overall I would give Girl of Nightmares 3/5 stars.  However, many others liked this one even more than the 1st – so give it a shot!!

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