Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 7th, 2012 by Tor
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.
Girl of Nightmares starts several months after Anna ended. Right away we're thrust into Cas's brooding as he just knows that something is wrong. He sees Anna everywhere and he needs to do something. While I love Cas and his determination and bravery, he can be really stupid sometimes! I think he just went a little too far in his determination to save her. However, what would the story be without that? Well, not much.
Cas is such a great character, and in Anna I absolutely adored him and his awesome inner snark (and outer snark as well). And I was pleased to have him back even though it was toned down by his depression. I still got plenty of giggles from the things he said and thought.
I'm not a fan of horror. So why the heck did I read this series?! Well, I read Anna because everyone was raving about it, I couldn't resist. Then I was surprised that it didn't really scare me and Cas's hilarious snark kept me reading. I ended up loving it. And then I had to read this one, of course. It still had some parts that I wouldn't want to read at night, but it really wasn't too bad. After reading some reviews I thought maybe this one would be really mild on the horror end of things, but while it was different, there were still plenty of horrific ghosts and 'monsters' making appearances.
Overall, it didn't quite live up to to Anna Dressed in Blood, but it was still a great read that I enjoyed immensely. It had a good conclusion, so I'm guessing it's the end. But if it's not, well, that would make me happy! I would love to read more of Cas's story!