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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake: Mini Book Review

Girl of Nightmares
Kendare Blake
Tor Teen
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2866-3
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

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


The Good Stuff
  • Reminded me a little of Buffy the Vampire Slayer - which by the way is the highest praise.  Whedon could make a totally awesome series or even a stand a lone movie based on these two books
  • Fabulous humour - I cannot tell you how many times I laughed my ass off while reading. It's quirky and dark and again very whedonish
  • Cas is such a likeable character, even when you want to smack him upside the head for being so stupid
  • Dark, creepy and just totally engrossing - kept begging my boss to let me just finish the last  50 pages before I had to get back on the sales floor
  • Cas' mom is fabulous - the kinda mom we all need
  • Strong secondary characters 
  • Loved the relationship and dialogue between Cas, Caramel and Thomas
  • Great opening line 
  • Love the cover of both this and Anna dressed in blood
  • The author describes Lake Superior so bang on and beautifully
  • not as prominent as in the first book but still most of book is set in Thunder Bay (trust me if you have ever been there, you know it is the perfect setting for a haunting)
  • There is an old library with a rolling ladder and a scene in the Tower of London (which is on my bucket list for places to see) 
  • Lots of twists and turns, had no idea what was going to happen
  • Would like to see a story based on Justine
  • Perfect ending!!!!
The Not So Good Stuff
  • drags a wee bit
  • This isn't a bad thing more of an FYI - it is quite dark and twisted at times, not one for the easily spooked YA reader
  • Do you have any idea how frickin hard it was to pick only three quotes

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She goes up the stairs, to the room she's taken over for spell work. It's full of block wax and oils and dusty bottles of herbs. I hear that other mothers have entire rooms designated for sewing. That must be weird.|"


"Personally, I think that eating the cookies is a minor point compared to the part where Morfan sent h is grandson to unknowingly visit a dead family member, but hey, everybody has their pet peeves. Apparently, Thomas's is dead peoples' snack food."

"She glares at me resentfully, like I'm being unfair. But she's probably going to try to kill me, and kill me righteously, so eff you very much."

4.75 Dewey's

I purchased this from Chapters Shawnessy the day after I read Anna Dressed in Blood because I needed to know what happened!

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