Saturday, September 22, 2012
Just Finished Reading ... Girl of Nightmares
by Kendare Blake
Published on August 7, 2012
By Tor Teen
My summary: This is book two in a series. In book one, Anna Dressed In Blood, ghost hunter Cas Lowood arrives in Thunder Bay, Ontario with his mother and their cat. Since the untimely death of his father at the hands of a ghost, Cas has traveled around the country, killing them. In Thunder Bay, his target is the ghost of Anna Karlov. Anna was murdered as a teenager, and for sixty years has stalked around her Victorian mansion, ripping apart (literally!) anyone who crosses her threshhold. Anna's scary, all right, but things get complicated as Cas finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her...
In Girl of Nightmares, Anna's gone, Cas is in a deep funk and his Scooby Gang of ghost hunters seems to be drifting apart. But Cas has nightmares of Anna being tortured and he's determined to find a way to help her.
My take: I love ghost stories, and I LOVE these two books. I mean, a dark and spooky guy-meets-ghost story? Sign me up! There's so much to love about these books.
I love these characters. I know that some ADIB reviewers found Cas overly cocky, but I thought that was part of his special charm. I mean, you can't be a timid ghost hunter. Thomas, Cas's telepath friend, is also a huge favorite of mine. Then there's Carmel, the queen bee with hidden depths. In book one, they meld into a solid team, in book two, they seem to fall apart a little, which made me chew my fingernails.
I loved the fact that the plots of these books are surprisingly simple. Book one story goal: kill Anna. Book two: save Anna. Cool how those two goals are totally reversed, right?
Scariness level: perfection! These books are dark and do contain some bloody, horrific stuff at times, but that never felt gratuitous to me, just deliciously creepy.
I was thrilled that some of the action in Girl of Nightmares moves to London. My absolute favorite parts were the scene at the Tower of London and Cas's descent into the underworld. I really love a good underworld scene!
For me, the saddest part of Girl of Nightmares was the moment when I realized I'd come to the end. Not just the end of the book, but the end of Cas and Anna's story. While I loved the ending, I could have used one more book - and I hardly ever say stuff like that!
If you haven't read these, what are you waiting for? Halloween's coming soon, and these two books would make a perfect October read.