Girl of Nightmares

Girl of Nightmares

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 148 x 217 x 27mm | 422g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765328666
  • 9780765328663
  • 89,141

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"At once as eerie and terrible as it is sad and romantic, Anna Dressed in Blood is not your normal ghost story. [...] This captivating story pulls no punches, making for a breathless read that lingers in the imagination long after the last page is turned." --NPR on Anna Dressed in Blood

"Abundantly original, marvelously inventive and enormous fun, this can stand alongside the best horror fiction out there. We demand sequels." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Anna Dressed in Blood

"Anna Dressed in Blood is a dark and intricate tale, with a hero who kills the dead but is half in love with death himself. By the end of the book, you will be too. Spellbinding and romantic." --Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments series on Anna Dressed in Blood

"Cinematic and compelling. Blake's smooth combination of gore and romance should have little problem attracting the Twilight crowd." --Booklist on Anna Dressed in Blood

"It's the old boy meets girl story, if the boy is a wry, self-destructive ghost-hunter bent on avenging his father and the girl is a homicidal ghost trapped in a house full of everyone she's ever murdered. Needless to say, Cas and Anna are my new favorite twosome. When I got to the last page, I flipped back to the first." --Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Red Glove on Anna Dressed in Blood
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About Kendare Blake

KENDARE BLAKE holds an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She lives and writes in Lynnwood, Washington.
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30,677 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 30% (9,140)
4 36% (11,043)
3 25% (7,768)
2 7% (2,102)
1 2% (624)

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Anna Dressed in Blood ended with a fantastic and frightening bang. Anna took the plunge for Cas, Thomas, and Carmen; saving them and damning herself. It's an ending that had readers begging for me, and me feeling super happy that I didn't have to wait a year for Girl of Nightmares. Girl of Nightmares picks up six months later. Cas, Thomas and Carmen are living in the aftermath of the brutal murders that occurred in Anna. They still go on missions, but the teen ghost hunters seem to have lost their groove. Cas is being haunted by visions of Anna, her being tormented in hell. Of course, this causes Cas to push towards finding Anna and freeing her, no matter the cost. Thomas and Carmen want to be supportive, but there doesn't seem to be any way around what happened, and think Cas should move on. Carmen and Thomas were great in this book. Thomas is such a devoted best friend and never once hesitates, even though he surely is frightened. Carmen surprised me. She has moments of doubt, but is always strong. Her uncertainty and questioning made her the most realistic character in the story. sort of felt like Cas' not-quite-charming-but-still-endearing personality went down the chute right along with Anna. I don't know what this kid expected. To fall in love with a girl that's been dead for sixty years, bring her back to life and live happily ever after? I know this story is fiction, it's a paranormal ghost tale. But I really wanted to punch Cas in the shoulder and tell him to "Get real for a minute." I could probably overlook it for the most part, if I ever truly understood the connection between Cas and Anna. The whole ripping people apart (even though she wasn't in control) is something I could never get past. Also, I'm bothered by his willingness to risk his, but especially his friends' lives, in order to save Anna. I sort of get it, but I mostly felt conflicted. But when I take that aspect out of the equation, I really liked Girl of Nightmares. We learn more about the history of the athame and why Thomas has the ability to use it. Though I must say, I never felt like I had a truly clear answer about who the athame was meant for and why. I spent a nice portion of the story interested, yet put off by Cas' single-mindedness. I was worried that he would jerk around and cause me to be really disappointed with Girl of Nightmares. The last sixty-ish pages of the story saved it, for me. It was scary, exhilarating, surprising, and wound up leaving me feeling very, very more
by Andrea Thompson
Anna Dressed in Blood ended with Anna dragging the Obeahman to hell. Like all things on earth, this decision had consequences. Without Ana, Girl of Nightmares was different from the first book. It became less of a romance and more of an adventure - a grim but hopeful one. Cas remained tough but post-Ana, his strength was tested to the extreme. Gone was his dark-veined goddess and girlfriend. He had the burden of seeing Anna suffer through apparitions. Despite everyone's protests and advices, Cas continued to search for Ana. Thomas and Carmel's relationship bloomed. Carmel, the queen bee, has proven to be the helpful, curious supernatural believer. While Thomas remained himself - shy, conscious and weird. I enjoyed reading about these two. Although they weren't official (yet,) I hoped that they would finally realize that they were good together and messed up apart. Cas must be prepared to have his life shattered. As it turned out, not everything he knew and believed was real. In a time when friends might become foes, he must endure the consequences of his decisions and the attacks through the chinks of his armor. The guilt and worry was weighing him down. To add to all this baggage, he discovered an important truth about his fate as a ghost hunter. Cas is only human - one with an ambitious plan. Can he defy the laws of nature and save Anna? Filled with shocking revelations, gore and betrayal, Blake spun the threads of Cas and Anna's story with honest and harsh realism. In the end, everything followed logic's path. Blake artfully drew the lives of the couple through struggles - emotional, physical and psychological. The ending was not what I expected at all but I have to admit that it was perfect. Just, bittersweet and satisfying, it left me at peace and wanting more (even though I know that there won't be more books from this series.) Girl of Nightmares is a touching, bittersweet and unputdownable paranormal adventure that has the right ingredients: angst, romance, horror, action and surprise, all blended in Blake's flawless prose. I highly recommend this series to paranormal romance readers and horror readers!show more
by Precious
I think everyone already knew that the cover of this book is totally creepy and beautiful. I didn't realize until I look closely that Anna is actually beckoning us like in a come-for-me sort of way..:D Very pretty and bloody..:) So I heard so much about Anna Dressed in Blood. I have read my co-bloggers reviews, read the praises from many book sites, and got totally excited about it. I look for it anywhere and from anyone, publicist, the author, and got no replies, (I haven't had that many followers and page views back then). Until 2012 came, and I heard about the sequel. It wasn't until July that I tried reaching out to the people concerned for a review copy. And again, I got no replies. And right when I didn't thought anymore of the possibility of reading it, a parcel arrive at my house second week of August, and when I opened it, a copy of GIRL OF NIGHTMARES is lying pretty in the center with 2 pins. WOW, just wow. I don't know who send it, no sender's name, but it totally made my day. So THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! The plot is something I've never heard of, a ghost-hunter trying to save his ghost girlfriend from hell. Really? The creepiness didn't stop me from divulging in this right away after opening it that resulted in a one-late-night read.:)..This book proved that a series could stand alone. It was easy for me to jump in where ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD left. We're given glimpses of what happened in the past, why Anna's in hell, the reason behind the athame, and everything else was brought into closure. The story flowed perfectly with the characters flawed but very real. Blake's writing has its sensuous dark enticement. It kind of lures me to continue reading the gothic depiction of Anna and the story as a whole. The style's been balanced, with enough humor for a reader to get some fresh air, and full-packed horror to make us suck our breaths again. Blake made an exceptional depiction of macabre things (I know I'm the first to say that, but that's worth repeating.:D). It made my mind imagine scary things that even right now, when I close my eyes, made me remember and flinch again. I couldn't comment more on Cass behavior, except I don't hate him, I kind of understand what he feels. Trying to move on, but how could he, when everywhere he looks, Anna haunted him. The date he goes out with, I agree it's not good, and sometimes disagreeing with your parent, not good either. But isn't that what teenagers mostly do? How could we judge him, when he'd gone through more than what we could imagine? It's not wrong to kind of break inside sometimes. Though I wish, at the end we're shown that Cass developed his character socially not just with his friends but with others, though. Carmel, I kind of hate her (don't hate me just yet, remember I don't know what major role she plays on the first book). She was depicted as this paranoid, immature, "I-don't-want-to-have-any-business-with-ghost type and I don't know what's the reasoning behind for her little drama of **Spoiler** "I-had to-broke-up-with-him-to-keep-him-safe", and dumping him that way, was she really that bad? Luckily, she did change her mind at the end, and that's where I saw she's actually cool. I don't hat her now, just don't really like her..:D The ending?... it's sad, but I can't imaging another way for the author to end it. It suit, it's perfect! I just missed the thing where most bloggers say they love Anna for her craziness, revenge, headstrong, powerful and beautiful spirit. She's mostly shown in the 2nd book as someone who's tortured, powerless and needs help from Cass. Although, at the later end, I was rejuvenated to see her kicking ass but it's short-lived. If I had the chance, I would love to read Anna Dressed in Blood. And oh, I feel like I have to mention, the visit to Aunt Riija was awesome. Didn't see it coming. KENDARE BLAKE would be forever in my bookshelf list of excellent horror and suspense authors.>:D Fast-paced, dark story, humor, love beyond death, adventure, bravery, friendship, letting go, all of this packed in one book and you get the thrilling GIRL OF NIGHTMARES. The best achingly beautiful end to an epic series. Very highly recommended!!!show more
by avry15
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