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 thenÃƒÂ¯�Š). 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