Review: ‘Girl of Nightmares’ by Kendare Blake

I received this book for free from bought in-store in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Girl of Nightmares’ by Kendare BlakeGirl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Series: Anna #2
Published by Tor Teen on August 7th, 2012
Genres: Ghosts, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 332
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
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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There’s something different about listening to a book. It’s a lot more descriptive and also a lot more long. You’re not looking at the words, you’re hearing them and it makes for a more imaginative read. I find it quite exciting too actually because the narrator’s voice hints at all the sarcasm found in the dialogue. It gives the characters a lot more depth and to hear all their conversations out loud even makes them seem more real. I love audiobooks! Definitely a way to go if your eyes are tired. I even grabbed my book for a more in depth read a-long.

Cas has a lot of sarcasm to boot and I always find it hilarious when his thoughts are true to form. He’s snippy, witty, aggressive, and downright loyal. His love for his friends, his mother, Anna is so palatable, you can feel it leap from the pages. I admired his determination to never give up on his love. It only fueled him further. I pretty much love this trio of Cas, Thomas and Carmel..and yes I’m going to compare them to the best trio in the world, Harry, Ron and Hermione. Yes I said it. Their friendship reminds me so much of those three which is pretty much why I love them just as much. Except the Girl of Nightmares cast is are ghost busting evil spirits. (Well if you can call them that.)

What was missing from this book was Anna’s craziness, her spark, and her vengeful ways. That is what I missed in the beginning and the middle. She’s found at the end, oh yes, it was truly a great ending. I loved how Kendare whipped up that ending. Also the Suicide Forest was just downright creeptastic. And I’m sure this happened to a lot of other people who’ve read it, the ending pretty much killed me. It was perfect, but I was also completely sad. I want more. More of the ghost busting business. More of Cas, and most of all of Anna. She needs a spin-off series. Anyone with me?


There are some secrets in this world, kid, that people will kill to keep.
I have become the thing they call the third wheel.
Cas does have a weakness for girls who can kick his ass.





  1. Diana Grace

    December 28, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Haven’t read this book yet but great review! 🙂

  2. Jillyn

    June 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Oh, I loved this book. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, seeing as I didn’t read book one, but it does alright as a stand alone too.

  3. Jessica

    November 11, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    I still haven’t read Anna Dressed in Blood but I’ve seen so many positive reviews for it and for Girl of Nightmares that I think I’d better get to it! I haven’t listened to an audio book since I was listening to children’s books on cassette tapes, but hearing how different it was for you makes me think that I should give them a try now.

  4. Cyn

    November 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    I really liked the second book! I’m usually really bad for listening to audio books b/c I need the book to follow along with anyways or I space out, so it kind of defeats the purpose haha. But I think it one would definitely be interesting to listen too, especially since it sounds like it’s well done!
    thanks for sharing your thoughts on the audio book.

  5. Brent

    November 3, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    sounds interesting

  6. Darlene

    November 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I’m with you on this one, Giselle. I listened to the audiobook as well, and I have to say that this is the rare instance that I would have preferred reading the book to the narration. I didn’t think the narrator did the book justice! I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Anna Dressed in Blood…I missed Anna!

  7. Allyson Rida

    November 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I am with you here! There definitely have to be a sequel or spin-off of the series! I love Cas, Thomas, Carmel, Anna… Basically I love all the characters in this book 😛 I knew from the start that Cas and Anna’s relationship wouldn’t actually have a happy ending, and I am satisfied with the way it ended. There was a possible new love interest for Cas, maybe the story can go from there? Honestly I just want more books from Kendare Blake ;P

  8. Grace Lo

    November 1, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    I have Girl of Nightmares on my shelf right now, so I can’t wait to dig into it after reading your review!

    I definitely can agree with you about how an audiobook can have so many upsides, including the emotion of the story, but I can’t listen to them for very long since my head would just automatically tune the voice out for some reason . . .

    And yes, Anna needs her own spinoff. Perhaps of her actual life before the ghosting and killing?

  9. Dori

    November 1, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    I was a bit afraid to read this book because in the first book my favorite character was Anna and I didn’t know what to expect from a story without her but you and other reviews I’ve recently read convinced me that it’s going to be great!

    And comparing Cas, Thomas and Carmel to Harry, Ron and Hermione? I definitely have to see this for myself. They are my all time favorite so if Cas and his friends are half as good as them I’ll be one happy girl 🙂

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