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12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
I am going to start off by being totally spastic about this cove
Cas is still really amazing to me. I really loved his character growth in the first book where he went from being a loner who didn't want any relationships or connections , to a boy who has a few really good friends and is actually okay with staying in one place for a while. He grows even more in this book and it's absolutely great. He is closer than ever to Thomas and Carmel and he will do whatever he can to get Anna back from hell, even if it means sacrificing himself. He is very strong emotionally and I really like that about him. It's not to say he's not afraid because he definitely has plenty of fear. He is just very determined to do what he believes is right. it's not just because he cares about Anna, but he doesn't think that she deserves to suffer in Hell for eternity.
Thomas and Carmel are great friends. They stick by Cas no matter what even if they don't agree with his decisions. Thomas constantly makes me laugh, he had some of the best lines in this book. Carmel is really a tough chick. She doesn't let fear rule her. She also is determined to prove that she can be part of the group and help out when needed. She's not just a friend, but also someone who Cas needs by his side through this. To me Thomas and Carmel really stepped it up a lot in this book.
We also meet a few new characters and some I liked, some I didn't, but all were interesting. I was a bit sad that Anna wasn't more in this book, but she's in Hell so that's expected. I still really love her character. Let me tell you, she is still one awesome scary ghost!! Jestine is a new character we meet and I didn't really know what to think of her. She is really nice, almost too nice, but I was never sure quite what her motives were.
In this book Cas is really having a hard time. As if he isn't already distraught that Anna went to Hell to save him and his friends, now he seeing her, but he can't talk to her. When he sees her, it is like torture. He is living a nightmare and all he can think about it that he needs to go get her out. Along with his faithful friends they set out to do what everyone says is impossible.
This book is full of suspense, creepiness, and heart aching moments. I was thoroughly engaged in this book from the first page to the last. The characters are so amazing, and the descriptiveness is wonderful. I could imagine myself tagging along in this creepy world that Kendare Blake has created!!
posted by Amabe421 on August 7, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
Anna Dressed in Blood is one of my favorite young adult horror n
One of the reasons why Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares are so amazing is because of the three main characters! They really came together in the former and continued to rely on each other in the latter. The dynamics of Cas, Thomas, and Carmel really works well and they play off of each other’s strengths which always makes for an exciting read! Thomas’ grandfather is one of my favorite characters! He made me laugh a lot! I really wanted to know more about the Obehman. Was he human before he became this monster? Was he a ghost who became super powerful? Is he a demon? I would have liked his origins explored more.
Going into Girl of Nightmares, all I really knew is that Cas was going to try to save Anna from wherever she was. Cas didn’t even know where Anna was! So I didn’t know where this book was going to take the readers but that almost made it more exciting because I had no idea! I really liked that the adventure took the gang outside of their little town into London and then into the Suicide Forest! The secret society of ghost hunters was also very interesting and I would love to see a side book that dives deeper into the history of it!
I really, really liked this book and I’m so glad that Kendare Blake has decided to write horror within YA! I give Girl of Nightmares 4 hearts because even though I loved it, it wasn’t as enthralling or all-consuming as Anna Dressed in Blood!
posted by ElegantlyBoundReviews on October 25, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2012
First of all, I would like to thank Tor teens for providing us a
First of all, I would like to thank Tor teens for providing us a hardback copy of Girl of Nightmares. You rock!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Before I start, I want to say that my review will most likely contain some spoilers from the first book, so for those who haven't read Anna dressed in Blood yet, I highly recommend you guys to go and read it. Now.
Okay! On to my review. Girl of Nightmares is the second book of Ms. Blake's addicting series, Anna, and it follows where the story ends in book one where our protagonist, Cas, is struggling with his daily life without his beloved Anna, who has moved on to the other side after she sacrificed herself to save everyone from the Obeahman. Well at least that's what everyone thinks. But when Cas started seeing Anna again in random torturous ways, he begins to wonder if she really is in a safe place.
Ms. Blake has once again wowed me with her awesome storytelling skills, and writing style. Everything is already perfect for me, from the plot, and down to the minor characters. The world building was so believable that Cas' world is so easy to imagine. I really enjoyed reading the parts that involved ghosts, and the forest part was the one that creeped me out the most! (especially that I was reading it at night)
Cas is a very fun main character, and he's definitely not boring. He has his own unique features that makes him different and interesting. Of course, I won't forget our dear Anna. (who's still as awesome as she was during the first book.) Thomas and Carmel are also really great supporting characters, even our newbie, Jesse isn't so bad. (The ghosts are cool as well!) Conclusion: I love each and every character!
Over all, Girl of Nightmares is a great book. It has action, horror, humor, romance and a twist of the famous paranormal genre. It is fast paced and addicting, leaving you wanting for more. I'm not sure if this series has a third book, but I'm definitely looking forward for more of Ms. Blake's works.
I give this book 5 thrilled whales.
Posted November 15, 2012
What I Liked: 1) Cas following Anna. He fell in love with this g
What I Liked: 1) Cas following Anna. He fell in love with this ghost in the first book, but the lengths to which he is willing to go for her really become apparent in Girl of Nightmares. It was a very strong emotion, and it was easy to feel as I was reading. 2) I still like his sidekicks, Carmel and Thomas. They added a lot to the story. But in this one a new person was added, Jestine. I think I was expecting something specific from her, but even though that didn't show up, her presence was a fun change. It gave Cas something to fight for other than Anna. Everything that Jestine brought into the story was gave Cas reason to look into the history of the atheme and how it came into his family's possession in the first place. I loved getting to know some more about that history. I didn't miss it in the first book, but as this one went on, it made me more and more curious. 3) The final battle scene. This was what the whole book was building up to. And it was so nerve-wracking, and action-packed. It seemed to go on for such a long time, but not in a dragging on way, just in a, how can he take that much kind of way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What I Didn't Like: 1) Some parts of the book were a little repetitive, and unlike the battle scene, did seem to drag on. I knew there was a point coming, but by the time we got there it was just too convoluted to be recognizable. 2) There was not as much character growth as I have come to expect from Miz Blake's writing. At times I felt like the plot was dragging the characters through the motions, while Cas and Crew dug in their heels.
Overall Thoughts: I've had a hard time not comparing Girl of Nightmares to Anna Dressed in Blood. I was so impressed by the writing and character metamorphosis in ADIB that when I didn't encounter that in this book, I was sad. I still loved the creativity that Miz Blake brought to her story, and some new characters brought a different dimension to Cas's life and his purpose. The scare factor wasn't as high as Anna Dressed in Blood, but still made for a fun ghost story with a definite evil dude! Anyone know if this is the end of the story?
Posted November 9, 2012
I've never really liked horror books because I get nightmares e
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I've never really liked horror books because I get nightmares easily; I wasn’t so sure about picking Girl of Nightmares up. I read the first book in the series and it was FANTASTIC because of the sturdy plot and kick-ass characters... I just had to skim some parts that scared the heck out of me. It didn't take away from the plot; it was just a tad condensed.
Anyway, that's why I was iffy about this one. I really, really wanted to know how the book ended so I finally said to myself "Just put on your big girl panties!" I'm very happy I picked up the book! I skimmed over the best parts (aka the creepy ones) like the Suicide Forest, which was totally fine. Anna was one of my favorite book characters and I'm really sad I didn't see much of her. Cas definitely mixed things up and took the plot to a whole new level. He's not as cocky in this book which is understandable because of the ending of the first; that really helped the plot. I don't think I could tolerate his original personality in 300 pages. It's not all dark and scary (thankfully) because it also has humor and playful banter between the characters. Carmel and Thomas join us and the teamwork/devotion they have to Anna is heartwarming. Both of them want to help Cas and believe in what he's doing.
There's also a lot of character development. By the end of this book you won’t think Cas ever started out as a condescending jerk, none of the characters are one-dimensional. The plot moved at a fast pace, every page had "adventure" written all over it. Nothing went slowly and dragged on which is great. I didn't even skip the scary parts, just skimmed over them VERY quickly because I didn’t want to lose what happened to the characters. The ending... was phenomenal. No disappointments as far as the ending goes, everything is tied up nicely. It's not like some endings where it's rushed in the last paragraph. Blake took time to wrap up the scenes and it shows she put a lot of thought into it. Even though I don't like the horror genre, I still ended up loving this one. Pick it up if you have the chance!
Posted September 15, 2012
I LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood, and I was really looking forward
I LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood, and I was really looking forward to this book. I'm not sure if my expectations were too high, or if it was something else, but I was disappointed with Girl of Nightmares. I really struggled with how to rate this book. I went back and forth from 3 to 4 stars, but ultimately decided on 3…here's why:Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In summary, Girl of Nightmares picks up a few months after Anna Dressed in Blood leaves off. The old crew we love is back, Cas, Thomas, and Carmel, and they are trying to figure out how to get Anna back. Of course, besides trying to find a ghost trapped in Hell, they have human troubles of their own.
Now, here's where my problem lies. The first half of the book I could have done without. Literally, chapters 1-14 could have been condensed down to just a couple of chapters, and we would have gotten the same effect. I really was forcing myself to keep reading, and the only thing that kept me going was how much I had loved the first book. Ultimately, I'm glad I did keep reading. At chapter 15 the book picked up and ended with a bang. Action, betrayal, cults, sacrifice, Hell, ghosts, almost dying, etc., etc. It was completely awesome! If the whole book would have read like the last 15 chapters, I would have rated it 10 stars!
In Girl of Nightmares, we are also introduced to Jestine, who I am kind of hoping Blake pens into another book. The way this one ended, it is very likely the end of the series, but I would love to see one more with Cas and Jestine. They were a lot of fun together. So, long story short, even though I was not quite as thrilled with this book as the first, it was still good enough that I'd read the next, and I'm hoping there will be a next.
Posted September 14, 2012
Anna Dressed in Blood ended with a fantastic and frightening ban
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
But...it 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 satisfied.
Posted September 11, 2012
Fast-paced, dark story, humor, love beyond death, adventure, bra
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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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!!!
Posted September 8, 2012
Chapter by Chapter's review of Girl Of Nightmares
After reading Anna Dressed In Blood, I was totally and completely stoked to read Girl Of Nightmares! I needed to know what and if that was going to be the end of the this budding romance between Cas and Anna. I was just starting to fall in love with the idea of them being together, and it all got ripped out from right beneath me in the end. I had hope though…Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In this next installment in the Anna series, Cas is still shaken up after having lost Anna after everything that they have gone through. After finally finding someone that he actually has fallen in love with, and can be happy with, his father’s murderer, the Obeahman, takes someone else away from Cas. We watch as he wallows in his sorrows, taking things as they come, slowly becoming a shell of his former self…thinking of only Anna, seeing her everywhere…hearing her.
A wake up call during one of his ghost hunting adventures alerts Cas to a possibility that Anna is still attempting to contact him, and is not where she should be. It is after some investigating that Cas believes Anna needs him…needs him to help her get out of Hell. But will this new obsession of Cas’ cost him his friends, or even worse…his life?
Although Girl Of Nightmares was a fantastic read, I felt that it was not quite as amazing as Anna Dressed In Blood. Don’t get me wrong. Kendare does another amazing job in making the ghosts and monsters spring to life off the pages, with her unbelievable descriptions and storytelling skills. I, personally, felt that the first one was more action packed, a story line that was constantly on the go, had more…umph! I will admit that there were some points in Girl Of Nightmares that dragged for me, and I was begging for the story to start picking up. Luckily for me, when the story decided to pick up, it totally picked up!
I was thrown once again into a world created by Kendare Blake full of gore, ghosts, monsters, terror…once again feeling the uneasiness of something watching me in the dark… I was craving for those moments when I started Girl Of Nightmare. And when they came, I was thrilled! The part which comes to mind that gave me the absolute chills and had me laying awake in bed was the part in Suicide Forest. And OMG if ever there was anything dead that you thought may freak you out in the woods, it’s all in here. I found myself kicking my feet trying to get away from these things lurking in the woods. Gah!
Girl Of Nightmares is riddled with humour and horror, following in the footsteps of its predecessor. I was still crushing on Cas, found Thomas incredibly adorable, and found Carmel to have taken on a little bit of an Isabelle, from The Mortal Instruments, type of attitude. Totally loved it! Aside from her little, faux pas in the beginning of the book, she quickly became one of my favorite characters in this book.
We are introduced to some new characters in Girl Of Nightmares and all though they aren’t in the book until well into the latter half of the book, they will instantly become unforgettable favorites. Not only are the characters unforgettable, but the ending will leave you breathless, and aching for the possibility of more.
Posted August 27, 2012
Girl of Nightmares picks up about six months from where Anna Dre
Girl of Nightmares picks up about six months from where Anna Dressed inWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Blood left off. Cas is mooning over the loss of his beloved Anna, and
not much else has changed. Well, except that instead of traveling from
place to place sending ghosts on as he'd always done prior to coming to
Thunder Bay, he's contented himself with tending to minor ghostly
disturbances in the area. You can take the ghost away from the boy, but
you can't take the ghost hunter out of him. The male point-of-view can
be difficult to accomplish realistically for a female writer, but
Kendare Blake nails it. Cas is so honest and says exactly what he's
feeling, even it it's not what you want to hear. But now he's having a
really hard time dealing with Anna's absence. Cas is still his
sarcastic, witty self, but it's like a piece of him is missing, like the
light has gone out of him. But once he starts seeing visions of Anna, he
finds his sense of purpose again. He wants, no needs, to find out what
happened to Anna after that fateful night when she gave up her existence
to save him and his friends. Once he gets over his little mourning
period, the story really picks up the pace and he's nearly back to his
old self again. And throughout the novel, I had the urge many times to
grab Cas by the shoulders and tell him he was doing the right thing. I
think the fact that I have such physical reactions to what Cas is doing
speaks volumes for the characterization, not to mention the writing as a
whole. I feel like I know these characters...they have personalities all
their own and they've grown so much in such a short period of time. Cas
is pitted against a formidable potential ally and even though I never
fully trusted her, I liked her, just as Cas did. It's not fair for the
author to make me like the competition, but she did it anyway. That lady
is one smooth talker. And she brought the creepy back full-force, too.
Girl of Nightmares gave me just as many nightmares as Anna did. Maybe
more. Not only was Cas living through his own personal hell, but his
very skill and right to wield his father's athame were being questioned.
He's tested, put through the ringer to prove he is deserving. There may
even be a Suicide Forest involved. Oh, and a trip to Hell. All in a
day's work for our favorite ghost hunter. Don't worry, though, the humor
that balanced out the scary in the first book hasn't disappeared either.
I didn't realize until just recently that Girl of Nightmares would be
the final book in the series. Two books. That's it, folks. I wish some
series would end at two novels, but not this one. I could read about
these characters forever. However, I do believe that this ending for Cas
and Anna is as perfect as it's going to get. Kendare answered all of my
questions by the end. And so even though this is a sequel, it's also
the end, and a brilliant end it is. Some books are casual acquaintances
and leave you feeling lukewarm towards them. Others you might actually
date for a bit before forgetting about them. But this book? This book
I'd marry. I could spend the rest of my life with this book and never
look twice at another book. I would be completely monogamous with this
book, ya'll. Yep, we'd have a very long and happy life together. Well,
until that Antigoddess series is out. I can't make any promises then,
not with the way Kendare writes for my soul. Thanks to Tor Teen for
providing a finished copy for review.
Posted August 19, 2012
Quaint ending to Cas and Anna
Girl of Nightmares was a nice follow up to the first book. However Anna Dressed in Blood was the better of the 2 books. It was a nice read but fairly unimpressive. I expected more of the sequel and it seemed to fall just short. A little more of Anna would've been nice but overall it was an okay read. It wrapped up in a neat little bow.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2012
Loved the book but ending was a little sad cause Cas had to say goodbye to Anna but glad that he was able to give her the peace she needed at last. The ending came to quick for me but i do recommend anyone to read both books.......Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2012
WHY IS THIS THE LAST BOOK?!?
I was really hoping that this was going to be a trilogy but, as it turns out, this is the end of Cas and Anna's story. There was one problem I had with this novel. I felt that the ending was a bit rushed. The last few pages could have been explained a bit more. I barely understood the house scene with Anna. I would have also liked to know completely what had happened to the obeahman and those other souls but oh well. I have to say that this was a good YA read and even though I have questions, Im satisfied with the novels. 4.3 stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 13, 2012
I loved this book! It was an amazing sequel to my favorite book Anna Dressed in Blood! But, I hated how Anna would kill herself in the beginning, it was a little creepy. However, I loved the addition of Jestine. She made it a little more intense. It was really great that he got rid of the Obeahman in the end. It was really sweet how he told Anna he loves her and that he will miss her, when he let her go, down in Hell. It was really cute. I hated how Jestine was soclose to replacing Cas as the warrior binded to the athame. But, their comptition down in Hell was awesome, but it creeped me out how the speed of their blood draining was their timer. This was an amazing read, definetly worth the time. I would recomend this book to anyone looking for a haunting book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2012
This book was a fantastic follow-up to Anna Dressed in Blood. I
This book was a fantastic follow-up to Anna Dressed in Blood. I went into it hoping that Kendare Blake would hold up the standards of creepiness and intriguing plot that I fell in love with and she delivered!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I love, love, love Cas. He is the ultimate badass while still being a good guy. He has attitude, and acts exactly like a teenage male would be expected to act, however he doesn't cross over into the realm of ultimate douchebaggery to me. I was sad that Anna didn't play more of a role in this book at the beginning, I really like her character and would have loved to see her character explored and rounded out more. Even if it was simply in the form of flashes from her point of view without Cas being involved. However, I was pleased that Cas's visions of Anna and the beginning of the mystery was not drawn out too long. I was worried that half the book was going to be Cas chasing Anna's vision and instead it was really just the beginning of this story.
As for scary scenes... this book delivered!! A battle in an abandoned factory with a ghost who's skin looks like lava and can burn the life right out of it's victims. A suicide forest with corpses hanging from trees everywhere. How much better can it get??!!?? I was definitely on the edge of my seat for several scenes in this book. They were as well done as the first book's and never felt forced or cheesy.
Our old nemesis the Obeahman comes back as well, which wasn't surprising but I am glad that we got a new take on him. It didn't feel like a rehasing of the first story, my only complaint is that up until the end no one really seemed to know how he did what he did or have any explanations for the whole "strong ghost we don't understand" phenomenon that has been the Obeahman.
Overall this book is a MUST READ if you liked the first book, or if you just like a well written ghost story in general. These books have never been just a typical ghost story for me, they have always felt like they go just beyond the stereotypes of a ghost genre. I look forward to what we see from Kendare Blake in the future. She has definitely turned me into a fangirl :)
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