Yesterday I finally posted my review of Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood. Today I've got the follow up review of Girl of Nightmares for you. I'd had in mind they would make great October posts but I figure we're close enough. The fall weather has been creeping in here in Colorado and I've had horror on the brain for at least the past month now!
Sometimes death is not the end. Sometimes, a spirit hangs around, an angry shadow of the person they once were. And sometimes these ghosts can be a big problem. That's where Cas Lowood comes in. It's Cas's job to send these malevolent spectres back where they belong. Anna was the exception. Cas freed Anna from the curse that controlled her after her death and in return Anna saved Cas's life. But Cas can't forget Anna. He sees her in his dreams and even sometimes in real life. In these visions, Anna is trapped in a hellish dimension, tortured and pleading for help. Cas believes that he may be able to free her, but he won't be able to do it alone.
As with its predecessor, Girl of Nightmares is more than just Anna and Cas's story. Anna saved Cas from the evil spirit that killed his father, but Cas still has a lot to worry about. He knows very little about his father or how they became responsible for banishing spirits. Girl of Nightmares tackles all of that and more.
These two books are definitely stand outs in terms of unique story and setting. Blake does an exceptional job of describing every detail in a rich and truly creepy way. The forest! Agh, craziness! I don't want to give it away but these are really fabulous teen horror reads!
Both books are available now and you definitely have to read Anna Dressed in Blood before Girl of Nightmares.