Title: Girl of Nightmares
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication date: August 7th 2012My rating: 3 stars
In Girl of Nightmares we pick up several months after Anna sacrificed herself to save Cas, Thomas and Carmel, by taking the Obeahman to Hell. Since then, Cas has been going through the motions of life and school. He follows up on ghost tips with Carmel and Thomas tagging along. The three of them now form a sort of ghost-busting team. However, Cas can't get Anna out of his head. Everyone has done research and they've consulted the spiritual community but they can't nail down what happened to Anna. Suddenly, Cas starts hearing and seeing Anna all over the place: in the face of another student, through the laugh of another ghost, or just in the middle of his bedroom. If this is really Anna, it's not good because she doesn't appear to have gone to a peaceful place at all. Everyone says it's impossible, that she can't come back, so Cas doesn't know if it's his mind playing tricks on him. Cas sets out to find out if Anna really needs help, it's the least he can do for her now.
Overall I enjoyed the conclusion to this story but, in my opinion, it didn't live up to Anna Dressed In Blood. That being said, I still liked it. The creepy and spooky factor that was in Anna, was in this one too. Some of the ghost hunting scenes are spine tingling scary. While we still get our snarky wise-cracking Cas, I feel his personality was a little dampened by his depression over Anna, which I guess is understandable considering his situation. I loved the bits of Thomas and Carmel. These two opposites have a sweet romance that I found to be a highlight in this story. I also liked the new character Jestine, she was tough and bad-ass. The type of girl I love to read about. I think I would've enjoyed this even more if she was more of a prominent character earlier on. We're not even introduced to her until half-way through the story, which is a shame because I saw great potential with her and Cas.
One of the reasons I usually shy away from ghost/human romance stories is because, really, how can it end well? So while I felt the ending was fitting, it left me with bittersweet feelings.