Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: August 7, 2012
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My thoughts: The majority of Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake is build-up. If my memory serves correctly, this was not the case with Anna Dressed in Blood. Thus, Girl of Nightmares is a much slower book than its predecessor. Fortunately, it’s written by Kendare Blake, who manages to captivate her audience even when very little is happening in a scene. The lengthy build-up to the main conflict is enjoyable because it allows for character growth (something I love to see in a sequel). Girl of Nightmares is, mostly, about the characters. It’s about Cas and his internal struggle with his feelings for Anna; it’s about Cas and his evolving relationship with his new friends. This is, I think, what makes Girl of Nightmares a book worth reading. Sure, it doesn’t quite have the action, blood, and gore of Anna Dressed in Blood (at least, not in the first big chunk), but it’s just as meaningful.
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This isn’t to say that Kendare Blake is no longer the Queen of Creepy. There are certain moments in the story (especially one that takes place in a forest) that will send shivers up your spine. Those who loved Anna Dressed in Blood for its horror aspect will not be disappointed (though they might be kept waiting a teensy bit—the real scary stuff doesn’t happen until the second half of the book). I still can’t get over how well Kendare Blake handles horror—how her writing allows even the most squeamish of readers to enjoy it.
If you enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood, you will not be disappointed by Girl of Nightmares. It’s a satisfying ending to Cas’ story.
I hope you have found this essay interesting and it helped you. Please, feel free to share your opinion in the comments below. I couldn’t express how pleased I am to get your feedback, I would appreciate it very much. I’ m so excited about the fact that there’re so many books to read, so many stories to enjoy, so many characters to fall in love with. I hope you all share my book passion.- Now, get yourself a cup of nice tea and don’t forget to read a couple of pages before going to bed. I can’t wait to buy a new novel.