[Reading] ➬ Girl of Nightmares ➳ Kendare Blake – Furosemidelasix.info
Dear Kendare,In the words of my awesome co blogger, Kat You saucy, saucy minx.You knew exactly what you were doing here, didn t you I d bitched, moaned, and complained about Anna Dressed in Blood I gave it 2.5 stars I asked for You read my mind And you fucking gave it to me.If anyone were to ask me why I continue on with series that didn t exactly impress me with book one, I d have to direct them to Girl of Nightmares.You get no complaints from me this time, Blake This was brilliant This was awesome This is on a new level of badass I loved every bit of it Sincerely,Stephanie, who is now cheerfully eating her words.P.S Thanks for blowing my mind munch, munch Do you hear that That s the sound of me eating my words Girl of Nightmares truly surprised me I ll be honest and say I wasn t expecting to love or even like it because originally Anna Dressed in Blood and I didn t get along While everyone else ran around screaming high praises for it, I was left on the side lines And I hate being on the sides lines No matter how much I tried to love Anna Dressed in Blood I couldn t It had too many open ends and I m of the belief that even when you are reading a series each book must stand on its own merit So I was disappointed, but I also wanted to give the second book a try because regardless of my initial reservations, it wasn t a bad book And after that fun interview we did, I was convinced to try again So imagine my delight when I started reading Girl of Nightmares and discover how much I was enjoying it When I finished I felt like I had been on one epic ghost busting adventure And it was awesome.Girl of Nightmares takes place six months after the events in Anna Dressed in Blood with Cas attempting to get on with his life without Anna Unfortunately, that s not going so well for him since he continues to witness Anna being tortured in his sleep and while he is awake I m not going to go off and describe the blurb for you, but I will say Cas gets to the bottom of EVERYTHING in Girl of Nightmares.Everything that I complained about in Anna Dressed in Blood were addressed in Girl of Nightmares The plot is solid with no inconsistencies that I could see In fact, I really loved the plot because there wasn t a dull moment That partly has something to do with there being a lot of loose ends to cover the mystery surrounding the athame, where Anna went, Cas background, ect Despite there being so many issues needing to be addressed, I never once felt like Blake info dumped or rushed through explanations It was all very smooth and engaging I didn t want to put my book down, but well, I have kids, so it was unavoidable And that made me cranky Also, this book was creepy Do yourself a big favor and do NOT read the Suicide Forest scene late at night shudders Don t ask, just obeyThe characters have seen a considerable amount of character development, most notably being both Cas and Carmel Cas is no longer the cocky little prick who all girls fawn over like he s God s gift to womenkind In Girl of Nightmares he is a broken character struggling to let go of Anna He obsesses over it constantly to the point where it interferes with his ability to ghost hunt This was a Cas I could easily sympathize with and I wanted him to find a way for both Anna and him to be happy As for Carmel I can t really say much without giving away huge spoilers, but she was a badass You will love her.The best part of Girl of Nightmares was the hilarious dialogue These characters feel so real to me because Blake has sat down and given them so much personality Laughing is pretty much a given when reading Girl of Nightmares You can t get around it But that s okay because you want the humor when you in the midst of being scared shitless.The ending was perfect I can t say anything about it because I refuse to ruin the book for anyone, but I think fans will be very happy and satisfied Or not Who s to say Lol.But I would like to share with you a piece of wisdom After finishing Girl of Nightmares I happened to learn one big lesson Reading this book in the second floor hallway right above the stairs at night, while my entire household was sleeping soundly, wasn t one of my best ideas Learn from me This ARC was generously given to Kat and I by Kendare Blake This in no way swayed my views of the book In fact, I think she was expecting me to dislike it, but she ll just have to settle for my glowing review More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. This is one example of a book I would read for the cover alone Heck, slap this cover on a 9000 page Spanish history book, and I will read it ALL Even though I don t know Spanish Luckily, what s inside this cover is just as incredible as the outside and will leave you equally spellbound It was clear from the beginning that Anna was not going to be as big a character as in the first novel I was a bit disappointed at first because Anna is fabulous and crazy, but I can assure you that her absence is filled so formidably that you will not be left with any longing for her She s not completely absent either, she has her way of making herself present in the story Cas, though, he s still there in his full glory He s got a fabulous sense of humor and incredible charm that fill the pages yet again His loyalty to his friends, the determination behind his wants it s admirable and makes him a positively strong, enchanting character He s definitely kept his place as my favorite YA male protagonist Along with Cas, comes the laughs This was a totally unintentional rhyme, I swear It s really one of my favorite aspects of this series How Blake can easily blend in laugh out loud funny dialogue inside such a creepy, dark story is a great feat It makes it not only scary, but just plain fun and entertaining, tooEvery time I question him about the feasibility, he smiles at me like he s Yoda and I m just a dumbass without the ForceQuoted from the uncorrected proof.Aiding him in his mischief, Carmel and Thomas are worthy of mention as two fantastic supporting characters that have just as much soul in this series as Cas himself The group dynamic makes them a powerful trio and I was pleasantly surprised by the direction Blake takes them in this sequel In Anna Dressed in Blood, the plot was creepy and horrific In Girl of Nightmares, it is turned up a notch Although it may be a tad less creepy, I felt much afraid in this one it has a serious, all encompassing tone The vibe is sinister and the scary parts are downright terrifying Let s just say, things get pretty out of hand serious I loved it I ve been a fan of horror my whole life and while I truly enjoyed the first book, I completely fell in love with its sequel As for the ending Perfection True, immeasurable perfection An absolutely thrilling sequel that will render you speechless in awe, Girl of Nightmares is filled with compelling characters and spine chilling events Fans of Anna Dressed in Blood will not be disappointed For of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads The following book has been found in an abandoned, run down house along with a body, a pen, and a worn and tattered copy of Girl of Nightmares The walls have many words and phrases written in blood It s contents provide the only clues to theevents that led to the the death of a person and an increasing string of disturbances in the area.It reads as such This is a journal of my reading expedition I have traveled to this remote locale so that I may read Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake in solitude Rumour has it that this book is cursed and that whosoever reads it is doomed to have their wits scrambled and to be left insensible Nevertheless I bravely proceed and scoff in the face of superstition My intention is that others may benefit from the experiences chronicled within my journal and use it as a reference guide in their own reading experiences of Blake s second dip into the Anna Dressed in Blood Universe.Page 1I have been intrigued and saddened by the beginning Dearest Anna, it seems, will likely not be a major character in this book, alas But the writing remains of quality and it seems there are to be some ghost.Page 48There have been some instances of exciting ghost happenings, but also a great deal of plot set up and relationship dynamics I rather wonder what the hype is but shall persevere for now.Page 150It has been a difficult slog There has been average levels of awesome recorded and long stretches between badassery I have grown weary of the angst and seek to end the experiment Perseverance forces me onward and the everlasting hope that I shall one day be reunited with Anna Her lack of presence in this novel has made it cumbersome and Cas angst, and the secrecy surrounding him is wearisome I am starting to doubt the curse Worse yet, I am starting to doubt Blake How far I have fallen Tonight I shall weep tears of disappointment as I sleep with the lights on.Page 235Hark Is this the same novel Surely some great charm has bewitched me My instruments do not lie, yet surely there has been a mistake When I documented the levels of awesome, I was forced to notarize in my ledger that it was over 9000 and was unable to take further measurements for I had incidentally crushed my scouter in response What 9000 I said in shock and awe There s no way that can be right I am not sure what happened next for I blacked out and was awoken the next day by hazy memories There are now strange markings on the wall but I know not what they mean I fear I have put them there Am I becoming a monster Can this curse be true and is it tampering with my senses Page 291I understand now I was foolish and ignorant before, but I have been shown the way There is no human explanation Yet I realize now that life has no meaning, but for this book It is my only love My purpose It is the reason I have been born There is no curse Those who have not read it have been cursed It is all so clear to me now I have written a song for Blake that brings tears to my eyes as I sing it continuously throughout the night It has become my only companion through out my enlightenment I have written it down so that this knowledge may be passed on through the ages.Blake Blake Blake Blake, Blake.BlakeBlake, Blake Blake Blake Blake Blake,Blake Blake Blake, BlakeBlake.BlakeBlakeBlakeBlake Blake Blake.BlakeI hope that I am one day able to sing this song to her in person and that SHE WILL BE PLEASED WITH ME Page 332OHTHEMOTHERFUCKINGAWESOMEITHINKICRIEDITWASJUSTSOBEAUTIFULWHYDIDITHAVETOENDCANTTHEREBEMOREHOWCUOLDYOUDOTHISTOMEBUTITWASJUSTSOPERFECTILOVEDITSOMUCHSOMUCHWIN Snargle half blabber JOY This review and can also be found at my blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. the problem is me.i loved anna dressed in blood loved it i thought it was clever and spooky and funny with interesting characters and great action sequences i thought it was beautiful and sad and striking.i waited for this sequel with crazed anticipation and then i saw it at ALA and i thought it was too good to be true and there were only two copies, and it was one of those gray area situations where i wasn t sure if it was for the taking or not, so i froze and i hemmed and hawed and finally caris rolled his eyes at me and used one of his jack skellington arms to grab it for me and hustled me outta there thank you, brave one and for all that, i just thought it was okay.and i know it has to be me for the following reasons 1 everyone else loves it 2 blake does what you are supposed to do in a second novel, which is to change the playing field altogether this is not a rehash of the first book this is not adventures in ghostbusting this takes the action to the next level the plot is logical, clever, and expands the mythology, while progressing the action to pave the way for a third book.3 the characters change events from the first book have had an impact on cas, carmel, and thomas, and they are damaged from these events well, not thomas, really not directly.but t other two, yeah they have grown as characters in a natural and believable way.4 it is not boring it is not trite it does not negate anything the first book set up and it stands alone just fine, unlike some other middle books so what the hell why didn t i just fall to pieces with loving it it is everything a book should be, but for some reason, it didn t claw at my heart the way the first one did i noted things as a reader, but i didn t note them as a human being i acknowledged scenes like the suicide forest, and thought to myself, ahh, this is nice and spooky but for some reason i didn t get whumped in my feeling parts and the parts that were sad and sweet and brave, i registered as being sad and sweet and brave, but for some reason, i didn t engage with it the way you are supposed to engage with it, emotionally and i would think that maybe i am a broken person in the feeling parts, except the book i am reading now is whumping me in all the right ways.so let s call it temporary insanity it is a good book, a great follow up, and everything a second book should be the problem is me.come to my blog 2.5 stars I absolutely LOVED the first book because I thought Blake did an incredible job writing a morbidly twisted yet hauntingly beautiful masterpiece But before I read this one, a friend had asked me, How much would you like Anna without the scary scenes Just Cas doing stuff with Thomas and Carmel Apparently, not so much because this book just didn t do it for me, and except for the totally awesome end in the last four chapters, I spent a lot of time either being pissed off or bored In a way, I m hating that Blake even wrote a sequel I think it would have been better if she had written it as a stand alone with a few additional chapters that summed up the majority of book 2 and of course the last few chapters that reminded me why I loved book 1 in the first place.First of all, I just want to say that this book REALLY IRKED me I knew Cas was an arrogant bastard in the first book, and I didn t like him, but I didn t dislike him either In this book, Cas was a HUGE ass In the beginning, he was so depressingly pathetic over the loss of Anna, and he took out his moodiness on other people And he is SO disrespectful to his mother I just want to smack him for some of the things that he said to her Even in the latter parts of the book, he kept his obnoxious attitude So, you re Colin Burke Actually, I ve never heard of you If Cas pissed you off in the first book, he is sure going to make you hate him in this one.And Carmel I m sorry, but I really liked her in the first book because she really impressed me with how well she was handling everything For me, Carmel had been the Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter and Ron Weasley trio In this one, I guess the shock finally caught up to her because she became a selfish bitch And what is up the sacrificial I love Thomas, but I can t be with him crap Honestly, I had expected from her But Carmel fans, there is hope for her yet because she did eventually turn around and returned to her old feisty self But still, it was disappointing because Blake ruined one of the best characters in the book I didn t love Anna as much as I did in the first book, but it s understandable because of what s happening to her And Thomas and Jestine were okay characters but not memorable in this book.I think this book did a better job of explaining what happened in book 1 I pretty much figured out the story behind Cas father and his involvement with the Obeahman and how the powers were transfer to the knife But I had some people ask me, and I think a lot of people were confused by it I don t think Blake saved the details for the sequel, but rather an oversight in the first book that she was trying to clarify in this book instead BUT, I still think Blake failed to explain why Cas and why Anna There were a few things I liked about the book the visit with Aunt Riija, the attempt to explain the Order of the Blah Blah Blah though all the extra words and scenes surrounding the explanations weren t very exciting, and to me, were just an attempt to extend the sequel so it was long enough to be a book and the allusion to Prometheus on the Rock.I kind of wish I had never started the book because I gave up on it so many times But it kept bugging me that it was in my probably not finishing pile, especially since my GR friends had promised a good ending, and my curiosity was getting the best of me I don t regret reading it, but like I said, I just wish Blake had added a few chapters to the end of book 1 and be done with it. She crossed over death to call me I crossed through Hell to find her.This book wasn t quite as good as Anna Dressed in Blood, but still, it was a great read and a great conclusion to this duology.I ve got to say it again, my favorite thing about this series are the characters I loved every single one of the main characters even though Cas did sometimes annoy me over his obsession with saving Anna But I especially loved chemistry between Cas, Carmel and Thomas They really were great friends and they were always able to make me laugh especially Carmel and her snarky comments.But my main problem with this book was the slow middle It started off great, and then the middle part dragged a little bit But then the end came, and for me, it saved the book I absolutely loved the ending, and now that I think about it, if it ended any other way, I wouldn t be this satisfied I mean, yeah, the ending did make me sad, but still, it was a perfect ending for a series like this one.If you read the first book, I suggest giving this one a shoot Like I said, it isn t quite as good as the first one, but it did wrap the story up perfectly. It took me three years to finish this book So please, how would you rate a book you ve been reading three years I seriously don t know.The beginning was hell on earth Someone else had to write it So, it was boring They weretalkingfor ages Then we got Jestine and I hope it s gonna be fun again But they were talkingThen I finally some action pops up like the Suicide forest which was brilliant Then they weretalking again Then they finally went to hell which was great And I don t even know how I feel about the ending Cause it is pretty obvious there was no better way. Puh, I don t even know where to start To write this review is kind of hard because I actually liked The Girl of Nightmares but at the same time somehow wasn t really captivated by it I don t even know what it is, maybe I just read too many awesome YA books to be enthralled by a story like that lol Maybe it s just me Who knows Well anway I just try to write down my thoughts and see which kind of rating I will give XDFirst of all I have to say that I really dug the idea of Anna and Cas meeting again and I think that s the main reason why I read the book I just wanted them to have a happily ever after and since I was a huge fan of Anna dressed in blood I thought this book actually would be my cup of tea Well, as you can tell things apparently didn t turn out the way I would have wanted them to and so I find myself confronted with mixed feelings and a somewhat contradictory opinion.What I liked about the book The characters I loved Thomas and Cas Those two boys just rock and I if I d be a ghost I definitely would try everything possible to avoid them at all costs The relationship between Carmel and Thomas It was realistic and even though I wanted to slap Carmel at one point I still understood her motives Cas and his mother I love how Cas s mother accepts him the way he is and always tries her best to support her sons decisions However bad and lethal they may be lol Of course I loved the creepy scenes of this book as well That chapter where Thomas and Cas visit Thoma s aunt OMG And the idea of the Suicide Forest shivers That Anna actually made an appearance XDWhat I didn t like about the book The fact that Cas knew he was doing something completely stupid and reckless but still was bent on doing it XD I admired his stubbornness and determination, I really did, but he was not only endangering himself but also Thomas and I think the old Cas would have never done anything like that Jestine I didn t really get warm with her character and in some way I thought she was just some kind of stand in for Anna The druid order Don t get me wrong I m all for mysterious and secret organisations, in the book it appeared to be sort of clich d and cheesy though The way the end was handled view spoiler I know that Cas and Anna could have never had a normal relationship I was kind of disappointed that she chose to stay though I mean damn, Cas is gutting himself and following her into hell and then they don t even have some romantic interaction except of one kiss Seriously hide spoiler Han Pasado Meses Desde Que El Fantasma De Anna Korlov Desapareci Tras Una Puerta Que Conduc A Al Infierno, Pero El Joven Cazador De Fantasmas Cassio Lowood No Puede Olvidarla Para L Ninguna De Las Chicas Vivas Que Lo Rodean Puede Compararse Con Anna.Adem S, Como Si Tratara De Buscar Su Ayuda, Anna Se Le Aparece Continuamente, A Veces En Sue Os, A Veces Cuando Est Despierto Cas Siente Que Algo No Va Bien Cada Vez Que La Ve, Ella Est M S Desgarrada Y TorturadaNadie Sabe Qu Le Ocurri A Anna Cuando Desapareci Tras Aquella Puerta, Cuando Se Adentr En El Infierno Para Salvar La Vida De Cassio Y Cas No Descansar Hasta Averiguarlo Ha Llegado El Momento De Que Ahora Sea L Quien Salve A Anna.