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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 8 and up
  • Series: Anna Dressed in Blood Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765328663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328663
  • ASIN: 0765328666
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Avenging ghost girlfriend Anna sacrificed herself to save Cas and his friends, but now she’s stuck in hell, tormented by the Obeahman. With visions of Anna haunting him, Cas decides he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back. So begins a trip to England, where he meets attractive Jestine, a ghost killer trained to take Cas’ place. This satisfying sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood (2011) believably advances the story while introducing a new clan of ghost killers with decidedly different philosophies on how to lay the dead to rest. Blake excels in creepy, atmospheric landscapes, and her description of the Suicide Forest will make neck hairs rise. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton


Praise for Anna Dressed in Blood:

"At once as eerie and terrible as it is sad and romantic, Anna Dressed in Blood is not your normal ghost story. […] This captivating story pulls no punches, making for a breathless read that lingers in the imagination long after the last page is turned."—NPR

"Abundantly original, marvelously inventive and enormous fun, this can stand alongside the best horror fiction out there. We demand sequels."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Anna Dressed in Blood is a dark and intricate tale, with a hero who kills the dead but is half in love with death himself. By the end of the book, you will be too. Spellbinding and romantic."—Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments series

"Cinematic and compelling. Blake’s smooth combination of gore and romance should have little problem attracting the Twilight crowd.”—Booklist

"It's the old boy meets girl story, if the boy is a wry, self-destructive ghost-hunter bent on avenging his father and the girl is a homicidal ghost trapped in a house full of everyone she's ever murdered. Needless to say, Cas and Anna are my new favorite twosome. When I got to the last page, I flipped back to the first."—Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Red Glove

More About the Author

Kendare Blake grew up in the small city of Cambridge, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York and received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in London, England. She loves to travel, is an advocate for animals, and cheats a lot when she plays Final Fantasy. Adopted from South Korea at the age of seven months, she arrived with the following instruction: "Feed her chocolate." Though not medically advisable, she and her parents are eternally grateful for this advice.

Kendare Blake's short fiction has appeared in numerous markets, including The Momaya Press Annual Review and Mirror Dance Magazine, among others. Her debut novel, Sleepwalk Society, deals with four friends coming of age post 9/11. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (2011 NPR Top 5, Kirkus Top Ten), and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (2012 Kirkus Reviews Top Ten), are YA horror chronicling the strange life of Cassio Lowood, a teenage ghost hunter who falls in love with the dead girl he was supposed to kill.

The Greek mythology-focused Goddess War series began in 2013 with ANTIGODDESS and continues with MORTAL GODS October 14, 2014. It will conclude with UNGODLY in 2015.

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The charactes are great and the story line is great.
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One of the most interesting parts of both Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares is acid-tongued but courageous Cas and his best friends, Thomas and Carmel.
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The closure was great, it really was the perfect ending.

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I haven't been as excited for a sequel since the Hunger Games. And that's saying something!

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake takes place a few months after Anna Dressed in Blood ends. We rejoin our favorite trio, Cas, Carmel and Thomas as they try to figure out what Hell Anna has disappeared to at the end of the last book. Cas knows it's not a good place, and sees nightmarish visions of what is happening to Anna. His hunt to find her leads them abroad, and on their journey, they meet new friends, new enemies, and new adventures.

Anna Dressed in Blood was, if not my favorite read of the year, pretty darn close to it. So Girl of Nightmares had a lot to live up to. Just keep in mind as you read this review that I had very high expectations for this book. While still very well written with that same wonderful dark humor and gothic feel, it's not as strong as the first book. The reason I say this is because for most of the book, I am waiting for things to happen, and most of all, waiting for Anna, my favorite character from the last book, to make her grand entrance. Unfortunately, don't expect to see her much in this book. If I had realized that to begin with, I think I might have come away less disappointed.

That said, I still blazed through the book, and I completely love Blake's sense of humor, and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times throughout the book. I love the world she has created, and her female characters still pop with more energy and sass than any other ones I have seen recently. I love the three dimensionality of all the characters. Plus, Anna does get her moment, at last, and I have to say that it was a beautiful reunion.

Blake is super talented, and I know I'll be watching out for her books in the future. This book is still a must read, as it closes the curtain on a story that is properly finished in a worthy climax.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dayna on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed 'Anna Dressed in Blood'. I am not a typical reader of ghost stories, but I found Cas endearing and Anna creepy and thought that their tale was good- not great, but I was invested enough to pick up 'Girl of Nightmares'.

There were great things about this book- the characters feel real and have great-equally charming personalities. There is a dash of mystery and a sort-of questioning motives of each character, which is nice and kept the plot moving, but overall I felt a little underwhelmed after reading ALL the glowing reviews.

I like the pace of the book. There are no, what I like to call, extra or fillers in this book, which is nice. I enjoyed the different settings of the book as well, I mean anytime the characters go on an adventure, usually one of two tings happen: 1- the author spends way too much time talking about how different everything is or the fact that the trees are blooming (seriously some books include this) or 1- the entire purpose of the adventure has no real purpose and is used to bring certain characters together (thinking 'Sweet Evil'). Here, the adventure happens well into the book and is actually vital to the story. It was nice that the author used adventure in her book instead of the adventure ruining the book.

I love Cas. I mean he is such a great male lead. He is kind and all he wants is to save the girl he loves- but not in the overly-done, I cannot life without you, I may perish route. I found that his motives to save Anna are not solely individual, but he has a good reason that extends beyong himself. It was refreshing to have him and I liked his wit, regardless of the f bombs he drops.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Aeicha @ Word Spelunking on August 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood was one of my absolute favorite reads last year (and of all time!) and I've anxiously been awaiting Girl of Nightmares. But, with any epically awesome first book in a series, there always comes the worry that maybe the sequel just won't live up to the epicness of the first book...readers, worry not! This sequel definitely lives up to its predecessor and will NOT disappoint.

Six months after the ghost of Anna Korlov saved Cas and his friends by opening a door to Hell and dragging herself and the deadly Obeahman into it, Cas just can't seem to let her go. Despite Thomas and Carmel's efforts to get him to join the world of the living, Cas's heart remains with the dead. And when he starts to see and hear Anna, both in his nightmares and when he's awake, Cas knows something is wrong. Anna seems tortured and in pain and Cas is afraid her spirit didn't end up where it should have. Cas's desperate search for a way to help Anna takes him and his friends on a dangerous journey across the ocean where a mysterious Order, old and new friends and maybe even Hell await them.

The story of ghost-hunting, athame weidling Cas Lowood and the fiery, captivating ghost-girl he loves, returns with a bang, punch and kick. All of Kendare Blake's razor sharp, smart writing; mastery of chills and thrills; superb world-building and character development and enthralling imagination from the first book seamlessly continue in this sequel. Girl of Nightmares easily matches its predecessor when it comes to addicting storytelling, yet this sequel has a very different feel and vibe from Anna Dressed in Blood...which, isn't a bad thing.
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