It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a
door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas
Lowood can't move on.
His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that
Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's
eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love
Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep
and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't
just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome
ways every time she appears.
Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared
into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now.
Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.
So, I really enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood. It was different
and awesome. But, something I noticed about both Book 1 and 2 is that Anna isn’t
really the main character. She is in the first book, but BARELY in this second book
at all. She really is only in his dreams until the very end…
Its not that I don’t like Cas. I do. He reminds me of Dean
from Supernatural, and I HEART Dean. But… don’t name a book, or a series, about
a character if that character isn’t even the main character at all.
Now that my little rant is over, I can say that I still did
like Girl of Nightmares.
There was action, and adventure. A quest to save Anna, a
crazy aunt, and a messed up cult. Everything that needs to be in a ghost story,
I loved all of the characters. I mean, Blake just cant go
wrong with any of her characters. They all feel super thought out and legit. (I
kinda have a small crush on Thomas now. Haha)
Also, I have to say that the writing is near perfect. Dark and
sad, yet funny and sarcastic at the same time. I could be laughing, and then
the next page crying… well, not actually crying, but pretty close.
I liked this book, but it just wasn’t as good as the first
one. I don’t know what I feel was missing… Maybe like I said earlier, the lack
of Anna was disappointing. Or maybe it just didn’t have the ending that I wanted.
(not like you could ever have a happy ending when one of the love interests is
dead to begin with.)
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a
ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly
athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their
spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to
keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and
friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the
locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the
ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses
and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she
wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red
and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who
has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.ummary:
Like everyone else, I had been hearing about this book for a
while, but it didn’t seem like I would like it enough to buy it. So when I saw
it, along with the second book, Girl of Nightmares, at the library, I picked
them up. And im glad I did.
I don’t normally like scary things. I get nightmares super
easily. So I was a little weary of this book, at first anyway. Once I started
reading it, I knew it wouldn’t be too bad.
The story is about Cas, a teenage boy, who is a ghost
killer. His father was killed 3 years ago ghost hunting, and so now Cas has
made it his lifes mission to be a good enough ghost killer that he can kill the
thing that took his father from him.
This leads him to Anna. Anna is a ghost in Canada, that has
been killing people for the last 50 years. Anyone who enters her house ends up
in bloody piles of dismembered arms and legs.
But she is different. She can’t control it, and she actually
wants to be able to control it. She has a consciousness that no other ghosts
do. And for some reason, she doesn’t have to kill Cas, like she feels she has
to for everyone else.
The history behind why Anna is the way she is…. Well its sad
and crazy and so hard to explain without giving anything away. But even though
it was sad, it made the story that much more real.
We are taken on this journey with Cas, trying to figure out
why Anna is so different and what his fathers murdering ghost has to do with
any of it.
It wasn’t nearly as scary as I was led to believe. The only
part that actually scared me at all, was at the end… something happened that
could have happened in real life,(spoiler: the ghost was up in the attic- and
when they heard noise up there, right when they figured out he was there, he
started coming down… and they knew they were trapped. They being Cas and his
mother. And all I could think about was that something like that COULD
happen-minus the ghost part. A bad guy could hide in your attic and totally
trap inside your home.) and it totally
gave me the willies.
And really, I think the reason I love dthis book so much, is
that it reminded me of my boys, Sam and Dean from Supernatural! The whole
times, I kept reading Cas’s thoughts in Deans voice!
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the
Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry
Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s
with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream
of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around
the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share.
With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more
determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a
devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s
struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to
overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her
chance at any kind of happy ending
I have been waiting anxiously to get my hands on a
copy of The Elite, ever since I finished reading The Selection! And it did NOT disappoint!
The story starts right where the Selection stops. There are
6 girls left, including America, in the running of trying to win the heart of Prince
Maxon and becoming the princess. America continues to care for Maxon, but her
heart still feels for her first love, Aspen, who is a soldier there in the
There are more rebel attacks, one so severe that America was
almost captured. I have a feeling the rebels will be a bigger part in the next
book (*crosses fingers*) So there was constant action.
By the end of the book, there are only 4 girls left… one of
them going out in a very tragic way. (don’t worry, she doesn’t die)
I will say that this book actually made me tear up a few
times. Once when America receives recognition and praise from her father, after
she did something most people would condemn (but she felt strongly about) and
another towards the end when she is saying goodbye to one of the guys. (no
Really, I don’t even think she made up her mind about which
one she wants. I mean, I think its clear, but its so hard to be sure since she
wavers so much., and I cant blame her. Aspen is great and steady and she knows
he loves her. But Maxon is great in his own way (though I don’t like him now as
much as did in the first book)
This book is grittier. Some crazy things go down. And I still
cannot wait for the next one. Just found out theres a little novella… so Im
gonna try and find that
Don’t Sweat. Don’t
Laugh. Don’t draw attention to
yourself. And most of all, whatever you
do, do not fall in love with one of them.
Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight
doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of
night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to
hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to
crumble around him. He’s thrust into the
path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a
ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing.
Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to
survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?
Well, even though I have seen a lot of reviews about this
book that were pretty negative, when I saw it at the Library the other day, I
decided to get it anyway.
And Im glad I did. I have to say that I absolutely loved the
idea of a dystopian book with paranormal aspects! I mean, my 2 favs all in one!
The main con to this book are the random weird things. I understand
wanting to creat the world, and make things unique, but being intimate by outing
an elbow in the underarm pit? Not so cool. The weird headjerks and wrist
scratching took a long time for me to get used to and…believe them.
Also, the fact that nothing is explained as to HOW the “hepers”
(or humans) are nearly extinct or even how the “people” (or vampires) came to
be at all, let alone gain control over everything, is pretty annoying. I would
have liked SOME kind of answer. At least a
little one. But nope, nothing.
But if you can get past the weirdness and lack of
explaination, you get to enjoy a really exciting and interesting book.
Gene is a 17 year old heper who has only been able to remain
alive by constantly trying to hide his humanness and fit in with the vampires.
When there is a heper hunt announced, the first in a decade, he is one of the
lucky few who has won the lottery and gets to participate and try to hunt the
last remaining hepers.
Along the way he is tested in many ways, trying to find
water to drink and bathe in, and trying to reconcile his thoughts about hepers.
There of course is a girl, who has a secret of her own, and
the hepers that are to be hunted. I was pleasantly surprised at the character development
in the hepers, especially considering their little screen time, but was disappointed
in Ashley June (the love interest) as I felt like (until the end) she was
nothing special and I couldn’t connect with her at all.
Overall, This could have easily been a 5 star book for me,
with the constant excitement and action (plus the tiny romance) It had
everything I wanted. But the few cons knocked it down a star for me.