Waiting on Wednesday (90) - Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Tor Teen

Summary (from Raincoast Books):
** Contains spoilers if you haven't read Anna Dressed in Blood! **
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 with. 

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.

If you've read my review of Anna Dressed in Blood, then you'll know just how much I loved it! It's probably one of my favourite ghost stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading and I couldn't help but crush on Cas the entire time. The storyline was creepy and suspenseful, but it also had a lot of heart too. I absolutely cannot wait to see how Kendare Blake will continue Cas and Anna's story with the sequel, Girl of Nightmares!

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  1. I cant wait for this book either! Such a beautiful cover, it has! =)

    ~Keegan Shayne

  2. Gah!!! This was a WoW pick for me last year as soon as I finished Anna. I can not wait for this one!

  3. I adored Anna Dressed in Blood and I can't wait to read Girl of Nightmares. I'm dying to know what happens next, I can't wait to read it. Great pick :)

  4. I can't even express my excitement properly. I just can't wait. AND it comes out just days before my birthday!

  5. Wow! that cover is awesome!
    And I'm actually really looking forward to this book. I just got Anna into my TBR pile but I hope I like it tons!

  6. This YA ghost story is definitely marketed towards the older end of the YA market. It was a bit adult with some gratuitous cursing, and some rather grizzly violence but on the whole had a pretty exciting plot and a terrific central ghost story which the book is titled after. Blake definitely created a great premise. There were plenty of pop-culture references (though surprisingly none to the FOX show Supernatural which was rather surprising considering the similarities)and the 17-year-old ghost hunter male narrator was overall well constructed. Unfortunately, the female author didn't completely sell me on the male perspective, and the central romance fell a bit flat for me (though if you liked the Cristina Ricci version of Casper, maybe the romance would have a greater appeal). The writing too was a bit uneven, with a plethora of passive verbs slowing down the action. The ending is open enough that a sequel just may follow.