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Girl of Nightmares

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Girl of Nightmares (2012) Kendare Blake

Girl-Of-NightmaresI really loved Anna Dressed in Blood, so I had very high hopes for Girl of Nightmares. I think if I’d had no expectations going in, I would have enjoyed it more. But unfortunately, this was a second book, so I had expectations I would like it as much as the first story.

Sadly, it was perfectly fine, but I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as well as the first book.

Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty to like, take this passage:

“You know what I hate about flashlights?” Thomas asks, and I watch his beam move around the room, revealing sudden bird faces and shifting wings, then nothing but cobweb-covered boards. “They always make you think about the stuff that you’re not seeing. The stuff that’s still in the dark.”

That is, of course, precisely the problem with flashlights. But I’d somehow never managed to put that together in my brain. So the bits like that I loved.

But the rest of it, just seemed to lack the certain something that made the first story so enjoyable. We know what Cas does, we know what Thomas does. We how Anna became a ghost.

All the discovery, the slow unwrapping of the characters we had in the first story, was all used up, so instead we had a story of a boy, in love with a girl he can’t have, and how he has to set her free.

It’s a perfectly fine story, but it didn’t have the surprises of the first story, and the new character–I just didn’t find her very interesting.

So, my recommendation would be to read Anna Dressed in Blood, and then leave it there.
Rating: 5/10

Published by Tor

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