Our favorite sarcastic, witty and awesomely EPIC ghost hunter is BACK with a vengeance in the second installment of Anna Dressed in Blood! We hit theOur favorite sarcastic, witty and awesomely EPIC ghost hunter is BACK with a vengeance in the second installment of Anna Dressed in Blood! We hit the ground running with Anna, Cas, Thomas and Carmel!
Cas has decided to finish out high school in Thunder Bay, while he's desperately trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Anna after she disappeared while saving their lives.
Cas KNOWS she's in pain wherever she is, because he keeps SEEING her and such... Which should literally be impossible because once a ghost has "crossed over" they're supposed to STAY there. Which in turn leads him to question further WHERE she really ended up after she disappeared with the most evil ghost Cas had ever had to cross before.
As days pass and Cas continually watches Anna burn to death, or throw herself out his bedroom window over and over again... And as it gets to be too much for him to bare any longer - he decides that NO MATTER what the cost- he WILL save her.
But who will save him from himself?
As good as Girl of Nightmares was... It sadly doesn't hold a candle to Anna Dressed in Blood. It literally KILLS me to say that, and it's quite possible that my expectations were far too high... And while I was still (mostly) riveted to the pages while Cas works through this nightmare... I was just expecting... More?
Some parts seemed rushed, others seemed way too drawn out or even completely unnecessary in my opinion. I was satisfied with the ending, it was clean and tidy, wrapped in a bow and sealed with a morbid kiss... if you will.
I don't imagine this series to continue, I can't fathom WHERE it would go. *sigh* I'm assuming this was a two book series?
Regardless, you should totally read Girl of Nightmares- as it ties up Anna and Cas's story quite nicely.
Awesome quotes from my still FAV ghost hunter:
"I think I killed a girl who looked lke this once."
Um did you read that synopsis? A vampire madam , ghosts, and *gasp* (my fav) ZOMBIES! Sounds super awesome right?
Right from the get go, I freaking LOVUm did you read that synopsis? A vampire madam , ghosts, and *gasp* (my fav) ZOMBIES! Sounds super awesome right?
Right from the get go, I freaking LOVED Veronica. She's sharp, funny and has a totally killer attitude... and she's a madam! Is it crazy strange that I loved this little idiosyncrasy about her? Maybe so.
I HAVE to say that I am absolutely astonished that a man wrote this book, and I don't mean that in a bad way at all! Sharpe made Veronica undeniably real. I've read awesome books written by men featuring male protagonists and I've read amazing YA books by men featuring adolescent chicks... but never have I read a book written by a man featuring such a well-written adult woman.
That being said, there is a freakishly shocking (and dare I say gross) sex scene in chapter 9... and you guys know me- I like fictional sex of any kind! I'm not all that particular about it and I'm generally fairly difficult to catch off guard... but whoa.
After the 'zombie sex' I was completely ready to recant my theory about his writing women so well- because no woman would do that. THEN, I thought about it for awhile, and realized this Sharpe guy is a freaking genius! Because ONLY a woman would do that to get her child back. Well played!
A few words of caution: Blood & Spirits is pretty gory and graphic sometimes.
4.5 Stars and lacking the additional .5 only because I would've liked to see more relationship building with Veronica and Garrett. They have this totally intense relationship with nothing backing it, so I was convinced he was a bad guy throughout the entire thing! ...more
OMG! I am SO ashamed that it took me THIS freaking LONG to read this book! *dies*
Mara Dyer starts out CREEPTASTIC with Mara, her best friend Rachel anOMG! I am SO ashamed that it took me THIS freaking LONG to read this book! *dies*
Mara Dyer starts out CREEPTASTIC with Mara, her best friend Rachel and her frenemy Claire playing with a Ouija board... And six months later Claire and Rachel are dead, and Mara wakes up in tethered to tubes in a hospital.
Then as Mara is struggling to remember the events that landed her in the hospital... I'm crying like a little girl. ON PAGE 12.
"She [her mother] was the first to reach me that night when my screaming woke the neighbors, and she wastage one who caught me crying in my closet the next day. But it was only after she found me two days later, dazed and blinking and clutching a shard of broken mirror in my bloody hand, that she insisted on getting me help." Holy crap right?
After the doctor's suggest that Mara be instatutionanalized, she convinces her mother that they should move away from all the memories that haunt her every waking hour instead. So they pack up and head to sunny Florida!
I loved the way The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was told... it flowed so easily and Mara was amusing, sarcastic and totally likable!
Jamie ROCKED my freaking face off with his overly flamboyant AWESOME! Not even joking you,
"Anna used to be the abstinence poster girl, but post-Shaw, you could write a comic book about the many adventures of her vagina. It could wear a cape." Things aren't going so hot in Florida as she continues to see the ghosts of he dead friends lurking about every corner... and Mara starts noticing things that can't be explained away. People are DYING. People she had wished dead.
"I find it hilarious that whenever I light up, American's look at me like I'm going to urinate on their children." This book kept me UP and turning pages WELL into the night, left me guessing around every corner... I HAD to know how it ended!!! Needless to say- I'm DYING for the sequel now!
Mara Dyer is dark, suspenseful, haunting. heart-breaking... and FUNNY. Long story short- DO NOT wait as long as I did to read this book! It is AMAZING! The characters are to die for... *cough* Noah *cough*. The plot is twisted and filled with so many turns you can't help but lose yourself inside Michelle Hodkin's world of Mara Dyer!...more