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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.

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Hardcover, 332 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Tor Teen
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Roxana Abdoly Blake has stated that the Anna series is a duology so no. But she also alluded to possibly more adventures with Cas just not under the Anna series.
Peyton I agree she doesn't get the ending that she deserved in this book. Cas didn't even give her a choice he just let her go thinking his decision was best…moreI agree she doesn't get the ending that she deserved in this book. Cas didn't even give her a choice he just let her go thinking his decision was best for her. Somehow I hope she'd get reincarnated to another body in a different book.(less)
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Wendy Darling
"It's probably going to be blood," Thomas says in a regretful tone that doesn't match the devious excitement in his eyes. "It's almost always about blood."

If your dead, ghostly girlfriend sacrificed herself for you, you'd hope she'd at least finally be at peace, right? But it turns out poor Anna is still a lost, unmoored soul, and Cas Lowood is still haunted by her face everywhere he goes. In this sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood, which was one of my favorite books from 2011, Cas must find out
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Steph Sinclair
Dear Kendare,

In the words of my awesome co-blogger, Kat:

You saucy, saucy minx.

You knew exactly what you were doing here, didn't you? I'd bitched, moaned, and complained about Anna Dressed in Blood. I gave it 2.5 stars. I asked for more. You read my mind.

And you fucking gave it to me.

If anyone were to ask me why I continue on with series that didn't exactly impress me with book one, I'd have to direct them to Girl of Nightmares.

You get no complaints from me this time, Blake. This was brilliant.
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Kat Kennedy
The following book has been found in an abandoned, run-down house along with a body, a pen, and a worn and tattered copy of Girl of Nightmares.  The walls have many words and phrases written in blood. It's contents provide the only clues to the

events that led to the the death of a person and an increasing string of disturbances in the area.

It reads as such:

 

This is a journal of my reading expedition.  I have traveled to this remote locale so that I may read Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake in
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karen
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it

the problem is me.

i loved anna dressed in blood. loved it. i thought it was clever and spooky and funny with interesting characters and great action sequences.i thought it was beautiful and sad and striking.

i waited for this sequel with crazed anticipation. and then i saw it at ALA and i thought it was too good to be true and there were only two copies, and it was one of those gray area situations where i wasn't sure if it was for the taking or not, so i froze and i hemmed and hawed and finally
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Zara
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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Giselle
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, arc
This is one example of a book I would read for the cover alone. Heck, slap this cover on a 9000 page Spanish history book, and I will read it ALL! Even though I don't know Spanish >.< Luckily, what's inside this cover is just as incredible as the outside and will leave you equally spellbound!

It was clear from the beginning that Anna was not going to be as big a character as in the first novel. I was a bit disappointed at first because Anna is fabulous and crazy, but I can assure you that h
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Mario
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, own-read
She crossed over death to call me. I crossed through Hell to find her.


This book wasn't quite as good as Anna Dressed in Blood, but still, it was a great read and a great conclusion to this duology.

I've got to say it again, my favorite thing about this series are the characters. I loved every single one of the main characters (even though Cas did sometimes annoy me over his obsession with saving Anna). But I especially loved chemistry between Cas, Carmel and Thomas. They really were great friends
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Katy
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - I absolutely LOVED the first book because I thought Blake did an incredible job writing a morbidly twisted yet hauntingly beautiful masterpiece. But before I read this one, a friend had asked me, "How much would you like Anna without the scary scenes? Just Cas doing stuff with Thomas and Carmel?" Apparently, not so much because this book just didn't do it for me, and except for the totally awesome end in the last four chapters, I spent a lot of time either being pissed off or bored. ...more
Mitch
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, at least I got closure. I feel like a shoulder devil waving my little pitchfork around saying all sorts of bad things again, sigh, but Girl of Nightmares is almost a complete letdown. I'm not the biggest fan of Anna Dressed in Blood, but Anna still managed to be dark and very disturbing when it needed to, this sequel doesn't even come close. Rather than stepping up her game, filling up this sequel with scenes even more visually haunting and memorably terrifying, Kendare Blake doubles down ...more
Gabby
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
OH MY GOD!!! the cover is soooooooo awesome *FAINTS*



oh Anna! why do you have to be so effing deadly and beautiful at the same time. :3
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Closer to 3.5 stars.
To say that I'd been eagerly anticipating Girl of Nightmares would be an understatement of epic proportions. Anna Dressed in Blood is one of my favorite books and I simply HAD to learn Anna's fate as soon as possible. I had unreasonably high expectations, true, but for the most part, Kendare Blake came through.
In the sixth row of the theater, in the third chair in, Anna winks at me. Or maybe she just blinks. I can't tell. She's missing half of her face

A lot of my question
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Layla
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
First line: “I think I killed a girl who looked like this once.”
Favourite quote:“She crossed over death to call me. I crossed through Hell to find her.”
Song of choice: DNA(Blood Pressure) by The Kills

Let me introduce you to my perfect vision of Anna Korlov.

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*sigh* So pretty *gazes fondly*

Girl of Nightmares picks up six months after the ending of Anna Dressed in Blood. Cas can’t get over Anna’s crossing away and he’s still haunted by her sacrifice, so he
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Virginia ♥ Herondale ♥
Puh, I don’t even know where to start.
To write this review is kind of hard because I actually liked “The Girl of Nightmares” but at the same time somehow wasn’t really captivated by it.
I don’t even know what it is, maybe I just read too many awesome YA books to be enthralled by a story like that. *lol* Maybe it’s just me. Who knows?

Well anway I just try to write down my thoughts and see which kind of rating I will give. XD

First of all I have to say that I really dug the idea of Anna and Cas me
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shady
This review is also available over at my blog.

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God, that cover is so fucking badass. I love how Anna's like "Come with me . . . " I would, in a heartbeat. I would also bring my copy of the first book and make her sign it.

I adored Anna Dressed in Blood. I loved everything about that book and ever since I finished it I've been waiting and waiting to get this sequel, and the wait was excruciating. But oh God, did it feel good to finally be able to buy it. I was expecting an
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♥Rachel♥
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it

In Girl of Nightmares we pick up several months after Anna sacrificed herself to save Cas, Thomas and Carmel, by taking the Obeahman to Hell. Since then, Cas has been going through the motions of life and school. He follows up on ghost tips with Carmel and Thomas tagging along. The three of them now form a sort of ghost-busting team. However, Cas can't get Anna out of his head. Everyone has done research and they've consulted the spiritual community but they can't nail down what happened to Anna
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JoAnna
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a cute.... extra creepy series! My only complaint was the ending. It felt very rushed and abrupt. I think another 100 pages would have fit in nicely! Oh and..... I recommend reading these books at night time before bed, to get those extra creepy brownie points:D
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*


In honour of my favourite holiday of all, Halloween, I am dedicating the month of October to all those things that go bump, bang, boom in the night (and day).

This book is spillover from last year’s impossibly long Spooktober to-read list. Why did it fall by the wayside you may like to know…. (you probably don’t, but I’m telling you anyways.)

I have an issue with loving one book by an author and then feeling less loving towards the rest of their works. And I LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood! That boo
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Sabrina


WHAT

NO.

This book ugh I'm so upset I can't even begin to describe it. I originally expected this book to be just as awesome as the first book, but as per usual, it wasn't. It dragged on, boring. The writing of course was amazing because I love the way Kendare Blake writes. But unlike the first book, it had no spark. Carmel was annoying, Thomas was just "there" and Cas? He was puke-worthy.

Cas I feel like the one person who didn't like this book. Cas was boring the only funny part he had this ti
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Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
*3.5/5 where-the-hell-are-half-stars-when-one-needs-them-this-badly stars*

“Every time I question him about the feasibility, he smiles at me like he's Yoda and I'm just a dumbass without the Force.”

This book wrecked me! It wasn't as great as the first book - the first half dragged a bit, there simply wasn't enough ghost hunting as in the first one (view spoiler) - and while the e
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
“Cassio,” she whispers. “Get me out of here.”

Girl of Nightmares starts with Anna being gone. Remember the previous book? The whole jump straight into a fiery pit thing? Anyhow, it’s beet months since the little “accident," and Cas can’t stop obsessing over her. He hears her laugh and sees her, or things that remind him of her, everywhere he goes. He can’t focus on his ghost killing job. School sucks, and his friends can’t seem to stand him because of his douchey attitude. No surprise there.

Cas
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Muse-ic ♬
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
No.


I refuse.

I'm sorry you must have sent me the wrong order.
I asked for a book where my ship sailed.
I think I got a defective book.


All in all, I have to be satisfied with the ending. I cannot go against my better judgment because really there's no way Cas and Anna's relationship ever could have worked. So I guess I just have to be happy with it.
But just because my brain is being smart and reasonable doesn't mean my heart has to agree with it! My organs are at war. A civil war, to be exact.

What
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Khanh (the meanie)
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had high expectations for this book based on the first. The bar was set so high that I was inevitably let down. I did not like this book much. The creepy crawly is still there; Kendare Blake does creepy like few other authors can, it's just a lot more toned down this time around. I didn't find myself gagging upon reading a description, which is good or bad, depending on one's tastes.

Cal is getting over the loss of his ghostly love, and seeing her when he shouldn't. Of course, all his friends t
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Rashika (is tired)
List of qualms:
-Not enough Anna
-Not enough Anna
-Not enough Anna
-I wanted more creepy
Melanie
See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads

4.5 stars

Now this is, ladies and gentlemen is what YA humorous horror is all about. This was the one, and only sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood. And I don't think it could have been more flawless.

Ever since the savage ghost Anna disappeared into Hell, Cas- a ghost hunter thought he would be able to move on, forget the girl that caught his heart. Yet as each day passes, it's never getting easier. It's like Anna is still there, haunting Cas. And she is. But why
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
There’s something different about listening to a book. It’s a lot more descriptive and also a lot more long. You’re not looking at the words, you’re hearing them and it makes for a more imaginative read. I find it quite exciting too actually because the narrator’s voice hints at all the sarcasm found in the dialogue. It gives the characters a lot more depth and to hear all their conversations out loud even makes them seem more real. I love audiobooks! Definitely a way to go if your eyes are tire ...more
Phrynne
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not really as horrific as Anna Dressed in Blood but still an enjoyable read with some scary bits and a very satisfying conclusion to Anna's story. I was intrigued to find out how the author was planning to end this story in a way which was logical yet not disastrous and she does achieve this. I feel that we have said a definite goodbye to the amazing Anna but the way could be open for more about Cas in due course. I will certainly read any future books by this author.
Jamie-leigh Haughn
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Despite this book taking me forever to read (due to slumpage) , I really quite enjoyed it!

The story picks up where it left of in Anna Dressed in Blood, but it takes a drastic turn! I loved how we got to follow the same characters but in such different ways. There was still some ghost hunting but the story mainly focused on solving the problem on how to get Anna back! I really do like these characters although I could have used some more Anna, I missed her! Thomas was really the shining star to
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Gina
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORED this world!! This was a gripping ending to "Anna Dressed in Blood". The concept of going to another realm was fantastic. The characters was very engaging and likable. I really wanted everyone to have a happy ending even some of the bad guys. An excellent read.
Lazar
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the ending and the way Anna's story ended even though it was a bit sad.I will miss this world and characters and I am happy that i decided to read this duology !
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
*4.5 Stars*

I am coming back, is what I was going to say. But this isn't a game, and that isn't a promise I should make.

Wow. Kendare Blake has earned my respect in the span of a two book series-not an easy thing to do. What started out as a simple Halloween buddy read became an obsessive impulse to read two books in 3 days. It's not always about how well known a book is-it's about how the book is written. What appeals to your taste, your style, your mood, and ultimately what makes you happy. And
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