Guys, Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake was SCARY. It took me a while to read this book, not because it wasn't awesome (oh, I love Cass's voice) but I couldn't read it right before bed. I would get scared. I cannot even TELL you what the forest scene did with my overactive imagination. Nevertheless, I am happy I read this sequel. (See my review of Anna Dressed in Blood! Thanks for being awesome, Cas).
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 (GoodReads).
Originality: 9. I don't read a lot of ghost stories, but all of the magic feels original. In particular Cas's powers and Thomas's magic avoids feeling cliche. Bravo!
Absurdity: 3. I am in to the paranormal aspects, but a couple of points go to teens being allowed to go to Europe without adult supervision. Eye roll!
Level of Paranormal Romance: 3. A ghost hunter pining after his ghost girlfriend who passed to the other side (so is she dead x 2? hmmm). But Anna and Cas do not get share feelings etc., so this score is low, but this does not mean that Cas's feelings are unaffecting. They are!
Level of Harry-Potterness: 5. This book is dark, something like the end of the HP series, and I think the cadence of the writing is striking. Get involved!
PS. Do you think the series is over? Or is there space for more?