Kendare Blake – Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) | Review

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.

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I don’t think it was necessary for Anna to be a duology. Anna Dressed in Blood would be a great standalone and this book just shouldn’t have existed. I did enjoy it, I just didn’t really see the point in it. It feels like the author didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters and this world so she wrote a sequel and put a ton of new stuff in it. However, I love the cover a lot and I’m glad Anna is not sitting alone on my shelf. Now I have two of them to look pretty and awesome.

As I already said, the whole plot was pretty unnecessary, but it was still quite enjoyable. I feel like Cas’ depression and missing Anna dragged a bit and it took way too many pages to actually get to the main plot – going after Anna. However, when we finally got to that point, I started to enjoy this book a lot more because finally something interesting was happening. I especially liked the part in Suicide Forest, it was creepy and amazing at the same time. It was definitely a highlight of this book. I don’t really know how I feel about the ending, though. I expected something like that, but it feels kind of riddicolous that he went through all that shit and then… I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you read the book, you know where I’m going with this.

I did not like Cas very much in this one. He was too whiny and annoying at times. He was self-pitying himself and he was constantly depressed about Anna, but it took him so long to actually do something about it. He just lost his badassness (is that even a word?) from the first book. Carmel was even more whiny than Cas and I just couldn’t stand her in this book. Did not like her decisions at all. Thomas is the only character who didn’t disappoint me in this book. He stayed cool and awesome as he was and I like him a lot. Definitely my favourite character. Jestine is a new character who I really liked from the moment she appeared. She is super-badass and I ship her and Cas a lot. They would be such a cute couple because she brought the old Cas back and their relationship is just awesome.

Writing style didn’t change very much from the first book and it’s still easy to read. I liked all the jokes and all the funny moments in this book, even though the premise of this book is neither happy or funny. This book was quick and easy read and I quite enjoyed it. The first part was a bit slower, but the book was action-packed from the beginning and I very quicky got into it. Also, I very much like the creepines and the atmosphere in Kendare Blake’s books.

If you read Anna Dressed in Blood, I don’t really know if I recommend you this seuel or not. It’s up to you, because not everyone is going to love this book. However, if you haven’t even started Anna duology, I definitely recommend you to do so because it’s very entertaining and quick read.

R. L. Stine – Final Grade (Fear Street #30) | Review

Everyone thinks she killed her teacher
Intense, competitive, Lily Bancroft had good reasons to hate him. She lives to win, and he was about to destroy her dreams. But murder? That was going too far, even for someone as driven as Lily.
She’s innocent. But that hasn’t stopped the whispers behind her back. Or the weird phone calls late at night. Then someone else is brutally murdered and suddenly Lily is drawn into a nightmare she can’t begin to control. Will her final grade be her last?

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Getting beck to Stine‘s books is always a great experience for me. Final Grade was no different from his other books – which means it was fun, quick and creepy. I read it in one sitting and it was exactly what I needed in a study break. Premise was interesting, because every single one of his books has a different setting and situations in which characters find themselves are always original and I think that’s awesome, since he wrote A LOT of books.

The plot was not really a hit for me as I hoped it would be, but I enjoyed the book anyway. The only thing that really bothered me was the fact that I knew who is the killer halfway through the book. I read that one sentence in the book and I immediately knew who was it. I even marked it i my book and wrote down that I was 99% sure it’s that person. Aside from that, I really liked the book. It was fast-paced and crazy, we got some creepy murders, and even creepier characters.

Characters were pretty cliche and unoriginal, but I already got used to that in Stine‘s books.
Lily was such an annoying character. She frustrated me so much and I really hated her. She is just so stupid! Yeah, maybe she was smart when it came to school and studying, but I life situations, she was just dumb. But I guess none of the stuff would happen in the book if she was actualy clever.
I obviously can’t talk about other characters in the book because I would spoil everything for you, but I’m just going to say that the person who is the killer and the ‘bad guy’ in this book is just so creepy and I can’t even find a tiny little reason to like that person. It’s all so messed up, and if Lily didn’t annoy me so much, I would actually feel sorry for her.

I hate myself for saying this, but I’m not a huge fan of the writing style. I do enjoy Stine‘s books and all of that, but the style itself is actually pretty cheesy and and very simple. Everything in this book was naive and obvious, but somehow, I always buy it.

To wrap it all up, I just want to say that I’m glad I picked this book up, but I have to admit that younger me enjoyed R. L. Stine a lot more. I guess I’m a bit more mature reader now, but I still like to remember my favourite childhood authors.

Kendare Blake – Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) | Review

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I have to say something about the end, of course. Kendare Blake did very good job and she managed to shock me. SPOILER ALERT! When new ghost appeared and with him came the new complications, of course, I was amazed. The end was so unexpectable. I mean, it was obvious that a guy who kills ghosts and the girl who is a ghost can’t have the happy ending. I’m perfectly fine with the ending though. I would like if Cas and Anna were together because they are one of the most unusual couples ever but it didn’t hurt my feelings that they were separated at the end. That way the whole plot sounds more realistic (if that’s possible because we talk about ghost here but whatever).

The writing style was easy and it was an amazing read. i enjoyed this book so much. It contains a lot of vivid descriptions of ghost, killing and torturing but it also contains a lot of funny moments and that is why I love this book so much. I also have to say how much I love the cover, it’s absolutely beautiful and our publisher (Znanje) even made pages to look like they are soaked in blood and the letters are bloody red too. I love my copy of the book so much! It makes reading even better. Definitely recommend!