By Kendare Blake
Review copy from my library
I have to admit, I was sold on this book months ago because I loved the cover that much. I did not care what the book was about. So, I went into this one not knowing what to expect and I was surprised.
I LOVED this book.
We have a ghost hunter, who happens to be a hot teenage boy and a ragtag group of friends who want to help him banish the most famous local ghost-Anna.
Anna, however, is not like most ghosts.
Blake writes really scary scenes and they do not come off as hokey, just the opposite. Some of the things that happen in this book are really frightening, and I cannot recommend it for the squeamish. This is so refreshing to see in YA-real horror.
I also loved that Blake was not afraid to allow her characters to make fun of themselves. Repeated Ghostbuster and Buffy references abound, and the comments were funny and relieved some of the tension of the world she has created here.
Finally, I love the world Blake has created here. I can't wait to learn more about the ghosts and other creatures roaming around this world that Cas lives in. I do wish I had read this closer to Halloween, but I know quite a few readers who would love this as much as I did.
The second book, Girl of Nightmares, will be out in August of 2012 and makes that a perfect title for my Sophmore Challenge reading list.