By Kendare Blake
Tor Teen, 2012
Audience: All Teens
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.
So, Cas keeps seeing Anna everywhere. He really wants to help her because he kinda had a thing for her.
Yes, she is a ghost.
His entire network of family and friends tried so hard to talk him out of doing anything about it because it's DANGEROUS. Personally, I was on his friends and family's side. I didn't want him to put himself in a ton of danger when he had no idea what he was up against. And they can NEVER BE TOGETHER because she is a GHOST!
I couldn't help but compare this book to the first. It wasn't a ghost story at all, and hardly a horror story (it was towards the end.) Mostly, it was a mystery. Don't get me wrong, I like mysteries, but I really wanted to be just as scared as the first time around. The only part that was scary, and really it was more upsetting and disturbing, was when everyone was walking through the forest.
I was all set to not like it, but then you get to the ending and OH MY GOSH it changed EVERYTHING! I felt so guilty for being against his plan. So, if you're disappointed it's not like Anna and have less patience than me, stick with it! You'll be glad you did.