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Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Pub. Date: August 2011
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Format: Hardcover , 320pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher (HC)
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

Anna Dressed in Blood is a nonstop page turner magnified by ghostly showdowns that will keep you glued to its pages. This book is a mixture of scary encounters, gory endings, and continuous suspense mixed in with a bit of horror. There wasn’t a moment while reading this book that I wanted to put this book down. I was infatuated from the beginning to the end.

Cas, the ghost hunter is the type of character I would love to see more of in books. He's confident, witty, and has an interesting past. His ghost hunts leads him to Anna, the local killer ghost. She's the one that's supposed to help him make a full circle and avenge his father’s gruesome murder. But, their grisly encounter leads to something neither of them unlikely connection. I love the conflicting sides that war with these two characters. They're complex and I couldn’t get enough of their struggles and triumphs. I enjoyed the secondary cast too. I kept laughing at the ghostbusters term that was thrown around. I loved everything about this book; the plot, the characters, and the writing.

I was sitting on the edge of my seat while reading this book. Long into the wee hours of the night, this book bewitched me. I couldn’t sleep without knowing what would happen next. So, I picked the book back up and dove back in. Anna Dressed in Blood packs a punch and I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment. This was a fantastic start to a series that I have a feeling will be one of my favorites.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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  1. I loved this one too, and cannot wait to read more from this author. Great review!

  2. 5 out of 5 stars? Ooo. And even if you didn't give it such a high rating, it sounds marvelous.

  3. I'm not super into ghost stories but this sounds great.

  4. Oh my us it was AMAZING second best horror/gothic novel next to Darren Shan's Demonata series. It made me want to curl up and cover my eyes, cry, and keep reading at the same time! Definitely can't wait until the sequel!


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