Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Author: Kendare Blake
Release Date: August 30th, 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: ARC Won in Contest
Series: Anna Dressed in Blood (#1)
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge (hosted by the Story Siren)
Summary ( 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.
My Review:
A good scary, thrilling tale is hard to come by these days, but a brilliant one is almost impossible to find! Anna Dressed in Blood is one of those rare near impossible to find stories that will give you chills. There are parts of this that truly freaked me out, but there are also parts that made me laugh as well as say “AWW”! It’s got action, blood, love and laughs which makes it pretty much perfect in my opinion. It’s a book that will make you think twice about going into that dark room after you read it. I loved Cas’s background of ghost hunting and I loved that he was a kick butt character. I love how this seemingly “easy job” of Cas’s changes his life. I also really love Anna. Her story is so sad and it just tore at my heart. Cas and Anna’s relationship is truly what made me love this book (also the plot and well everything else)! I beg you to go get this book. Don’t walk, don’t even run, I want you to break speeding laws to get to your local book store or library!


Lynn said...

I really like the look of this one. Thanks for the review - definitely wetted the appetite! Love something a bit scary.