Thursday, December 22, 2011

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Genre:  YA Paranormal Fantasy
Anna Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Kendare Blake's website):

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder 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: move, 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, but now stained red and dripping 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.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

When I first started this book, I thought Cas was a little arrogant and cocky.  And I didn't know if I was going to enjoy the book.  But he definitely grew on me.  The story flowed really well and had some suspenseful moments.  I felt it twisted and turned perfectly: I was able to predict some things and others caught me off guard.  Also, the witty references to modern day media made me feel like I was part of an inside joke (I never get the jokes or references in books).

I think ghost stories are starting to grow on me...  I thought this book was great and would recommend it to people.


  1. I loovvveeed this book. I cannot wait for the second book in this series!

    Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky

  2. I keep putting this book on my basket but I never do the checkout, WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME!? Ghosts, arrogant heros and witty references? I must get it, NOW!


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