Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Release Date: August 30th, 2011
Tor Teen, 316 Pages
Source: Bought in Hardback
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Anna #1
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…
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.
WICKED good book.
I fell in love with this book in the first page. Why? Because it references North Carolina.
Okay, aside from that I really did fall in love with this book. It starts out in a way that really gets your heart pumping and you’re already on the edge of your seat. From then on out, you’re on this roller coaster of a ride with Cas and his ghost hunting lifestyle. Cas has all the qualities of a great male protagonist – he’s likeable, he’s slightly cocky but funny, and underneath it all he’s a sweetheart.
Anna Dressed in Blood is funny, exciting, and a fresh take on the paranormal romance sub-genre of YA. I felt myself devouring the book in less than a day because the story telling is simply amazing. It’s told from Cas’ perspective and I actually really like it. I don’t think it would have worked as well from Anna’s perspective. I also really like that it’s a good 70-something pages into the book before we meet Anna. It gave me some time to really get to know to Cas before introducing Anna.
Overall, I think I really enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood because of the wonderful story-telling of Kendare Blake. If you’re looking for a book that you simply can’t put down and love paranormal romance, then this is definitely for you!