Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Published: August 30th 2011
Publisher: Tor teen
Source: I Read Banned Books Book Tours
Rating: 5 Birds
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 came to me by way of Jen Bigheart over at I Read Banned Books tours. I was really excited to get my hands on this, if even for a week – I mean LOOK at the cover – if that doesn’t pull you, well…nothing will!
I love ghost stories, and Anna Dressed In Blood blew me away. Young adult ghost stories have always been ok for me, but never really had the full package deal, if you see what I mean. Anna however was a knock out. It kept me intrigued, scared the pants off me at a few points, kept me guessing and had just the right amount of gore for me.
Anna is remarkably written, using myths, VooDoo and witchcraft to whip up the perfect plot line. Filling out the whole thing is an ass kicking, ghost slaying, sometimes angsty, Cas who has sharp as a tack wit and good looks to book (Hello, Windchester brothers?! Any Supernatural fans here?) Turly you get the full ghost story experience in this book.
I do have to mention, before I go I any author that writes from the POV of the opposite sex is a hero in my book. I have a hard enough time writing a female teenager, and I’ve been one of those!
Thanks Kendare LOVED the book, can’t wait to meet her next month in my home state for her book release party. We’re going with a full 5 Birds on this one. Can’t wait to read more in this series!