Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake Published: August 30, 2011 Publisher: Tor Teen Pages: 320 Series: Anna #1 My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Synopsis: Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
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.
My Review: I believe in ghosts. I admit it. They freak me out almost as much as
zombies do and I'm terrified of zombies. So when I finally decided to
read this I thought I'd be up all night. But I actually wasn't that
scared. I was more afraid of what I thought would happen but when the
part of the book that I thought would be really scary and freaky
happened I wasn't scared. It was disappointing. I wanted be scared.
not that hard to scare. I will jump at practically anything but for
some reason this book just wasn't scary to me. I mean for a few pages I
could feel myself starting to feel just the slightest bit scared but
then nothing scary would happen. I would say that books don't scare me
but that wouldn't be true.
I did love Cas and Anna's relationship
even if I didn't really like it at first. At first I wanted Anna to
just rip Cas in half (or try to) even though I really liked Cas because that
would freak me out but that would also mean the end of the book so I
settled for her tossing him around a little. Besides that Anna was a
great character. She was a murderous ghost but she was also just a girl
when she was alone with Cas. Anna was just wonderful.
made this book for me was the ghosts and Anna's story. From the moment
the book started talking about how she died I needed to know. It kept me
reading. I wanted to meet this Anna Dressed in Blood. The beginning
also did a good job of dragging me into story. A kid who kills ghosts?
Sign me up!
Another bonus! Anna Dressed in Blood is narrated by a male. Yes! Kendare Blake you blew me away with Cas. He seemed real to me. He sounded like guys I know. It was perfect.
loved almost everything about this book. The characters, the plot, and
the writing were great. My only problem was that I don't think it ever
explained why Anna spared Cas and it wasn't that scary. I hope that we
get to find out why Anna spared him in the next book. I can't wait for Girl of Nightmares!