Author: Kendare Blake
Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
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.
It took me two days to read this. First of all I want it known, I really loved this book. It was just— I wish I had better adjectives at my disposal it was that good. Anna Dressed In Blood was fast-paced, all the characters felt real none of them felt flat (even Mike the Meathead.) I really appreciated Cas sarcastic jaded attitude if he had been all high and mighty or played the flawless super hero he would have just felt fake. He screws up he makes mistakes but that doesn’t make me frustrated that makes me think of how well written he is. I really was blown away by how much I liked Cas.
I thought the witchcraft used in the book was successful! It wasn’t cheesy and those who practiced took it seriously but at the same time took a casual attitude towards it. It was made accessible for everyone without being ridiculous or meant to scare anyone. At least I didn’t think so. Oh and guys pay attention to the athame and the nightmares
So I love Thomas. I do. I think he’s adorable in every possible way. I wish I got more of Thomas’s background but I haven’t read the second book yet, Girl of Nightmares. (what can I say I like underdogs.) Carmel was interesting I was always surprised by her (in a good way) I wasn’t expecting her at all to be as brave as she was.
And finally Anna. Wow, coolest ghost ever. The way all of her forms are described are amazing. The imagery was immensely vivid I always had great images of what Anna looked like from the text. She was absolutely beautiful, terrifying and so stunningly sad. I almost didn’t care that she would probably tear me in two if I was able to enter her house. I just wanted to help her much like Cas wanted to although hehe not as badly as he did. *wink*
The ending was totally unexpected, ok maybe not the part with Anna but the part with the … crap I don’t want to spoil it for you guys. Ok, needless to say the ending was a show stopper I held my breath for moments of it.