Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

“You make me want things I can’t have.”

Published by Tor Teen on August 30, 2011.

Rating: 4 stars

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.

My Review:

The storyline to this book is unique and intriguing. I have yet to read anything YA about a ghost hunter.

At first, I could not get really into this book, but once Anna came into the picture, I could not put it down. Ms. Blake knew exactly how much blood, guts and gore, we the readers could handle. I am a big fan of horror flicks, so a spooky story was right up my alley.

The characters fit together perfectly. You have the ghost hunter, the strange geeky kid, the queen of the school, a couple of small brained big muscled jocks and the scariest ghost you will ever read about! Not to mention the Mom and Grandpa! What a crew! It made for a very interesting read!

At first, my favorite character was Thomas, the strange geeky kid. He just seemed so innocent, shy and just wanted a friend. BUT, then I was introduced to Anna! Her story was gut wrenching and all the rage that she has inside of her. I could not help but shed some tears as I was reading. It is no wonder the way that Cas feels about her, she really could not help what she had become.

The ending was surprising and I do look forward to a sequel. I am very curious to see what the future holds for Anna and Cas. I just hope that Anna can finally get some happiness in her life, even if it’s after she is dead.

“She’s my purpose and we’re going to save each other. We’re going to save everyone. And then I’m going to convince her that she’s supposed to stay here. With me.”


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