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Anna Dressed in Blood (edition 2012)

by Kendare Blake

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Title:Anna Dressed in Blood
Authors:Kendare Blake
Info:Tor Teen (2012), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 320 pages
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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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With a name like Anna Dressed in Blood, the expectation is that Kendare Blake's novel would be a spooky one; and I'm happy to report that it did not disappoint. Cas carries on his father's work - killing the already dead - and his latest case leads him to a town where a violent ghost with a tangled past resides; her name is Anna.

While the story itself is spooky, it wasn't scary to the point of frightening, that is, it didn't keep me up at night. The pace was a bit slow in the beginning, but picked up towards the middle of the book, becoming a late-night page turner (or book listener, as I was listening on tape!)

I enjoyed the layer and mystery that Kendare laid out in the story, there is the mystery of Anna and the mystery of Cas's father's death and Cas is in the middle trying to figure it all out. I also enjoyed the way she tied things up in the end and left it open for the next book.

One of the things that I didn't like much was how quickly Cas - a perpetual loner - seemed to gain friends and how soon they became involved in his life. Also, as I was listening to the audio book, while I liked the narrator's style, I wasn't a fan of the voices. However, overall it was an enjoyable experience, and I definitely won't shy away from listening to more books on tape.

Anna Dressed in Blood is definitely a great spooky read. ( )
  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
I hAd a hard time suspending disbelief in the story, but I adored the writing style!!!! ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
I wasn't completely wowed by this book, but it's a good read if you're looking for: (a) blood, gore, and ghosts or (b) something akin to a YA version of Supernatural. ( )
  s.pando | Nov 4, 2016 |
I wasn't completely wowed by this book, but it's a good read if you're looking for: (a) blood, gore, and ghosts or (b) something akin to a YA version of Supernatural. ( )
  s.pando | Nov 4, 2016 |
Cas Lowood is a ghost hunter. Well, actually he comes from a long line of people who have the ability to see ghosts and have the ability to "kill" them and banish them back to wherever it is that they need to go. After his dad is killed by one of the ghosts ten years ago, Cas picked up the family business and has been following in his father's footsteps for the past few years. His ultimate goal is to train enough and go back to where his father was killed and take on the ghost that killed him. In the mean time, Cas, his mom who is a white witch, and their cat Tybalt travel around the country going off of tips about ghosts that are wreaking havoc.

After receiving a tip about a ghost called "Anna Dressed In Blood" in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Lowood family pack up and move to Canada. Cas enrolls in high school like he does every where else, and he meets Carmel, Thomas, Mike, Chase, and Will who all play big roles in the novel. The main character other than Cas is, of course, Anna. She is the ghost of a teenager who was brutally murdered in the 1950s. She haunts the house that she lived in and seemingly kills anyone who enters. Cas with the help of his new group of friends who get involved whether they like it or not have the task of killing Anna to ensure she doesn't hurt anyone else.

I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. This was one of those books that you're really into the first few chapters, but eventually you have the whole book pretty much figured out.


Full review is up on the blog ( )
  leahlo89 | Nov 2, 2016 |
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Just your average, boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
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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.
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For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.… (more)

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