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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (edition 2011)

by Kendare Blake

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Title:Anna Dressed in Blood
Authors:Kendare Blake
Info:Tor Teen (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:ghosts, witches, young adult, ghost hunter, canada

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Cas Lowood is Sam Winchester without Dean. Buffy the Vampire Slayed killed vampires; Cas kills those already dead or at least those ghosts with homicidal intent.

Accompanied by his witch mother and armed with his father's athame, Cas travels the country searching for malevolent spirits and then dispatches them to a places unknown. While a young boy, his father was murdered by a ghost he was tracking. As adolescent, Cas continues his father's work killing successively more violent ghosts in preparation for the ghost that killed his father. He may have found his penultimate victim in "Anna Dressed in Blood." Since she was murdered in 1958, she has killed everyone who has stepped in the deserted Victorian house haunted by her ghost. Once Cas slays Anna, he will be ready for the monster that killed his father.

Although young adult fiction isn't a genre I generally read, it was the best monthly choice offered by a online book discussion group. Surprisingly, I found the book a guilty pleasure and will read the next in the series in the future. ( )
  John_Warner | Oct 22, 2016 |
Quick, interesting, a bit gory ( )
  klarsenmd | Oct 12, 2016 |
This one took me a while to figure out how I felt about it. In the end I decided on a 3 or 3 1/2 stars. It wasn't the best book I've ever read but not the worst, and real middle of the road book for me.

I wasn't sure at fist whether or not I would even finish the book. Why? Because I HATED the main character. I felt he was the biggest douchebag asshole I had read about in a while. I felt he was needlessly mean to others and really to emo for me. However, after a while He calmed down and by the end I was rooting for him to succeed.

I did like the other side characters in the book, they were pretty fun to read about, if slightly 1-dimentional.

Overall, I liked it OK in the end. ( )
  Sarah_Buckley | Sep 17, 2016 |
Anna Dressed in Blood... This is one of those books that you definitely don't want to judge by its cover. I saw the cover and title and assumed that this would be one hell of a horror story. Unfortunately, that was not the case or at least I didn't think so. Don't get me wrong, the author throws some gore and paranormal elements in there but the way it was written just didn't scare me. I guess I expected more of an adult horror story but it's actually geared more toward high school teens. If you've ever read Rin Chupeco's Girl from the Well series, then you'll see the similarities. This story was a very watered down version of it. If you like mild paranormal ghost stories then this is a good pick but if you're looking for something that makes you want to leave the lights on then I would find something else to read. ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
Anna kills, but you'll like her. You will be on her side. You will want to be on her side.

I am marking this a spoiler just in case.
What drove me furious is Will's self-righteousness. I don't understand why Cas felt he owed him anything in the beginning. EVERY one of them seemed to forget that tiny unimportant thing that freaking Mike (Will and Chase too, when you think about it) took Cas to Anna's house and hit him with a board. The way Mike died was horrible, and I might feel sorry for the guy if it weren't Will's attitude later or Cas's misplaced feeling of owing the guy. The way that was told you get the feeling that hitting someone with a board is nothing.

I liked how you don't get step-by-step explanation when Thomas and Morfram do their spells later. Since Cas is the one who is telling us and he doesn't know anything about it, it comes out more real. He gets an explanation only when he asks about stuff and they are usually short.

Supernatural is one of my favourite TV series and even though Anna Dressed in Blood is like a longer episode it is still a great story. Every time you think nothing new would happen or the author exhausted all the good ideas, you are proven wrong.
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  Aneris | Aug 12, 2016 |
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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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