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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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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Oh yes, this was a pretty scary one, especially when I was reading it at 2am and had to go to the kitchen for a snack break. I turned on all the lights on my way there. Hheee.

Anna Dressed in Blood had magic, dark magic mostly I should say, voodoo, and obeah. Obeah? Color me surprised, never in my life have I read anything about Obeah. You see, I was born in the Caribbean, and I grew up hearing about Obeah, Obeahmen and Obeahwomen. I couldn't believe it, would never have expected to find such a familiar dark topic in a paranormal book. I actually laughed and had to do a double take when I saw the word. It's not something I would want to reminisce about but it brought back some memories. I was pretty young when I would hear stories about the dark craft growing up. I would hear some pretty scary stories and was also told that it only affects you if you believe in it. There was some contradiction to that advice, because I can remember some poor soul having a difficult time in their life and my Grandmother saying that someone put Obeah on them.

Okay, I should get back to the story. Haven't read much ghost stories and this is the best one I've read so far. I think it could also be described as an horror story as well as a story of friendship and living. After Cas' father died on a de-ghosting case, it was left up to him to continue the legacy of ridding the world of the evil feinds. All Cas knows is ghosts and more ghost, he's been a loner his entire life and wishes to keep it that way, he doesn't want to be responsible for the lives of others and he doesn't know how to be with the living anyway. When he was sent a tip about a ghost who needs vanquishing (Cas wouldn't like that term it being a ghostbuster one, lol) called Anna Dressed in Blood he can feel that this one is going to be different.

Everything on this job was different for Cas, first his barrier of not letting anyone in was broken through by new friends Thomas and Carmel. Inexperienced at ghost hunting but brave enough to fight side by side with Cas. And second, Cas doesn't hesitate to send the ghost he's hunting to wherever it belongs, but Anna was a different story. He can't find it in himself to send her away. Anyone who dares enters Anna's domain doesn't leave with their life, but when Cas unwittingly finds himself in her house unprepared, instead of ripping him to shreds she allows him to leave. Let's not forget the Obeahman. The Obeahman's existence brings up questions for Cas, mostly about his Athame. The same Athame his father and ancestors used to re-kill ghosts and send them away. Where do the ghosts actually go? Is the Athame good or bad?

Cas has never been in love, or was never drawn to a human girl. I think it was unfortunate that he was born into such a destiny and to be thrown into to it at such a young age. All Cas knows is ghosts, so no wonder the first time he feels drawn to a girl she turns out to be a ghosts. Anna and Cas's affection towards each other was a little strange for me but I accepted that his mostly secluded life from the living made it inevitable.

Cool and creepy story, really enjoyed it. Can't wait to see where it goes. ( )
  GigisIrieReads | Apr 20, 2016 |
This book definitely goes in my favorites folder. I loved it from start to finish. I want to thank Molly Looby for recommending this book to me. Cas was a great character, sometimes a little over confident, but yet very likable and had me rooting for him the entire book. The ending was a total surprise I didn't see it coming. I'm so looking forward to reading the second book in this series. Kendare Blake, you knocked this out of the park. 5 of 5 stars ( )
  stevealtier | Apr 9, 2016 |
I love YA-books from time to time. And I like ghost stories. But this book was dissapointing.

First of all - I felt reminded of one of my favourite TV-shows: Supernatural. But the protagonist of this book was dry, boring, one-dimensional and uninteresting. Gimme the Winchester brothers instead, thank you!

The whole first scene felt like a retelling of the pilot - just with a teenager ghost hunter.

The other characters were not better - stereotypes found in so many books or films, interchangeable and easily forgotten. The love stories in the book? No, I don't buy them either.

There were countless holes in the story: a murder which is never mentioned again, missing teenagers everybody seems to forget - trust me, I used to live in a small town, a murder was talk of the town for years, a missing teenager would have not been forgotten for years - let alone 27 of them in half a century.

I won't read the rest of the trilogy and I cannot recommend it.

Two stars because of the ghost, Anna, the only lively character in the book - although she died fifty years ago ;-) ( )
  Ellemir | Feb 1, 2016 |
( audio and printed book) I'd give it 3.5 stars. I really loved Anna, her dress, her blood, her house, it was all so dark and ghoulish. I wanted more of the house and her. Her story was the only real interesting part for me. The first 1/2 of the story was just an everyday walk through life. Well, except for a brief encounter with a hitchhiker. The second 1/2 of the book took off down a dark and dangerous trail. Exciting.

I had some issues with the Main Character Cas, he was such a non emotional guy. Too calm under dire circumstances. The audio was read the same way which was disappointing, I was hoping it was just the narrator. Even his romantic parts where so short and ?!?!??! His actions, to his 'friends' their involvement into his stuff was confusing.
The side characters where a nice mix up of High School teenagers. I thought their drama was played a bit too much and did not seem to fit in the story. They acted like tweens to me, their interactions just seemed out of place.
Okay, even with all the things I griped about I enjoyed the story. I just didn't love it, nor the main character enough to continue the series. ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
Anna Dressed in Blood is a very very good horror story, one that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. It's tense, exhilarating and pretty dark.

Why on Earth then did you give this book lower rating? you might ask.

Truth is, I felt that with all the excellence of this novel, the love story was completely unnecessary. It's awkward at its best, developed under highly unlikely circumstances and it just doesn't stick.

Why would a boy who sees Anna as his target, who just witnessed the girl killing someone in the most gruesome fashion suddenly feel for this girl? I'm sorry, but no. Sympathy, pity, certain respect, fear... I can understand that. But love? That's pretty twisted.

Cas himself reminded me of Cassel Sharp from Holly Black's Curse Workers series. He likes to feel superior to his peers, detached from their worries, but in reality he is not that good at what he does. He manages to do it by sheer luck and perseverance, but not because of his skills and cunning. Hell, no. There are plenty of people around who really appreciate what he does and who help him all along the way.

The secondary characters though are really well done. I admire them for going against stereotypes. Carmel, especially. She is a beautiful blond cheerleader. Strong, not egocentric and very clever. She's got a really good heart and she falls not for Cas, the main character, but for his geeky mind-reading sidekick slash witch, Thomas. I thought it was awesome.

The scariest moment of this book? The cat dies. You do not kill the cat! *sobs* It's just so unbearably cruel. Kill humans instead. Pets are no-no, unless they are from The Pet Cemetery.

All in all, this is a fantastic read, full of suspense, and a very good murder mystery. Ditch the love story, and we'll have something truly great in the books to follow. I also hope to see more of Carmel and Thomas. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
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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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