Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Title: Anna Dressed in Blood

Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; paranormal fiction
Source: ARC

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

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.

My Review:

Who doesn’t love a good ghost story. And when you throw in a smart-ass male protagonist and his feelings for a certain ghost girl, yeah well you have that perfectly-hooked-onto-till-the-very-end-story.

I absolutely loved the story from Cas’s POV because it helped me realise that i just enjoyed reading a story from a guy’s POV. Initially, i have to be honest, i thought there might be something going on between Carmel and Cas but that quickly left my head when i saw the chemistry between Cas and Anna.
The story line really reminded me of the TV show Supernatural which made me love the book even more, if that was even possible.

This book was gruesome, creepy, violent and romantic all rolled in one. I’ve always wanted to read a horror story but i always found that the scare you get from the story rolling off of someone’s tongue never quite matches when you read. But, when i read Anna Dressed in Blood…WOW! I was hooked from the start. There were parts in the novel that were certified freaky and they gave me quite a scare. Not the kind where i refused to leave my room deep into the night. It just gave me the chills when i actually saw the whole story play before my eyes.

The way Kendare Blake weaved the whole story was fantastic. There are times when i’m reading that i know the whole story before it even finishes. Yeah, she had me sitting at the edge of my seat just wondering what the hell was going to happen next. The description was breathtaking, to say the least. It was like a well- played out movie just unfolding before my eyes.

After having finished the book, just literally, i know now what many other reviewers were gushing about. This book really does not disappoint. I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel!

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From the Review Pile #1

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Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)

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.