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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“Waiting On” Wednesday #9

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Under the Never SkyUnder the Never Sky

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—nicknamed The Death Shop—are slim.

If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms eventually will. In this dystopia, even the very air she breathes

could kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild, dangerous—a savage. He’s also her only hope.

Perry needs Aria, too. She alone holds the key to his redemption. And their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Expected publication: February 7th 2012 by HarperCollins

Wanderlove

Wanderlove


 It all begins with a stupid question:Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria’s a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan’s a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they’ve got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can’t run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Expected publication: March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
The Story of Us

The Story of Us

A new novel about love, life, and everything in-between… from fan-favorite and award-winner Deb Caletti.Cricket’s on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend, trying to figure out whether she’s in it for the right reasons. But this is a bad week to try to figure it all out. After ditching two previous husbands-to-be at the airport, Cricket’s mother Daisy is finally getting married, to Dan Jax. Cricket loves Dan, but as the families and friends start to arrive for Wedding Week at the beautiful guest house on Bishop Rock, run by old hippies Ted and Rebecca Rose and their sweet, sexy son Ash, things start getting complicated.There’s no airport on Bishop Rock, as far as anyone knows, but Cricket fears that Dan is in danger of becoming ditched husband-to-be number three, and Cricket’s own desires have chosen now to have a mind of their own. Because even though her boyfriend looms large in her mind, Ash is right in front of her….

Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Simon Pulse
Article 5

Article 5

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have been abandoned.The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police — instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior — instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested don’t usually come back.

17-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.

In the three years since the war ended, Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the Federal Bureau of Reformation. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And what’s worse, one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Expected publication: February 14th 2012 by Tor Teen
Slide

Slide

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

Expected publication: March 27th 2012 by Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins