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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Book Review: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765328658
ISBN-13: 978-0765328656
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Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered 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: track, 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, now stained red and dripping with 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.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

I have been on a very lucky streak here lately, every book I read seems to be amazing. Anna Dressed In Blood was really good! It was extremely violent, almost too violent. I like a lot of blood and gore, and this book gave me a healthy dose of it!!! But even for me, I do have a line that can be crossed and Anna Dressed In Blood almost crossed it! I almost put the book down in the beginning, not because it wasn't great, but because of it's bloody violence. I got over it, just because I had to continue, I could not put this book down. With all that being said however, Kendare Blake is amazing, her writing is creative and well thought out.

It seems like I read books from a female's point of view all the time. I enjoyed reading from a male's point of view, this time around. Theseus Cassio Lowood prefers to be called 'Cas', was a very strong lead guy role. He was average height, a little on the skinny side but good lookin' and can kick butt with his athame. He is very good at killing ghost who murder innocent people. That is until... he meets Anna. This is really where the book gets good. Anna is a site to behold. When she gets angry (which is every-time someone enters her house) her hair stands on her head like slithering black snakes and her dress starts dripping blood... ton's of it!!! She has the power of He-Man and she wants to rip everyone in half. She spares Cas's life for whatever reason.

Cas has to figure out a few things... First, why did Anna spare his life? Second, how is he going to kill Anna? He has never faced someone so strong and powerful before. And... Third, why is he starting to care for this extremely sadistic, murderous ghost?

I liked Anna's story of how she died, it was intriguing and nail biting at the same time. Also, the romance that Blake throws in just for good measure was welcomed in this gory novel. The other character's that made this book great were Carmel (the hottie from school) and Thomas (the dorky mind reader). Caramel and Thomas stick by Cas's side while he tries to figure out how to stop Anna. They both are very helpful but they also needed help from Thomas's Uncle Morfran who practices Voodoo and Cas's mom who was a Wiccan witch and very good at mixing herbs to ward off spirits. And let's not forget Tybalt the cat who has a very good physic sense, if you ask me.

There was a great mix of everything in this book from the witchcraft, romance, blood & gore, to the sarcastic humor from Cas, that had me laughing out loud from time to time. Anna Dressed In Blood is one of a kind and could very well be a stand alone book, no extreme cliffhanger at the end. Read this one for sure... Only if you have a strong stomach! It's a great ride!!


Profanity - Extreme
Sexual - Moderate 
Violence - Extreme

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  1. I've been interested in this for a few months now, but was waiting for your review before I added it to my wish list. It sounds really good! But after looking at the content, I'm going to have to think on it a little longer before I make my decision. Thanks for the great review and content info! ^_^

  2. @Ren yes, this is a great book! Very well written and I'm sure you would fall in love with Cas as I did. However, that is why we do content reviews so YOU, the reader, can make a sound decision on what you read. There is something to be said about caring what goes into your head, your soul :) it's up to you!

  3. This one sounds amazing! I've been interested for a while now since I first read the premise because it really sounds like my kind of book...

    Can't wait to read it for myself! I love blood and gore as well so could be fun ^-^

  4. Great review! This definitely reaffirms my hopes of this one being amazing. I can't wait!

  5. Oooo. I like the look of this. Shall add it to my wishlist right now!

    Thanks for the review!

  6. Like you, I loved this novel. It really was hard to put down because I had no idea what Cas was going to do. I definitely get the gore aspect though. It did get really intense. Thanks for the great review!

  7. I'm so happy you liked it because it's been on my list since the 1st time I saw its cover! :)

  8. Saw this when you showed it in your IMM ages ago and it kinda stuck. Just finished reading it last night and I have to say I really enjoyed it :D
    I feel like I've been reading either dystopian books or ones that are similar to Graceling so you can imagine how happy I was to read one that was in the genre of YA horror AND had a male narrator. Yay! I don't think I've read a male narrated book since Beautiful Creatures.

    Loved Cas' name! He reminded me of the Winchester brothers from Supernatural. I'm glad that there was more to the storyline of his dad's killer and that we were able to see why Anna's death was so terrible. I thought it was perfect for him to end up being in love with a ghost, after all his job is weird enough for it to work! I'm glad there wasn't any cliff-hanger but I still can't wait to read the next book! I wonder if it's going to be told from Anna's pov.


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