Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book Review: Anna Dressed In Blood

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. 

Anna Dressed In Blood ( Anna #1 ) by Kendare Blake
Hardback, 316 pages
Published 2011 by Tor Teen

This book was never in my TBR. I thought it would be another ya love story which will be nothing like the cover or summary makes you believe. Then i won it. And then i read it. At the end i found out that it was just plain awesomeness!!

> Old idea, with hunters and ghosts but originally written. Even though the idea behind the story is not new, the story felt fresh and exciting. It made you forget every possible connection with other stories and just stay with it and only, and enjoy it.

>Bloody. Yes there is blood and violence and some really creepy scenes. I did not expect that at all. I was reading at 3am and the characters decide to go into one really creepy house, find a murderous ghost and have some killing with a lot of detail and i'm like "i'm not sleeping tonight after that O_O". And guess what. I did not sleep because i was scared. Dead bodies, evil husbands, evil witches, good ghosts, bad ghosts...they all make a spectacular combination of horror. Do NOT read at night.

>Great characters. 1. The main hero is a boy. You follow a boy's mind during the whole thing! It doesn't happen a lot lately. Anyway, Cas is a brave and kind guy and kind of lonely. I liked how he acted, how he was thinking, how he and his mother were close and cared for each other. 2.First time, the popular girl is actually a kind person? And it's doesn't hoop up with the main hero but with one of the 2nd characters? Really? How awesome is that! Finally something not cliche with no weird triangles and etc!

>The scenes are alive. You might already understood that in my number #2 point but i need to say that all the scenes, creepy,funny,sad feel incredibly alive. Like it's in your skin and you feel every little thing!

I' can't describe how excited i am for the next book! Want something scary and exciting? Then pick it up! I liked it that much, that i also created a photo-manipulation inspired by it!

Girl In Blood HQ by me


  1. Yiota, this one sounds really good! I had pretty much decided I was going to read this one on the title alone (I know it's shallow, but anyway!) and because the description of it made it sound so good!

    Great review!

  2. Ok, total wimp that I am, I will make sure to read this one during daylight hours only! Thanks for the tip!

  3. I completely agree about the scare factor in Anna! I loved it!!

    -Wendy from A Cupcake and a Latte: YA Reviews

  4. This one looks incredible, I want to read it now- even though I'm usually such a wuss about scary things! Great review!

  5. Hmm I didn't even really bother with the blurb though I have seen it on numerous blogs thinking it would be a standard YA title but it actually sounds quite intriguing! Thanks for the heads up

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd oUt

  6. Isn't that hilarious when something you never planned to read turns out awesome? I wonder if I've had any of those ....though I might cause I won Mara Dyer and I never planned to read it - maybe it will surprise me.

    This book I LOVED I was foaming at the mouth waiting for it now the same with book two.

    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  7. I cannot describe how much I LOVE this book...

  8. O and sadly, I read it at night....ya not much sleep...l0l


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