Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Source: Own 
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Overview

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 Thoughts


It's not often that I have trouble thinking of things to say, but this book...I just don't even know how to say the things I am feeling. I absolutely freaking loved it!! I mean, that just doesn't really seem like enough. It has romance, action, ghosts, creepiness, just awesome really!  I was hooked right from the beginning. I really love Cas and Anna, but the other characters are great too. I was never bored with this book, in fact I felt like I couldn't read it fast enough, and at the same time did not want it to end. Oh, and also awesome, it's told from a male PoV. 

Cas and his mother moved to Thunder Bay so he can hunt Anna. He was given a tip off from a good informant, and though he didn't know much about her, Cas was intrigued by her. He knew he needed to act on this one. He easily gets acquainted with the popular girl at school. He knows that he has to get in with the people who know all the good stories. He gets them to open up about Anna very quickly, and even take him to the old Victorian house that she haunts. She brutally murders anyone who enters the house. Things actually get quite complicated there. Cas finds that he is going to need help, which he has never needed before. He also discovers friendship with Thomas and Carmel. He usually avoids friendship since he moves around all the time for different hunts. Things get a lot worse too. It's not just getting rid of Anna he has to worry about. 


So Cas, what can I say....he's pretty awesome. I love his personality. He's sarcastic, independent and tough. When you're a ghost hunter you can't very well be a wuss. He is very self assured, and knows what he needs to do to get his job done. Some of his lines in the book had me cracking up too. When he meets Anna he knows she is different from any ghost he has ever had to "kill". 


Anna is freaking scary!! When we first meet her she is a violent crazy ghost! I would not want to get in her way at all! For some reason, she doesn't harm Cas though. Her inner demon is somehow able to hold back from killing him, and even she doesn't know why. 


The writing was fantastic, the story was incredible, the characters are likable and easy to connect with, and the progression was perfect! I loved everything about this book. This is one of those books that you tell yourself you will just read one more chapter, but you fight through your exhaustion to keep reading! I can't even put into word how much I loved this book. I am absolutely dying for Girl of Nightmares to come out!! Definitely 5 out of 5 stars to this!!

20 comments:

  1. Hi loving Mom!! =)

    Excellent review! I agree that Anna is super freaking scary XD and that house >_< holy cow! and CAs! oooh yeah!! I love him too! Excellent male character! ^_^

    have a lovely weekend!! muah! ^.^


    Dazzling Reads

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    1. Thanks hon!! I am definitely looking forward to Girl of Nightmares! I can't believe I waited so long to read this book! :) Hope you have a lovely weekend too! <3

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  2. Awww wasn't this just awesome!? I really liked this too and Cas was a great protagonist it was one of my first with a male POV and since I've been really enjoying books in the male mind! haha. So happy you liked it Amy! <3

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    1. I am really enjoying male POV's lately. This book was so great! Cas had such an awesome personality. :)

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  3. I've been really wanting to read this one! But the books already on my bookshelf have priority. I'll have to purchase it one of these days so it is another priority. :)

    Nice review! Makes me even more eager to buy it.

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    1. I know the feeling. I keep buying books when I know I need to read the ones I have already. I have put myself on a book buying ban now. (Excluding pre-orders and highly anticipated books of course)

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  4. Yet another book known, but haven't read. I love that this is from the male POV. I've seriously never seen a negative review of Anna. I'm so glad you lived it.
    Great review!

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    1. I have been meaning to read it for a while. I am so glad I finally got to it.

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  5. This book has been in my TBR pile forever! It sounds so great and the reviews have all been really positive...can't wait to read it!

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    1. I got it when it first came out. I'm not sure why I didn't read it right away, but I'm glad that I finally got to it. It was great!

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    1. Wasn't it fantastic?! I can't believe I waited so long to read it.

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  7. This is one of my favorites... I loved it! I can't wait for the Girl of Nightmares to release!!

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  8. I liked the male POV I don't read that too often and from one sarcastic person to another I loved Cas and who else just wants Thomas and Carmel to be together!!

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  9. I LOVE male POVs, Cas sounds like a really funny guy. I can't wait to read this one!

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  10. Male POV's are so great!! I really enjoy them too. OMG I totally want Thomas and Carmel together too!!

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  11. I'm ashamed that I still haven't read this book. It sounds like it has everything in it that I love. *sigh* Great review! Thanks for sharing it! :D

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  12. This looks amazing - thanks for the great review! I am getting into this genre more so I will look out for it. Thanks for posting! :)
    New follower, love our blog :)

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  13. Hi Mom! Here´s one mum just like you. ;)
    Excellent review! Loved the book, can´t wait for the next one...

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