Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Anna #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publishing date: 27 Augustus 2013
Number of pages: 420 P.
Languages: English, Dutch, German, Spanish and more
Age Category: Young Adult, Horror
Other Books In This Series:
The Girl of Nightmares
About Anna Dressed In BloodCas 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. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: 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.
Yet she spares Cas's life.
My thoughts on Anna Dressed In BloodEvery October I think of what to post on halloween, each and every time this book comes to mind, I have read it about 2 or 3 times already but never sat down to right a review for it. Even though this book is an amazing read, and reminds me of my favourite tv-series, Supernatural.
The setting of the book is just what you want to read during halloween, dark, menacing and fun. Yes fun, there is a lot of humour woven into this story, which makes it a great read. As honestly, at first I did not really enjoy really enjoy our main character. At the beginning of the book Cas seems to have no depth to him at all, the persona seems flat. As we read alone this gets better, and the character becomes more enjoyable.
It reads like an episode of Supernatural, and if you have not figured it out by now, I just love love love Supernatural. This is kind of the teen version of it, except for the part where the ghost in the end is not slain. That is what makes the book so lovely, that we get the whole back story from the ghost as well. And this ghost still has her humanity, even though it might not seems this way at first.
The book is not all that fast paced as you would think, it has a nice build to it. What I did find surprising is some of the side characters, Thomas an Mofran, are logical choices where as Carmel, is about the weirdest choice ever. First of all, poor girl for being called Carmel, what is up with that? Might be that it is something American maybe, but I am highly doubting that. Even weirder is the fact that a queen bee wants to join the outcasts. Don't get me wrong she makes a great character, and add to the story, but you do not see this a whole lot queen bees and outcast meddling.