Saturday, April 7, 2012
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Review)
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.
I am fairly new to the YA market. For some reason, I didn't think that YA books would interest me much. I was fascinated by the blurb to Anna Dressed in Blood and couldn't wait to get a copy. I am so happy that I read this story. It is by far one of the best books that I have read this year. Cas Lowood leads a very exciting life as a ghost hunter. Although Anna is a killer, I couldn't help but feel compassion for her. There is quite a bit of violence and gore and I personally wouldn't recommend this story for the lower age of the YA audience. This is one of those books, that I hated to see end and can't wait for the sequel.