Author: Kendare Blake (Blog, Twitter)
Series: Anna #1
Format: eBook (387 pages)
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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. Summary from Dust Jacket
I’ve never read a ghost story before. And, now having read one, I have no idea why. This was a fun adventure, one I’m looking forward to repeating.
This story was so unique. I didn’t expect anything that happened to happen. Although, since this was my first experience with this type of story, I’m not really sure what I was expecting. All I know is that I loved all the unexpected twists and turns.
I loved Blake’s writing. It was so descriptive. I also loved the characters’ personalities. They all had distinct ones and I loved the humor they brought into such a serious story. I particularly liked that the story was written from Cas’s point-of-view. I don’t read many male points-of-view and it was a refreshing change.
I absolutely loved all the pop culture references Blake had in Anna Dressed in Blood. It brought back my own memories of experiencing them throughout my life. It helped me relate to the characters better. I just hope this doesn’t date the novel in the future because I think this is one that many generations could enjoy.
I look forward to reading more books by Blake. And, I especially look forward to Anna Dressed in Blood‘s sequel to find out what happens next.
There’s a lot of swearing in this book and a lot of it is the use of the F-word. I didn’t particularly care for it, but I loved the story so much that I was able to look past it and still enjoy it.