Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


Anna Dressed in Blood
by Kendare Blake
Series: Anna #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication date: August 30th 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
Evan’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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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.

Evan’s Thoughts

I have decided to let my fifteen year old son review some books on my blog too. He isn’t adept at writing reviews so I told him we could do this Q&A Style. I will be reading this book also, when I get around to my TBR pile, so I may also write a review and link to this post to compare our thoughts.

1. What did you like about the book?

Evan: I love Kendare Blake’s descriptive writing style. The scenes were very detailed and she really made it easy to feel as though I was inside the story. I like that it was funny, as well as creepy, and full of action.

2. What didn’t you like about the book?

Evan: There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the book. I read the book in two sittings – within 48 hours. I am currently reading the second book.

3. Who is the main character and what is your opinion of him/her?

Evan: The main character is Theseus Cassio Lowood, referred to as ‘Cas’ throughout the book. He is a ghost hunter. He is a strong, determined character. He is a cool guy, very calm about everything, even during battles with ghosts.

4. Would you consider this a YA book that could be recommended to anyone at any age?

Evan: No, there is some language that is not appropriate for younger kids. This is definitely for older teens.

5. Did you like the ending of the book?

Evan: It was a complicated ending. I loved it and hated it. Obviously I loved it more than I hated it because I am reading the next book. That’s all I’m going to say — no spoilers here!

6. Did you think it was a good book? Would you recommend it to your friends?

Evan: Yes, I thought it was a great book that kept me interested from beginning to end. I would definitely recommend it to my friends.

About the Author


Kendare Blake grew up in the small city of Cambridge, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York and received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in London, England. She loves to travel, is an advocate for animals, and cheats a lot when she plays Final Fantasy. Adopted from South Korea at the age of seven months, she arrived with the following instruction: “Feed her chocolate.” Though not medically advisable, she and her parents are eternally grateful for this advice. Kendare Blake’s short fiction has appeared in numerous markets, including The Momaya Press Annual Review and Mirror Dance Magazine, among others. Her debut novel, Sleepwalk Society, deals with four friends coming of age post 9/11. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (2011), and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (2012), are YA horror chronicling the strange life of Cassio Lowood, a teenage ghost hunter who falls in love with the dead girl he was supposed to kill.

The ANTIGODDESS series launches in 2013.

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