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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Released: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Rated: YA
Series: Anna, Book 1
Buy: Amazon
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.

What I thought

I was pretty excited about this one with all the hype about it before it released and after. I had sat on it for a while before finally buying my own copy and digging in. While I still enjoyed the story, I was a little let down because I had expected this hugely creepy, amazing story would unfold. Not so much creepy, though. Normally I'm not a fan of the creepy stuff, but I had gone into this one wanting it to be much more scary than it was.

The story was still really interesting, though. I enjoyed it and was still invested when I turned the last page. Cas is an interesting guy. Most YA books aren't narrated by a guy and I really liked the change of pace. I'm not sure I really ever liked Carmel and her crowd, but I did end up liking her by the end of the book.

Anna. This was what drew me in. While I wanted more scary ghostness from her, I still really liked her story. It's not pretty (obviously) and I hadn't seen it coming when we learn why she's haunting her house instead of having moved on.

I'm still glad I read it. I'm excited to read on and learn more about Cas and all stuff that was kept from him. It did leave off with lots of unanswered questions and one heck of a cliffhanger, but surprisingly, I was okay with that. It makes me eager to get my hands on the next one.

My Rating

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Karen said...

That's interesting because I saw all the hype and avoided all reviews and the book like the plague. Then a friend sent it to me and I was blown away and creeped out. lol
I think it's because I had no (or low) expectations and absolutely no clue what it was about. I almost hated giving a glowing review for it knowing that it will give readers heightened expectations but I really did love the book.
Great review and it's always good to have differing opinions.

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

I've heard a lot of hype about this book so it will be interesting to see what I think when I read it. I'll admit, the story doesn't seem anything like I thought it was (this is the first time I've read the synopsis.) Interesting and honest review!

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Lily Child said...

This is such a great book, I'm glad you liked it. I often think back to this story. I can't wait for the next book!!!!

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