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Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake Review

So I finally got around to reading Anna Dressed In Blood, which has been on my shelf for months! I have said before on this blog how much of a wimp I am when it comes to scary stories but I actually loved Anna! Summary from Goodreads:

Anna dressed in blood‘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 really enjoyed this book, it seemed so original, so different to books that I have read before. The idea of falling in love with a ghost is genius and I loved that the voice of the book was male – it gave this book a different perspective that you don’t often see in romantic novels.

The main character is Cas, who we first see killing a ghost on a road somewhere. He’s a ghost killer (although every time he says that the Ghostbusters theme runs though my head). He’s cool, collected and out for revenge for his fathers death. Unfortunately he runs into Anna, and begins to fall for her. I really liked seeing his feelings for her develop and his initial confusion about them and how they shattered his life that he had built up. Cas is caught between two worlds, not the living and the dead but the teen and the adult. He feels awkward in school, doesn’t want to make friends or have a girlfriend and looks after his mum. He moves around a lot and never stays in one place. That adult world disappears when he makes friends and falls for Anna. I thought this made the story so interesting.

Anna is also a pretty kick ass character. She kills frequently, has black eyes and is an extremely strong ghost. The only person she can’t kill is Cas. At first with Anna, all we see is a murderous monster but as the story progresses and the story of Anna’s murder is told you can begin to understand why she is the way she is. I really wanted to know more about Anna, to get to know her personality a bit better so fingers crossed for the next book!

However, this book did not scare me. I know, I cant believe it either. I don’t know why because some bits were gruesome and violent – maybe I’m not as big a wimp as I thought I was? That didn’t detract from the book for me – I loved Anna’s mystery and I loved the ending – so heart-breaking! I cannot wait till Christmas – when fingers crossed I get the next one!

I am now midway through reading my favourite book of all time; The Hobbit and  preparing for the movie coming out!!!! eeeek

Laura 🙂

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