Saturday, November 24, 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood by: Kendare Blake

Five Stars: Perfect

Goodreads Summary:

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.

See, I don't scare easy. But I like scary things. So when I found this book, I immediately started to read it. It picked me up right from the start with Cass hunting a ghost. He's a great narrator.

Anna had a terrible story before she died, and there was a reason why she was evil. It wasn't like she just woke up one day and decided to be bad. She was forced to and kept fighting it. Anna was like two sides of a coin: both a murderer and a victim, like so many real people.

You didn't know the actual villain until the middle of the book. Sure, there was Anna, but she didn't really count since she turned good and all. He was a strange and interesting character.

The plot was well developed. There were very little plot holes. It was fast paced and full of action.

All the characters seemed three-dimensional. They seemed to shape the plot, instead of the plot shaping them. They weren't cliched at all. The ghosts were really interesting.

The writing was great. I never knew it was possible to make something so terrible written well. Everything flowed easily. The word choices were really good.


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