Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

Book Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre(s): YA, Paranormal
Number of pages: 316
Publisher: For Teen
Date publishedAugust 30, 2011
Source: bought
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. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: 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.

Yet she spares Cas's life.

I've been eyeing on this book ever since and reading it was such a nice feeling. Anna Dressed in blood is one of the best books that I've read this year! It has all the elements that I've been looking for. It's a page-turner, creepy, unique, surprisingly gripping and way too engaging!

Anna was different compared to the ghosts Cas has meet. She posses greater power and there was something about her that wring to Cas' inner feelings. During their first meeting, one of Cas' friends was killed by her. But she spared Cas' life.

Cas was such a lovable character. He's charming, has good looks, confident in his work, has dry humor and witty. Everything about him was so alive, so realistic! Well, except for the fact that he dedicates his life in hunting ghosts. He's perspective is refreshing to read. It's rare to read books that are written in the POV of a guy so all I can say is Kudos to Kendare Blake! His character was perfectly written and described. The very thing that fuels Cas' dedication in hunting ghost is revenge; to get revenge for his father's death. You see, his father is just like him - a ghost hunter- who was killed by a ghost. Cas' situation was understandable. But on the part of what he has done to Anna was quite unfair for the other ghosts he has killed. I mean every ghosts died miserably not just her, right? Anyway, I won't be dealing much with that issue. So let's just proceed to the things that I like, why don't we?

Anna, the ghost, was scary. Well at first she was, with all those blood dripping, perilous attacks and rage, but after knowing her secret the way I looked at her change massively. I felt sorry for her, for all the sufferings she has shouldered   even up to her death. On the part when Anna's in control of her rage when Cas is around was something that painted a big smile on my face. It was just wonderful seeing her trying not to kill him.

The supporting characters were developed perfectly. Thomas and Carmel, who are friends of Cas, was likable and realistic. Both played a great part in the book and I like how Kendare Blake has done that. One of my favorite character in the book is Cas' mom. She sure deserves to be labeled as "best mom" for being so understanding and open-minded in her son's decisions and actions. Though it was obvious that deep inside her heart it was too much to handle letting her child fight ghosts and get the chance to be killed by it she still manage to accept it handle the situation.

I was actually expecting to be dead scared. But instead of getting that one I was surprised by a creepy, heartwarming and romantic story. Well, I got to admit there are scenes in the book that made my stomach churn because of disgust. Nevertheless, in spite of my unfulfilled expectations I was devoured by the book. It was lovely and eerie at the same time.

The relationship in the book took me time to adjust my mindset. But after a while I managed to process the situation.

All in all, I like this book. If you're looking for a great book for Halloween, not only for that occasion but for all seasons, then grab this one.

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