Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Book Review: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake!

Book Review: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake!

Author: Kendare Blake
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Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date:  August 30th 2011
Format: Hardback, 320 pages
My Rating: 5/5
Series: Anna #1
Summary: (Taken from Goodreads) 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.

Anna Dressed in Blood has to be one of my favorite reads this year. I don't know why I've put off reading it for so long!

Cas was such a great character to read about. I often have trouble reading a story from the male point of view, not being able to relate to them or finding them quite immature or repetitive by means of male leads in YA—but Kendare Blake did an amazing job with Cas, making him likable, witty, intelligent, fun, and just the perfect amount of irresistible.
The characters were fun, very likable, and developed beautifully throughout the course of this book. None of them were what they first appeared to be and I often found myself liking characters that I thought I would strongly dislike at first, so I loved the surprises and plot turns. Also, the relationships in this book were very sweet and enjoyable. Cas' relationship with his mom was heart-warming, and I loved how big a role she really played. I cannot tell you how much I dislike novels where the main characters parents are only ever spoken of, but never shown. She was very hands-on with Cas’ life as a hunter, but knew when to back off and give him his space.
His relationship with his two friends, Thomas and Carmel, were great and as believable as can be. All of the secondary characters always served a purpose and weren’t just there to be there, which I found refreshing.
Anna was also a great character. I didn’t know how Blake was going to approach the character of Anna; a blood thirsty ghost set on killing any living thing to set foot in her home, but again; Blake surprised me and I loved the character of Anna. She was so much more than she seemed, and I couldn’t help but grow to love her. I felt her emotions—pain, anger, confusion—I just wanted to hug her and let her know that she wasn’t a monster and that everything would be okay.
Blake never overloaded you with too much paranormal nonsense like some. She always got the point across in a reasonable amount of time—nothing dragging on, nothing left unexplained—just a whole lot of paranormal/supernatural goodness.
The plot was strong—you knew by the end of the first chapter that the author knew exactly where the story was going, and that’s a welcoming sign at the beginning of any series. Full of an engaging cast of characters and bursting with action—this novel will have you on edge and dying for more at the end of each page.
Witty, dangerous, and action-packed and dripping blood--this was one exciting read, and I can’t wait to get started on its squeal! A must read for any paranormal fan!

1 comment:

  1. Great review, Angel! I can't wait to get my hands on this book myself - it looks amazing. ^.^

    Tiffa @ The British Book Nerd