Friday, 20 April 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood By Kendare Blake Review

Available at Amazon and The Book Depository


    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. 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: 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.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

Chaos' Review:

   What caught my attention was basically that wicked cover. Its cool and mysterious....and creepy...Which is WHY I had to go out and buy myself a copy. I love scary and weird stuff! 
   The beginning zooms right into the story, I was so confused, but gradually things began to settle into place. 
   Cas is the protagonist in the story, the writing is first person, therefore we get to experience everything that goes through Cas' teenage mind. It's hilarious, I was reading this while sitting on a plane and I couldn't stop laughing...literally....Everyone gave me the stink eye as if I was crazy; and before everything gets confusing, yes, Cas is a male teenager, therefore making the protagonist this hot guy that kills the dead......Cool eh?
Cas was an in depth character and Kendare Blake did a fantastic job at bringing this character to life in this awesome story. 
   Honestly, this story was definitely worth my time. The setting was perfectly described, and Kendare Blake had included enough characters to help balance out the story so it could flow properly, and so the story isn't like a Tom Cruise movie, where the protagonist is the only one that is mainly unbeatable and ALWAYS saves the day. Gratefully, the story isn't like that, due to proper incorporation of the smaller characters to balance out our Hero within this dark story. 
   At times, the book can get descriptive, and if you're a fan of scary stories, well you might as well go buy or check this out at your nearest library, but don't worry! It's not too scary, I am more likely over exaggerating because I find enjoyment in frightening people. LOL. 
  The book isn't too long, and there are probably many questions about who "Anna" is, well in the description it describes her as a blood thirsty, murderous ghost. That's our Anna for ya! But I did absolutely enjoy her presence in the book, she made things crazy and blew the protagonist literally off his feet. It's fantastic knowing that the girl is obviously cooler for once. 
   I don't intend on giving much away, therefore I believe its about time for you to snag yourself a copy. 

4 Stars! 

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this one!! Great Review. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!!

    Happy Reading!