Bookanista Review: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake

Description: 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.

Reasons I Loved it:

First off, what IS it with books with Anna in the title?  My love for Anna and the French Kiss and Anna Dressed in Blood are equal (and yet thankfully polar opposite).

If you love the show Supernatural, then you’ll love Anna.  There’s blood, and ghost hunting, and a little bit of romance, it’s fantastic.  Cas is a fantastic narrator – he’s a teen boy, but he’s also a professional ghost hunter, and good at what he does.  The backstory involving all of the characters (including Anna) is absolutely riveting.  There’s so much to work with that while Anna is a self-contained story in it’s own right, it made me desperate to see what was next for Cas and his friends and family.

This is one of those books where you walk into it thinking you know how the story’s going to progress (because like me, you’ve read eighteen thousand urban fantasy novels), and then by page 30 or so when the first death hits, you’re instantly reconsidering everything.

Definitely check this one out.  It’s definitely one of those books that’s good for boys, and something I totally loved.  ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD comes out on August 30th.

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One thought on “Bookanista Review: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake

  1. Surprisingly, I’ve never seen Supernatural. But I have read a lot of supernatural stories, so it’s exciting when I come across a review of a book that makes it clear it’s something completely different. Hope I get a chance to pick this up soon! Great review, Scott. You’ve sold me.

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