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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
Ella Enchanted
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
Gone-Away Lake
Circling the Sun
Maggie and Max
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Night Sister
Tuck Everlasting
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Bedknob and Broomstick
Mister Monday
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Birchbark House
The Hobbit
The Witch's Daughter

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna Dressed in Blood, #1)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  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.

My Thoughts:  I loved this one!  I am a huge fan of the T.V. show "Supernatural" and this book totally reminded me of the early shows.  Ghosts killing people, ghost hunter goes to kill ghost and yet finds some underlying issue. 

Cas is following in his father's footsteps.  He hunts ghosts that hurt other people and sends them "on".  Where he sends them he doesn't know but he knows it is for the best.  Until he meets Anna Dressed in Blood.  Anna died in 1958 but no one is exactly sure who killed her.  Anyone that enters Anna's house end up dead.  Until Cas shows up.  Cas is not only able to enter Anna's house but her can talk to her.  Along with some new found friends, they find out what really happened to Anna.  And they find out who killed Cas' father.  Now, can they stop it?

Cas was just cool.  He was a little standoffish but that is because he doesn't want to get close to anyone since he moves so much.  Plus, how do you really explain what you do?  He is smart and cares for others, especially his mom.  He was super funny and snarky too.  I really enjoyed him. 

Anna was described vividly!  There was no gently easing you into what she looked like or what she did.  Yet I found that I really liked her.  She was troubled but it was totally understandable.  Especially once you find out what really happened to her.  I like how she and Cas have a chemistry between them too.  It's not too romantic though so that is refreshing. 

This book was spooky, gruesome and funny!  It is a great book for the upcoming Fall season and best of all, Halloween!  Do yourself a favor and grab a copy!  You won't regret it.

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