Anna Dressed in Blood – Review

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Series: Anna #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
First published October 17th 2011
Genres: YA, Horror, Paranormal
Pages: 316
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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.

Theseus Cassio Lowood aka Cas is a ghost hunter. When he was young his father was killed by a ghost while hunting it. Since then, Cas took his father’s job and made it his own, killing with the athame knife all his ancestors killed with.

Cas and his mom are used to moving all over the place for the next ghost stop, and this time that ghost is Anna Korlov – a ghost who has been murdering anyone that enters her house.

Cas soon realises Anna is not like the others and it will take more than himself to be able to do his job.

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years now and this is just the perfect time I wanted to read it. This is indeed a spooky read filled with ghosts, witches, spells, and a lot of gore. I loved the vibe! It’s incredibly dark and it has a lot more to offer than what the synopsis offers.

Cas and his new friends – Carmel and Thomas – have a lot on their hands with Anna. She is an incredibly strong and ruthless ghost. But for some reason the only person she doesn’t seem to attack is Cas. Cas gets to know a lot more about Anna than he ever expected and sees a side of her that isn’t like the other ghosts. You see, he has been doing this a long time, and nothing Anna does goes by the book.

I really liked how the book dived into witchcraft and voodoo, and made it more realistic!

My only complaint is the Finnish language in the beginning. It’s a two word phrase and it’s written wrong… I mean? It can’t be that difficult to get that one right. So yeah that was frustrating. If you are going to do a character from a background or language you don’t know, the minimum is a lot of research. Not that I put my frustration out, overall I really enjoyed this book. It has the perfect amount of darkness and gore, while still having friendship, love, and a plot that is engaging and gripping!

Definitely reading the next book in the series!

What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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