Book review 18 - Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Pages: 316
Publisher: Tom Doherty
Publication date: August 11, 2011
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.
My thoughts:
This book was truly amazing. It was a one of a kind book with a unique plot. While reading this book, I couldn’t help thinking of Dean and Sam from Supernatural. Cas is a ghost killer who goes all over North America to kill harmful ghosts. When he seeks out Anna Korlov or “Anna Dressed In blood,” Cas encounters something different than he is used to. 

The characters featured in this book are unique, well written, and are nothing typical. Blake was not afraid to break out of the norm having both tough and weak male characters, as well as female characters who are equally tough and weak. There are no minor characters. Everyone is equally important and none are more developed than others. 

Another really good feature of this book was that there was almost no focus on a love interest, and no weird drama. Most books now have some sort of drama between main characters that creates some sort of tension, however Anna Dressed In Blood was entirely focused on the plot and not on the useless side stories. 

Overall, I really loved the plot and concept of this book. A ghost, a tragic backstory, a haunted house and Canada as the main setting really sealed the deal on my love for this book. I definitely recommend it.


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