Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake *Stephanie’s Review*

Posted December 17th, 2018 by in *Review / 0 comments

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake *Stephanie’s Review*Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Also by this author: Three Dark Crowns, One Dark Throne
Series: Anna #1
Published by Tor Teen
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: 316
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: September 2018
Reading Challenges: 2018 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

With October around the corner I wanted to start getting into some of my spooky reads in my TBR. Nothing sounded spookier than Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

Cas was a great main character. It was nice to see a male protagonist. We don’t get too many of them. I really enjoyed Anna too. That is I enjoyed her when she wasn’t ripping teenagers in half. I knew her back story would be interesting to say the least and I wasn’t wrong. I get that I shouldn’t care but what the hell was that?! What happened and why? I need to know that back story! I’m kind of hoping it is explained in the second book.

Anna Dressed in Blood had a great cast of secondary characters. I really didn’t want to like Carmel but it was kind of hard not to. I found Thomas endearing from the beginning. I’m actually looking forward to spending more time with this cast!

This really delivered on the ghost story aspect! I loved Blake’s vision of ghosts. We see more of the scary type in this book which makes sense to me. Suffering a violent end like that would make me a bit cranky as well. Blake gave us bits and pieces of information distracting us the whole time until WAM! She brings together all the threads and makes a pretty great story. I can’t really go too far into the story without giving away parts of the mystery.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake was such a quick read and I really enjoyed it! The audio was a good companion for it. I listened to it a few times during my commute.

Stephanie

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