Title: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna # 1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: 2011
Genre: Paranormal YA
Source: Bought Copy
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
did his father before him, until his gruesome murder 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: move, 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, but now stained red and dripping
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.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life. (Goodreads Synopsis)
Anna Dressed in Blood was a book I'd heard so many good things about and luckily they were all true. This story caught my attention right from the start and I could hardly put the book down, reading it in three sittings over two days.
The storyline is fresh and interesting and moves at a perfect pace. The characters of both Cas and Anna are engaging and believable and I loved their interactions. The prose was readable and never dull and always left me wanting more with each turn of the page.
I am very much looking forward to getting hold of a copy of the second book in the series in the not too distant future.