Tuesday 23 April 2013

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna # 1) by Kendare Blake - Book Review

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna # 1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 373
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal YA    

Source: Bought Copy

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Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So 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.

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