Finally! I remember picking this one up and just gaping at that mesmerizing and gorgeous cover for like, 5 minutes...a bit of a delayed review, but better late than never!
Title: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publication: 2011, Tor Teen
Summary: 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....read more
Review: A romping good adventure, this was! This book is full of heart-racing moments and action-movie-worthy scenes. Complete with a strongly driven pace, a refreshing male narration from Cas, and a great many of other characters, "Anna Dressed in Blood" made for an awesome and epic ride!
The reader is instantly thrown in and up close to Cas's life as a ghostbuster....? (okay, moving on -blush-) from the very first page and the plot moves quite rapidly from there. Cas is a very likeable hero: able to fight, good at what he does, good-looking, and not without a sense of humour. However, the main jewel of this book, I felt, was Anna herself. She was a very vividly created character that really inches up on you and before you know it, you'll be falling into her tangled world just as quickly as Cas did.
There were instances where something less convincing happens, as this book is not flawless, but the sizzling energy and pacing definitely tones all awkward spots down. There are enough flashback moments to colour in all the blank areas in the background of the plot, adding a great texture to the overall story.
The narration of Cas is incredibly funny and witty as well, so readers are in capable hands as he guides you through this awesome adventure! Although the gorgeous cover implies a chilling tale, the creep-factor is barely there, not that it lessened the impact of the book in any way. This is overall just one fast, rocky ride, complete with a slightly bitter and sweet ending so hang on tight and have fun!
Ratings: ✰✰✰✰ 4 Awesome Hoots
Final Notes: I really liked this! This is the best ghostbusting (omg, that word is stuck on me...sorry if it's not the correct term) YA book since I read "Deception" by Lee Nichols (which was also just as epic, if not a bit more). Anna as a character herself is fantastic, and having a male POV every once in a while is also great! With the next book coming along soon, hope you guys will also enjoy reading this one!
Thanks for reading!
p.s. A mini update! I've recently finished the entire The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa (-sniff- It's over... T_T) and I've yet to write a single review. However, will be getting on to that and it will be a 4-part series sort of thing, so look forward to that!
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