Review: Anna Dressed in Blood


Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Anna #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: August 30, 2011

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.

The city smells of smoke and things that rot in the summer. I think of her again. Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood.

I wonder what tricks she’ll try.

I wonder if she’ll be clever.

Will she float?

Will she laugh or scream?

How will she try to kill me?

This Gothic ghost story is Eery, and Spooky, and Romantic, and Heartbreaking. All I can think about is how Kendare Blake is going to fulfill my expectations in the sequel Girl of Nightmares.

I adored Cas,he was irresistible, smart, witty, confident, and EXTREMELY charming. It’s not often I find the luxury to read a great book in the POV of a male character, and since I’m a fan of Ethan Waite from Beautiful Creatures I found myself counting the days until I could devour myself into this chilling ghost story.

Thesius Casio Lowood but more favorably known as Cas has inherited his fathers skills of killing the dead along with his athame; a knife tied to his blood primarily used for killing the dead.

I know that sounds a bit odd, how does he kill a ghost if they’re already dead? Well apparently some ghosts are oblivious to fact that they truly are dead, and often they stay in the place of their death, overwhelmed with the rage of their murder’s bloodlust encouraging them to kill innocent people against their will.

Cas travels across the world with his fathers athame, his mother and her cat in the hopes of saving lives by killing the dead. He’s a high school senior by day and ghost killer by night. Since his fathers death ten years ago he has studied and prepared himself for his most important ghost killing ever; his fathers killer. However before he attempts to avenge his fathers murder he must kill Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood will be his most prolific kill yet, and Cas knows that if he can kill Anna he can kill anything.

Beautiful Anna in the white dress that constantly drips blood was murdered in 1958 and since that date she has murdered every person that has even attempted to step foot in her deserted Victorian House she was murdered in. “But she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

“I wish you would leave,” she says softly, and when she looks up I see that she’s almost crying.

“You know I can’t,” I say, mirroring her words from moments ago.

“You make me want things that I can’t have.”

Cas gains two unlikely friends that prove to be loyal and dependable. Beautiful Carmel is the teachers pet, the homecoming queen, and party central all wrapped into one. Originally Cas befriended her on the first day of school because she would know all the Anna gossip he was eager to learn in preparation of killing Anna. Charismatic and intoxicatingly smooth Cas finds it easy to make friends with popular females. Along the way Carmel and Cas become true friends and gather support from one another while maintaining the Common goal of killing Anna.

Thomas eager to seek a friendship with Cas is his complete opposite with his black-rimmed glasses, ragged black hair and skinny lanky body. Together these three form an unlikely team of teenage ghost hunters or against Cas’ wishes present day GhostBusters. Kendare Blake took me along a spooky ride that I didn’t ever want to get off. Anna’s horrific, devastating Bloody, Graphic, Scary death is revealed in this book and upon this revelation her fate takes a turn in an unexpected direction. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Cas and Anna’s story as it unravelled.

Don’t go,” I say.

“I’m not going anywhere.”

“Don’t go, ever,” I tease,

This Spellbinding romantic horror story captivated me from beginning to chilling end.

“I don’t regret this.”

Miss Vain

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6 Responses to Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this—glad to see that you liked it.

  2. Alexa says:

    Oh I have this one on my shelf, I just got it for Christmas. I shall have to try to find time for it soon. This is the second review in the past 24 hours that I have read and both of you loved it!

    You should actually check out Ashley’s blog because you and her would probably get along perfectly. Her blog is The Bookish Brunette.

    Thanks for the great review

    • MissVain says:

      Isn’t the cover gorgeous? :)

      I know, it’s funny when I went to bed last night, I saw that she had posted the same book for review as me, we follow each other, so I get hers through my email as well.

      Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  3. Linda says:

    I totally loved Anna Dressed in Blood as well. It is so well written, and Cas is great! I’m glad you enjoyed it as well :)

    • MissVain says:

      Oh Linda wasn’t it wonderful!?! ;) I loved Cas and his cool demeanor. Since I love Ethan Waite from Beautiful Creatures, I just knew I would love another book in males POV. Can’t wait for Girl of Nightmares!:)
      Thanks for stopping by to visit Linda!:))
      Take care.

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