ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD
by Kendare Blake
Source: ARC Tour hosted by I Read Banned Books
About the book: (from Goodreads)
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. 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: 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.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.
I am so grateful for Jen from I Read Banned Books for sharing her ARC with me and being so easy to work with during our little flu bug that made its way through our house. I have been waiting to read this book for quite a while. I must disclose, I didn’t even read the summary before knowing that I HAD to read it. I loved the cover and the title was just totally intriguing, the cover of the book screamed “READ ME”!! I am so glad that Anna didn’t disappoint! I really hate it when a book has an incredible title and cover but no content…same with incredible content that is not well represented in its cover and title!
I really liked each and every character in this book, dead and alive. Reading the book in Cas’ voice was a nice change from the many female voices I’ve been reading. He was so very likable. I didn’t think of him as a tough, brutish guy, but more of a sweet, sensitive guy with a really cool, but crazy job. Even though at times he could be a little rough (with his language mostly), he was just a sweet kid who loved and respected his mother. There were a few times when Cas would cuss or get a little bent out of shape and all I could picture was a little boy trying to be a man. It was evident to me that Cas had some struggles with filling his late father’s shoes. That, to me, really added another dimension to the story.
I felt so many different feelings while reading Anna. I was scared, excited, sad, happy, disgusted, angry, resentful, shocked…and the list goes on and on. There were a lot of unexpected relationships throughout Anna and I felt that some things could have gotten a little deeper. I am hoping that there will be more Anna, Cas and the crew to come.