Monday, September 9, 2013

Review: Anna Dressed In Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake

Title: Anna Dressed In Blood
Series: Anna, #1
Author: Kandare Blake
Category:Paranormal/ Fantasy
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.

My Review:

Anna Dressed in Blood was beautifully written, extremely creepy, and completely consuming.  I honestly didn't know what to expect when I picked up this one. Yes, a bunch of things that go bump in the night, but that was about all I expected.  There were definitely a lot of things that go bump in the night in this book, but, oh, it was so much more than that.
Blake created a wonderful world filled with ghosts, ghouls, and magic. Her story was beautifully told that left a chill creeping up my spin.  I’m going to be honest, this book did feel a lot like the TV series Supernatural (Amazing show by the way). But, I didn't really care about that, Blake definitely made it feel like her own. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down!
“God, living people are irritating.” 
Cas was the perfect male POV to read from. And being inside of his head was an experience I would love to do over and over again. He was just cocky enough without being annoying and also just the right amount of bad ass to make me fall in love with him.  I also found that he would rather be around dead people than live ones, well, quite amusing. But despite the weight of all that Cas has to carry, I found him quite the endearing guy.

Now, Anna Dressed In Blood is not your typical love story. Oh no! So, when Anna came into the picture I knew this wasn't what I was expecting. Anna definitely turned a 180 in the book, and even though she doesn't come off as a typical love interest, she proves herself in the end. I enjoyed her because of what she went through and, despite it all, she was a good person. Dead or not.  She’s smart and selfless.

There are very interesting characters in this book. Some I really did enjoy! But what made this book amazing was the creepy nonliving creatures in the book!  It brought a very unique diversity to Blake’s world.

The action scenes were also really amazing. They kept me glued to the pages reading and soaking up each and every word. They were scary, creepy, and fun!  The mystery is also well-played throughout the book. I honestly couldn't figure out what was going to happen. That brought in a very nice creepy factor. One I really enjoyed.

Anna Dressed In Blood completely took my breath away. It was an intense, gory, creepy, sad, fun, and emotional read. Filled to the brim with amazingness. Blake’s writing is intense as it is humorous.  I never really thought I would love this book as much as I do. But I do love this book so much!
 “I’m not a ghostbuster.” 
I'm so glad I picked this one up and I cannot wait to get lost in the next book! And I
definitely recommend it for those who love a good, emotional, yet creepy read. One with an unexpected love twist.


  1. Wonderful review, Magen! So glad you tried this one out and ended up loving it!


  2. I loved this one too! It was such a fun read and creepy too! Anna is such a unique character and I love her. I also loved being in Cas' head. He is awesome. Can't wait to see what you think of Girl of Nightmares. Great review!

  3. Creepy and consuming sounds good to me! I need to start this one

  4. I'm glad you loved this one like I did! I thought it was awesome, and I loved how creepy it was too. Cas is a fab main character. Great review!

  5. I have been wanting to read this book for ages!! I think you just sold me on it! I enjoy a good Zombie read, and I'm due to read one soon I think! Awesome review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  6. Great review! I'm thinking of picking this one up next month! It's been on my list forever and I love a good creepy and intense story. I'm reading Antigoddess by Kendare Blake right now and really liking her writing style.


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