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Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna Dressed in Blood Series #1)

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by Kendare Blake

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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. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous

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jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
1) "And she, for whatever reason, spares his life." - How much does that last line pull you in? It seriously grabs me, and yanked me right into the story before I even started reading it. 2) The cover is too perfect for words. The model is beautiful (from behind at least). The dress is gorgeous and stained blood! How awesome! The creepy Victorian in the background... the cover is just too amazing. I love it. I need a poster of it. 3) In my opinion, this book is perfect in almost every way. It's a terrifying ride that taunts you with the cover, pulls you in with the first page, and keeps you entertained all the way to the final words. I couldn't have asked for a better book. We start off with Theseus Cassio, or Cas as we know him. Cas is a ghost hunter, just like his father until he was brutally murdered. Now Cas, his mother, and his cat travel to wherever they need to be so that Cas, with his father's athame, can continue to kill ghosts. After a friend tips him off, Cas and his family go in search of a ghost named Anna Dressed In Blood, who as her name says wears a dress covered in her blood and kills anyone who comes into her home. Cas feels strangely drawn to this particular hunt, and will quickly find out that she is the most powerful ghost he has ever come in contact with... so far. Anna Dressed In Blood is the ultimate, perfect ghost story. Well, there was one part that I was very distraught about because it made me super sad... but, I guess that's just another reason why this book is so perfect to me. Because, it was able to pull at every one of my emotions. If you know me, you know I love creepy, eeries, intense books and normally, I even read them at night and they don't freak me out what so ever. At one part during Anna, my stomach actually dropped. At the end of the chapter I was like 'GTFO, no way, RUN!'. So thank you Kendare for that! :) When I say every emotion, I mean it. There were parts where I was some-what frightened, sad, laughing, wanted to punch someone in the face, surprised, sighing from happiness, I was just hanging onto every word. Believe me when I say Kendare has wrote one phenomenal story, one that has 100% ended up on my favorites list in my top three. I loved all the characters, as well. Actually... I disliked a few... BUT with very good reason. Read the book and you'll see exactly what I mean! Anna, Cas, Thomas, and Carmel though take my character love prize. They are all so smart, so strong, so different from one another yet all coming together, and they have everything you could ask for in characters. PS. Super sexy alert on Cas!!! ;) This story doesn't just have amazing characters though. It has lessons, witty lines, romance, suspense, murder, family, sacrifice, laughs, which all wraps up into one perfect ghost adventure that will have you turning page after page until the very end. And, when it's all over you'll be begging for more. I know, I did. The end is absolutely mind-blowing awesomeness. And I was jumping for joy when I found out there is a sequel that will be released in 2012! I cannot rave about this book enough. So as I've done before I'm going to cut myself off. A few final words though. Kendare Blake, you are a genius. I adored your writing and this story. I believe it would an amazing movie and I am SO, so (beyond words) excited to read the sequel! To everyone reading this, go pre-order/buy this book! You will not be disappointed. Best. Ghost. Book. Story. EV
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
Good suspense, great ghost story with likeable characters. worth the time
-Lacer- More than 1 year ago
This book sounded promising even from just the back cover alone, <which is rare> but it was even better than expected. It was also a bit gorier and scarier than expected as well, could even be considered a horror novel for the 1st half but still amazing! It's always refreshing to have books turn out better and even a little different<in the good way> from what you anticipated. Definitely read this one!
EmsID More than 1 year ago
Against my better judgment, I am going to attempt a review of this book. I say against my better judgment, because I don't know if I can do it justice. I don't know if I can adequately convey how I felt while reading and immediately afterwards. I'll borrow a bit from Brigid Kemmerer, who commented on my Goodreads posting about this book. You'll know when it's her talking and not me. First of all, I was a little intimidated by the title. I'm the first to admit that I'm not a huge fan of horror and someone being dressed in blood sounded like it would probably not be a good bet for me. Don't let the title (and that absolutely eerie cover design) scare you off though. See, Anna Dressed in Blood is one of the most brilliant debuts I've EVER read. It's actually a book near perfection, writing-wise. I know that the horror genre is not for everyone, but I wouldn't discount it just because of that. You would be missing the point, really. This book isn't ONLY about the horror of murderous ghosts. It's another book that shows how you can rise above what you are and become what you WANT to be. It's about pushing aside differences to work towards a common good. It's about trusting yourself and your instincts. I think if you can get past the scare factor, you'll find an insanely good book waiting inside. Which is an interesting thing...here's what Brigid had to say about Anna: "I almost felt like it read like it was two books. You had Anna's story, which was terrifying and brutal and amazing, but then it got resolved. Then you had the separate but equally powerful resolution to Cas's story. I almost feel like the latter half paled in comparison to the first half, but then again, when that ... that THING was coming after him in his bedroom, I almost couldn't sit still." I think she's got a very valid point. It really DID read like two books. The first half is beyond horrifying and then you get a nice warm blanket about 2/3 of the way through. And then we're back to horrifying. It was very much two stories going on at the same time. Here's what I think about Kendare's writing: if she can make me believe in a human-ghost relationship, she's brilliant. She DID make me believe it. I'd heard bits & pieces around about this aspect, and I thought it was the weirdest thing I'd ever heard. Who would try to sell a relationship between a human and the ghost he's trying to kill? Well, Kendare Blake would, and sell it, she does. I cheered for them. I WANTED them to be able to be together. Guys, when it comes to relationships, I'm something of a cynic and she convinced me. I know that this review hasn't begun to do the book justice. I hope you can look beyond my shortcomings and give it a shot. If not, maybe this will help: ureylknts, quarioutslju, irutouslcs, wernity, plashiroesu. If real words won't work, maybe some made up ones will. Anna Dressed in Blood is definitely a 'Pick Me'.
Naj More than 1 year ago
I am overwhelmed at how good Anna Dressed in Blood is. There wasn't a part where I found it dragging to the point where I was screaming "GET ON WITH IT!". It was going at a perfect pace. Authors who are able to write a book in a perfect pace needs to be worshipped for their awesomeness at it. If I ever get the chance to write a book, I don't think I'll ever get a perfect pace like how Blake wrote this book. I'm guilty. I didn't actually read the synposis before I decided to get this or read this. And because of that I didn't know the lead character, Cas was a boy until like the 2nd Chapter. Thats a major fail on my part. Anyways, I adore Young Adult books with male leads. It breaks the chain of endless female protagonists. Its rare but each time there is one "male" lead. I know for sure, the book will be good. And I was not disappointed. Like the title, my copy of Anna Dressed in Blood was also dressed and filled with its own blood. The text was crimson. Which adds in a more haunting effect to the book. Cas, our lead, is awesomely written and acts like he should as a teenager. He's a ghost hunter, like his father before him. He's dad is dead and he moves around with his mom killing ghosts with his dads knife. Cas is fascinated by the mysterious story of Anna, Anna Dressed in Blood and so he moves to Thunder Bay to kill it/her. Cas is a perfect protagonist for this role and for sure, a reader will love him. Along the way, Cas, who is a lone ranger per se. Meets two teenagers his age, who he accidentally drags into his plan to kill Anna and with their help they try a spell to weaken Anna. At some point, the book got scary. Like Look-behind-your-shoulder-scary. To be exact, Chapter 20 scared the begezuz out of me! Anna Dressed in Blood is haunting, dark, gorey, extremely unique, original and by far the best book I've read in 2011. The world Blake creates is utterly vivid and captivating. Its that definite read everyone is longing to read. The book that'll haunt you after reading. A definite unputdownable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book it definetly had an unexpected twist near the end
MissyBookWorm More than 1 year ago
Scared the crap out of me at first but its a great read and well written. However, you may want to refrain from reading at night. Unless you wanna sleep with the lights on!
OtotheD More than 1 year ago
Life is anything but ordinary for Cass Lowood. Most teen boys are worried about passing their classes, playing sports and getting into a good college. Cass is too busy killing murderous ghosts to worry about any of that. Armed with a knife that possesses the power to send the dead back to their graves, Cass and his mother are constantly on the move, ridding various towns of the evil that haunts them. Every ghost that Cass kills gets him one step closer to taking out the ghost that murdered his father. When Cass receives a tip about a ghost named Anna, he and his mother pack up and leave for Canada to take care of her. Anna is so named because she still wears the white dress, drenched in blood from when she was murdered. When Cass finally meets Anna, he realizes that she is a force to be reckoned with. She is stronger than any ghost he has ever come across, and much more violent. As Cass and his motley crew of new friends try to uncover the secrets behind Anna's immense strength and what they can do to send her back to the other side, Cass finds himself strangely drawn to Anna, which, in the case of a ghost hunter, is an occupational hazard. Anna Dressed in Blood is a great mix of horror, comedy, action and romance. Kendare Blake doesn't waste any time, or words, in this novel. Each scene has a purpose and drives the novel forward at a satisfying pace. I loved Cass and his friends, and I was especially fond of Anna. The only thing that felt a little off in the story was the romantic connection between Cass and Anna. I couldn't completely buy into it. Other than that, this is a thrilling read, and I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theseus Cassio Lowood or Cas inherited a special job. He kils the dead with his dead father's athame and sends the souls to a better- or worse- place. Why does he kill them? He doesn't kill al ghosts just the murderous ones. Cas's dad was killed by a ghost he sought to kill. It was a ghost that practiced voodoo in life. His victims were eaten (big chunks taken out) and that's what happened to Cas's father when Cas was only seven years old. When Cas turned fourteen he continued what his ancestors did before him, kill the dead. He travels with his mother (a white witch), and their cat Tybalt all over the world to save innocent souls from unearthly destruction. Soon, Cas gets te chance he was waiting for. If he was able to kill Anna Dressed in Blood, he would be able to go back to kill the ghost that murdered his father. He becomes friends with a girl named Carmel and a boy named Thomas, with whom he forms a ghostbusting team in which he was leader. Along the way, Cas learns Anna's story and finds out that she was cursed and that's why she killed everyone who entered her house but strangely enough, not him. Cassio finds himself falling in love with the tormented spirit and she returns his feelings. But the Voodoo spirit followed Cas. And Cas has to kill it to avenge his father. But Theseus isn't strong enough yet to take out this spirit. Anna creates a portal to Hell and sh pushes herself and the Voodoo ghost inside to save Cas. Cas is torn inside and hope that her effort would pay off. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU GET SCARED EASILY, GET OFFENDED BY CURSE WORDS OR DISLIKE BLOOD AND GORE BECAUSE IT'S FULL OF IT! THIS IS A GREAT HORROR READ AND I'M HOLDING MY BREATH FOR THE NEXT BOOK Girl Of Nightmares. Read it if you dare.
LOBA More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt stop reading this for a second
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite ghost books! I can't wait for the next one! Kinda bloody at times but not so bad that it will keep you up at night.
dumbskitty More than 1 year ago
Initially, what caught my eye was the title of this book. "Anna Dressed In Blood." I was intrigued right then and there. Who is Anna? Why is she dressed in blood?? This isn't another "Twilightish" overdone teen angst love story. This is a ghost story, pure and simple, and it gave me goosebumps--not something I normally experience when reading a novel. The story is unique. The author's descriptions kept me engaged and intrigued from the first page through the last. My only "complaint" is that I think the characters could have been a little more developed. Especially the character of Anna. We saw hints of who she is, but by the novel's end, I still felt like she was a stranger. And I don't think the author revealed enough of her character to convince me as to just WHY the hero falls in love with her. Maybe these questions will be answered in the sequel?? Ovberall, this is a great read!
Jayenot More than 1 year ago
A good quick easy read which I liked, but it seemed to lack something. The chemistry between Cas and Anna was a bit dull and over-rated. Anna was ruthless, scary and intimidating but things just fell flat halfway through. I will def read the 2nd book just to see what develops between Cas and Anna's journey in the land of the dead...
Ariel Hernandez More than 1 year ago
&quot;The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway-no pun intended&quot; This is just as good as, if not better than The Hunger Games. This is instantly one of my favorite books of all time. The character of Cas is what really makes this book. The author's writing is extremely original and whip smart. I loved Cas, his relationship with his mother, and I really did end up liking Carmel and Thomas. And Anna, of course. This book was not boring for a split second, I didn't tune out while reading one time. This book is just flawless. This is all I could think about while reading and I'll be thinking about it all week. Instant classic, I'll re-read it a dozen times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect pace, perfect romance, perfect story line, perfect scares. This book is the best I've read in a longgg time. I've never been into scary horror stories, but after reading this, I was proved wrong! Don't get cold feet due to the title, there is much much more to the book than scares. The story never drags (which I love), the characters were well developed, there's parts that'll make you laugh and cry... THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK, PEOPLE! buybuybuy! I can't wait for the sequel to come out.
INKDEATH More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing read! I loved reading about Cas's trouble and love. This book was definitely worth the time! Anna was my favorite character by far, she was just so amazing. How she spared Cas's life was just awesome! And her story was just sad, it gripped me. I felt bad for her, which caused me to love her! She, honestly, was an awesome ghost. She made this book more understandable, if he killed a few other ghosts along with her, it would have been confusing. And how Cas just became a little bit softer at the end was just awesome. I loved how there was so much mystical stuff happening through out the book. I just loved this book! I even love the cover! IT just adds to the awesomeness of the entire book! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
HanaF More than 1 year ago
LOVE this book! I just found out it was a series, so I can't wait to read the 2nd one! Amazing detail and I love the back story - Anna Dressed in Blood is definitely a new legend to talk about in the horror book world! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my October ghost story. It was a very good read! I especially loved the voice of the story, as I tend to gravitate towards first-person narration. A good plot. There were times, though, that I was actually curious--was it a horror story or a romance? I was't sure that romance should have tied into the story. Had I written this book (Only in my dreams would I ve able to credit myself with such a chilling amd clever story as this) I would have made Cas and Anna's relationship a friendship, however, I was surprised and delighted by Ms. Blake's unique idea to create a romance between the living and the dead. Would love to read more by this wonderful author!
TheBookFairie More than 1 year ago
I give this book five stars all the way!  It was even better than I expected it to be, which made me giddy since I was already positive that it would rock before picking it up!  The entire book was just fabulous!  The plot, characters, imagery, descriptiveness, Anna&rsquo;s mystery, the spookiness; everything about Anna Dressed in Blood was marvelous!  For a more complete review and an interview with the author, check out my review site, The Book Fairie, at bookfairie (dot) weebly (dot) com.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the originality of thid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i didnt know what to expect cause ive never read a book bout ghost n it never really caught my eye but once i started reading i couldnt put book down, cant wait for next book 2 come out n see how it all ends
JayJason More than 1 year ago
I haven't read something that's scared me in a while. That was the main reason I picked up Anna Dressed in Blood. I wanted to read something that would make me terrified to go to sleep at night. So terrified that I wouldn't be able to go to sleep without a night light and a teddy bear. Oh, and those pillow things that light up could help. A quarter of the way through this book, I was pretty scared. Anna rips a person in half. In half! And she doesn't do it the normal way. She plunges her hands deep inside the victims chest and then separated then, tearing the poor soul clean in two. That's some pretty scary stuff. But then the scariness subsides. Cas (the protagonist) starts to get to know Ana better and engages in heartfelt conversation with her. To me, this was a little random. If you were going to kill someone/something, would you go to their house and spill your guts to them about how hard you life is? That part of the story wasn't the greatest. All of the characters in Anna are well-rounded and likable. From Cas to Carmel (popularity queen) to Thomas, (socially awkward magic guy) all of the characters are worthy of your time. Even the cat is cool. He can smell ghosts, which is pretty much as awesome as cats can get. As the story progresses, we get less and less scary, killer Anna and more and more sympathetic, innocent Anna. In fact, the real baddie ghost person that we're supposed to cower in fear over is introduced about 80% into the book. We shouldn't have to wait that long in a good horror story. Towards the end, I had to accept that Anna was going to be more of a protagonist than a psycho murder demon, and once I did, I could enjoy the book more. It became clear that horror is not the main genre here, but more of a sub-genre. But the climax was great, and the ending was nice and fulfilling. It won't scare most readers, but Anna Dressed in Blood is still enjoyable in itself. Grade: B-
TheMochaLatte More than 1 year ago
Theseus Cassio Lowood, better known as Cas, lives a life unlike anyone we know. His vocation-he kills the dead. Since the gruesome death of his father when he was fourteen years old, he's kept up the family business: traveling from place to place killing off their angry spirits. Armed with his father's hunting weapon of choice, the athame, he travels with his mother and cat to Thunderbay,Ontario after a tip from a trusted source. The tip: the haunting spirit of a girl murdered in 1958 by the name of Anna Korlov, also known as the infamous "Anna dressed in blood", has been killing anyone and everyone who steps foot into her house, tearing them to unidentifiable shreds of meat and guts. Cas expects Anna's case to be a quick and clean kill but finds that there's something stronger at work in the small town. After unexpectedly being dragged into Anna's home against his will by the "Trojan army", he finds himself face to face with Anna herself. Cas witnesses the head of the jock clique being torn in half and expects Anna to do the same to him but is surprised when she lets him go unharmed. Why would Anna spare his life and not the others? The confusion and mystery behind the event begins to eat Cas from the inside out and he makes it his purpose to find out why Anna spared him, how she died and what is making her kill. Kendare Blake brings young adult readers a novel that stands out amongst the other releases of the year. A horrifying and down-right creepy story about a boy who hunts and kills angry spirits. Firstly, I'd like to point out the cover. The cover of Anna Dressed in Blood is haunting and beautiful, a true reflection of what the pages inside hold, and will no doubt draw you in. Kendare introduces us to a different and interesting male protagonist. Cas is far from your regular teenage boy. He follows in his father's footsteps and travels about killing spirits with his father's blade, the athame. There's definetly a Supernatural(TV-show) feel to Cas' character. I'd say he's got Sam's wit&nbsp;and boyish looks and Dean's brutal sense of humour and fighting intuition. What more could we ask for from a male protagonist? Cas' mother, who happens to be a kitchen-witch, is also quite interesting. Despite her constant motherly nagging about Cas' safety, she's also a powerful character in the story. She's the brains and backbone. Tybalt, who was by far my favorite character, is Cas' mother's cat. Tybalt is far from your ordinary house cat. His ability: he can sniff out spirits. Aside from Cas, his mother and Tybalt, Anna Dressed in Blood also features an interesting group of sub-characters including; Carmel, Thomas, Will, Morfran and the Obeahman. The Obeahman, who was extremely creepy and haunting, unfortunately gave me a terrible nightmare the night I finished reading Anna. A haunting character who can give a reader a nightmare is a well written and realistic character, kudos to Kendare. I really wasn't expecting the development in Anna, especially the small romance and ending, it really took me by surprise. Recommended to all young adult readers.
SCHSReader1 10 months ago
I think that this was a great book, even though I don’t normally like books about ghosts. The characters were easily likeable, and it wasn't slow filling you with needless facts. It was also a good amount of action, romance, and a nice touch of melancholy. There is much (if any) horror in this book but it does have a few lewd moments. It’s not like some books where you get lost very easy which is frustrating for me, and it makes you really want to know what will happen in the next book. It is also different from some books that feel like you need a immense amount of background this book jumps right into the story and gets to the main points. This book is one of the best supernatural stories that I have read so far.