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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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A teen ghost hunter sets his sights on the murderous ghost of a girl who has been haunting her house since the '50s: Anna Dressed in Blood.


A teen ghost hunter sets his sights on the murderous ghost of a girl who has been haunting her house since the '50s: Anna Dressed in Blood.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Effectively blending horror and romance, Blake (Sleepwalk Society) delivers an exciting and witty gothic ghost story. Seventeen-year-old loner Cas follows in his late father’s footsteps, hunting down vengeful ghosts and dispatching them before they can hurt more people. He and his mother (a witch) move from town to town, and his latest target is the titular Anna, a 16-year-old girl killed on the way to a dance in Thunder Bay, Ont., in 1958. When the ghost eviscerates a local in front of Cas, he realizes it will be a much harder struggle than previously anticipated, joining forces with psychic Thomas and popular girl Carmel to discover Anna’s history and attempt to free her from her curse without destroying her. Blake occasionally gets too cute—naming a character “Will Rosenberg” in a story in which characters are aware of Buffy is pushing things, as is the notion that today’s small-town teens are all Rules of Attraction. But the pop culture references are generally sharp (Ghostbusters references make for an effective running gag) and on point, and the result is an enjoyable horror tale. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mortal Cassandra Clare

Anna Dressed in Blood is a dark and intricate tale, with a hero who kills the dead but is half in love with death himself. By the end of the book, you will be too. Spellbinding and romantic.
Kirkus Reviews

Life can get tough for a boy who kills ghosts.

Teeth-chattering suspense and suppressed chuckles might attack readers in this superior black comedy/adventure. Theseus Cassio Lowood has inherited his father's athame, a magical knife that can slice and dice ghosts to bits. He only kills ghosts who kill humans, but plenty of those lurk everywhere, forcing Cas and his white-witch mother to move constantly. When he answers a call to dispatch Anna, a ghost that's brutally dismembered dozens of ill-fated folks who stepped into her house, for the first time Cas makes some friends. These help him until one steals the athame, an unfortunate choice. Meanwhile, Cas learns that Anna won't kill him, so he enlists her aid in tracking down the voodoo spirit that literally ate his father. Blake populates the story with a nice mixture of personalities, including Anna, and spices it with plenty of gallows humor, all the while keeping the suspense pounding. The comedy works even better when juxtaposed against serious suspense, as Cas quips such lines as "I hate it when they don't have eyes." Matter-of-fact Anna leavens the comedy even as the suspense boils into terror. (Don't go in the basement.)

Abundantly original, marvelously inventive and enormous fun, this can stand alongside the best horror fiction out there. We demand sequels. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)

From the Publisher

“Abundantly original, marvelously inventive and enormous fun, this can stand alongside the best horror fiction out there. We demand sequels.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Anna Dressed in Blood is a dark and intricate tale, with a hero who kills the dead but is half in love with death himself. By the end of the book, you will be too. Spellbinding and romantic.” —Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments series

“Cinematic and compelling. Blake's smooth combination of gore and romance should have little problem attracting the Twilight crowd.” —Booklist

“It's the old boy-meets-girl story, if the boy is a wry, self-destructive ghost-hunter bent on avenging his father and the girl is a homicidal ghost trapped in a house full of everyone she's ever murdered. Needless to say, Cas and Anna are my new favorite twosome. When I got to the last page, I flipped back to the first.” —Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Red Glove

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Theseus Cassio Lowood is a legacy ghost killer. He inherited his gift and his weapon, an athame, from his father, who was killed and devoured by a ghost when Cas was seven. The teen and his mother, a white witch, are constantly on the move following leads to unquiet spirits wreaking havoc on the innocent. After the killing with which the book opens, Cas and his mom head to Thunder Bay, Ontario, on the trail of a particularly violent ghoul nicknamed "Anna Dressed in Blood." Here, he finds friendship as well as his ghost. Just when readers think they've reached the denouement, Blake propels the plot in new and unexpected directions. The novel is a love story, a high-school buddy story, a story of revenge and tragedy, and a bildungsroman. The language is typical-teenage-coarse, and it is totally in keeping with the realities of adolescent speech. The violence is fittingly disgusting and not for the weak of stomach. The relationships among the characters, including Cas and his mother, are multidimensional and satisfying.—Nina Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, ME

Product Details

Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
Anna Dressed in Blood Series , #1
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First Edition
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5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway—no pun intended.

So is the loose and faded leather coat, though not as much that as the sideburns. And the way he keeps nodding and flicking his Zippo open and closed in rhythm with his head. He belongs in a chorus line of dancing Jets and Sharks.

Then again, I have an eye for these things. I know what to look for, because I’ve seen just about every variety of spook and specter you can imagine.

The hitchhiker haunts a stretch of winding North Carolina road, bordered by unpainted split-rail fences and a whole lot of nothing. Unsuspecting drivers probably pick him up out of boredom, thinking he’s just some college kid who reads too much Kerouac.

“My gal, she’s waiting for me,” he says now in an excited voice, like he’s going to see her the minute we crest the next hill. He taps the lighter hard on the dash, twice, and I glance over to make sure he hasn’t left a ding in the panel. This isn’t my car. And I’ve suffered through eight weeks of lawn work for Mr. Dean, the retired army colonel who lives down the block, just so I could borrow it. For a seventy-year-old man he’s got the straightest back I’ve ever seen. If I had more time, I could’ve spent a summer listening to interesting stories about Vietnam. Instead I cleared shrubs and tilled an eight-by-ten plot for new rosebushes while he watched me with a surly eye, making sure his baby would be safe with this seventeen-year-old kid in an old Rolling Stones t-shirt and his mother’s gardening gloves.

To tell the truth, knowing what I was going to use the car for, I felt a little guilty. It’s a dusk blue 1969 Camaro Rally Sport, mint condition. Drives smooth as silk and growls around curves. I can’t believe he let me take it, yard work or no. But thank god he did, because without it I would have been sunk. It was something the hitchhiker would go for—something worth the trouble of crawling out of the ground.

“She must be pretty nice,” I say without much interest.

“Yeah, man, yeah,” he says and, for the hundredth time since I picked him up five miles ago, I wonder how anyone could possibly not know that he’s dead. He sounds like a James Dean movie. And then there’s the smell. Not quite rotten but definitely mossy, hanging around him like a fog. How has anyone mistaken him for the living? How has anyone kept him in the car for the ten miles it takes to get to the Lowren’s Bridge, where he inevitably grabs the wheel and takes both car and driver into the river? Most likely they were creeped out by his clothes and his voice, and by the smell of bones—that smell they seem to know even though they’ve probably never smelled it. But by then it’s always too late. They’d made the decision to pick up a hitchhiker, and they weren’t about to let themselves be scared into going back on it. They rationalized their fears away. People shouldn’t do that.

In the passenger seat, the hitchhiker is still talking in this faraway voice about his girl back home, somebody named Lisa, and how she’s got the shiniest blond hair and the prettiest red smile, and how they’re going to run off and get married as soon as he gets back hitching from Florida. He was working part of a summer down there for his uncle at a car dealership: the best opportunity to save up for their wedding, even if it did mean they wouldn’t see each other for months.

“It must’ve been hard, being away from home so long,” I say, and there’s actually a little bit of pity in my voice. “But I’m sure she’ll be glad to see you.”

“Yeah, man. That’s what I’m talking about. I’ve got everything we need, right in my jacket pocket. We’ll get married and move out to the coast. I’ve got a pal out there, Robby. We can stay with him until I get a job working on cars.”

“Sure,” I say. The hitchhiker has this sadly optimistic look on his face, lit up by the moon and the glowing dashlights. He never saw Robby, of course. He never saw his girl Lisa, either. Because two miles up the road in the summer of 1970, he got into a car, probably a lot like this one. And he told whoever was driving that he had a way to start an entire life in his coat pocket.

The locals say that they beat him up pretty good by the bridge and then dragged him back into the trees, where they stabbed him a couple of times and then cut his throat. They pushed his body down an embankment and into one of the tributary streams. That’s where a farmer found it, nearly six months later, wound around with vines, the jaw hanging open in surprise, like he still couldn’t believe that he was stuck there.

And now he doesn’t know that he’s stuck here. None of them ever seem to know. Right now the hitchhiker is whistling and bobbing along to nonexistent music. He probably still hears whatever they were playing the night they killed him.

He’s perfectly pleasant. A nice guy to ride with. But when we get to that bridge, he’ll be as angry and ugly as anyone you’ve ever seen. It’s reported that his ghost, dubbed unoriginally as the County 12 Hiker, has killed at least a dozen people and injured another eight. But I can’t really blame him. He never made it home to see his girl, and now he doesn’t want anyone else to get home either.

We pass mile marker twenty-three—the bridge is less than two minutes away. I’ve driven this road almost every night since we moved here in the hopes that I would catch his thumb in my headlights, but I had no luck. Not until I got behind the wheel of this Rally Sport. Before this it was just half a summer of the same damn road, the same damn blade tucked under my leg. I hate it when it’s like that, like some kind of horribly extended fishing trip. But I don’t give up on them. They always come around in the end.

I let my foot ease up on the gas.

“Something wrong, friend?” he asks me.

I shake my head. “Only that this isn’t my car, and I don’t have the cash to fix it if you decide to try to take me off the bridge.”

The hitchhiker laughs, just a little too loudly to be normal. “I think you’ve been drinking or something tonight, pal. Maybe you ought to just let me off here.”

I realize too late that I shouldn’t have said that. I can’t let him out. It’d be my luck that he’d step out and disappear. I’m going to have to kill him while the car is moving or I’ll have to do this all over again, and I doubt that Mr. Dean is willing to let the car go for too many more nights. Besides, I’m moving to Thunder Bay in three days.

There’s also the thought that I’m doing this to this poor bastard all over again. But that thought is fleeting. He’s already dead.

I try to keep the speedometer over fifty—too fast for him to really consider jumping out, but with ghosts you can never be sure. I’ll have to work fast.

It’s when I reach down to take my blade out from under the leg of my jeans that I see the silhouette of the bridge in the moonlight. Right on cue, the hitchhiker grabs the wheel and yanks it to the left. I try to jerk it back right and slam my foot on the brake. I hear the sound of angry rubber on asphalt and out of the corner of my eye I can see that the hitchhiker’s face is gone. No more easy Joe, no slicked hair and eager smile. He’s just a mask of rotten skin and bare, black holes, with teeth like dull stones. It looks like he’s grinning, but it might just be the effect of his lips peeling off.

Even as the car is fishtailing and trying to stop, I don’t have any flashes of my life before my eyes. What would that even be like? A highlight reel of murdered ghosts. Instead I see a series of quick, ordered images of my dead body: one with the steering wheel through my chest, another with my head gone as the rest of me hangs out the missing window.

A tree comes up out of nowhere, aimed right for my driver’s side door. I don’t have time to swear, just to jerk the wheel and hit the gas, and the tree is behind me. What I don’t want to do is make it to the bridge. The car is all over the shoulder and the bridge doesn’t have one. It’s narrow, and wooden, and outdated.

“It’s not so bad, being dead,” the hitchhiker says to me, clawing at my arm, trying to get me off the wheel.

“What about the smell?” I hiss. Through all of this I haven’t lost my grip on my knife handle. Don’t ask me how; my wrist feels like the bones are going to separate in about ten seconds, and I’ve been pulled off my seat so that I’m hovering over the stick shift. I throw the car into neutral with my hip (should have done that earlier) and pull my blade out fast.

What happens next is kind of a surprise: the skin comes back onto the hitchhiker’s face, and the green comes back into his eyes. He’s just a kid, staring at my knife. I get the car back under control and hit the brakes.

The jolt from the stop makes him blink. He looks at me.

“I worked all summer for this money,” he says softly. “My girl will kill me if I lose it.”

My heart is pounding from the effort of controlling the lurching car. I don’t want to say anything. I just want to get it over with. But instead I hear my voice.

“Your girl will forgive you. I promise.” The knife, my father’s athame, is light in my hand.

“I don’t want to do this again,” the hitchhiker whispers.

“This is the last time,” I say, and then I strike, drawing the blade across his throat, opening a yawning black line. The hitchhiker’s fingers come up to his neck. They try to press the skin back together, but something as dark and thick as oil floods out of the wound and covers him, bleeding not only down over his vintage-era jacket but also up over his face and eyes, into his hair. The hitchhiker doesn’t scream as he shrivels, but maybe he can’t: his throat was cut and the black fluid has worked its way into his mouth. In less than a minute he’s gone, leaving not a trace behind.

I pass my hand over the seat. It’s dry. Then I get out of the car and do a walk-around as best I can in the dark, looking for scratches. The tire tread is still smoking and melted. I can hear Mr. Dean’s teeth grinding. I’m leaving town in three days, and now I’ll be spending at least one of them putting on a new set of Goodyears. Come to think of it, maybe I shouldn’t take the car back until the new tires are on.


Copyright © 2011 by Kendare Blake

Meet the Author

KENDARE BLAKE holds an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She lives and writes in Lynnwood, Washington.

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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 7 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.