Cas Lowood, armed with his late father’s athame knife, kills ghosts. In Thunder Bay, Anna, forever 16, drips blood on her white dress from throat slit in 1958, and rips apart anyone who enters her house – except Cas. He makes new friends – high school queen Carmel, jock Will, admiring nerd Thomas and Tom’s voodoo grandpa Morfran – to fight this demon.
I’m not typically into these kinds of books, and when I say that I don’t mean paranormal. I’ll read paranormal if the blurb interests me or it’s gotten a ton of rave reviews. What I mean is flesh-eating ghouls, witches in general, gore, guts and the like. I guess you could say that those things are paranormal as well, but believe me–it takes one horror book to steer you off from that route.
Then why did I read this book?
Simple. I was going through a bookshelf, doing what I do every week. Pick up one book at a time off my book shelf of the week and read every book’s blurb and first few pages on that shelf. Checkout/buy the the ones that interest me. And then I saw ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD. (Not her, the book.) Hesitantly, I read the blurb, saw the cover and cracked open the first few pages. And when I discovered I was fifty pages in and I couldn’t seem to stop, I knew that I had to read this book.
And it’s not like I’ve never read a good witch or ghost book before this story, it’s just that I don’t usually read these types of stories.
ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD has some intense moments, but nothing worse than your typical thriller/action YA. Despite this fact, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is far from typical. Kendare Blake writes the way that I love, the way that Julie Kagawa wrote THE IRON KING and the way that Rick Riordan wrote THE LIGHTNING THIEF. I can see it when I first crack open a book, those first few pages can tell me if that author has it or not. And believe me, Blake has it. The way she formats her characters, the narration of Cas and the plot itself is nothing short of spectacular.
ADIB had it’s flaws, but Cas and the premise and the nature of Blake’s writing was enough to overlook that. Honestly, more than anything, I think this book is beautiful in a way. Even if you don’t take out the corpses and the screaming ghosts trying to kill Cas, I still think that the premise of this story is beautiful, romantic, fresh and so much more than it seems.
And then there’s the cursing. I try not to curse myself, but it can be pretty funny if used in the right situation, and the dialogue simply fits Cas’s personality. I laughed out loud at certain points in this story, and I have to say that I truly enjoyed it.
I’m looking forward to seeing more of Anna and Cas in the next book in this series, GIRL OF NIGHTMARES. 4.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 316