Saturday, September 15, 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

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. -
Plot summary borrowed from Goodreads

I had meant to wait on this one until closer to Halloween, but I'm glad I couldn't wait because it was just SO GOOD. Cas is an immensely enjoyable narrator (he's got a very "young Dean Winchester" thing going for him), and I loved pretty much every other aspect of this book. It's got a great cast of characters (including his Wiccan online store owner mother, a completely atypical Queen Bee female friend, a crotchety old antique store owner/occult adept, and Anna, a terrifying ghost I dare you not to fall in love with), a seriously spooky atmosphere, some genuine scares, and plenty of humor. 

I've already got the sequel, Girl of Nightmares, checked out and waiting for me. I wonder if I can make it to October this time... 

I very much doubt it.


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