Title – Anna Dressed in Blood.
Author – Kendare Blake.
Publisher – Tor Teen.
Publication date – 17th October 2011.
Series Status – Book One in the Anna Series.
‘Cas Lowood is no ordinary guy – he hunts dead people.
People like Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood. A beautiful, murderous ghost entangled I’m curses and rage. Cas knows he must destroy her, but as her tragic past is revealed, he starts to understand why Anna has killed everyone who’s ever dared to enter her spooky home.
Everyone that is, except Cas…’
The book started off promising but then seemed to fall flat. The idea behind the plot was original and the book was well written but I had a few issues.
I loved the idea of Cas falling in love with a ghost. I’m not into the romance genre but I loved this concept. The book had a creepy atmosphere but it didn’t have the ‘scare factor’ I expected.
I loved Cas. At the beginning he came across as been a bit of an idiot and thought he was better than everybody else. But as the story progressed it allowed us to see it was a defence mechanism. The author showed us how Cas was lonely, as most of his life he‘d moved from place to place, and didn’t have any real friends. By the end of the book – Cas had surrounded himself with friendship – showing us the character had changed by the end of the story.
I loved Anna from the very beginning. Throughout the book, she is portrayed as the villain, but she was still likeable. It’s heart-breaking when we find out how she died, but so beautiful when Cas finally frees her.
At times, the story was hard to follow because there was so much going on. The bulk of the book was Cas trying to deal with Anna, but towards the end of the story a bigger villain was introduced. Although it did add a surprise element, it felt like it didn’t belong.
Overall, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I liked it, but it didn’t grab my attention enough to continue with the rest of the series. It was an enjoyable and fun read but confused me in parts. It also didn’t give me the scare factor I was looking for. Saying that, the book was well written and the characters were easy to relate to, and the idea was unique. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, quick read but not to someone who’s looking for the scare factor.
‘Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes when hungry. Sue was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jacksom, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.
She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.’