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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)

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)

Abundantly original, marvelously inventive and enormous fun, this can stand alongside the best horror fiction out there. We demand sequels. (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)

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

About 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Anna Dressed in Blood Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765328656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328656
  • ASIN: 0765328658
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (582 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kendare Blake grew up in the small city of Cambridge, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York and received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in London, England. She loves to travel, is an advocate for animals, and cheats a lot when she plays Final Fantasy. Adopted from South Korea at the age of seven months, she arrived with the following instruction: "Feed her chocolate." Though not medically advisable, she and her parents are eternally grateful for this advice.

Kendare Blake's short fiction has appeared in numerous markets, including The Momaya Press Annual Review and Mirror Dance Magazine, among others. Her debut novel, Sleepwalk Society, deals with four friends coming of age post 9/11. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (2011 NPR Top 5, Kirkus Top Ten), and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (2012 Kirkus Reviews Top Ten), are YA horror chronicling the strange life of Cassio Lowood, a teenage ghost hunter who falls in love with the dead girl he was supposed to kill.

The Greek mythology-focused Goddess War series began in 2013 with ANTIGODDESS and continues with MORTAL GODS October 14, 2014. It will conclude with UNGODLY in 2015.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) on July 21, 2012
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This book has received rave reviews from some of my favorite bloggers, so I knew I had to try it. And boy, were they right. It's so hard to be truly original these days, and Anna Dressed in Blood has it in spades with with a freshly, unique protagonist and voice.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is one of my favorite reads of the year. The protagonist Cas is a ghost killer. He is one of very few people who can do this, and he is determined to track down the ghost that killed his father. He moves from place to place to put these spirits to rest, and meets new friends when he tracks down Anna Korlov, the girl dressed in blood who has terrorized the town. What happens is so unexpected and right, and everyone who loves YA (and even those who don't read horror) should read it.

I had the pleasure of reading this bit by bit, and I couldn't wait to race home to get to read more. The characters are terrific, three dimensional, and very deftly drawn. I loved the voice of the protagonist, Cas, and Anna herself, is probably one of my favorite characters ever written. The mean girl, Carmel, is another star in her own right, and breaks out of the typical popular girl mold, which I really appreciated. Women are probably the most powerful characters in the novel, despite the protagonist being a skilled ghost killer, and I appreciated that.

Overall, a smashing success by Blake, and terrifically well written. A must read for any YA fan. I am thrilled to see what else Blake has up her sleeve.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Dodson VINE VOICE on July 11, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. Others have pointed out there was lots of gore, and there was, so it may not be appropriate for the youngest of young adults. I think most young adults have probably seen more gore in a standard slasher film. I'm thinking that's not a big issue. One thing I really liked about this book was its treatment of adults. In so many YA books adults are portrayed as idiots, villains, duplicitous, or completely inept. Cas Lowood, along with the ghost Anna and his high school friends Carmel and Thomas, are very much the main characters, but Cas' mom and Thomas' grandfather are both active in this and helpful. That's a great message. Beside that, there's lots of action in this book. You really get into the story. Anna's back story is graphic and powerful. Cas took over the 'family business' of hunting and killing dangerous ghosts after a particularly nasty one killed his father years ago. Now he's come across the most unusual ghost he's ever met, Anna Dressed in Blood. Things are never what they seem, but never in boring or predictable ways, and Kendare Blake really 'wows' with this one. If she's reading this...please, write "The Girl From Hell" faster!
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106 of 126 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on June 22, 2011
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Cas (Theseus Cassio) Lowood kills ghosts. Not just any ghosts; only the ghosts that harm other people. He inherited the ability (and the athame necessary to do the work) from his father, who was killed mysteriously when Cas was seven. Now, 10 years later, Cas has come to Thunder Bay, Ontario, in search of a ghost named Anna Dressed in Blood. Anna, as a young lady, was murdered in 1958 and now she haunts the house in which she lived during her life, and kills anyone foolish enough to come inside. Until Cas came inside - for some reason, she spared his life. Cas develops a fascination for Anna - can he, along with his new friends Thomas and Carmel, do what he came to do and stop Anna from killing?

I really enjoyed this book - it was well-written, spooky and engaging. However, I was stupefied to discover that it was rated for "young adults." There is a good deal of very intense gore and a lot of swearing - the f-bomb was dropped twice just in chapter two, and that was a short chapter. I have no problem with such, and I imagine a lot of "young people" today don't either, but I would also imagine that their parents would have a problem with it. So, I'm warning anyone that might be bothered by this - lots of gore and some swearing to boot.

That said, I would recommend this book - I liked it a great deal and I think many people would. Give it a look if the above caveat doesn't apply to you!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Houser VINE VOICE on July 4, 2011
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I was very excited to receive an ARC of this novel. I had read great things about this novel from other early reviewers and the description of the novel sounded very intriguing. I couldn't wait to devour this book, which is what I did. However, I had some problems with this book, which prevented me from loving it.

Let's talk about the good things first. Blake is a great storyteller. From the very first page of this book, the story sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. The story was crafted beautifully crafted to be spellbinding. Even once I started to have issues with the novel, the story was still crafted in such a way that I couldn't put it down.

I found the characters to be, for the most part, very well crafted. I found Cas to be a little overly cocky at some points, but he's a teenage boy, so I don't know that this cockiness was off the mark or a flaw. It was merely a little annoying to me. Other than that, I found Cas to be a great character. He is a very strong protagonist that I enjoyed reading. I found the secondary characters, such as Carmel and Thomas, to be very well written, too. I liked them and they seemed very genuine. I think Cas' mom could have been a bit stronger of a character. She seemed very lifeless and I think she could have been beefed up a bit and been a much more compelling character.

Let's talk about plot, because this is where my problem with the novel came in. The basic premise of the novel, a teenage ghost killer, is pretty interesting. Blake provided great detail about Cas' magical heritage and how it is in his blood to be a ghost killer.
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