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Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna Dressed in Blood Series) Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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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.
More About the Author
Kendare is the author of six novels: the contemporary SLEEPWALK SOCIETY, YA horror duo ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (2011 NPR Top 5, Kirkus Top Ten), and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (2012 Kirkus Reviews Top Ten), and the Greek mythology-based Goddess War trilogy (ANTIGODDESS (2013), MORTAL GODS (2014), UNGODLY (9/22/15).
She is also a contributor to the horror anthology SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS (8/18/2015), and the school-shooting-themed novel in seventeen viewpoints, VIOLENT ENDS (9/1/2015).
Coming in 2016: the dark fantasy series THREE DARK CROWNS.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best book series I have ever read:) came on time and on perfect condition.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Book was listed as new, got it new. All was great, the book is fantastic! I highly recommend this one!Published 20 days ago by kimberlyrav
Timing is everything….
The spirit of bodies who has died appears walking the earth gives the main character the reason to put each one back in their place of burial if... Read more
I was stunned. This book leaves others in a ghostly dust! I absolutely loved it!😁😁😁👍👍👍👍👍👍 The plot had twists and turns I never expected!Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This book was wonderful. I was recommended thus book by a friend and it truly blew my mind. I couldn't seem to stop and am so excited about the second book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Virginia
I haven't had a chance to read this book yet as it doesn't stay on my shelf oin my classroom long enough for me to read it! Students have good things to say so far.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Strong start, weak finish. More of a paranormal than a horror story. I got the "Supernatural" TV show vibe right on the first chapter and immediately imagined Cas as Dean... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristel V.
I could not put this book down! It got my attention from the start and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.Published 1 month ago by Pat