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Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, Book 1) (Anna Dressed in Blood Series) Paperback – July 3, 2012
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“Abundantly original, marvelously inventive and enormous fun, this can stand alongside the best horror fiction out there. We demand sequels.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“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
“Cinematic and compelling. Blake's smooth combination of gore and romance should have little problem attracting the Twilight crowd.” ―Booklist
“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
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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But what I really loved about Blake's writing is her intent on telling a really good story, this is not another novel written in screenplay format with fingers crossed that it gets picked up for a movie deal. Blake has a wonderfully developed universe in her head and she plays it out on the page old school in character development, a well plotted storyline with several surprise twists and she dare's to focus on the grisly details of a good ghost story making this a horror story first with a dash of romance much to the lead characters chagrin. (trustme that part is actually touching and funny, right in the middle of a blood bath.)
I not only couldn't put this down but this is a keeper and my fingers are crossed on the sequel, but I have to add that even if the sequel is not so hot this is a fantastic stand alone novel. And I will most definetly be checking out Blake's other novels if the others are as good as this one I'm ticked that I have not discovered her sooner.
The story revolves around Cas (our bad-ish hero) and Anna (our ghost in waiting) and a group of people who get tossed into a mix made in hell. I didn't expect this level of skill when I opened the book (or clicked the icon on my Kindle) but once I got to page 2, I was hooked. I missed sleep and very valuable chore time as I powered through this book.
Cas is, essentially, a ghost hunter. No, not your cheesy discovery channel type with weird gizmos and dramatic night time lighting type of ghost hunter. I mean the special knife for killing ghosts hunting down the disturbed and dangerous dead type of ghost hunter. And he's good at it as was his father before him. And he rolls into a new town to seek out and destroy another one he's gotten a tip on. Oh, and he goes to high school while he's at it.
Enter Anna - a ghost to die for. And many people do just that. Except Cas and Anna make a bit of a connection and it is that connection that really makes for a great story.
Everyone in the story I was meant to dislike, I do. Likewise, for those I'm supposed to like. Everyone is well fleshed, even the temporary characters and it is done without excessive verbosity. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel. My only caution with this story is that I would not classify it as appropriate for most teens at all. Certainly, not one I have. It is quite gory. It goes slightly past my own limit on a couple of occasions and I would not want those images in an impressionable mind at all.
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 liked Cas and the way he is super cocky about his abilities, but also has this vulnerable side. He worries about and is afraid of all the things we fear that makes us human.
The secondary characters are just as vivid as the main, making it so that no matter who you are there's someone you can identify with making the story come alive.
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