- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: July 5, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008I4USRA
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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
Both of us here at The BookWhisperer have been long awaiting reading Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood. Read morePublished 4 days ago by The BookWhisperer
I stayed up until 4am to finish it. It was that good.
Not the best, but I wanted to keep reading, even as I thought, this is def YA. (I'm in my mid-20's)
I just re-read this book and it's still just as great as it was originally. Cas Lowood kills evil ghosts that hurt others with his family's Athame. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jennifer R. Shiels
This book was awesome. It's fun, edgy and scary with some mild romance thrown in. With it's snappy dialogue and freaky murderous ghosts, I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Annatha
It's a good book handled well by the author. However, I believe it written for a different age group other than me. If I were a young person, I would find this a good read. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Bob Collins
Fabulous read! Captivating by the first page and the action just keeps coming.Published 1 month ago by Justine Luparello
Not really that scary, but a good story and I enjoyed it. Probably not really appropriate for young teens due to some content (depending on the kid - I'll just say parents be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Responsibly Unashamed Lessa
The title of this book is stupendously clever and horrific and cool all at the same time-- for me anyway. I couldn't resist the title so I took a chance and BAM, it delivered. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Belligirl