Review: Anna dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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SYNOPSIS:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.

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REVIEW

date read: Sep 20th, 2011

My Thoughts:

You know how from time to time you read in a book about a male character that you like a lot and you would just love to hear his version of the story? Well there is no more need for that, because in this case you get to hear his story – and you still love it.

Cas is the typical cool guy – he looks good and he knows it, he is charming and nice with everyone, and oh, there’s also this cool thing about him: he is a ghost hunter.
Ok, so he is not the best ghost hunter in the world, even if in the beginning you tend to think so, but it was nice to see him on his best and also on his struggling-to-stay-alive-and-not-die-of-embarrassment-in-front-of-his-friends kind of moments.

One thing that I loved about this book is the dark atmosphere – if you read it at night like I did, it might give you a chill, in a good way.
Another thing I liked was the friendship – I liked Cas’ friends and I can’t wait to see the new adventures they will share in the next book in the series.

But now about Anna – her story was sad and some part of me wanted Cas to help her, but another part of me just thought about all those other ghosts Cas had killed without caring much about their history. Every ghost had a sad story and an tragic end, that’s how they got to be ghosts in the first place and that made them kill as well. Why was Anna so different (except for the love interest, off course)?
I wanted more development on this side – their story was rushed, I didn’t see them falling for each other, I didn’t feel the moment when Cas had a change of heart, and it made me believe that he was a bit (or a lot) of a hypocrite and selfish… And I know that love is selfish, but …

But then again, what love? When did they have enough time to fall in love?
When she tried to kill him – because it’s so damn sexy for a dead girl with crazy hair and bloody dress to try to murder you .. yeah, any guy’s dream come true I bet *rolling eyes*

I’m not saying this often because I simply love love-stories, but this time, I would have preferred it without the romantic side of it.
Without the love part, the story was really great :)

Rating: 4 stars

But, don't let me do all the talking. I want to know what you think of this as well.

  • http://twitter.com/Giselleco Giselle (Xpresso)

    Great review! I just read this last week and loved it! I also really enjoyed the male protagonist.

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it too.
      It was nice for a change to be in the boy’s head and to see the world from his eyes. Most of the books I read were from the girls POV.