Author Kendare Blake presents her new YA paranormal novel titled Anna Dressed in Blood, the first book of the series with the same name. Released on August 30th 2011 by Tor Teen, this 320 pages book is an exciting and humorous gothic ghost story. Told from Theseus Cassio Lowood (Cas) point-of-view, the story is centers on Cas and Anna Dressed in Blood. Cas is a ghost hunter while Anna a ghost that was murdered in 1958, and she murders every person that wanders into her home. At times moving, sad, exciting and scary, this book packs a real punch.
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal (Ghosts, Withches), Horror, Romance, Urban Fantasy.
Characters: Theseus Cassio Lowood (Cas), Anna Dressed in Blood, Thomas and Carmel (Cas’s friends), Mike, Chase, Will.
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder 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: move, 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, but now stained red and dripping 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.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
ebook 1st rating: 8/10