Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Young Adult/Horror
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Summary: 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.
Thoughts: Cas Lowood comes from a long line of men who kill the dead, an inherited skill. He recently just finished up a case and now he's headed to Canada to kill the infamous Anna Dressed In Blood. Anna was killed in 1958 and ever since she's killed every person who has stumbled into her house. That is until she meets Cas.
This is one of the most spookiest books I've read in a long time, and I mean that in the best way. It gave me the chills, and that doesn't happen often. I love ghost stories, and this one definitely fit the bill. Anna Dressed In Blood is bloody brilliant and a must read. The story had me on the edge of my seat. Especially when the events of Anna's horrifying death are revealed. I loved the connection between Cas and Anna. Both of them have this lonely existence and even though she is dead, they just click. It was both eerie and beautiful. If you are a fan of Supernatural, you are gonna love this book.
Score: 5 Stars
Author Website: http://www.kendareblake.com/
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