Title: Anna Dressed In Blood
Publication Date: October 17th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance
Rating: Five Stars
Summary: Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
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. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the
murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood,
Cas expects the usual: 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.
Yet she spares Cas's life.
Review: I freaking loved this book!!
first off, I have to say this: it reminds me a lot of early
Supernatural. Not now, when it's dragged on for ten years and has weird
angel plotlines, etc. But the original show - 'saving people, hunting
things'? YES. I am so glad that I have a pretty physical copy of this to stick on my shelf.
So yeah, this book reminds me a lot of those early
days and it's awesome. The main character, Cas, is carrying his baggage
and is incredibly stubborn and wants to be completely self reliant. But
something about Thunder Bay and his latest ghost - Anna Dressed In
Blood - is different...
Side note here to say: oh my god, I love
that this book was set in Thunder Bay. See, I went to school there and
the setting is just perfect for this book. It's a pulp and
paper city, nestled right on the lake, and it really does have that sort
of old-and-creepy vibe. Plus, I just love it in general when authors
set books in Canada (it gets neglected)!
The atmosphere in this
book was well done. Descriptive, haunting, downright chilling and spooky
and just perfect for a thrilling horror book. I said this in my review
of 'Shutter' by Courtney Alameda, but I'll say it here too - it takes a
lot for horror books to work for me! Generally I just end up bored or
not scared at all, but the creepy tones of this one really worked for
me. And we just jumped right in from the beginning, too - there's no
slow 'this is what I do, yadda yadda' in this book, it's just BAM,
action! I liked it. It drew me in right away and endeared Cas to me in
just a few short pages.
The characters in this book were so well
done, too. Like I said, we have Cas, who I couldn't help but like in
spite of how closed off he was, and his stubborness - and then we're
slowly introduced to other characters who are completely awesome in
their own rights. Anna. Carmel. Thomas. Gideon. Even the cat! I love the way the book slowly developed the friendships throughout the
book, and the unexpected twists and turns certain things took along the
way (particularly romance)!
The one character I wish that we had
learned more about was his mother - she was well done, I just would
have liked a bit more depth because she seemed more interesting.
Hopefully there's some of that in the second book!
So, yeah. I
loved this. I read it in pretty much one sitting last night and I'm
pretty excited to move on to the sequel, 'Girl Of Nightmares'... and I'm
kind of sad that it seems like there aren't any others :( But I
recommend that all of you check this out, it's worth it and I'm sorry I
put it off so long!