Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Anna Dressed in Blood
by Kendare Blake

Published: 9/30/2011 by Tor Teen

From Goodreads:

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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I thought:
Oh my gosh!!! Yeah, because of review deadlines and obligations- I JUST got around to reading Anna Dressed in Blood (this is why I’ve so allotted myself to read at least 2 books per month this year that I purchased myself AND took on some associate reviewers to help me out!! Shhhhyea I did!)

Anyway, the FIRST chapter… WOW! I was INSTANTLY sucked into Cas’s story! I’m talking completely and utterly captivated. Lord help anyone who bothered me while I was reading this book! And seriously, I have NEVER been the kind of chick to get into ‘ghost stories’ before, but Anna was absolutely AMAZING!!!!

“I don’t do what I do and receive accolades and keys to cities. I work in the dark, killing what should have stayed dead.” ~Cas

Cas isn’t your average teenager… He’s a ghost hunter. Traveling all over the country with his EPIC mother… Putting ghosts to rest, as is his legacy. His next ‘target’ is Anna… Who was brutally killed while on her way to a dance at school in the 1950′s. Story has it that when she was killed there was so much blood that it turned her white dress completely red! Therefore she’s called… Anna Dressed in Blood. RIGHT??? *chills*

This book is BRIMMING with one liners that make you seriously laugh out loud- while at the same time being totally goose-bump inducing and wicked freaking creepy!

“I can wrestle the dead all day long, but touch football might knock me unconscious.” ~Cas

Cas meets Thomas Sabin has to ‘think softly’ around him… Uh because he’s a telepath, duh! I nearly FELL OUT OF MY CHAIR laughing at ‘think softly’! I’m not even joking!

Example of EPIC mom-ness:

“My mom is there, chopping herbs for what might be dinner or might be one of her wide variety of magic spells. I see strawberry leaves and cinnamon. That’s either a love spell or the beginnings of a tart.”

We follow Cas and his band of ghostbusters (hehe) as he slowly comes to sort of care for Anna… And see her as much more than just a scary story or a monster that goes bump in the night that must be exterminated. Anna is different from any other ghost Cas has ever come in contact with… Stronger, smarter and seems to KNOW that what she’s doing is wrong.

… Oh my God. That is all I can or will say about WHAT transpires after or how Anna died. But- WOW. This book is SERIOUSLY, just WOW.

“We’d be the fricking dragon and the wicked fairy.”

“But all I get is blah blah, nod off, dead finger in my ear, snap awake. Then repeat.”

(this is perhaps the best line I’ve EVER read in my entire life. Just sayin.)

Anna Dressed in Blood scared the CRAP out of me! No joke. But it was also freaking HILARIOUS! The perfect blend of incredibly sweet romance, humor, snark AND it was completely terrifying! I LOVED every freaking SECOND of it! It was AMAZINGLY EPIC.

“I am not afraid. She’s with me. She’s my purpose and we’re going to save each other. We’re going to save everyone. And then I’m going to convince he to stay here. With me.” 

All that being said, I’d just about sell my soul for a copy of Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)… It doesn’t come out until AUGUST!!!! And Kendare Blake joins rank with only 4 other authors to have received an EPIC rating and CROWNED review from this Brunette!

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42 Responses to Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

  1. Koneko-chan says:

    I´ve got this one since christmas and I think it´s time for me to read it. All the rewies I´ve read put this book on the top so I´ll give it a try.
    Thanks for the rewiew.

  2. April says:

    I loved this book so much, and that’s awesome that you pointed out all the wing dingers.. def. some great quotes in there. I was trying not to piss myself the whole time, from either laughing at things Cas would say or being scared the shit out of Anna.

    Oh but I loved her.. She was soo horrifying it was beautiful.. especially that first big scene with her, right! She was no friggen joke, man.. I had to put the book down a second and let it all sink in.. She was bad ass.. but the story behind how she died.. so sad.. I like how the Author tells you though.

    I cannot wait for Girl of my Nightmares, and can you imagine.. the cover being any more gorgeous that this one.. Girl of my Nightmares cover blew me away..

    I loved this book so much more than I expected to, and your review is spot on with how I felt. ! :)

  3. Nice! This is on my immediate TBR list. I’m excited to see you are crowning it.

  4. Amy Fournier says:

    OMG!! Fabulous review! I bought this the day it came out and still haven’t gotten to it yet. It is definitely next on the list for the TBR pile challenge!! I have heard it’s really good, but an Ashley crowned review, means I need to read it ASAP!!

  5. Felicia the Geeky Blogger says:

    Believe it or not this is one of the few YA that I am really going to get! I think it is right up my alley :)

    Right now I am listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone—I really like it so far!

  6. Rummanah says:

    So glad you got the chance to read this one, Ashley! I freaking loved this book and I can’t wait to see what happens next to Cas and the gang. I could help but bust a gut when the Ghostbusters joke came up.

    p.s. Love the new layout!

  7. This sounds really good! I love those one liners. Great review.

    I wasn’t going to read this one but you have me reconsidering.

  8. Just Jenn says:

    This sounds amazing! It’s going on my list.

  9. kendy says:

    I will down load it on my Kindle. It sounds great!

  10. Jenny says:

    YEAH!!!! Loved this one so much! So glad you finally found some time for it, now at least you won’t have to wait quite as long for the next book. Still doesn’t come out until August, but you’re a little closer than when I read it back in September, so that’s something. Silver lining and all that. Wasn’t Cas the best? LOVED him. And Anna when she went full “dressed in blood” mode scared the crap out of me too:)

  11. Why have I not read this book yet? I need to. And I’m so happy to know I can expect some humor mixed in with the scary. Can’t wait ot meet Cas! He sounds amazing.

  12. So glad you got a chance to read this! I loved this and am happy you loved it too!

  13. LOL- your reviews always make me laugh….

    Heres me sending you a hug…( )

    I loved this one, I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it yet but I remember it being a stand out read from last year.

    PS- glad your blog is back up and working!

  14. Aurian says:

    I have to admit laughing out loud over your review, and all your exclamations about it. It is just the terrifying and scary parts, that totally keep me back. I don’t do scary. Just ask my boyfriend ;)

  15. I’ve been wanting to read this one for ages now!!

  16. Candace says:

    Love your review! I also LOVED it! Cas is such an amazing character, I could read about him all day! So glad you totally fell in love!

  17. Oh my gosh, there is no doubt in my mind that this book deserves a crowned review — it was SO AMAZING!! Cas is one of my major book boy crushes, and everything you said about this book was spot on. Anna terrified me but made me adore her anyways too, and those one-liners??? They happened at the most unexpected times and I LOVED them!

    Absolutely amazing review, Ashley!! I want to grab my copy and read this again because of you LOL! ;) <3

  18. I know! Right? It’s so good! I can’t WAIT *strains at shackles* to get the next book!

  19. Dude.. this KILLS me! I’ve been dying to read this book, but never have time. Eff it, I’m reading it next month. I don’t care if it throws me off, I just know it’ll be worth it.

  20. Lea says:

    LOVE your review Ashley! This is actually the first review I’ve read for this book and um… yeah!! Going to bump it right up to the top of my TBR list because it sounds amazing!!

    Keep busy with those reviews girl, I love reading them ;)

    ~Lea @ LC’s Adventures in Libraryland

  21. What an amazing review, Ashley!!! I’ve been dying to read this but I got scared because it sounds like it’s about ghosts, lol. The summary is really intriguing though and now because of your review, I am really going to read this book! Thank you so much for sharing this review and glad you enjoyed it!!! :)

    Celine @ Forget-me-not

  22. Stephanie D. says:

    As usual, your review is brimming with fun, one-of-a-kind observations! You’ve made me want to read this book even MORE!

  23. I loved this book, too! It’s scary and funny and I’m dying for a copy of the second book. August is a looooooong way off. Especially if they push the release date back to be closer to Halloween. I think Kendare said that was a possibility.

  24. Alexa says:

    Loretta got this for me for Christmas now I can’t wait to find the time. Although my review pile is out of freaking control so who knows when this shall be. I might have to think about having someone be a guest reviewer for Pages of Forbidden Love at this rate just to keep up.

    Thanks for the EPIC review chica!
    Love the blog design, you are far more talented than I am.

  25. Mel S says:

    Yep – definitely need to get my hands on a copy of this book! I’ve been meaning to pick it up since I saw the gorgeous cover but haven’t got round to it yet!

  26. Giselle says:

    Awesome review chicky! I really enjoyed this too and Cas is a fabulous character!!

    ps- love your new blog banner it’s gorgeous!

    Xpresso Reads

  27. I wanted to read this one and your review has convinced me that I really really need to!

  28. Isalys says:

    I loved this book too!! There was only one tinsy thing I would have changed, but it’s all good because I love Cas and Anna so much that I can overlook it ;)

    Can I say how much I hated Anna’s mom though? Ugh…even though she’s been dead for who knows how long, she reminded me too much of the psycho mom from Carrie!

    Can’t wait for the next book!

  29. Funny that you should post this review now. I had absolutely no interest in reading this book, but I than read what it was actually about and I was super curious. I’m glad you liked it, I’m incredibly eager to read it now.

    Great review!

  30. Ashley says:

    Oooh! Awesome! I have a copy of this and I REALLY need to read it! It sounds SERIOUSLY amazing! I’m totally jazzed about it and I’m thrilled that you loved it so much! :D

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  33. kimba88 says:

    I loved that it scared the crap out of you and I love awesome one-liners. Sweet review!

  34. Amanda says:

    Awesome review!!! As for the book, I loved it too. The male point of view, Anna’s dark nature and the unique characters made it a total win for me. However, I wish the ‘love’ part was not brought forward… :D

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  37. Of course I had to go read the review. I don’t usually read reviews of books I want but haven’t yet read because it tends to decide whether or not I’ll like it for me. But I trust your judgement, and now I have to put it on my read immediately list after I’m finished the one I’m on now, even though I’m in the middle of a challenge and I don’t really have time to sneak it in there but I just have to now thanks to you. AHHH! I almost want to STOP reading the one I’m on and check it out from work tomorrow. That could very well be exactly what happens too…

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