Pages of Bookish Love (#2): Anna Dressed in Blood

Pages of Bookish Love Pages of Bookish Love (#2): Anna Dressed in Blood

Pages of Bookish Love is a new feature that Ashley and I (Alexa) are doing on our blogs. We each recommend one book to the other and then review the book on each other’s blog. For instance, Ashley recommended I read Anna Dressed In Blood, as you can see my review is posted on her blog. In turn I recommended she read a historical romance, which she will review on my blog. Basically we are exchanging pages of bookish love. We both hope you love this new monthly feature!

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Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: Aug 2011
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: 2012 TBR Challenge

Summary from Goodreads:
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…
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.

My Thoughts:

When I first heard about this book I figured that I would want nothing to do with it because I’m not one to read spooky stories. I figured that this book would be scary and freak me out. So I avoided it for a few months until out of the blue after reading many reviews I decided to ask for a copy for Christmas. I did get a copy, yet I still put off reading this one until Ashley told me it would be my April read for our swap feature. I was still a little on edge upon diving into this one but it actually had quite a bit to offer.

First off you get to meet Cas, a freakin male pov in a teen book, how EPIC is that, right!? Although I was so excited about this male perspective because it hardly ever happens in YA, it did take me a while to warm up to Cas. I felt along the way he was just slightly lacking in personality. He was trying to have many different personality traits from humor to being a badass and for me he just didn’t fully fill a role. Cas’s character felt a little lacking, just a little dull around the edges. I certainly feel that in the next book if he were to step up his personality a little more then he would be a great male character to fall for.

While Cas didn’t really do it for me I loved Anna! I also greatly enjoyed our main side characters although not all of them had Cas and Anna’s best interests at heart. Back to Anna, I mean come on she was so cool and not at all as dark as the book makes her out to be. I just loved the backstory to Anna and I was dying to learn exactly how her death came about and why she decided to stick around murdering anyone who walked into her house. Let me tell you that when you find out her past your heart will be melting and you will come to a great understanding of exactly who Anna is. She was a fascinating character that you couldn’t help but really feel for. I felt as the book went on she just became stronger and stronger, I liked her more and more with each page I turned.

Cas even says a few beautiful quotes about Anna when he is in the house with her chatting. It really showcases the different sides of this poor girl who can’t help but be what she is, a murderer.

quotes Pages of Bookish Love (#2): Anna Dressed in Blood

“I peek over the back of the couch and there she is, my goddess of death, her hair snaking out in a great black cloud, her teeth grinding hard enough to make living gums bleed.” ~Pg. 135


quotes Pages of Bookish Love (#2): Anna Dressed in Blood

“She looks so fragile, compared to what she was, but she doesn’t back away, and she doesn’t break eye contact. She’s not afraid. She’s sad, and curious, like the girl in the photograph. I wonder what she was when she was alive, if she laughted easily, if she was clever. It’s impossible to think that much of that girl remains now, sixty years and god knows how many murders later.” ~ Pg. 136

Overall, I know I’ve highlighted the characters more than anything else but they were the huge chunks of this story. However, I also felt that the summary for this book and the drama between Cas and Anna doesn’t even fully cover what the big plot arc of what this book was actually about. I’m not going to give anything away but there were certainly some darker elements towards the end of the book where a lot of the real action happens. Plus folks you should be prepared for a cliffhanger that will have you crying out for the continuation of Anna’s story. Since this book did have some slight connection problems for me both with Cas and with parts of the early on storyline I’m giving this story 4 hearts. I can’t wait for Girl of Nightmares to release this summer!

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11 Responses to Pages of Bookish Love (#2): Anna Dressed in Blood

  1. Awesome review Alexa! I really like this feature. I try to read outside of my comfort zone on occasion too. I find that a lot of the time I am pleasantly surprised with the books. I should try to do it more, but with so many books I am dying to read that are ones that I typically read, I don’t have much time to go out of my comfort zone.

    • Alexa says:

      Aw I’m so glad you enjoy this feature, it was something I proposed to Ash because I wanted to help her out with reviews and instead of me just guest posting here we came up with this feature.

      I find it hard to read outside my comfort zone as well which is why this feature is perfect! Ashley gets me to read somethings I would have never tried before. :)

  2. This is an amazing idea!

    I’m the biggest scaredy cat, but I have wanted to read this one! I wonder if I’ll be able to connect to Cass better than you seemed to as I’m completely a character driven reader.

    Thanks for the review!

    • Alexa says:

      Thanks for the compliment.

      I did like Cas I just felt the story was more focused on Anna that is probably why I liked her a bit more. I’m hoping Cas continues to grow on me with the second book :)

  3. kimba88 says:

    Great review Ashley..this is on my wishlist and I love your focus on the characters in your review :)

  4. Liz. R says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while! Definitely intrigued by Anna the most – she sounds like a complex character and I really want to know about her past! Great review, I can’t wait to read this one.

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  6. Melliane says:

    Oh I really need to read this book, I keep hearing a lot of amazing things about it so I’m glad you enjoyed it as well. thanks for the review!

  7. Tena says:

    What an awesome idea! Great way to read outside your comfort level

  8. I enjoyed this one so much. I love the darkness within. I also can’t wait for the next book too!

  9. candace says:

    I loved this book! I was afraid it would be too scary, and I don’t do scary, but it wasn’t at all. I loved Cas myself and felt like he was a character I really got. So I’m sorry you didn’t feel that. But I’m glad you enjoyed the story!

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