Book Review- Anna Dressed In Blood

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Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
Published by Tor Teen on October 17, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 320
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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. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

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.

Anna Dressed in Blood is probably my favorite book ever. There is just something about it that keeps drawing me back… and I have read it more times than I can count. It is exactly what Cassandra Clare’s blurb says: Spellbinding and romantic.

It’s hard to choose one thing to love in the book. That’s mostly because I love everything about it so much. I love how real the story feels and how honest and raw the characters are. It’s almost as if Kendare plucked them out of real life and trapped them in the pages.
The story line keeps me on the edge of my seat no matter how many times I reread it. It’s like I notice a new detail every time, and it just keeps adding to the story.

I love how vividly everything is described. It’s like reading a movie… I can see the scenes unfolding in front of me. I can make out Cas and Thomas and Caramel and Anna and everyone else and all the houses and shops and the school and everything.

One thing I love, perhaps most of all, is how Cas isn’t made out to be some sort of superhero. He is vulnerable and has struggles of his own. He has his weak moments, and has to ask for help sometimes.

I could probably go on all day about Anna Dressed In Blood. And I can’t express enough how much I think everyone in the world should read it because it is just that good. It should be no surprise that I am giving Anna Dressed In Blood five out of five hearts!

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Also, a while back I had the chance to interview Kendare Blake! If you are interested in that, feel free to check it out here!

Creatures of the Night Book Tag

 

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Being a lover of all things supernatural, doing this tag was a no brainer. I originally saw it over on Dreamland Book Blog , but it started on Katytastic’s booktube channel. You can see the video here.

The challenge of the tag is to pick books containing different types of creatures of the night. The creatures are: vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, fairies, demons, angels,  and super humans. Here we go!

Vampires

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Vampires and pirates. Vampirates.The whole series was amazing, and a whole lot of fun to read. Twins Conner and Grace are picked up by different pirate ships, and have incredible adventures. The vampires in this book were terrifying and mystifying at the same time. They are definitely my favorite vampire books.

Werewolves

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Picking a book about werewolves was a tough one for me, mostly because of all the creatures of the night, werewolves are one of my least favorite. My older brother actually recommended I read this book, and it surprised me. I actually enjoyed it. Dreama (Dree for short) is a very interesting character, and was a lot of fun to read about.

Ghosts

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Anna Dressed in Blood was an easy choice. I don’t think I’ve ever read a ghost book quite like it, and probably never will. It is definitely my favorite. There is something about it that keeps me coming back to read it again and again and again (it also doesn’t hurt that it’s printed in red ink!).

Witches

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Yes, Brooklyn is (very) self-obsessed, but if you finally inherited powers that let you do almost anything (including giving yourself a total makeover), wouldn’t you be? The book was very entertaining, and though it wasn’t (anywhere close to) as good as the Harry Potter books, I picked it because it was fresh and a fun read.

Fairies

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Is there really any other choice? I grew up reading Grimm’s Fairy tales, and it will forever be my favorite fairy tale book. They are all so well writer, and even though many are similar, they all have elements that make them unique and enjoyable.

Demons

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Of all the books with demons, I picked City of Bones. I thought the book was original and fun to read. I also did really like the movie (despite the bad reviews it received). The world that Cassandra Clare created is realistic and believable, and her characters are pretty awesome, too.

Angels

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I’m not really sure that Max and her gang qualify as angels, but I’m going to go with it (especially because the first book is called The Angel Experiment). These books are action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. Every book was as exciting as the last, and I definitely read them all more than once.

Super Humans

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Demi-gods count as super humans, right? The Percy Jackson series (and Heroes of Olympus series) are some of my all time favorite books, and this list wouldn’t be complete without them. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are as entertaining as they are kickass. My childhood would have been so much different without them.

 

So that’s my list! Anyone who decides to do the tag (or has already done it), feel free to leave a link in the comments! I would love to read it! What are your favorite books featuring creatures of the night?