Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Synopsis

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.
Anna Dressed in Blood is a 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year title.
One of NPR's Top 5 Young Adult Novels of 2011.

 

About Kendare Blake

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KENDARE BLAKE holds an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She lives and writes in Lynnwood, Washington.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Tor Teen. 320 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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The comedy works even better when juxtaposed against serious suspense, as Cas quips such lines as “I hate it when they don’t have eyes.” Matter-of-fact Anna leavens the comedy even as the suspense boils into terror.

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BC Books

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Kendare Blake brings us a terrifying ghost story of murder, betrayal and vengeance in Anna Dressed in Blood

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BC Books

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In fact, Anna Dressed in Blood was recently voted one of the YALSA 2012 Quick Picks for reluctant Young Readers making it an inherently readable book that readers would pick up and read for their own pleasure.

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BC Books

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She is more violent and furious than any ghost Cas has ever encountered and far more powerful than he could ever have imagined.

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It’s different because Anna is more powerful than any ghost he’s ever gone up against—he describes her as “Bruce Lee, the Hulk, and Neo from The Matrix all rolled into one”—and it’s different because, for the first time, he has outside help.

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The Bookbag

Something tells Cas that Anna is no ordinary ghost and he feels sure that once she is despatched - to wherever ghosts go - he will be ready at last to deal with the voodoo spirit that killed and ate his father...

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Open Book Society

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill.

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We Love This Book

Soon after moving to Thunder Bay, Ontario, he discovers that his latest ghost – Anna Korlov, murdered in the 1950s as a teenager – is not going to be so easy to kill.

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Seattle PI

In fact, Anna Dressed in Blood was recently voted one of the YALSA 2012 Quick Picks for reluctant Young Readers making it an inherently readable book that readers would pick up and read for their own pleasure.

May 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Anna Dressed in Blood

Dark Faerie Tales

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and am looking forward to reading it.

Oct 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Anna Dressed in Blood

BookRack

This book was slightly different as it has a male protagonist instead of a female one (that makes up the majority of YA paranormal books) so that was a nice change.

Sep 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Anna Dressed in Blood

The Overflowing Library

Murdered whilst wearing a white dress turned red by her own blood she has killed a variety of teenagers locally who dared to enter the house she was murdered in.

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My Shelf Confessions

I think it was just because like… once I’d started hearing the book in that person’s voice, it was impossible to read the words WITHOUT hearing them in his voice… so… =/Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted..End of the Year Book Survey – 2013.

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The Young Folks

After his father died a savage death from a very powerful ghost, Cas took up his father’s profession of ghost hunting.

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WAPL Teens

With his dead father's magical athame always by his side, Cas and his mom are nomads, moving from place to place, tracking ghosts so he can kill them - again.

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Alice Marvels

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.

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