Anna Dressed In Blood

Anna Dressed In Blood

Paperback - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012
ISBN: 9780765328670
0765328674

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Young ghost hunter Cas Lowood is looking for a particular spirit. The locals call her "Anna Dressed in Blood," who has killed every hunter that has gone after her since her brutal murder in 1958. But she spares Cas' life. Why?

Cas is following in his father's footsteps: He is a ghost hunter. Cas hunts them down and kills them before they can do harm. Until now. Anna Dressed in Blood has killed everyone entering the house she was killed in long ago. She has not killed Cas. Yet. First of a series.

Cas kills the dead. It's kind of a family business. In fact, he and his mom travel around keeping the legends and local lore down and people safe. But now they have to hunt a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood and, Cas is expecting it to be the same old, same old. But when Cas proves to... Read More »


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VaughanPLAlex Apr 24, 2017

Anna dressed in blood was my first horror novel. I wanted to read a YA because I thought the creepiness factor would be more manageable - but when you are someone who typically does not read horror and hates the dark, EVERYTHING is creepy. I really liked the writing style of this book, and enjoyed the premise, the characters, and the relationships they had with each other. It kind of reminded me of the TV series 'Supernatural!'

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rnpudel
Mar 15, 2017

From start to finish I loved this book.

AL_ELAINE Feb 10, 2017

I really enjoyed this book! Cass is a ghost hunter/killer and saves people from the supernatural. If you like "Supernatural" the TV series, sarcastic ghosts, or just a good scare, you might like this book.

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scifiandscary
Apr 27, 2016

Anna Dressed in Blood was pretty much what I’m coming to expect from YA Horror. It touches occasionally on the edges of disturbing, it has an unnecessary (and in this case more than slightly creepy) dose of romance, and there’s the smattering of self-doubt/loathing. Oh yeah, there’s also as many pop culture references as one can feasibly shove in. It was also entertaining. Never gets close to the “oh my god, I gotta finish this ASAP!” level, mind you, but, just like its bigger, badder, (and more appealing) cousin Supernatural, there’s a guilty sort of pleasure in seeing it through to its end.

This is definitely Supernatural-lite. Remove a brother, make Bobby British, and substitute the Impala for a non-cool car, etc, and you’ve got all the brooding, somewhat inappropriately hormonal, kick-ass action, but now at a safely rated level that even the little’uns can enjoy! Yes, I’m ragging on the book, and probably a little bit more than I should be, considering how much I did genuinely enjoy reading it. Oh, and there was some undeniable Scooby-gang wanna-be action that was fun to see.

Guilty pleasures, man! Its like rolling your eyes and announcing “Not this crap again!” when the hottest new song comes on the radio – and singing every lyric along with it perfectly twenty seconds later.

Kendare Blake delivers a well-told story in a subtle, under-dramatized way that makes you appreciate it even if it fails to enthrall you. It’s an easy read that never challenges you, doesn’t try to make you think, just invites you to sit back and let the story’s current guide you gently along. I must applaud the absolute lack of a love-triangle. Blake could have easily went in that direction – the setup was definitely there – but she didn’t. Instead you get a respectful acknowledgement of a burgeoning relationship…and a couple good-natured pokes of a young man who is happy to see his friend getting the girl he always wanted.

Overall, it’s not one I’d shove to the top of your “Must-read” list, but… it’s definitely worth a spot on the list, somewhere. Probably a good read when its twilight, a bit too warm, and you’re able to lounge outside with a cool drink.

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trevordunfordswife
Mar 06, 2016

EXCELLENT book for adults too! We read it and were totally engrossed by all plots, subplots, etc. Great characterizations. Can't wait for sequel or sequels - very creepy but could do without ALL of the gore.

aavishkakumar Mar 01, 2016

A brilliant book! Everything about this book was really well done. It was one of those books that kept my nerves jiggling around and actually had me nervous as to what would happen. Well written characters as well. Absolutely perfect!

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SashaE
Feb 22, 2016

It was great!, I had nightmares after, But It said I would so I'm happy it didn't lie!

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MicaelaMuldoon
Jan 06, 2016

I liked this book, but to be honest, I was a bit disappointed. I expected this to be creepier. Considering the amount of gore in this book, maybe that last statement makes me the creepy one. But maybe I prefer eerie hauntings to gore a la blockbuster hit.

Anyway, here’s what I liked:

1) The characters. Cas is a no-nonsense and emotionally troubled boy (also emotionally distant). I’m surprised he’s still sane, considering his past. Like most cool, bad-boy characters, he has his smartass jerk moments, but he is a caring person overall. Especially when it comes to his mom, which is cute. His friend Thomas is a supernatural-obsessed dork, but he is a good sidekick, even if he is kind of blundering and temperamental. In my opinion, that makes him better, because most sidekicks are one-dimensional, blindly loyal, and perfect. I really like Carmel because she defies the popular girl stereotype, from being brave to hanging out with the weird ones. Anna is a mature and sweet girl, struggling with her abhorrent ghostly form. I wish we could have gotten to know her a bit better.

2) The ghost lore. This book was very dark in that aspect, filled with voodoo, black magic, and mythology, plus a scary-ass villain.

What I didn’t like so much:

Cas and Anna’s love story was too quick. I feel like they barely got to know each other before they fell in love. I want some slow-building romance here! Major loss of points for the book in this aspect. I ship Thomas and Carmel more than I ship Anna and Cas.

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nidofito
Jan 15, 2015

EVERYONE should read this book. I love male POVs and when they're done right, like here, it just makes everything perfect. I can't believe it took me this long to read this book. Anna's past brings out all the emotions of grief and anger without being too melodramatic. I appreciate that the author wasn't afraid of bringing out the blood and gore consistently throughout the book. It was wonderful to see the change in Cass from being a lone ranger to a softer, more approachable guy while still hanging on to that cocky attitude that made the girls go wild.

On to the next one!

KateHillier Dec 22, 2014

This basically read like an episode of early Supernatural. The fact that our main character's name is Cass made that even ore of a description that stuck with me. The book does not mess around when it comes to the 'dressed in blood' part of the title and many of the other characters end up dressed in blood as well.

Cass is a ghost hunter. HIs ten years dead father was one too and his mother is a white witch. They move around a lot because while Cass kills ghosts he prefers to not have real life get in his way. He's also considering all this as training for the day he faces the thing that killed his father. His next case comes from Thunder Bay, where a 16 year old girl named Anna was murdered over sixty years ago haunts a house and 27 teens have been murdered there over the time.

Real life, of course, gets into Cass's life and as much as he resents it his gang of friends: the popular girl, a part time telepath, and part time telepath's grandfather. Of course there is a bit of romance here, of both the hopeful and the doomed kind, but it's not mushy enough that it takes away from the main story.

Overall it was a fast, engaging read. Perfect for a YA/horror fan.

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trevordunfordswife
Mar 06, 2016

Violence: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE

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Schoolgurl95
Jun 30, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A little dark.

paigers9081 Sep 16, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

paigers9081 Sep 16, 2011

Violence: Ya, if ur squeamish, dnt read this book. :)

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Schoolgurl95
Jun 30, 2014

"They rationalized their fears away. People shouldn't do that."

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Guylaine1
Apr 21, 2013

“I’ve seen most of what
there is to be afraid of in this world, and to tell you the truth,
the worst of them are the ones that make you afraid in the
light. The things that your eyes see plainly and can’t forget
are worse than huddled black figures left to the imagination.
Imagination has a poor memory; it slinks away and goes
blurry. Eyes remember for much longer.”

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Guylaine1
Apr 21, 2013

“You make me want things I can't have.”

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