Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendara Blake
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Young-Adult
Summary (by 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.
True that it was just the average boy meets girl story when the girl is a ghost that kills people and the boy is a ghost-hunter…
A girl standing in front of a creepy house dressed in a blood-stained white dress. Her dark hair smoothly undulates with the sinister atmosphere of the place…
Well, that’s only the front cover of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendara Blake. I always mention that the cover of a book actually reflects what the readers expect from the story and this novel is another impressive masterpiece. When I first saw the cover of Anna Dressed in Blood, I immediately wanted to read it and be spooked and scared since that was what I expected it to be. I started reading it during the Halloween season and hell yeah, while reading alone in my room, it was kinda freaky. Haha! However, when I finished the book, it wasn’t really that creepy and scary. You'll surely appreciate how brilliantly the story was plotted. So here’s my review for my late Halloween treat (it’s still November though…).
What I like about the book…
I like how Blake plotted the story and the characters as well. It was a mix of different genres that the young will surely enjoy. Horror, mystery, romance and adventure are all in this novel. The romance part of the story was something I like most. It was something new and unique. Reading from the plot, you’ll already get the hint that the main character Cas will fall for the ghost Anna. Bur what makes the story interesting was the mystery behind Anna’s death and how Cas slowly fell for Anna despite the fact that it was his duty to kill this deadly ghost.
Moreover, the book was well-written. It was fast-paced and Blake’s writing style and technique was descriptively effective. There were parts where you will really get spooked and you would want someone to accompany you while reading it.
What I don’t like about the book…
The mystery of Anna’s death was indeed interesting but it was somehow predictable. I’m also a fan of crime books so it was really easy for me to predict who killed Anna. However, the mystery of Anna’s curse was what made the mystery essentially worked for me.
In conclusion, I love the book! I’m already wanting and waiting for a sequel. The ending just kept me hanging and excited for what’s next for Cas and Anna.
My Dream Casts:
I actually had a hard time looking for the right Anna to play for the movies. I visualize Anna as a fair dark-haired girl so I end up with Vanessa Morano. I think she’s pretty enough to be a ghost. Hehe..
Yeah, I know Adam Gregory’s too hot for Cas Lowood but I visualize Cas to be hot and strong and brave so I think Adam will work as a good Cas for the movie. J