Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review of a past read: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

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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.

From Goodreads.

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The cover:

I love it!! The UK one is cute too, but this one has an intense idea about it <3.

The storyline:

I read Anna Dressed in Blood back in October. I chose it mainly because of the description which I usually don’t do because mostly I read books without reading their blurb so that I stay anticipating what to come!

I must say, this book is amazing from every small detail. What caught me first was the writing. It is simple and easy to understand and yet it held so much emotions in it. Kendare described everything very well without exceeding in it.

The characters are all amazing. They’re all connected by Cas, the protagonist, and they all work together with him at the end. There are different relationships in this story: friends, family and family issues, mainly Anna’s, but they keep trying to help each other and solve their problems.

However, Anna’s character is very hard to understand and her mysterious death is a puzzle to solve. But with Cas’s and the other’s help, she becomes more in control and less freaky.

The story itself is intense from the beginning to the end. It has a lot of terrifying events, descriptions and gore scenes which are all amazing! I loved each one. After all, it’s not everyday that I read an amazing horror book! Smile

What I loved:

  • The story is amazing and unique.
  • The writing is simple and easy to grasp.
  • The scenes Kendare created were so good I could imagine the story Open-mouthed smile. The gore, the blood, the deaths, the gosts, Anna’s murder…etc were excellent aspects of the book.
  • The characters were interesting. Each character had a part in the book which is quite good. You could see that they worked together and helped each other.
  • The ending left me speechless!!!

What I disliked:

  • There was a lot of F**** words in this book. I wish it didn’t have to.

Favorite quotes:

The Goth kids would know the story best, but they’re also the hardest to ditch. If they got the idea that I was serious about killing their ghost, I’d probably wind up doing it with a gang of black-eyeliner-wearing, crucifix-carrying, Buffy the Vampire Slayer wannabes twittering around behind me. --- Chapter 5.

“What are we doing?” I ask. “You’re trying to get me to not kill you, aren’t you?”

Anna crosses her arms. “Considering that you can’t kill me, I think that would be a wasted effort.” --- Chapter 12.

“What do you mean?” Thomas answers.

“Come on. I’m the freaking Prom Queen. Cas is like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you, your grandpa, and his mom are all witches or wizards or whatever, and Anna is … Anna. What am I doing here? What use am I?”

“Don’t you remember?” Thomas asks. “You’re the voice of reason. You think of the things we forget about.”

“Yeah. And I think I’m going to get myself killed. Just me and my aluminum bat.” --- Chapter 23.

Characters:

Cas is the protagonist and the one who does the swearing throughout the book. His father was a ghost slayer and when he died he left his job to his son. He’s courageous, smart, serious and not the laughing, having fun type, obviously. When he heard about Anna, he didn’t even flinch to know she’s a girl. But when he met her, he knew she was going to be a tough ghost to eliminate. And then, he was interesting in knowing what happened to her that made her this way and mainly, why she didn’t kill him in the first place!

Anna is the female ghost protagonist. She is amazing! She’s deadly, unforgivable and loved to torment everyone including other souls she took. However, when Cas starts showing interest in knowing her, we start to see her sad, lonely side where she’s nice and not dripping blood.

Thomas became Cas’s friend after being annoying at the beginning. He helps him from the beginning to end where he,along with his Grandfather and Cas’s Mom, play a huge role in something important.

Carmel is totally not your average prom queen. She is totally cool and fun to be around. She helps Cas along with Thomas to kill Anna but later she likes her and they all become friends.

Conclusion:

This book is one of it’s kind. It takes you to places you wouldn’t imagine. Its settings and characters are fun to be with. I have no idea how to describe it anymore!

I would recommend this read to readers who enjoy mystery, thriller and horror genres.

5

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Randa