Cas Lowood is no ordinary guy - he hunts dead people.
People like Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood. A beautiful, murderous ghost entangled in curses and rage. Cas knows he must destroy her, but as her tragic past is revealed, he starts to understand why Anna has killed everyone who's ever dared to enter her spooky house.
Everyone, that is, except Cas . . .
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story.
I feel like I should warn you that this is going to be one of those reviews where I just gush about how much I enjoyed every page. So if you want to you should get out now!
Anna Dressed in Blood truly was incredible. I don't have a single negative thing to say about it! I couldn't think of anything.
I was thrust into the story immediately with a brilliant throw-you-in first chapter that had me reading for a lot longer in one sitting than I had planned for. The bright easy narrative had me falling straight into this story which I think was mostly due to Cas's narration, which I enjoyed from the off.
The pace was perfect. I was intruiged the entire way through, given enough to be curious but not too much to get bored. In fact there was no info dumping whatsoever. Everything was fed to me at the exact right time and at the exact right speed, meaning I didn't get lost or confused.
50 pages in I was sold on this story and having a blast. It really was a pleasure to read and I was sad I read it so quickly. This can be added to the ever growing list of books I've read in less than a week because I just couldn't put it down.
I never used to like high school scenes, but now I'm no longer in school I seem to love them. Cas's view on high school and the people in it made me smile and I enjoyed his evaluation. As well as the high school scenes, I also enjoyed the descriptive gore that's missed out of a lot of teen fiction books. This story needed it and gave it the depth and reality it needed. Never before have I imagined a ghost being 'killed' but it was a lot of fun!
As the novel went on, it felt familiar and I think that's because it had feelings of Stephen King's 'Carrie' and 'I am Not a Serial Killer' by Dan Wells. This was a good thing as it helped me sink into the story without it feeling like Blake had copied these ideas, far from it. But I wouldn't be surprised if either had given her inspiration. It was brilliant that Anna Dressed in Blood evoked the same feelings in me as these fantastic books.
Also, Kendare Blake replied to my tweets so I love her even more now!
Overall 10/10 I can't fault it!
Would I recommend it? Yes. I have not a single bad thing to say about this excellent book!
Would I look up the author? Yes. Done and done. The sequel, Girl of Nightmares is on my to-read list!
Anna Dressed in Blood was a perfect read in every way. It's my favourite book I've read so far this year!
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