Review: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) 
Kendra Blake
316 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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.

    Cas kills the dead. That sentence pretty much somes up the reason why this book is awesome. Because well, how can a seventeen year old kill what’s already dead?

    Ever since his father’s death, Cas has been hunting ghosts and putting them back where they belong with his father’s mysterious athame, which gives our main character some powers, as he likes to say. Anna Dressed in Blood is the latest tip he’s received. So he and his mom hit the road with their sights set on Thunder Bay way over in Canada, where Anna lives.

    Things with Anna don’t go so easily. Anna’s a monster, a horrifying creature that kills more than Cas has ever heard. But she doesn’t kill him for some reason.

    Anna Dressed in Blood was pretty much like nothing I’ve read before. I loved Cas, short for Theseus Cassio, from the very start. I have to say, he sort of reminded me a little of Cassel Sharp from Holly Black’s White Cat (and no, it is not because their names are similar).

    Though I’m not a fan of the f-bomb being dropped in books, it was very subtle in Kendare Blake’s latest. It didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment of the story at all.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood. The characters were all fleshed out, the writing was very seventeen-year-old-boy typical, and the plot was fantastically unique. So if you’re snooping around for the perfect, creepy read, Anna Dressed in Blood may be just the right thing for you.



Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

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    August 29, 2011

    I can't wait for this book! Your review just made me want it even more! Great review :D

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    Liz. R

    August 29, 2011

    I loved Cassel so I'm even more eager to meet Cas now! I love the whole concept – really glad you liked this one! Can't wait to read it – fab review! :)

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    August 29, 2011

    Ahhhh I loved this one so much Hafsah! I agree, it was different from anything I've read before and I just couldn't get enough Cas and Anna:)

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    Lauren M

    August 29, 2011

    There were f-bombs? Haha, I don't even remember. But yay! I'm so glad you liked Anna Dressed in Blood! I totally loved it! :)

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    August 29, 2011

    I have heard so many awesome things about Cas, which is good because I'm always looking for a good male narrated story!

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    Natalia Belikov @ DazzlingReads

    August 29, 2011

    I pre-ordered this one! Im so excited about it! I heard amazing things about it =9! cant wait to read it =P
    I'll let you know about This Dark Endeavor as soon as I finish it ;)
    *new follower*
    Your blog is reallyyyyyyy pretty!! =D
    take care!

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    ashelynn hetland

    August 29, 2011

    Ooh, great review! I am so excited for this book.

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    August 29, 2011

    I desperately want to read this one myself! It looks amazingly good. I'm very glad you liked it so much. :D And if the cover is that fitting, it makes it even more intriguing! Great review. :)

    Kindle Fever

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    August 29, 2011

    Anna sounds like a fantastic and fresh mean. Someone who kills the dead? I'm in! =D Thanks for the review, Hafsah. =)

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    August 29, 2011

    I wanted to read this one because I was curious, but I still had a bit of a doubt about it. But your review has me REALLY wanting to read it now! And a character that reminded you of Cassel? Hmmm… I definitely want to read more about him now!

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    Jenny N.

    August 29, 2011

    I had no idea that the story takes place in Canada…it kind of makes me want to read it more now.

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    August 30, 2011

    Always makes me smile when I read a review that raves about a book I loved (especially when we raved about it the same day! Go ANNA!!). Such a good book — I hope everyone picks it up so this author will write more like it!
    Mary @ BookSwarm

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    Melissa (i swim for oceans)

    August 30, 2011

    I'm so so so glad to hear the creepy factor lived up in this book, Hafsah! I just received it today, and I can't wait to read it. Brilliant review, as always :)

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    A Canadian Girl

    August 30, 2011

    I had this one on my wishlist but now that you mentioned the setting is in Canada – which I didn't know – and that Cas reminds you of Cassel, I just want it even more. Thanks, Hafsah!

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    Nic @ Irresistible Reads

    August 30, 2011

    Awesome review! I am so excited to read this and see another 5 star review for it. I love that you say it is nothing like you have read before. Can't wait for this to hit the stores :)

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    August 30, 2011

    This sounds great & I like the concept. I've heard only good things about this book, and it sounds like an awesome creepy read. Looking forward to picking it up soon. Awesome review :)

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    Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    August 30, 2011

    Like a couple of other people have said, I had NO clue this was set in Canada! Well now I basically have to read it, haha. That is way too cool.

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    Dazzling Mage

    August 31, 2011

    I've been reading a lot of awesome things about this book. Definitely adding it to my list!

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    Arianne Cruz

    October 18, 2011

    Hmm, this is interesting how the main character is a guy! That's pretty cool :) I got this book but yet to read it.. Thanks for the review.

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    October 31, 2011

    I loved this one sooo much! Amazing and totally gave me the chills :) Great Review!

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    November 17, 2011

    Your review touched on everything that really just stands out for me in a novel. I'm seriously so interested in this book, and have been for months.

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    December 27, 2011

    Thanks for this review I too dislike the F word being used its nice to know its not every other sentence like I feared

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    January 25, 2012

    Thanks for the great review! I've been dying to read this book and now I want to read it even more :-)

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    Bonnie Regan

    April 6, 2012

    I LOVED this one it was so much fun. I always love a good ghostie book. Great review too, glad you enjoyed it! :D