Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thursday Spotlight ~ Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


It wasn’t that long ago that I complained on Facebook about a YA book having graphic language. I’m not going to lie, I was totally turned off by the language, at first. But the story intrigued me so I continued to read. And I’m very glad I did.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake will pull you in from the beginning and keep you turning those pages. I thought I had this book figured out, but I was wrong. Being on vacation, I was listening to this book in the car and during the climax I was so into the story I didn’t hear my husband who was sitting right next to me. This book was intense and the bad guy was creepy. It has been a long time since a book actually scared me and this one did.

Now here is a warning. This book is full of “colorful” language. I think this book would’ve been just as good without it, but it’s there. I would still recommend this book, even with the language, it’s a good story.
 
 

Story Description (Amazon.com)

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.