Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood


                                        Today's review is on Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

We are all taught to never judge a book by it's cover but yet it is something that we all do. It doesn't really matter if it is a person or in this case an actual book. I saw this cover and just had to read the story inside. What I found was an amazing tale.

Theseus Cassio Lowood; Cas for short, is unlike any other seventeen-year-old. His mother is a Witch and his father was a ghost hunter until he was killed. Following in his father's footsteps, Cas is now the ghost hunter in the family.

Never staying to long in one place, Cas and his mother find themselves moving to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Cas had received a lead on a ghost that is stronger than any he has ever seen. Anna Korolvs aka Anna Dressed in Blood.

No one ever knew who killed Anna Korolvs in 1958, only that she was suppose to be on her way to a school dance and that she wore a white dress. Now she haunts her old house and kills anyone who enters, until that is that Cas ends up inside.

What follows is a tale of gore and suspense worthy of any creature feature presentation. Though Cas and his group of friends free Anna from her murderous rage, people still turn up dead. What's worse is that the victims seem to have big bits of them missing like they were bitten off. Just like how Cas' father was murdered.

It seems that the same ghost wants Anna's power, and the only way to get it is if Cas kills her with the same athame his father used and the one he now uses himself. If he refuses to kill Anna, the ghost will kill him. But Cas cannot bring himself to harm her. He has fallen in love with her.

Though it is not for say nine-year-olds, I would have no problem letting my 14+ year-old read it. YA means Young Adult, not just young. It is a well written novel with just the right amount of drama, suspense, and horror to keep you reading all day or all night just to get to the end. At least I couldn't put it down. Now I just have to wait for the next installment.

4 of 5 stars


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