July 12, 2016

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 6:28 pm by suebe2

Anna Dressed in Blood
by Kendare Blake
Tor Teen

Let me preface this with a simple disclaimer — I’m not usually a fan of horror.  Tension, I love.  Horror?  Not so much because, as far as I’m concerned, gore for the sake of gore?  No thank you.

But Anna Dressed in Blood?  Couldn’t put it down.

Cas Lowood is from a long line of ghost hunters.  But he’s not trying to prove that they exist.  He puts them to rest using an athame, a knife passed down to him by his father.

Most people don’t realize how truly deadly ghosts can be.  Cas follows stories.  He doesn’t want to hear about things in that go bump in the night or rattle chains unless they also snatch unwary travelers and leave nothing but a dead body behind. Cas can tell from a story is it is just talk or if there is a deadly spirit behind it.

When he hears about Anna Dressed in Blood, he knows from the stories that she’s the real deal.  Certain details give it away.  What he doesn’t expect is a spirit more powerful than anything he’s ever encountered.  This isn’t a normal ghost and Cas realizes he has to know her story before he can lay her to rest.  Newspaper accounts of the killing were vague so he’s going to have to get the story from Anna herself.

I can’t tell much more about this without giving the plot away and I just can’t do that.  Why?  Because you don’t want to know what is coming when you read this because it is so much more than a gory book.  This is a book about friendship and discovering who you are and where you strength is truly rooted.

All his life, Cas has moved from place to place as first his father and then Cas himself follow the stories of ghosts.  Cas has never had friends, keeping people at a distance.  But this time a relative stranger saves Cas’ life and Cas finds himself doing the unheard of — making friends. He’s always thought that friends would be a burden, people he would have to leave behind but they turn out to be a strength.

This is the first book in a series and this is also why I love coming into it rather late.  Book #2 is already out.  An excellent choice for teens who like horror.

–SueBE

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