Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

Jul •  8 •  2011

I received this book for free from Blog Tour, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Anna Dressed in BloodAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Series: Anna Dressed in Blood # 1
Published by Tor Teen on August 30, 2011
Genres: Young Adult- Supernatural/Paranormal
Source: Blog Tour, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion
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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.


When I first started this book I jumped on my couch and dove right into it. I wasn’t sure what to expect being that this is a different read for me, but knew I might still enjoy it. It rocked!

What I liked most about this book is the story line. I have to admit that with the whole ghost element to it really grasped the reader. I dove right into Cas shoes, met Anna and became someone else. I love it when books do that for me. Ms. Blake writing is easy to read and so easy to fall into. You the reader, really get into book hunting down ghost with Cas.

The other element in this book I liked is Cas as a ghost buster. (Oh no! Don’t tell him I called him that. He doesn’t like it! hehe) I liked the history of Cas’s ghost hunting abilities and how he made a living off of it. Ms. Blake did a great job not only capturing the voice of a teenage ghost buster, but created a wonderful back round history to the story as well.

That is other part of the book that really made the story, the history of Anna. Wow, I mean WOW! I was blown away by the harsh history Anna had and how is affected her in the afterlife. I cringed myself just thinking about. Ms. Blake really made the reader feel the emotions for Anna as well as Cas. I loved feeling Anna’s anger and hurt but also her joy and sorrow when it was all over and done with.

If you like a great ghost story with a different twist on it, read this book. I can tell you after reading this book I am amazed of how fast and how well I really enjoyed the book. Ms. Blake present you with a story that will haunt you forever!

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jules
    Jul 8, 2011

    I’m really keen to read this one at some point.

    I’m not sure when it is going to be released over here in the UK.

    Great review.

  2. Missie
    Jul 8, 2011

    ooooh, I’ve been really curious about this book. I’m not big into ghost stories, so I’m glad to know the writing is easy to read. Can’t wait to know more about Anna’s history. Sounds haunting.

  3. BJ
    Jul 8, 2011

    Adding this to my TBR list, thanks for the review! I love it when a book grabs ahold of your imagination and doesn’t let go.

    Dark Side of the Covers

  4. P.E.
    Jul 8, 2011

    Great review! I’m super excited for this one because of the whole ghostbusting. I’m always into supernatural hunters and this book looks sufficiently fun and creepy.

  5. Erika
    Jul 8, 2011

    I am thrilled for this book and even more so from your review!! Thank you!!! xoxo

  6. Khadija
    Jul 8, 2011

    I feel like I’ll be the last one who gets to read this. I really want to read it though. I’m getting kind of hyper waiting for it actually. Especially when I read reviews like this ^-^

  7. I want to read this book so much! Sounds like there is some humor in it as well. You have me so curious about the characters in this book. I needs this one! Thanks for the review!!

  8. Braiden
    Jul 8, 2011

    I’ll get this book just for the cover hah. The review made me definitely want to read it now.

  9. I Read Banned Books
    Jul 8, 2011

    Thx for reading for me! I can’t wait to read it when it comes home!


  10. Shana
    Jul 8, 2011

    Hi! Just stopping by. Following you from Feature & Follow Friday. Would love a visit and a follow back on my blog: Thanks! Nice to meet you!

  11. Kailia Sage
    Jul 8, 2011

    I need to check this out! It sounds really good and I liked your review!

  12. Alison Can Read
    Jul 9, 2011

    I’m so glad you liked this. I really want to read it. It’s always nice when a plot really catches you. And I like ghost stories.

  13. Small Review
    Jul 10, 2011

    Oh good! I love it when a book really sucks you in. I have high expectations for this book, but it seems to be getting really good reviews. Can’t wait! 🙂