by Kendare Blake
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.
Anna Dressed in Blood is a 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year title.
One of NPR's Top 5 Young Adult Novels of 2011.
I am always on the look out for a good horror/thriller book. If you read my blog occasionally, you already know this. With that in mind, I have never NEVER read a book like Anna Dressed in Blood. I found it to be highly interesting, entertaining and unlike anything else I've read. I'm very much used to reading books from the female perspective because that is simply what I'm drawn to. This book, however, is from the POV of Cas, a teenage boy with the ability to see and get rid of spirits.
Then one day Cas is called out to another city and with his mom in tow, he begins his research into the spirit story called Anna Dressed in Blood. What he finds, however, is unlike everything he has ever experienced. Anna is meticulous in how she those who enter her home - until she meets Cas. For some reason, Cas is different and is spared. The rest of the book is spent trying to unravel the mystery behind Anna Dressed in Blood and the connection her story has to Cas.
You know, dear reader, not to expect spoilers from this book blog and I intend to keep it that way. But listen when I say - if you like scary books, do not pass up on this one!
Horror, with a little confusing romance, never hurt anyone - did it?