Anna Dressed in Blood

Blake, Kendare

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Anna Dressed in Blood
For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

Published: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765328656
Branch Call Number: YA BLA
Characteristics: 316 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 15, 2015
  • nidofito rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

EVERYONE should read this book. I love male POVs and when they're done right, like here, it just makes everything perfect. I can't believe it took me this long to read this book. Anna's past brings out all the emotions of grief and anger without being too melodramatic. I appreciate that the author wasn't afraid of bringing out the blood and gore consistently throughout the book. It was wonderful to see the change in Cass from being a lone ranger to a softer, more approachable guy while still hanging on to that cocky attitude that made the girls go wild.

On to the next one!

Dec 22, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This basically read like an episode of early Supernatural. The fact that our main character's name is Cass made that even ore of a description that stuck with me. The book does not mess around when it comes to the 'dressed in blood' part of the title and many of the other characters end up dressed in blood as well.

Cass is a ghost hunter. HIs ten years dead father was one too and his mother is a white witch. They move around a lot because while Cass kills ghosts he prefers to not have real life get in his way. He's also considering all this as training for the day he faces the thing that killed his father. His next case comes from Thunder Bay, where a 16 year old girl named Anna was murdered over sixty years ago haunts a house and 27 teens have been murdered there over the time.

Real life, of course, gets into Cass's life and as much as he resents it his gang of friends: the popular girl, a part time telepath, and part time telepath's grandfather. Of course there is a bit of romance here, of both the hopeful and the doomed kind, but it's not mushy enough that it takes away from the main story.

Overall it was a fast, engaging read. Perfect for a YA/horror fan.

Nov 18, 2014

You would think that the dead would just stay dead. Unfortunately for Cas Lowood, this isn’t the case. As a professional ghost hunter he may think he’s seen it all; that is, until a new ghost catches his eye. Her name? Anna dressed in blood. In this boy-meets-ghost story Cas finds himself facing a force much stronger than he could have ever realized. Good thing he has some new friends(?) to help him out.

Read this if you like: Sarcastic ghosts, paranormal romance, horror, or mysterious back stories

Oct 31, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
Read by: Anna/Boston Public Library
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 12/4/2012.

This is the story about a young man going by the nickname Cass who kills ghosts for a living. Yep. You heard right. Cass kills ghosts for a living. The job has been in his family for generations and he’s the latest to pick up the athame, or knife, his father used to demolish the dead who demolish the living. Only this time, as he moves to Canada with his mother, he finally meets his match. Anna Dressed In Blood is a ghost he can’t kill until he can figure out how and why she died. The truth is shocking and as horrible as having Satan himself sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with you and your family. But even then, Cass still can’t kill Anna, even knowing the high number of people she’s killed since her death. The feelings he’s kept locked inside to protect the rest of the world from his job are threatening to come out, he’s actually made friends for the first time, and yet another ghost seems to be after him. Why did Anna protect Cass from other teens trying to play a mean prank on him? And what’s he going to do to get out of this sticky situation?

I read this not knowing what to expect. And I LOVED it. The book keeps you guessing right up until the very end. The characters were realistic, and even the ghosts were relatable and likeable. My only complaint with this book was how the police handled each death and missing persons case. The cops didn’t look hard for missing teenagers, or murderers. In talking with real life police, I know they wouldn’t pass off a missing teenager as someone who’d simply runaway and leave it at that. However, as this wasn’t all about police procedure, I was able to put that at the back of my mind and enjoy the rest of the story. All in all, I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good mystery or horror novel. It’s that awesome.

Oct 06, 2014

"Since his father's death three years ago, 17-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his dad's ghost-hunting work, travelling from town to town with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. But then Cas meets his match: Anna Korlov, possibly the most vicious ghost he's encountered... and she lets him live. There's a powerful attraction between Cas and Anna, and Cas wants to find a way to stop Anna's reign of terror without killing her -- but what if he can't? This suspenseful, gory blend of adventure and romance is shot through with humour and should grab fans of the TV show Supernatural. If you'd prefer a story told from a vengeful spirit's perspective, pick up The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco." Teen Scene October 2014 newsletter

Jun 30, 2014
  • Schoolgurl95 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gripping, mysterious, suspenseful and brilliant. A little meh towards the end but it's definitely 4 stars worth. Cas is a very cool character, not just amazing, but cool. He is the perfect narrator for the series of unfortunate events that happen in this book.

Mar 07, 2014
  • BakerStreetIrregular rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I admit I originally picked this book up because of the cover, but the story was extremely intriguing and creepy in parts. Loved the idea of Cas, who hunts ghosts, falling in love with the ghost he's supposed to be helping cross over. I also loved that it took place in Ontario!

Nov 30, 2013
  • black_snake_154 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

omg this was a good love story anna shoude of live or still bin there in the end i bet her and cas would of made a good coppel

Nov 30, 2013
  • vmccreedy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The book started off pretty creepy and I agree with everyone that it's nice to have a great YA horror story. The murderous Anna was a frightening sight. Wasn't so scary anymore half way through when they started giving Anna a back story, but the book did redeem itself with a fitting conclusion, and the budding romance didn't turn into too much of a mushy mess.

Oct 06, 2013
  • jorm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really great! It had a lot more horror in it than I expected from a YA novel.

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Jun 30, 2014
  • Schoolgurl95 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A little dark.

Jan 13, 2013
  • M_M_M rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: a few f-bombs

Sep 16, 2011

Violence: Ya, if ur squeamish, dnt read this book. :)

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Jun 30, 2014
  • Schoolgurl95 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"They rationalized their fears away. People shouldn't do that."

Apr 21, 2013

“You make me want things I can't have.”

Apr 21, 2013

“I’ve seen most of what
there is to be afraid of in this world, and to tell you the truth,
the worst of them are the ones that make you afraid in the
light. The things that your eyes see plainly and can’t forget
are worse than huddled black figures left to the imagination.
Imagination has a poor memory; it slinks away and goes
blurry. Eyes remember for much longer.”


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