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Anna Dressed in Blood

de Kendare Blake

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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.
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I love YA-books from time to time. And I like ghost stories. But this book was dissapointing.

First of all - I felt reminded of one of my favourite TV-shows: Supernatural. But the protagonist of this book was dry, boring, one-dimensional and uninteresting. Gimme the Winchester brothers instead, thank you!

The whole first scene felt like a retelling of the pilot - just with a teenager ghost hunter.

The other characters were not better - stereotypes found in so many books or films, interchangeable and easily forgotten. The love stories in the book? No, I don't buy them either.

There were countless holes in the story: a murder which is never mentioned again, missing teenagers everybody seems to forget - trust me, I used to live in a small town, a murder was talk of the town for years, a missing teenager would have not been forgotten for years - let alone 27 of them in half a century.

I won't read the rest of the trilogy and I cannot recommend it.

Two stars because of the ghost, Anna, the only lively character in the book - although she died fifty years ago ;-) ( )
  Ellemir | May 25, 2022 |
This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: Anna Dressed in Blood

Cas travels the world, hunting ghosts as his father did before him. Before a ghost ended his life. Cas has yet to face the being who took his father away. But each successful hunt brings him closer to avenging him. Until Cas faces Anna Dressed in Blood. A ghost who murders any who steps foot into her house. But something is different about Anna. She’s powerful, deadly, and yet, she saves his life. While the locals simply want Anna erased, Cas isn’t so sure it’s the best action. As he begins to research Anna’s untimely end, he’ll uncover more than just the tragedy of her life.

Anna Dressed in Blood held the possibility of dark supernatural horror. The cover alone lured me in with promise, not to mention the murderous ghosts and a boy who hunts them. However, aside from a few scenes of gore and the presence of ghosts, this fell short of meeting the title of a horror novel. The suspense and apprehension that come with a horror story were missing. Foreshadowing is a key element, luring the readers into fearing what comes next or building a sense of dread in them. But there was no foreshadowing. There was an element of mystery surrounding Anna’s death, but there wasn’t enough struggle to uncover it.

I also did not connect well with the characters or relationships. Cas was overdramatic, playing a bit too far into the bad boy trope. There was also a focus on romantic relationships which took away from ghost hunting. The sporadic behavior of the antagonists felt disjointed and only served to move the plot along. It would have also been nice to see the supernatural elements in more of an antagonistic light instead of rival teenagers. Not to mention the dialogue and use of language were more suited for a young adult fiction novel vs a horror novel. While I understand this is geared for young adults, I needed better world-building and a solid foundation for all of this to stand on.

Anna’s character was the most interesting, and her story truly was tragic. I wish more time had been spent with her. The relationship building felt cluttered like it didn’t quite fit with the story. I would have liked to see the lore and rumors surrounding Anna built on. Give readers more of a tease before revealing the ghost, then don’t hold back from her abilities. Weave in and out of the story, making it the central focus. There was even plenty of opportunity to add in the emotional background from Cas’ own tragic past to layer in remorse and sympathy. But it missed the mark.

If you’re a reader looking to dip your toes into horror, then I would suggest trying Anna Dressed in Blood. It’s not immersive in the way most horror novels are, and if you are unsure of the genre, it would be a good starting point. However, if you enjoy novels with spine-tingling writing and hardcore suspense, this won’t be the book for you. ( )
  Letora | Feb 12, 2022 |
I did not enjoy this book. The plot was confused, the characters were flat, and the writing didn't flow well. Some interesting ideas but nothing particularly original. I took issue with the fact that the author had the narrator diss Buffy on multiple occasions, but named one of the characters Will Rosenberg. Also the whole "evil voodoo" thing that was going on seemed low key racist.

I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator kept mispronouncing athame which really bugged me. And they have no idea how to do a Scandinavian accent. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
I loved this book. I like creepy things, I LOVE a good ghost story, and for some reason, they are sort of hard to find; in the novel form that is. I dunno why, but once you get a little too old for R.L. Stein and Goosbumps, there isn't much out there, or if there is, it sucks. Thankfully, this is different. Its funny, its got humor in it, I loved the voice of the main character Cas, he was witty but not annoyingly so, brave, but not unbelievable, and cared about the people around him despite just meeting most of them. The side characters were also refreshing, they weren't just there to add flair, they were interesting, they were rather well fleshed out. What actually happened to Anna was horrifying, and I'll admit it, I teared up a bit. I loved what they did with the ghosts, I liked this author's style. The way the novel ended was kind of up in the air, it could have a sequel, but it doesn't need one, if there is one, I will definitely pick it up, I recommend you do too.

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Loved it just as much the second time around:) ( )
  banrions | Dec 7, 2021 |
Color me impressed.
Terrific contemporary horror, in any genre, impressively written in present tense.
I ate up this book in one sitting after finishing the equally impressive [b:Three Dark Crowns|28374007|Three Dark Crowns|Kendare Blake|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1469265712s/28374007.jpg|42750582]. Impatiently waiting now for my teen to finish [b:Girl of Nightmares|12507214|Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)|Kendare Blake|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1344463840s/12507214.jpg|17492836] so I can find out what comes next. ( )
  bardbooks | Nov 11, 2021 |
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