Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood

Large Print - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410451002
Branch Call Number: LP TF Blak
Characteristics: 393 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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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 ... Read More »

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Apr 03, 2019

This is *mostly* good. I liked that there was a twist on the typical horror trope. However, I was rather disappointed that Anna and Cas's relationship devolved so quickly and things just started happening just cause. The majority of the book was spent building up this complex story and then that complexity that I'd been enjoying, fell apart not long after they started interacting.

The story itself is interesting and I'm definitely looking forward to reading the sequel, but I'm hoping the author picks up the depth of writing they started with rather continuing with how shallow things felt towards the end.

Jul 21, 2018

Very well written book and a good story to boot. I am always in awe of authors who can make the unbelievable, believable and amusing and spellbinding, all at the same time.

VaughanPLAlexK Apr 24, 2017

Anna dressed in blood was my first horror novel. I wanted to read a YA because I thought the creepiness factor would be more manageable - but when you are someone who typically does not read horror and hates the dark, EVERYTHING is creepy. I really liked the writing style of this book, and enjoyed the premise, the characters, and the relationships they had with each other. It kind of reminded me of the TV series 'Supernatural!'

Mar 15, 2017

From start to finish I loved this book.

ArapahoeElaine Feb 10, 2017

I really enjoyed this book! Cass is a ghost hunter/killer and saves people from the supernatural. If you like "Supernatural" the TV series, sarcastic ghosts, or just a good scare, you might like this book.

Apr 27, 2016

Anna Dressed in Blood was pretty much what I’m coming to expect from YA Horror. It touches occasionally on the edges of disturbing, it has an unnecessary (and in this case more than slightly creepy) dose of romance, and there’s the smattering of self-doubt/loathing. Oh yeah, there’s also as many pop culture references as one can feasibly shove in. It was also entertaining. Never gets close to the “oh my god, I gotta finish this ASAP!” level, mind you, but, just like its bigger, badder, (and more appealing) cousin Supernatural, there’s a guilty sort of pleasure in seeing it through to its end.

This is definitely Supernatural-lite. Remove a brother, make Bobby British, and substitute the Impala for a non-cool car, etc, and you’ve got all the brooding, somewhat inappropriately hormonal, kick-ass action, but now at a safely rated level that even the little’uns can enjoy! Yes, I’m ragging on the book, and probably a little bit more than I should be, considering how much I did genuinely enjoy reading it. Oh, and there was some undeniable Scooby-gang wanna-be action that was fun to see.

Guilty pleasures, man! Its like rolling your eyes and announcing “Not this crap again!” when the hottest new song comes on the radio – and singing every lyric along with it perfectly twenty seconds later.

Kendare Blake delivers a well-told story in a subtle, under-dramatized way that makes you appreciate it even if it fails to enthrall you. It’s an easy read that never challenges you, doesn’t try to make you think, just invites you to sit back and let the story’s current guide you gently along. I must applaud the absolute lack of a love-triangle. Blake could have easily went in that direction – the setup was definitely there – but she didn’t. Instead you get a respectful acknowledgement of a burgeoning relationship…and a couple good-natured pokes of a young man who is happy to see his friend getting the girl he always wanted.

Overall, it’s not one I’d shove to the top of your “Must-read” list, but… it’s definitely worth a spot on the list, somewhere. Probably a good read when its twilight, a bit too warm, and you’re able to lounge outside with a cool drink.

trevordunfordswife Mar 06, 2016

EXCELLENT book for adults too! We read it and were totally engrossed by all plots, subplots, etc. Great characterizations. Can't wait for sequel or sequels - very creepy but could do without ALL of the gore.

LoganLib_Aavishka Mar 01, 2016

A brilliant book! Everything about this book was really well done. It was one of those books that kept my nerves jiggling around and actually had me nervous as to what would happen. Well written characters as well. Absolutely perfect!

Feb 22, 2016

It was great!, I had nightmares after, But It said I would so I'm happy it didn't lie!

Jan 06, 2016

I liked this book, but to be honest, I was a bit disappointed. I expected this to be creepier. Considering the amount of gore in this book, maybe that last statement makes me the creepy one. But maybe I prefer eerie hauntings to gore a la blockbuster hit.

Anyway, here’s what I liked:

1) The characters. Cas is a no-nonsense and emotionally troubled boy (also emotionally distant). I’m surprised he’s still sane, considering his past. Like most cool, bad-boy characters, he has his smartass jerk moments, but he is a caring person overall. Especially when it comes to his mom, which is cute. His friend Thomas is a supernatural-obsessed dork, but he is a good sidekick, even if he is kind of blundering and temperamental. In my opinion, that makes him better, because most sidekicks are one-dimensional, blindly loyal, and perfect. I really like Carmel because she defies the popular girl stereotype, from being brave to hanging out with the weird ones. Anna is a mature and sweet girl, struggling with her abhorrent ghostly form. I wish we could have gotten to know her a bit better.

2) The ghost lore. This book was very dark in that aspect, filled with voodoo, black magic, and mythology, plus a scary-ass villain.

What I didn’t like so much:

Cas and Anna’s love story was too quick. I feel like they barely got to know each other before they fell in love. I want some slow-building romance here! Major loss of points for the book in this aspect. I ship Thomas and Carmel more than I ship Anna and Cas.

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Jun 30, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A little dark.

paigers9081 Sep 16, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

paigers9081 Sep 16, 2011

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


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Jun 30, 2014

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

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.”

Apr 21, 2013

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


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