September 9 2011

Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is a fun fast paced read from Tor Teen that I enjoyed quite a lot. It is the story of Cassius Theseus Lowood. Cas is seventeen and kills ghosts. He’s been killing them since he was fourteen. He uses his father’s athame to perform the ghost destruction. His father was also a ghost slayer and was killed by a ghost when Cas was seven.
Cas’ mother is a white witch and sells candles and herbs on the internet. She and Cas tend to move around a lot–wherever the next dangerous ghost may be. That’s an important point–Cas doesn’t slay any old ghosts, the ones he picks are murderous.
A contact sends Cas the name of a ghost in Thunder Bay, Ontario–Anna Dressed in Blood.
Anna is the ghost of a sixteen year old girl. She was found murdered in 1958 in a white dance dress covered in her blood. She now kills anyone foolish enough to venture into her house.
Cas, his mother and their cat move to Thunder Bay. Cas enrolls in a high school there and begins the task of finding out where Anna is.
From this point, the story unfolds nicely as Cas and some friends he finds unravel the mystery of Anna and find out a few of the secrets of Cas’ past.
It appears that this is the first of a series. That’s good as there are definitely questions remaining at the end–questions that I am interested in seeing answered. A good romp in a bloody twisted direction.

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Posted September 9, 2011 by user in category "Book review


  1. By Lynn on

    Good review. I’ve been looking forward to reading something more about this because I like the look of it. On the whole would you say it’s a ‘must read’??

    1. By Steven Halter (Post author) on

      Thanks Lynn. This book has the feel of a series that is going places. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it. Checking over on Goodreads I see that it has garnered over 500 ratings and an average score of 4.35 (out of 5) in the couple of weeks it’s been out. Pretty impressive. So, yeah I would say go for it.


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