Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

December 23, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 19 ★★★★★

Anna Dressed in Blood

Cas Lowood, armed with his late father’s athame knife, kills ghosts. In Thunder Bay, Anna, forever 16, drips blood on her white dress from throat slit in 1958, and rips apart anyone who enters her house – except Cas. He makes new friends – high school queen Carmel, jock Will, admiring nerd Thomas and Tom’s voodoo grandpa Morfran – to fight this demon.

*I actually read this right when it came out in 2011 but my review just wasn’t up on My Shelf Confessions yet! – So here’s a flashback to how I felt!*

Anna Dressed in Blood! – O, How I must gush forth my love of this book like a cut arterial vein spurts hot red blood! Too melodramatic? Alright, so I liked it a lot cut me a little…slack.

Blake’s writing style sucked me in immediately from page one – What with her first ghost being a sweet yet vengeful hitchhiker. We learn that the ghosts Cas spends his time dispatching are more often than not the unfortunate victims of horrible murders. *sad face* Knowing they were the victims in life makes me really want to sympathize with them. There are some excellent skills here in the descriptive writing department that I feel give you just enough without being too much. Kudos to the Editor as well. I don’t know about you, but I hate it when an author over does it; but Blake writes in such a way that I ate it all up. Nothing was too much for me, heck I couldn’t get enough. She’s grabs you by the eyelashes and forces you to see every little bit and eye ache with wanting more.

Onto character development: It was done really well for the main character as well as supporting cast – though I wish there were more for Anna. I think the romance element could have been delved into a bit deeper. Which is a very unusual thing for me to say because normally I think romances in YA are highly overdone. Pretty much though this hits just the right spot for me. The latter half of the book went by so fast that I had some issues keeping straight just how much time had passed. So much so that when I finished I was already contemplating reading it over again. My favorite thing though was that it was serious yet still had plenty of humor. These moments helped keep the book from sinking into creep you out, horror. Although Anna Dressed in Blood is considered horror, I wasn’t creeped out or scared. There were the thrilling moments but I didn’t feel the need to put it down or turn on the lights. I really liked the open ending for the reason that it gave me that feeling maybe there could be a “happy” ending to come.

Odd Thoughts while reading: The name Carmel kept making me want to eat a Twix, I had the urge to fill a mason jar with salt then stick it on my windowsill and I wondered what dried chicken feet looked like. Oh yes, and I felt like watching Hocus Pocus.

Read my review of Book two: GIRL OF NIGHTMARES

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)

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19 Responses to “Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Why do you have dry chicken feet? I know some guys with dry looking chicken legs…hence they don’t often wear shorts. Tee hee hee.

      Which reminds me I should do more of these “odd thoughts while reading” snippets at the end haha.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Good! It’s always great to have a reminder about a book we’ve always been meaning to read but still haven’t gotten around to!!

      Yes, I loved those tidbits – maybe I’ll have to do them more often!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh yes! If she were in a movie I think her creep factor would of course increase. But you know I think I would be fine with this as a movie as well. wouldn’t it be great if they made it into one!!?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      SEE!!! Crappy narrators I stop listening and then switch to print. Oh and originally years ago I blogged elsewhere. I just recently asked her to take down my content so I could compile all my posts in one place. =)

      • Kelley (Another Novel Read)

        AH, I see! But yeah, crappy narrators can ruin things. I’m not sure why I continued with this one (AND the next book), but I made it through! I think it was just because like… once I’d started hearing the book in that person’s voice, it was impossible to read the words WITHOUT hearing them in his voice… so… =/
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        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          Ok that’s beyond crappy! That’s the bad part of audio books then I guess. Luckily I can almost always tell right away if I like the narrator and whether to stop or proceed. What throws me is when I didn’t realize there would be two narrators. Listening to The 5th Wave now and it has a male and female narrator. Which is fine and worked out ok – I just didn’t realize it would. Perhaps I should read the description when I start one huh?

  1. H. Anthe Davis

    I loved this book. There are actually some really good teen books buried within the mounds and mounds of vampire romances and high school backstabbing that seems to predominate in the genre, and this was one that made me feel like straying into the teen section maybe wasn’t such a bad idea. The cover is what hooked me first — just eerie and awesome.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I agree it really was awesome. I was sad that I wasn’t as impressed with Girl of Nightmares which followed Anna Dressed in Blood. Since I read half and half YA and Adult fiction its interesting to see the repeating patterns in the different fiction. Luckily I think Anna broke away from some of that.