Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Anna Dressed in Blood Book Review and RMQ
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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder 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 cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life. (From Goodreads)
I LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood! Cas is a teenaged ghost hunter that moves around the country killing homicidal ghosts. His mom goes with him and is pretty understanding for a parent, but that's probably because she was married to a ghost hunter for so many years. Of course, this case is special. It gets ugly really fast and will change Cas, for better or worse.
If you're at all in the CW series, Supernatural, you'll enjoy this. The premise is very similar. Cas is a teenaged version of a Hunter. The major differences are that 1) he's still in high school and 2) he hunts ghosts almost exclusively, rather than an array of paranormal creatures.
This is told in the first person, but the narrator is a guy rather than a girl, which is different. I really liked him, though. He's a very convincing teenager. The voice is realistic and very likable.
Content Warning: I was a bit surprised at how gory this was. The gore didn't turn me off to the book at all, but because it's a YA novel, I just didn't expect there to be so much. As the narrator is an (often angry) high school kid, there is also some language in it. (He drops F-bombs here and there, along with some other cuss words.)
Other than that, I loved the novel. Cas's sense of humor was hysterical and it was fun to be in his head. The story was engrossing, suspenseful, and at times downright creepy. I will definitely be picking up the sequel. This would be a great Halloween read, and a great read for anyone into ghost stories or the paranormal. I definitely recommend it! :D
Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)
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Today's RMQ is:
"This mortal form grows weak! I require sustenance!"
One point for film, one for actor, one for character. Any guesses?