Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

Hello beautiful readers,

I am writing this during my lunch break at work. Five blog posts behind, and just done with Five Dark Fates, which is also written by Kendare Blake. Anna Dressed in Blood is actually Blake's debut novel, and I love her writing so much I knew I needed to get this book in my brain as soon as I saw it available. Anyways, I will get my reviews out of the way in an odd schedule to get caught up.

Book Review of Anna Dressed in Blood, book written by Kendare Blake. Review by Lourdes Montes. Two Arts in a World, September, 2019.

Here is all the fun info for Anna Dressed in Blood:

Quote from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Edited by Lourdes Montes. Two Arts in a World. September, 2019.

Reading Challenge No.: 20/45

Publication Date: October 17, 2011

Format: Audiobook

Length: 8h 43m

POV: First person through Cass' POV.

Genre: #YA, #Horror, #Paranormal

Series or Standalone? Series (2 books)

First Sentence:

"The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway–no pun intended."

Favorite Character: Theseus Cassio Lowood, aka, Cass.

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Quote from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Edited by Lourdes Montes. Two Arts in a World. September, 2019

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 cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, 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, now stained red and dripping with 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.

Yet she spares Cas's life.


Quote from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Edited by Lourdes Montes. Two Arts in a World. September, 2019

Anna Dressed in Blood was a little different than I expected it to be–especially because I heard it instead of reading it. I enjoyed the story, and the challenges the characters faced. It has a heavy High School setting, and I think that's what I enjoyed the least. The ghosts were scary and the teenagers were...teenagers, but they paid for their mistakes without mercy.

Specific to the audiobook, I really enjoyed the narrator's voice, but I really hated Anna's voice, especially how it sounded awkward with her heavy accent that was obviously not natural.

I recommend this book, in print. The story doesn't disappoint, and I know I will probably get the sequel in e-book, for I'm really curious about how Cass' story continues.


4 of 5 stars - book review

Thank you for reading my review for Anna Dressed in Blood. If you've read Anna Dressed in Blood or another book by Kendare Blake (*cough* *cough* Three Dark Crowns) drop a comment below and let's start a conversation.

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Love, Lourdes.

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