Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Review: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by KENDARE BLAKE

Title: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD
Author: KENDARE BLAKE
Category: Young Adult
Pub. Date: 08/11/2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Kindle
Pages: 387
ISBN#: B004V9052U
Series: Anna #1

Synopsis:   
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.
  
 


My Review:   
I am going to start first by telling you the only reason this book received the rating it did.  And I do mean the "only reason."  And that reason is the foul language. Yes there is quite a bit of foul language. But let me say if this had been an actual paper or hard back book in my hands, I would black out the language just so that I could read it again.

So let me get into the reason why I could read this book over and over again. All the twist and turns, the moving, the details in the story. The paranormal scale in this book is off the chart. All the ways that our main character, Cas Lowood deals with each and every new case, so to speak, is gruesome to say the least, but also kinda amazing. His father left him a kind of mystery to their lives and Cas has to begin to take care of things. I loved his character and rooted for him in so many ways. 

Author Kendar Blake is one heck of a writer. I could not put this book down. I wanted to read it from the very moment I started reading. And again except for the foul language I LOVED Every part of her style of writing. Her detail to every part took me through each emotion of each character and each chapter. 

I will continue to check out author Kendar Blake's work. Just hope that there will not be as much foul language. 

Recommend this book to all my paranormal/fiction/mystery and even some romance readers. But if you don't like foul language this is not for you. 

So there you go, you need to pick up this one and let me know what you think. 


And so due to the above I am giving this book as of now a Breath of Life Rating of:

Four Clock Rating!!!

Disclosure: I did not receive this book in exchange for my review. But the opinions are mine, your opinion may differ, and that is fine with me.

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About the Author:  

 
 I tire of writing these things in the third person. So. I write fiction, apparently mostly YA. I didn't know this, but like Stephen King says, writers are the last ones to know what it is they've written. My first novel,Sleepwalk Society is a college story. I guess it falls into that no man's land they call, "New Adult". Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares are teen horror. My short fiction can be found online in numerous places.

But enough about that. When I am not writing or reading, you can generally find me sitting around wondering what the hell I'm going to do with my life. That, or being a gastronome, plotting a new recipe. Perhaps on a run or hike, playing tennis or watching Big Cat Diaries with my feline. This summer I have saved a total of three turtles during attempted road crossings. 

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