Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake Audio Book

Anna Dressed in Blood Audio Book
Anna Dressed in Blood Audio Book

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood Books
Anna Dressed in Blood Books

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.

Editorial Reviews

Review

Anna Dressed in Blood Books
Anna Dressed in Blood Books

“Abundantly original, marvelously inventive and enormous fun, this can stand alongside the best horror fiction out there. We demand sequels.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Anna Dressed in Blood is a dark and intricate tale, with a hero who kills the dead but is half in love with death himself. By the end of the book, you will be too. Spellbinding and romantic.” ―Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments series

“Cinematic and compelling. Blake’s smooth combination of gore and romance should have little problem attracting the Twilight crowd.” ―Booklist

“It’s the old boy-meets-girl story, if the boy is a wry, self-destructive ghost-hunter bent on avenging his father and the girl is a homicidal ghost trapped in a house full of everyone she’s ever murdered. Needless to say, Cas and Anna are my new favorite twosome. When I got to the last page, I flipped back to the first.” ―Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Red Glove

About the Author

KENDARE BLAKE holds an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She lives and writes in Lynnwood, Washington.

Biography

Kendare BlakeKendare Blake grew up in the small city of Cambridge, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York and received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in London, England. She loves to travel, is an advocate for animals, and cheats a lot when she plays Final Fantasy. Adopted from South Korea at the age of seven months, she arrived with the following instruction: “Feed her chocolate.” Though not medically advisable, she and her parents are eternally grateful for this advice.

Kendare is the author of six novels: the contemporary SLEEPWALK SOCIETY, YA horror duo ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (2011 NPR Top 5, Kirkus Top Ten), and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (2012 Kirkus Reviews Top Ten), and the Goddess War trilogy (ANTIGODDESS, MORTAL GODS, UNGODLY).

Coming in September 2016: THREE DARK CROWNS, the first book in a fantasy series about warring triplet queens.

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake – review

Theseus Cassio Lowood hunts and kills the dead. It has always been the same: ‘Move. Hunt. Kill’, but when he arrives in an unfamiliar town and meets Anna Dressed in Blood, everything changes. Anna is clad in the same dress she wore when she was murdered in 1958, dripping and stained in blood. She has spared the lives of no-one who have entered her derelict house – until Cas arrives. Soon enough, he has fallen in love. But how can it possibly work when she is a ghost and he is a ghost-hunter?

I absolutely loved Anna Dressed In Blood, although I did have to have another book on hand to read in the evenings, because – trust me – you do not want to read this book at night! It was thrilling, unpredictable and frightening; cleverly and mysteriously thought out and written. I really liked the relationships that Cas formed along the way, his development as a person, and especially, how I was able to find out a lot about everyone’s personality in depth, even though Cas was the narrator.

Cas narrates with a dark humour, which absolutely intrigued me and lightened up quite a few terrifying situations. Sometimes he could get quite emotional, but every time his wit saved him from creating a ‘cringeworthy’ situation. By the end of the book I felt like I had gotten to know Cas quite well. The story also featured Thomas, a scruffy looking boy with hidden knowledge up his sleeve, and Carmel, popular home-coming queen, but who isn’t as shallow as she might seem. Every character was vivid and unique, and brought something different and intelligent to the plot.

I admired the way that the events in Anna Dressed in Blood linked together in some way at the end of the story, and everything started clicking into place. I cannot express how amazing this book is! It is definitely on my favourite books list. Despite only finishing it a day or two ago, I am already half way into the sequel, Girl of Nightmares. I honestly recommend every teenager, regardless of whether you are a girl or boy, read this chilling story of love and anger.

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  • I really enjoyed this book. Others have pointed out there was lots of gore, and there was, so it may not be appropriate for the youngest of young adults. I think most young adults have probably seen more gore in a standard slasher film. I’m thinking that’s not a big issue. One thing I really liked about this book was its treatment of adults. In so many YA books adults are portrayed as idiots, villains, duplicitous, or completely inept. Cas Lowood, along with the ghost Anna and his high school friends Carmel and Thomas, are very much the main characters, but Cas’ mom and Thomas’ grandfather are both active in this and helpful. That’s a great message. Beside that, there’s lots of action in this book. You really get into the story. Anna’s back story is graphic and powerful. Cas took over the ‘family business’ of hunting and killing dangerous ghosts after a particularly nasty one killed his father years ago. Now he’s come across the most unusual ghost he’s ever met, Anna Dressed in Blood. Things are never what they seem, but never in boring or predictable ways, and Kendare Blake really ‘wows’ with this one. If she’s reading this…please, write “The Girl From Hell” faster!

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