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Book Review: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror
Short reaction: Great POV, terrifying horror and a hint of love story
Rating: 4 out of 5


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

Also seen on Goodreads.

Wow. I’m impressed! This has been a great terrifying experience of legacy, family, friendship, and love all in one. Cas + Anna + Thomas + Morfran = some serious voodoo:

While there’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer for vampires and Ghostbusters for ghosts (in a funny way) then there’s Cas (Cassius Lowood) for serious ghost hunting and killing, only 17 y/o but continues the legacy of his father after his father’s death from a ghost murder.

You might think what the heck? Can a ghost kill? Unfortunately I do believe bad souls might kill even in reality through hallucinations and accidents that will eventually happen to people because of their fears. I may not be so sure if there are ghost hunters ever around the world but this story felt so real despite the creepiness because of the stories behind the ghosts, their death and why they revenged so much that made them take other people’s lives. But then again, the ghosts lingering around and doing that is never right and that’s the reason Cas is here to defeat them.

Cas was only 7 years old when his father died and since then, he made the decision to take over and even hunt more ghosts than his father did to prove the ghosts that he’s come to be their better enemy.

Love of Characters

Anna Dressed In Blood is written in first person where Cas narrates the whole thing. His points of view are almost all agreeable and I felt both his anger and grief of hunting ghosts for the sake of his dad and the rest of living.

Cas kills the vengeful ghosts through his father’s athame (a magical knife with spells to kill these ghosts and send them outside the earth) – I know killing souls seemed weird but I was touched by the way Cas fearlessly slayed numerous of ghosts to stop them from killing more innocent people. Cas cares for humanity and the last thing he’ll expect himself to suffer is seeing his own mother die from these ghosts and he’ll never let that happen. I loved his integrity of having to sacrifice friends and building relationships because of this job and I’m sure wherever his father is, he made him proud. I also admired him by how he studied the ghost Anna Dressed In Blood in their first encounter and since then he found a way to bring peace in her and her home (view spoiler).

In fact, this made me want to hire Cas to kill the ghost from the worst movie I watched to date called Apartment 1303 which was about a lady ghost who killed other ladies of her age by pushing them from the balcony. There’s no justice in that movie so if Cas could kill that thing then it’ll be great. LOL.

The supporting characters in Thunder Bay namely Carmel, Will, Thomas (the psychic) and Morfran (Thomas’ grandfather and a witch as well) are great addition and they all depicted great characters. I actually imagined the voodoo thing of binding and locking from the way Bonnie Bennet of The Vampire Diaries also did it and gave me goosebumps as they started chanting to weaken Anna and know her story.

Anna’s death was freaking sick! I hated her black witch mother so much!


I found the love story not so pleasing to my imagination because I expected this to be all dark but good thing it’s still tolerable.

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