Thursday, August 2, 2012

Anna, the (Not So Friendly) Ghost

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is not your average boy-meets-girl story—the boy, Cas, is a seventeen year old ghost hunter, and the girl, Anna, is a vicious spirit who murders anyone who enters her house. Sounds scary, right? But beneath the horror-story shell is a beautiful, sad, and moving tale about the struggle of choosing between one's obligations and desires.
 Theseus Cassio Lowood, nicknamed Cas, inherited a knife called the athame when his ghost hunter father was gruesomely murdered by a mysterious spirit. With the athame, Cas kills ghosts that are still wandering the earth, even though he isn't quite sure exactly what kind of afterlife he's sending them to.

He's been traveling the country with his kitchen-witch mother when he gets a tip about a ghost in Thunder Bay, Canada, named Anna Dressed in Blood. Anna was a teenager when she was murdered in the 50's, and now she roams her old house, killing anyone who crosses the threshold. Local legend states that she's ended the lives of at least twenty-seven people, and Cas is determined to stop her. Once he gets there, however, he discovers that there is a lot more to Anna's story than he originally thought, and he begins to question exactly why he has been instructed to kill the ghosts he encounters.

This book has beautiful prose, unexpected romances, and intriguing, unique characters. While I'm not normally a fan of horror--this book does have some scenes that will make you want to sleep with the lights on--the plot was so original and compelling that it was well worth the creepiness. If you’re a fan of Supernatural, you’re going to adore this book.

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