Welcome to the Halloween Queens Book Giveaway where KM from One Page at A Time and I will be hosting a fantastic week of reviews, author interviews, favorite spooky reads and of course, lots of book giveaways! To kick off this Halloween extravaganza, I will be giving away a copy of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake! Make sure you stop by One Page at A Time to read what KM thinks of this scary book!
Title: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Goodreads Summary: 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. 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.Are you in the mood for a really, really creepy book? Then Anna Dressed in Blood may be the book for you. I started reading this expecting a standard ghost story but Anna is nothing like I expected. Filled with ghosts, witches, demons, possessions, voodoo and the occult, Anna Dressed in Blood seriously shocked me and creeped me out. The descriptions of the various specters that Cas encounters and Anna’s crazy house are terrifyingly vivid. Be warned, if you are a visual person like I am, you may keep seeing some of the more bloody scenes play out in your head even after you are done reading the book.
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: 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. But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.
Kendare Blake is a really good story teller and joins an awesome list of female writers who write a boy’s perspective wonderfully. I love Cas. He has a certain confidence and swagger that may have made him arrogant in the hands of another writer but Blake added just enough purposefulness to him to make him very likable. I also love Anna and thought her mix of terror and vulnerability makes you love her as well.
Anna Dressed in Blood does not end with a cliffhanger but Cas and Anna’s story is not done yet. The sequel, Girl of Nightmares, comes out next year.
Content: Kissing, heavy profanity and graphic violence.
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