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.
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.
My review: This is one of the scariest books I've read. Ever. It shocked me. It horrified me. And I loved every minute! It was wicked awesome!
First things first, I love ghost stories! They are freaking awesome. And there has been so much buzz about this, I just knew it would be great! And, I was (for once) not wrong. If you're looking for a scare this Halloween, this book is #1!
One of my favorite parts of this novel was the characters. Cas was pretty badass and cool, and his narrative was hilarious! He was perfect at putting things in perspective.
But if Cas was cool, Anna was godly. She was so awesome! Blake did a very good job of making you feel her pain and understand why she murdered people. Though she was a killer, it was clear she was no villain. She was such a great character though, and I need to know what happens, thankfully there is a sequel in the works!
Besides Anna and Cas, Caramel and Thomas, the two side characters added a lot to the story, and I liked them a lot. Basically all the characters in this book are awesome!
The setting in this story is very vivid. And I loved each lush little detail. Blake paints a picture like few others can. I can't believe this is her debut!
Anna Dressed in Blood is an extraordinary novel that will make you sleep with the lights on, and grown men jump at things like the telephone and alarm clocks. The best book to read this Halloween!
Cover Comments: Best. Cover. Ever. So. Freaking. Awesome. And. Scary.
Source: Bought from Amazon.
October Paranormal Reading Challenge: 4
111 in 2011: 87