ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake (Tor Teen, August 30, 2011)
I first fell in love with this book for two totally superficial reasons. (1) The cover rocked. I saw it and was so intrigued that I had to know what it was all about. (2) The title was just beyond clever and amazing. But just because a book has a good cover and title...well, you guys know. Still, I brought it home and read it in two sittings.
What did I love about this book besides the cover and title? Well, the story was amazing, the settings were so vivid, I can still see them in my mind. The characters made me care about them. And wow that the author was not afraid to kill people. I can't say I was sorry to see them go (but no spoilers).
I totally recommend ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD if you're looking for something fresh in the YA paranormal market or if you like a good scare (and I do mean good. This isn't scare just for the sake of scare. It's crafty scare, and so well done). I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series (and yes, there is one!). Sweet. And scary :)
Source of book: Purchased
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.
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.