Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

After Cas Lowood’s father was killed while trying to eradicate a deadly ghost, Cas took over the job of ghost hunter extraordinaire. Together with his mother, they move from place to place seeking out local legends so that Cas can investigate and banish these ghosts. Easy in, easy out...right? Not this time. When Cas discovers Anna, things take a different and unexpected turn. The girl in the blood dripping dress captivates Cas in a way the dead never should.

Anna would have been a read-in-one-sitting book for me if I had not exercised a surprising amount of self control and made myself save the rest of the book for a dentist visit the next day. I loved this story and it is easily in my top five ghost stories of all time. I admire a book from a male point of view, they are entirely too rare, and the character of Cas is perfection. His running internal monologue kept me laughing and I adore how witty and full of snark he is.

For example:
“She might be the most liberal of mothers, letting her teenage son roam the night hunting down the remains of murderers, but she still doesn’t like hearing the f-bomb fall out of my mouth”.

And my personal favorite:

“Girls, on the other hand, have always come easy. I don’t know why that is, exactly. Maybe it’s the outsider vibe and a well placed brooding look. Maybe it’s something I think I see sometimes in the mirror, something that reminds me of my father. Or maybe I’m just damn easy on the eyes.”

Yeah, I’m going with well placed brooding look and damn easy on the eyes. Whatever it is, I love me some Cas Lowood and I appreciate a great ghost story.

While I enjoyed the action and the incredible scares Anna produced, I was pleasantly surprised by the more touching, poignant moments:

“She's my purpose and we're going to save each other. We're going to save everyone. And then I'm going to convince her that she's supposed to stay here. With me.”

I look forward to more of Kendare Blake’s talented story weaving. I’ll be anxiously awaiting Girl of Nightmares, Anna Dressed in Blood #2.

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