Someone please pass me the glue. My heart just needs a little piecing back together. One out of a million pieces to go people. Anna Dressed in Blood was exactly what I expected it to be. Filled with blood, action, ghosts and romance, what’s not to love? I mean, blood and ghosts are really attractive.
Seventeen year old Cas Lowood has been killing the dead ever since his early teen years. His father’s athame knife is practically his best friend, when it came into his possession when Cas’ father died, killing ghosts, and to make this a perfect family, Cas’ mother is a white witch. Cas is a really likable male protagonist for someone who has never really had the typical human life. He has a strong, determined personality and his humour isgreat a bonus, as it also created a nice balance against the grotesque imagery which Blake creates.
I won’t argue that Cas can take some warming up to, but I truly did love him in the end, he was a fierce, and fabulous, character. This being said, Anna was the true highlight in this book, well duh, the title is Anna Dressed in Blood. Anyhow, she was a two-faced character- in a good way of course; an innocent yet monstrous girl, a loving yet heartless soul, a girl with a white dress, that’s been painted by the colour of death. While Anna seemed depthless to begin with, the story craftily unravels the reasons of Anna’s motives, and why she has become the way she is.
What I appreciate about Kendare Blake is how she never takes the easy way out, or twists a great potential novel into a heavily clichéd one. I bet she even wrote this book in her sleep. Firstly, we have the potential of a love triangle between a dead goth girl, miss popularity and new boy at school. But nope, Kendare doesn’t do that. Then she could have taken the easy way out by making it new badass guy at school and miss popularity. And no again, Kendare creates a seemingly impossible romance between a ghost killer and a ghost, without twisting it into an angst-driven chemistry. I love her for that, but then on second thoughts… maybe not. I mean, while I wasn’t scared right out of my pants, I was sure close to it not even one hundred pages in. I hate being scared. At 12am in the morning. Not. Cool. I seriously do not favour letting my imagination spread to visualise chopped in half bodies, that kinda stuff makes me want to throw up my dinner. It was a nice dinner too… It would have been a pity.
A deliciously bloody novel accompanied with a romance, a kick-ass male lead and enough ghosts to make you shudder, Anna Dressed in Blood, in my opinion, is under-hyped. You’re probably about to tell me that it’s really hyped, but I’m just saying that the entire world should read this. I absolutely loved this book! It’s the best horror/romance novel I’ve read in a long time. Most authors can’t seamlessly stitch together the two genres without it being cliché, or to be honest horrible, but Kendare Blake does it so well. I can’t wait to get my hands on Girl of Nightmares and devour that one as well.
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