Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Summary CW’s: Violence, Gore (!!!), Death, Animal Death

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. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: 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.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.


“God, living people are irritating.” 

Going into the book I had no idea what to expect even though I was already familiar with the author, because I mainly picked this out as it was a spooky read. I have read what is currently out in the Three Dark Crowns Series and was a bit worried, since One Dark Throne nearly put me into a reading slump. Anna Dressed in Blood however was very different from Blake’s other Series and stood out on its own, was one of the most creepy books I have read this year. Strike that … it is the most scary book I read … ever. Therefore, I picked out just the right book in time for Halloween, as this was just the right amount of spooky/scary that I could handle! I definitely think that this Duology is underrated, because I barely had seen anyone talk about it beforehand.