Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood

3.91 (103,198 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.91 (103,198 ratings by Goodreads)

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From Kendare Blake, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns, a beautiful and haunting ghost story

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.

Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood is a 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year title.
One of NPR's Top 5 Young Adult Novels of 2011.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 23mm | 272g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765328674
  • 9780765328670
  • 32,549

Review quote

"Abundantly original, marvelously inventive and enormous fun, this can stand alongside the best horror fiction out there. We demand sequels." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Anna Dressed in Blood is a dark and intricate tale, with a hero who kills the dead but is half in love with death himself. By the end of the book, you will be too. Spellbinding and romantic." --Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments series

"Cinematic and compelling. Blake's smooth combination of gore and romance should have little problem attracting the Twilight crowd." --Booklist

"It's the old boy-meets-girl story, if the boy is a wry, self-destructive ghost-hunter bent on avenging his father and the girl is a homicidal ghost trapped in a house full of everyone she's ever murdered. Needless to say, Cas and Anna are my new favorite twosome. When I got to the last page, I flipped back to the first." --Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Red Glove
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About Kendare Blake

KENDARE BLAKE holds an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is the critically acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares, and Antigoddess. She lives and writes in Lynnwood, Washington
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Rating details

103,198 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 36% (36,752)
4 33% (34,276)
3 21% (21,847)
2 7% (7,022)
1 3% (3,301)

Our customer reviews

Favourite Quote: "They rationalised their fears away. People shouldn't do that." I've heard some many good things about this book that I just had to pick it up. I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed, and I give this book a 3/5 stars. The beginning of the book was awesome, I loved it and that lead me to believe the rest of the book would be the same. However when it got towards the middle, the story just started to feel bland and was very average. It did pick up about towards the end but not enough to award a higher rating. The plot its self was okay, it was an interesting concept but it was very predictable and not in the slighest scary (like some reviews I've seen). The writing for me was simple and I think that annoyed me a bit. As for the character's Cas was strong, intelligent, witty and just a great character...up until the middle when he met Anna and he became a sap! Anna was boring character, she was like a stone. Plus I wasn't really a fan of their romance. Other side characters were okay, not really worth remembering. Overall this book was okay, not the best or worst I've read. As for the next book in the series, I don't know if I will be picking it more
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