Oct 6, 2011
Book Review: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD
Author: Kendare Blake
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
My Rating: 5/5--Incredible! I loved it!
Plot in One Word: Ghostbuster
Good if...you want something spooky, fresh, and utterly captivating.
My Thoughts...Hold your breath! I was completely enthralled by this novel. From beginning to end it was a wild ride of mystery, suspense, and originality It was spooky, gory even, suspenseful, and perfect for the month of October.
So, why did I buy this novel to begin with? The pretty cover. The cool title. The interesting ghost hunter synopsis. And especially the male narrator (you don't see too many of them in YA). With all those factors, why not right? But what I hardly expected was how much I loved it. Each character added a different flavor to the story--from Cas, to his witch mother, to his frantic mangy black cat, to Carmel the "queen bee", to Thomas the telepath, to Anna the murdering ghost. I read another review that complained of the lack of characterization. As if! The characters made this story great.
5 stars easy!
I guess the only area it kind of was lacking in was the romance. The focus was mainly on the mystery and solving the mystery. So, any romance was just kind of on the side, extra. I wished it would have been developed more. Still, that didn't take away from me loving this story and thinking that perhaps in future novels it will be.
Also, not for younger adults? Yes and no. This book had plenty of f-bombs, gore, murders, and intense situations, but I'm pretty sure your average 14-year-old can handle it. An 8-year-old, no.