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Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood
By Kendare Blake
Tor Teen, August 2011
Audience: Anyone brave

From Goodreads:
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder 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. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay. 

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, 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, but now stained red and dripping 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. 

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

Wow, this book was AWESOME! I like ghost stories. I've read ghost stories the whole time I've been reading. My favorite: Mary Downing Hahn. Time for Andrew! Wait Till Helen Comes! So. Good. The last time a book scared me was Wait Till Helen Comes. Until Anna, that is. I didn't read this book on purpose after 5pm. I didn't want to have nightmares as a grown-up.

The only problem that I had with it was that I thought it was going to end and it kept going and totally changed. I think that makes it a good twist, right? Anyway, I think it would have been a great stand-alone, but I'll read the next one. And a good horror story is never a stand-alone, right? All of my books for reviews have been kind of ok. You know, three stars or so. I was hoping for an awesome book that I could gush about. I was not expecting this one to be that book.

You should read it!