"The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway-no pun intended."
The opening line to Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood instantly sets the mood for the story. Our narrator Theseus Cassio Lowood, better known as "Cas", is everything I like in a fictional male character. Cas is witty, self-confident, cocky, and undoubtedly handsome. He also kills ghosts. As if he couldn't get any better!
Cas is a loner and spends most of his time moving from town to town with his mother. Since his fathers death, Cas has taken on the job of killing the dead. Those who are left behind, haunting, and killing innocent mortals. Until he receives a tip that leads him to Anna. Cas's arrogance blinds him to what will be his greatest challenge yet.
Anna is monstrous, unrelenting, a slaughterer, and absolutely breathtaking. Only Blake can pull all these characteristics off in one single character. You hate Anna for all she's done but you love her more than you hate her. Her character was a surprise for me because I went in expecting to despise her and she turned out to be my favorite character.
Blake's writing style is refreshing. I found this story to be different and therefore it maintained my interest all the way through, keeping me up until the wee hours of the morning. Although, I must admit I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second half. I haven't quite figured out why yet. I think it might be because a lot of the second half felt rushed.
Nonetheless, I would highly recommend this book. Anna Dressed in Blood is categorized as young adult horror and although most of the characters were teenagers, it had more of an adult feel to it. There were some grotesque scenes and there are curse words, so if you are offended by either of these, this is not the book for you.