SuzG, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by SuzG)
This YA novel is my choice for the 2012 Puddly Award. It's a ghost story, a love story and and a horror story. Somehow Kendare Blake manages all these genres and keeps the story moving and the reader thoroughly entertained. I am looking forward to the sequel in 2012.
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. 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: 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.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
This book was really good. The first thing that caught my attention was the font. It was red. I've never had a book that had colored font, it was a really cool touch that added to the story, pure genius whoever had the idea!
I really liked Anna's character, she was unique had she had a lot of depth. She isn't what she appears. I liked Cas, he was fun his character grew a lot from the first to the last page. Thomas' character was great, he made me laugh a lot. Carmel was cute, I found her to be a lot of fun.
I felt like the characters all interacted with one another very well. What I really liked was how Blake showed us what was going on she didn't rely on telling us. She pained a spine chilling story and her imagination is very fertile.
It's not a stretch to say that she is an up in comer in the horror genre, I would go as far to say that she is well on the way to being the Stephen King of YA horror. (I love Stephen King!)
The ending of the book freaked me out! I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book and I can't wait for book two next year!
I highly recommend this book for fans of the horror genre.
* Reading level: Young Adult
* Hardcover: 320 pages
* Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (August 30, 2011)
* ISBN-10: 0765328658
* Author: Kendare Blake
* Cover art: Love, love love! The outline of the title has a red tint awesome!
* Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars
* Obtained: Won from Sash and Em thank you!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Effectively blending horror and romance, Blake (Sleepwalk Society) delivers an exciting and witty gothic ghost story. Seventeen-year-old loner Cas follows in his late father's footsteps, hunting down vengeful ghosts and dispatching them before they can hurt more people. He and his mother (a witch) move from town to town, and his latest target is the titular Anna, a 16-year-old girl killed on the way to a dance in Thunder Bay, Ont., in 1958. When the ghost eviscerates a local in front of Cas, he realizes it will be a much harder struggle than previously anticipated, joining forces with psychic Thomas and popular girl Carmel to discover Anna's history and attempt to free her from her curse without destroying her. Blake occasionally gets too cute — naming a character 'Will Rosenberg' in a story in which characters are aware of Buffy is pushing things, as is the notion that today's small-town teens are all Rules of Attraction. But the pop culture references are generally sharp (Ghostbusters references make for an effective running gag) and on point, and the result is an enjoyable horror tale. Ages 12 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A teen ghost hunter sets his sights on the murderous ghost of a girl who has been haunting her house since the '50s: Anna Dressed in Blood.
You stop fearing the Devil when you're holding his hand...
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White's sleepy, seaside town...until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet's crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet's grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet's already so knee-deep in love, she can't see straight. And that's just how River likes it.
A gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and F. Scott Fitzgerald, set against a creepy summertime backdrop--a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and Anna Dressed in Blood.
Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned
Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows shes here. No one can hear her scream.
Sofia Flores knows she shouldnt have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didnt realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.
Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia cant go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .
In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?
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