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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Anna Dressed in Blood

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"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."


Anna Dressed in Blood is a YA horror novel by Kendare Blake and is the first installment in the Anna series.

I will say right off the bat, while I didn't mind this book, this was not exactly marketed right. I went into this expecting strong horror elements, but what I got instead was a romance with horror elements. Needless to say, I was rather confused.

I thought the writing style was easy to read, and I thought the book had a lot of atmosphere. As I said though, the romance elements threw me off completely. As a bonus though, this did take place in Ontario, Canada!

If you like your horror with a strong dash of romance, try this one out for size.

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