Novels by Kendare Blake
For about a year I saw this book series. I figured I had to have it. So I purchased teh hardcover books and added to my library. Then one day I spotted them in Audible. I purchased them and found myself downloading them that day and listening to them a month later.
I've read a couple of Kendare Blake's books before so I knew that this one would be interesting enough to hold my attention. But did I like the Anna Dressed In Blood series?
The series is two books that have some amazing covers. That’s what struck me first- One because they almost appear in a sort of Japanimation artwork. It’s vivid, using red, white and black. And secondly, it’s eerie with the hazy sketchy theme. They’re well thought out an just up my alley. So now that you know I love the book covers to the series, what did I think of the actual stories?
Anna Dressed In Blood introduces Cas Lowood. A ghost killer.
Given the chore by family blood, he is a hunter who travels from town to town, with his mother, researching lore, then killing them. It’s a sort of cheesy tale but the purpose of his being in in a sleepy town grows intense when he meets a female ghost who’s more powerful than anything he’s ever come across. The ghost has killed, but she doesn’t simply give someone a heart attack- oh no! She trips people apart, disembowels them or worse! Yeah, what can be worse?
Amazingly, he forms a bond with some of the local teens and together they find the source of her power and do their best to stop her before she takes another life.
Anna Dressed In Blood is about friendship, trust in one’s self and naturally, young love. I found the story, as a whole to okay, nothing too big. Since it was an audiobook, I listened mostly while driving and working out. I found the narrator, August Ross, to be a bit on the annoying side. he paused almost robotically. It didn’t sound or feel right and was more of a distraction. Maybe if it had been a book that wasn’t telling a story it could have Ben easier, but then again, who knows. He’s not bad, just not smooth.
In book 2, Girl of Nightmares, Cas has decided to stay in the small town instead of move on. His mother is fine with his decision, since there are more ghosts to handle and Cas actually has friends and a life, but something’s wrong.
Anna is back... in a way. She’s reaching out to Cas, making him see things that aren’t there. Making him feel confused and lost. Making everyone around him think he’s doing drugs or something! it’s not good either way.
Since Cas is in love with his long, dead ghost girlfriend, he’s determined to help her. No matter what the cost.
Without being mean, I sorta found myself a little bored with the second book, but the series itself was okay. From what I understand, there's a movie coming as well. It's still in development but with any luck, they'll make it better than the books. I'm off to the next read. Cheers!
Anna Dressed in Blood & Girl of Nightmares
Written by Kendare Blake
(ADiB) July 2012
Runtime: 8h 43m
(GoN) August 2012
Runtime: 10h 3m
Published by Audible Studios
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