Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Book Review: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake!
Anna Dressed in Blood has to be one of my favorite reads this year. I don't know why I've put off reading it for so long!
Cas was such a great character to read about. I often have trouble reading a story from the male point of view, not being able to relate to them or finding them quite immature or repetitive by means of male leads in YA—but Kendare Blake did an amazing job with Cas, making him likable, witty, intelligent, fun, and just the perfect amount of irresistible.
The characters were fun, very likable, and developed beautifully throughout the course of this book. None of them were what they first appeared to be and I often found myself liking characters that I thought I would strongly dislike at first, so I loved the surprises and plot turns. Also, the relationships in this book were very sweet and enjoyable. Cas' relationship with his mom was heart-warming, and I loved how big a role she really played. I cannot tell you how much I dislike novels where the main characters parents are only ever spoken of, but never shown. She was very hands-on with Cas’ life as a hunter, but knew when to back off and give him his space.
His relationship with his two friends, Thomas and Carmel, were great and as believable as can be. All of the secondary characters always served a purpose and weren’t just there to be there, which I found refreshing.
Anna was also a great character. I didn’t know how Blake was going to approach the character of Anna; a blood thirsty ghost set on killing any living thing to set foot in her home, but again; Blake surprised me and I loved the character of Anna. She was so much more than she seemed, and I couldn’t help but grow to love her. I felt her emotions—pain, anger, confusion—I just wanted to hug her and let her know that she wasn’t a monster and that everything would be okay.
Blake never overloaded you with too much paranormal nonsense like some. She always got the point across in a reasonable amount of time—nothing dragging on, nothing left unexplained—just a whole lot of paranormal/supernatural goodness.
The plot was strong—you knew by the end of the first chapter that the author knew exactly where the story was going, and that’s a welcoming sign at the beginning of any series. Full of an engaging cast of characters and bursting with action—this novel will have you on edge and dying for more at the end of each page.
Witty, dangerous, and action-packed and dripping blood--this was one exciting read, and I can’t wait to get started on its squeal! A must read for any paranormal fan!