Release Date: July 5, 2012
Publisher: Orchard Books
I have to admit, Anna Dressed in Blood disappointed me a little. I had previously heard amazing things about it from fellow book reviewers, and couldn’t wait to start reading it. I even held a poll to see which book I should read next, and Anna got the highest votes. I didn’t love this book, and there were quite a few things that didn’t hold up to my expectations. I’m going to be writing this review a little differently than I normally do.
– Creepy factor.
Anna Dressed in Blood had some great creepy scenes, particularly towards the end. There was one specific scene that gave me chills as I was reading it, and then it went on to full on gross me out.
– The lore.
The lore was my favourite element of this book. There is a lot of talk about ghosts, voodoo and other paranormals which I wholeheartedly enjoyed.
– Anna (in the beginning)
She was a BAMF! In her first scene, she literally ripped a guy in half. It was awesome. I really liked her as a character, before she got too involved with Cas, and I loved learning about her sad history.
– Secondary characters.
I loved Thomas, the awkward sweetheart, and Carmel. I also really liked Cas’ mum, although I do think she must be a complete nutter for letting her son travel around the country after her husband had been killed by the very same things Cas was hunting.
There were quite a few deaths. Quite a few GORY deaths. And I loved it. I love it when YA authors aren’t afraid to kill off characters and to show a little blood.
He’s a bragger, and I can’t stand braggers. He was tolerable through some of the book, but during most of it he annoyed the crap out of me.
– The love story.
I’ll try not to go off on one huge rant about this. The relationship between Anna and Cas felt so contrived, it was ridiculous. The two of them barely had a proper conversation, outside of him talking about killing her and her telling him about her life when she was alive. All of a sudden, they’re in love with each other. After (what seems like… see below) two weeks. Also, she’s a ghost. He is human. This makes me feel uneasy.
– The time frame.
I got very confused. Cas mentions at the end that he knew Anna for two months, but I had previously thought that this took place over a fortnight or so.
– Silly mistakes.
Cas is constantly bragging about how good he is at his job, and yet he made one HUGE error that nearly cost a lot of people their lives. It had me wondering if he was really a professional ghost hunter, or if he was just pretending. Even I saw this coming, and I don’t know the rules about ghost hunting like these characters supposedly do.
Anna Dressed in Blood is by no means a bad book, it’s just not the kind of book for me. I don’t enjoy books with insta-love, or little character development.