Published by Macmillan on August 30th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Romance
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.
Yet she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.
My reaction throughout this whole book:
YUP, that was basically my reaction throughout this whole book. I was half-awed, and half-terrified by this book. I probably should have known this would be scary, judging from the cover of the book. BUT, oh well, because I immensely enjoyed it. The whole story plot was horrifying and I admittedly had to put the book down a whole lot of time to catch my breath (and I got a nightmare because I read this book in the middle of the night). It’s been quite a while since I last watched/read a good horror story, and this actually made me satisfied.
Anna was scary in her whole way, but I definitely fell for her character, despite her black oily moving hair and terrifying soulless eyes. I love and fear her at the same time, but I never fail to look forward to every conversation between her and Cas. I knew from the moment that Anna spared his life, Cas and her would have this unbelievably cute connection and I was right! *pumps fist in the air* Anna was strong as hell, even stronger than Cas, in my opinion and she knew what she truly was and the danger she posed. What made me intrigued from the start was the reason behind her death, and the scene where they finally revealed it all — my heart broke for her. Like, legit break down crying HAHAH.
The whole book reminded me of the tv show, Supernatural, so if you love that show, you should give this book a try. Though, I haven’t watch the show enough to actually compare Cas with either Dean or the other brother (I’M SORRY, I FORGOT.) Cas was the kind of guy who acts everything out solo. He doesn’t do partners, and he certainly didn’t want anyone’s help. You can see at the start that he actually loved doing it all alone, until everybody else came along. I would say that his character changed throughout the whole book, but not that much. I personally think that there was nothing wrong with his character, except maybe he needs to realise who he loves. *smirks*
But anyway, the whole story plot will keep you bouncing from one idea to the next, because the author did a good job in keeping the suspense alive throughout the whole book. I do admit, I totally did not expect most of the scenes that played out in this book. So, you guys, you need to read this book if you have not.
DON’T READ IT AT NIGHT.