January 18, 2013
Anna Dressed in Blood
First sentence: "The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway -- no pun intended."
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For the YAckers book group.
Cas is a ghost killer.
How can that be, you ask, since they're already dead?
Well... some ghosts don't want to stay dead. And some ghosts start acting out against humans, harming them. And it's those ghosts that Cas, with his family heritage -- his father was a ghost killer before him -- and his athame -- the knife that does the killing, tackles.
That doesn't mean everything is coming up roses. In fact, quite the contrary. Cas's father was brutally murdered by a ghost outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Cas has been spending the last several years working to get good enough to go back and face whatever it is. And so, when he gets word of an especially violent ghost in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he knows he has to go get it. Her.
Anna Dressed in Blood.
A bit of an aside here: I don't do horror. Period. Never have, never will. And yet: I found myself attracted to this book. From the ink the color of dried blood, to the violence that Anna does (and she does some violence), to the intense (for me!) climax at the end (they got the ghost with a hundred pages left to go, and I was wondering what Drake was going to do with them; worry not: they're incredible), I couldn't put this one down.
Another quick aside: the over quote from Cassandra Clare is "Spellbinding and romantic." Um. NOT. This is not a romantic book. This is a violent, bloody, intense book. Sure, there's a bit of love-falling-into, but honestly: don't let the girl in the dress on the cover throw you off. It's an episode (or three) of Supernatural. It's a ghost Buffy (the comparison is aptly made in the book, actually). It's a ramped-up, less funny Ghostbusters. It's awesome. Perhaps it's spellbinding. But it's not romantic. Unless, of course, you find grappling with a deadly ghost romantic. Then, yeah. It's romantic.
Either way, it's worth the read.