Tuesday Teaser ~ Anna Dressed in Blood

Though I'm a few years behind the curve in reading Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, I love finding something new in the horror field.

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.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

Anna Dressed in Blood is a 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year title.
One of NPR's Top 5 Young Adult Novels of 2011.

The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway--no pun intended.
So is the loose and faded leather coat. though not as much as the sideburns. And the way he keeps nodding and flicking his Zippo open and closed in rhythm with his head. He belongs in a chorus line of dancing Jets and Sharks.

I jerk my head toward Thomas and immediately curse myself for trying to be a smartass. My head is not healthy enough for smartassery.

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  1. That opener made me smile. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE LONDON TRAIN”

  2. Although this isn't a book I would normally pick up, I think I'd enjoy this story. I like the humor and the author's word choices. "Smmartassery" is a great one, and I like the reference to Sharks and Jets.
    My Tuesday post features ARE YOU THERE, ERMA? IT’S ME, GAYLE.

  3. I have been wanting to read this one. I like the opening you shared--it made me chuckle. And the teaser sounds like me. Haha. I try sometimes but I'm not sure it comes out the way I want it to.

  4. Not a typical choice for me, but I think it might be fun!