Publish Date: October 17, 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Goodreads Rating: 2/5 Stars
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. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: 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 spares Cas’s life.
So this was EXTREMELY well written! Why then, did I give it only 2 stars? It scared the CRAP out of me! for 2 nights in a row I slept with the light on and my husband came to bed and turned it off, then if I had to get up in the night I had my Kindle next to me so I would read something happy till I fell asleep. This book creeped me out! It was extremely graphic and what’s weird is the only language was F*bombs (?????).
So Cass wasn’t a real likeable character to me, I wanted to punch in the face a few times because I found him to be a bit conceited. When he first arrives in Thunder Bay he walks around the school like he’s way too cool to be there and he knows everything and how to work everybody. To his credit, I mean I guess he is too cool cause I mean he does kills ghosts for a living. But the way those girls just fawned over him, like he was some Grecian god, was just a little over the top for me.
I really liked Carmel and the fact that although she is the Queen of the school, she wasn’t mean she was smart and NICE something you don’t read everyday when it comes to the Queen.
Blake was cool and I liked him, he was nice and just a cute character.
The main character Anna was ridiculously scary to me. I imagined her to be throughout the whole time she was “scary Anna” as the psycho girl off the Ring *shudder*
And I think that is what the author was going for and I got it! Then again, I don’t do well with horror anyways…
HOWEVER the romance was just creepy, gross, and disturbing to me… Here we have a killer vindictive girl running around killing people and Cass going all “goo-goo eyes” over a dead girl? Yeah, um…eww! If guys like it when when a girl makes her eyes go black, her veins crawl up her arms, her deep- neck wound opening up to create her flowing blood dress appealing then you need to see someone, cause there is something majorly wrong with you. I just didn’t see where that relationship was supposed to be headed. AND THEN they made out on the front porch of her possessed house and all I could think was, “OMG Ewwww…” And I was done…
Overall: If you like this stuff fine but I’m not recommending it.
Language: HEAVY (lots of F* Bombs)
Sexual Content: mild