Back in August, a pretty amazing book came out. That book was Anna Dressed in Blood and you should be reading it right now.
There have been few books that I have really obsessed over, don’t get me wrong, I have favorites, but I can count on one hand the amount of books that have completely blown me away. Anna Dressed in Blood is one of those books.
You see, this particular story is about a guy and a girl. An almost typical story, that I am sure we have all probably heard before. I may even go so far as to call these two star-crossed. And when I say star-crossed, I don’t mean lamely belonging to two feuding family’s like some fictional Hatfields and McCoys; they are as star-crossed as two folks can be.
First off, we have Cas, short for Cassius. How does one explain Cas? You know those Winchester boys that chase around goulies and goblins on Supernatural? Well, Cas would be a Winchester if they had a slightly younger brother. What does Cas do? Why, he does what his father did, kills ghosts with a magic knife that only his family can wield properly. A few years ago, Cas’s father got done in by a big bad ghost, and since then he has been training against, and killing lesser ghosts, knowing that one day he will be strong enough to avenge his dad. And lately he is thinking he is ready for the big leagues, which leads him to...
Anna. Anna is a lot like any other girl, ignoring the whole “dressed in blood” thing she gots going. She is from a European family, she has a wee bit of an anger problem, but it is nothing that major. She just happens to be a ghost haunting the house in which she was brutally murdered. Anna isn’t one of those Casper-type love spirits either. She is an all-out, trespasser eviscerating, bad-ass ghost from hell.
Cas wants to kill Anna, knowing that she is pretty powerful, and knowing that she will be the big test before he can go after the big bad that killed his dad. But the thing is, Cas doesn’t seem to want to kill Anna, and Anna, for some reason, doesn’t go all eviscerate-y when it comes to the obviously trespassing ghost-hunting Cas.
Cas Swiftly becomes obsessed with finding out what made Anna, Anna. And Anna begins to recapture what life could be like, or would have been like, had she not been killed. There is only one problem: Ghosts aren’t meant to hang around our world and there are always bigger, and less pretty ghosts out there to deal with.
I don’t want to say any more for risks of spoiling, but it’s incredibly awesome. Ok it gets a bit violent, and a lot dark, but it is worth every spine-tingling, up-all-night, sleeping with the lights on, inducing page.
Do you have a favorite boy/girl-meets-ghost story?