Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Black
Narrator: August Ross
Pub: 2011; Tor Teen
Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes
Genre: Young Adult; Horror; Paranormal
This book was FREAKIN' scary. Like, had I read this in my tweens, I would have been as scared as reading any promising Stephen King book. Y'know how most YA paranormal or "horror" books just allude to the scary scenes. Like, maybe someone gets murdered and they tell that it happens and that there was some blood and the PEOPLE were scared. And that's it. Cut scene. Move on.
Anna Dressed in Blood does NOT do that. Nope. Black does not hold back. She let's it all gush out. There's bludgeoning and purging and blood and decaying flesh. Do you get it? This book is not for the faint of heart.
And it's a series? There's going to be more? Can't wait.
So the scoop.
Cas is a ghost hunter. He sorta inherited the job from his dad (and a long legacy, I've gathered). Outside of ghost hunting he's also into avenging his father, who happened to get murdered by a ghost. Cas and his mom travel to a new town to find Anna Dressed in Blood. Legend is she was murdered on her way to her school dance. Now, she resides in her old decrepit house, killing sqauters or whoever else gets in her path. [Um and she SERIOUSLY kills them. Enter the gore].
This town separates Cas's other experiences because he forms friendships and falls in love. So there's more than ghost hunting going on here.
The mystery behind the ghost wasn't very mysterious but it didn't matter. The gore. Can I stress that enough?
Let's talk about the audio aspect...
It sucked. Thankfully the story kept me entertained because if this had been one of those mediocre books the narrator would have just put the knife in it. The voice was nasaly and there were few differentiation with the characters...EXCEPT for Anna's voice, which was suppose to have an accent - I think. But instead, it was just a tragic mockery. I hope that the narrator has a day job because I don't think audio books will pay the bills.