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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Cas is a teenage ghost killer, and his latest tip lands him and his white witch mother and their ghost sensing cat Tybalt in a Canadian town called Thunder Bay. Cas and his mother never stay anywhere long enough for Cas to make friends, but Thunder Bay is proving to be different in several ways. Thomas can read minds, and for once Cas can confide in someone who won’t think he’s crazy–if he just lets someone in.

But Cas has only one thing on his mind, the ghost he has come for, Anna Dressed in Blood. Anna Korlov was killed in 1958, and haunts her childhood home. No one who steps over the threshold of her door leaves the house alive–except for Cas. Anna isn’t like any other ghost that Cas has ever hunted, and Cas cannot explain his hesitation for not running her through with his athame. Instead, he does something unexpected, and once again Anna becomes the suspect in a series of gruesome murders that take place outside of her haunting ground.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is a creepy ghost story filled with one twist after the next. It’s unlike anything that I have read before featuring ghosts for a young adult audience, and I loved it. I’m used to reading paranormal books told from a teenage female’s perspective, but this one is from a male’s point of view. It also contains some stronger language than I’m used to seeing, but it’s used sparingly and it only makes Cas more believable as a character.

I loved all of the supporting characters as well, especially Thomas and Anna. I went back and forth on Carmel, the Queen Bee of Cas’s new school. For fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she is a much nicer version of Cordelia Chase.

Kendare Blake’s words will keep you up into the wee hours of the night, and will make you scream for more. You may even find yourself sleeping with the lights on…

Rating: 4.5/5

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tor Teen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.