4.5 starsJust your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story. . .
I rather enjoy that line from the summary in the book and it is fitting, although of course it only offers a glimpse at what lies within. Cas hunts and kills ghosts based on tips and legends, which are often based on truth. Cas, however, only tracks down ghosts which are killing people, generally in the same way they themselves died and they keep spreading the "joy". Cas' father was also such a ghost hunter but was killed by a powerful ghost. Cas' mother also plays a role in the story as she is a witch, and of course a witch must have an adorable but aloof cat, in this case Tybalt. The Anna Dressed in Blood character is a 16 year old girl who had her neck slit while on the way to a school dance. Anna, however, is not quite as black and white as Cas would like and therein lies the core of the drama.
I felt the novel was very well written, with many passages which really set the mood without being too forceful. The characters were well developed, even the minor characters. The book is creepy, mysterious and even humorous in parts. Anna Korlov's background is well drawn and believable and makes you really root for Anna despite her being a murderous ghost. The murders in the book also add to the mystery and the mystery is well tied up in the end. Despite this the end of the book is still a bit of a cliffhanger and I look forward to book two. With so many poorly written and dull YA novels out there, Anna Dressed in Blood really stands out from the rest!