By Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood has inherited an strange vocation: He kills the useless. So did his father sooner than him, till he was once gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed along with his father's mysterious and lethal athame, Cas travels the rustic along with his kitchen-witch mom and their spirit-sniffing cat. jointly they keep on with legends and native lore, attempting to stay alongside of the murderous dead—keeping pesky such things as the long run and associates at bay.When they come in a brand new city in seek of a ghost the locals name Anna wearing Blood, Cas does not count on something open air of the standard: song, hunt, kill. What he reveals in its place is a lady entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he is by no means confronted prior to. She nonetheless wears the gown she wore at the day of her brutal homicide in 1958: as soon as white, now stained crimson and dripping with blood. for the reason that her demise, Anna has killed any and each one that has dared to step into the abandoned Victorian she used to name home.But she, for no matter what cause, spares Cas's existence. Anna wearing Blood is a 2011 Kirkus most sensible teenager Books of the yr identify. one in all NPR's most sensible five younger grownup Novels of 2011.
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One of them was actually hanging by his neck in a root cellar, whispering through the floorboards and enticing new residents of the house to join him in the dirt. I walked in, gutted him, and walked back out. It was that job that made me like Daisy. It wasn’t until later on that I learned to enjoy his extremely enthusiastic personality. I called him the minute I got his letter. ” There was no disappointment in his voice, just an excited, flattered tone that reminded me of some kid at a Jonas Brothers concert.
Dean I needed the car for. When I left the house tonight my hair was combed back, and there was a little bit of gel in it, but after that fucking kerfuffle it’s hanging across my forehead in dark streaks. “You should hurry up and get to bed, sweetheart. ” My mom is done with the knife. She’s floated back up against the doorjamb and her black cat is twisting around her ankles like a bored fish around a plastic castle. “I just want to jump in the shower,” I say. She sighs and turns away. ” she says over her shoulder, almost like an afterthought.
On the stairs he hesitates. I’m not worried. What I’m looking for is for him to hiss at thin air, or to sit quietly and stare at nothing. Hesitation doesn’t mean a thing. Cats can see ghosts, but they don’t have precognition. We follow him up the stairs and out of habit I take my mom’s hand. I’ve got my leather bag over my shoulder. The athame is a comforting presence inside, my own little St. Christopher’s medallion. There are three bedrooms and a full bathroom on the fourth floor, plus a small attic with a pull-down ladder.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake