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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

By Kendare Blake

Cas Lowood has inherited an strange vocation: He kills the useless. So did his father prior to him, until eventually he was once gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed together with his father's mysterious and lethal athame, Cas travels the rustic together with his kitchen-witch mom and their spirit-sniffing cat. jointly they stick to legends and native lore, attempting to stay alongside of the murderous dead—keeping pesky such things as the longer term and acquaintances 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 whatever open air of the standard: music, hunt, kill. What he reveals as an alternative is a woman entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he is by no means confronted earlier than. She nonetheless wears the gown she wore at the day of her brutal homicide in 1958: as soon as white, now stained pink and dripping with blood. considering that her dying, Anna has killed any and each one who 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 12 months name. certainly one of NPR's most sensible five younger grownup Novels of 2011.

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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. It smells like fresh paint, which is good. Things that are new are good. No chance that some sentimental dead thing has attached itself. Tybalt winds his way through the bathroom and then walks into a bedroom.

I wouldn’t touch New Orleans with a ten-foot pole. That town is haunted as shit, and all the better for it. Nowhere in the world loves its ghosts more than that city. Sometimes I worry for Daisy; I worry that someone will get wind of his talking to me, sending me out on hunts, and then someday I’ll have to be hunting him, some ripped-up victim version of him dragging his severed limbs around a warehouse. I lied to him that day. I didn’t look into it any further. By the time I had gotten off the phone, I knew that I was going after Anna.

Seeing the hitchhiker disintegrate didn’t scare me. I’ve seen worse. But it isn’t the kind of thing you get used to. ” I look up into the mirror and see the sleepy reflection of my mom, holding the black cat in her arms. I put the athame down on the counter. “Hey, Mom. ” “You know I like to be up when you come in anyway. ” I don’t tell her how dumb that sounds; I just turn on the faucet and start to run the blade under the cold water. “I’ll do it,” she says, and touches my arm. Then of course she grabs my wrist, because she can see the bruises that are starting to purple up all along my forearm.

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