Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now armed with his father's mysterious and deadly atheme, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage. She still wears the dress she wore in the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, it is now stained red and dripping with blood.
Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. Yet she spares Cas's life.
©2011 Kendare Blake (P)2012 AudioGO
please stop writing books just for the series and possible movie deal. or at least steal a unique idea. but what the heck is this? a possibly gay teen, a horrible mother. a stereotypical everything else. and voodoo without any context. how is the reader supposed to even keep track of what the story is if the author can't do it? not the worst book ever. but it's trying.
I liked the story, but this is a youth book and there was frankly unreasonable profanity. This is a book I would not have my kids listen to or read. I don't understand why young kids and teens are being bombarded with this but I find it offensive.
Cas is a ghost hunter. He and his mother move around to new places in search of ghosts. Some are ghosts people report seeing and want to get rid of them, and some are ghost Cas happens upon. Cas's mother is a witch, that comes in very handy during some very crucial moments in this book. Cas's late father was a ghost hunter as well, and when he died his weapon called an athame was passed onto Cas.
Cas has been summoned to another town that is haunted by a horrible ghost that has been killing people for 60 years. Anna.
Cas's introduction to Anna was by a group of people at a party he went to "to get to know" people. Cas starts asking questions about if the town is haunted (which he knows it is, but he wants to gather as much info as possible). The kids start going on about this house that is haunted by a ghost they call Anna Dressed in Blood. The kids tell Cas that once someone goes into Anna's house they never come out. A few town Jocks and a friend he just met decide to drive to Anna's house to scare Cas.
What follows is an interesting story. This book kept me on my toes. I wish I could say it scared the pants off me, but it didn't. Although it was a really, really good book. Once Cas meets Anna, the whole town seems to be turned upside down. Cas cannot figure out what makes Anna the way she is. She is a killing machine.
While Cas has faced Anna she proves to be far more difficult to kill than he planned on.
I cannot even say much more, because I know I will give too much away. I don't know if it was because I listened to it, and the narrator sounded very young, but it wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be. It was more suspenseful. It was very well done. I enjoyed it from the minute I started and it was always hard to turn off.
If you like "ghost" stories this will be a great one to pick up and read. There is a lot going on in the book. It's a lot of fun to follow. I am anxious to see what the next installment brings :)!
The narrator had a really weird delivery a lot of his dialogue. It was so distracting that I can never only get into the book. The concept was interesting, The author should decided whether it was a adult Book or a preteen book.
Every time I thought I could predict what would happen next, the plot through me for a loop! Genuinely enjoyed the story and all the characters within.
But the narrator didn't have enough range. His voice for a teenage girl was vapid, even though the character was not. Similar to the male best friend. His Haitian accent was non-existent, so I was a bit disappointed.
But I did enjoy the story.
I'll be honest I'm not usually a fan of psychological thriller type stories. That being said, I really like this book. The author did a great job making you understand the characters. I look forward to the next book!
The narration was a bit off - full of odd pauses and unnatural emphasis on words. Also the accents and voice characterizations were awful and distracting.
No. Do not listen to the audio version of this book. This is a great book for YA readers looking for a "creepy" read, but this audio version does not do the story justice and is very disappointing.
I liked the concept of the book, but the narrator is awful.
The opening ghost, the hitchhiker, was really cool.
This narrator was terrible. He pauses at odd moments every 2-5 words and sounds like almost everything he says is a question. It's like the Family Guy's imitation of William Shatner, except with a voice that sounds like he's barely out of adolescence. I would have thought it was a self-published author who asked his friend to narrate the book for him.
The charactors are funny, smart and interesting. At first it seems like a typical HS angst story but then your sucked in and taken on a ride.
The performance was horrible. Thankfully I have read this book and wanted to refresh my memory prior to listening to Girl of Nightmares. Imagine my dissapointment upon seeing the same narrator. I looked up August Ross and I can not believe he has narrated more than one book. He pronounces things wrong and reads like a 5th grader. His voice for charactors is ridiculous and inconsistant.
Laugh and gasp
It was certainly fun and entertaining. Nothing exceptional, and I doubt I'll read the sequel, but I enjoyed the story throughout. I don't feel like my time was wasted, and I don't regret the purchase, though in retrospect I'd opt for another medium than the audiobook. I have to agree with the previous reviewers that the performance left much to be desired.
The writing and horror imagery was fun and creepy, and the plot was overall well-constructed. To be honest, it's the sort of story where the more you think about it, the less sense it makes. But it's forgivable because the book's goal is to be entertaining, funny, and a little bit unsettling, and it succeeds on all three fronts. I laughed out loud several times, cringed at the gross-outs, and found myself eager to discover what happens next.
As for least interesting: I felt the characters were underdeveloped, and sometimes unbelievable in their willingness to sort of go with the flow, despite the over-the-top paranormal events occurring around them.
When he was reading the narrative, he did a fine job. Character voices, however, came across as cartoon-like and annoying. Carmel sounded like a dumb valley girl, and I found myself disliking her solely as a result of Ross's reading. Similarly, he assigned pretty much every member of the supporting male cast this "dumb jock" voice, even in cases where it didn't make much sense. I mentioned above that I felt the characters were underdeveloped and unbelievable, and I feel the performance contributed that that impression. I wonder what I would have thought of them had I read, rather than listed to, Anna Dressed In Blood.
I don't regret it, but I unfortunately can't recommend it.
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