Anna Dressed in Blood

Kendare Blake. Tor Teen, $17.99 (324p) ISBN 978-0-7653-2865-6
Effectively blending horror and romance, Blake (Sleepwalk Society) delivers an exciting and witty gothic ghost story. Seventeen-year-old loner Cas follows in his late father’s footsteps, hunting down vengeful ghosts and dispatching them before they can hurt more people. He and his mother (a witch) move from town to town, and his latest target is the titular Anna, a 16-year-old girl killed on the way to a dance in Thunder Bay, Ont., in 1958. When the ghost eviscerates a local in front of Cas, he realizes it will be a much harder struggle than previously anticipated, joining forces with psychic Thomas and popular girl Carmel to discover Anna’s history and attempt to free her from her curse without destroying her. Blake occasionally gets too cute—naming a character “Will Rosenberg” in a story in which characters are aware of Buffy is pushing things, as is the notion that today’s small-town teens are all Rules of Attraction. But the pop culture references are generally sharp (Ghostbusters references make for an effective running gag) and on point, and the result is an enjoyable horror tale. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/15/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
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