Author: Kendare Blake.
Published: September 2011 by Tom Doherty
Sort: Part one of ‘Anna’
Cas Lowood, armed with his late father's athame knife, kills ghosts. In Thunder Bay, Anna, forever 16, drips blood on her white dress from throat slit in 1958, and rips apart anyone who enters her house - except Cas. He makes new friends - high school queen Carmel, jock Will, admiring nerd Thomas and Tom's voodoo grandpa Morfran - to fight this demon.
It took me some time to get in the story, but when we came to the part where Cas meets Anna, I was completely hooked. I never thought that a YA book could be scary and bloody like this, because I haven’t got much luck with YA horror books so far. But at the same time, I don’t think it was too scary. Someone who doesn’t like ghost books is definitely capable of reading and enjoying this.
Meet Cas, normal teenager boy slash ghosthunter. He travels with his mother around the world in his fathers footsteps. Together with his athame knife and his skills, he takes care of the haunting ghosts. That is until he meets Anna, the girl who was murdered in her school dress years ago. She is still hunting in a house and many teenagers died. Cas believes it’s a job like any other, until he meets Anna. She doesn’t rip him apart and he understands that something else is going on. Together with his new friends, something that rarely happens, Cas wants to find out what is the story behind Anna.
What I really liked is that this isn’t just a ghost story. There is more depth to it when we find out what truly happened to Anna; and why she is so conflicted about all the murders. I felt so sorry for her and I was hoping for Cas to find a solution. It doesn’t take away that Anna is one scary girl. She can snap and change with the blink of an eye, but her sweet side shows an admirable girl.
I liked Cas. I think Kendare did a great job on portraying a teenage boy. His voice sounded believable and I like how normal he seems, despite his messed-up life. It’s also interesting that Kendare managed to take clichéd characters and turned them into something more. Example: Carmel. She is the typical queen bee: pretty, popular and smart. But, Kendara turned her into something that felt realistic and she shows us that there is more to us than what we see the first time.
Then there is also the creepiness. There was one part in this book that frightened me. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but it has something to do with the way Cas’ father died. Let me just say that reading this before sleeping wasn’t the best idea. I kept hearing strange sounds everywhere.. I can’t wait to read the next book!