Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood
Kendare Blake
Tor Teen, 2011

Anna Dressed in Blooddrew my eye with its evocative title and subtle cover. Its jacket description reminded me in many ways of the CW’s long running Supernatural; in my opinion one of the more entertaining genre shows on television. The story centers on Cas Lockwood and teen who inherited his father’s athame and his father’s profession: hunting and killing ghosts. Along with his mother, a white witch, Cas sets out to investigate the myth of the titular Anna partly as a training mission to take on the ghost that murdered his father.

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Outside the Wheelhouse: Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore by Alyson Noel
Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore (The Immortals Book 1)
Alyson Noel
St. Martin’s Griffin, 2009

OK, don’t judge me. Well, at least not yet. I’d light to thing that my earlier reviews of certain titles by Stephanie Meyer set some precedent here but maybe that’s thinking too much. Regardless, sometimes I get curious about what people other than myself look to read. And when a title in terms of cover design and general plot outline resembles another series so much my curiosity becomes a thing to fear. I fought it for a long time but not so long ago, on a whim, I snatched up Alyson Noel’s Evermore (the first book in her Immortal series). Its resemblance to Twilight is undeniable and like Twilight it isn’t exactly the most sparkling bit of prose you’ll read. On the other hand, in terms of plot and character it exceeds its YA cousin in many degrees. Alas, its basic similarity to Meyer’s work (mostly superficial) is also its greatest detriment and the shadow cast by Meyer’s certainly taints one’s perception of Noel’s series.

Evermore opens as teenage Ever is living with her aunt after her family is killed in a car crash. In addition to taking the life of her family, and nearly her own, Ever is left with some residual gifts due to her near death experience: telepathy and the ability to see and talk with her little sister’s ghost. A popular girl turned somewhat reclusive due to her new abilities she hides from the world behind a pair of earphones and a seemingly endless supply of baggy sweatshirts (skin contact enhances her abilities). Of course all that changes with the entrance of Mysterious and Impossibly Attractive Edwar Damen. Of course Ever can’t hear Damen’s thoughts (the inverse of a certain other relationship if I’m remembering correctly). Ever is drawn into Damen’s strange existence and as more information comes to light the nature of Damen and Ever’s relationship becomes increasingly bizarre.

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