Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

anna dressed in blood
by Kendare Blake

Just like “Buffy”, Cas Lowood rids the world of deadly creatures.  He just deals with ghosts instead of vampires.  Apparently, there are evil ghosts murdering  people all the time, but if you have your Father’s magical knife -like Cas -you can “kill” them first.  That’s right, you can kill a ghost.  This is what Cas does as he and his widowed mother move from town to town.  That is, until he moves to Thunder Bay, where Anna lives.

Anna is a young girl who was murdered on her way to a dance 60 years ago. The white dress she wore was covered in blood. Now Anna- as a ghost- kills everyone who enters her old house.  It’s up to Cas to get rid of her, but he can’t – because he has fallen in love with her.

It’s hard to believe this is the actual plot.  Harder still to realize that this is only book one of a series! For me, it wasn’t scary enough to be called a ghost story and not convincing enough to be classified as a love story.

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

by Dia Reeves
by Dia Reeves

I’ll be honest, I struggled with this book.  I read 125 of 453 pages before I slammed it shut.  The blurb on the inside cover – outcast girl moves to mysterious town – made it sound interesting and that’s why I picked it up.  I was thinking it would be somethng like the “Eureka” TV series.  Not.

Hanna, the main character, has no redeeming qualities that would make you like her and is not interesting enough for you to care.  Her interactions with other people is stilted and inconsistent.  I never felt the so-called “magical” elements of the story rang true.  It was as if the author didn’t know what to do with the story once she started it.

I don’t recommend this book to anyone and I will not be reading anything else Dia Reeves pens in the future.


Both of these books were disappointing. Neither had a well-developed plot and the characters were flat.  Of the two, Bleeding Violet was my least favorite by a wide margin.   There are plenty of other good  paranormal romances and supernatural stories to choose from if that’s what you like.  Choose one of them.

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  1. I LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood!! The story might not be scarry enough to really terrify anyone, but it completely captures and brings to life the urban legend of the girl dressed in white. There aren’t many paranormal romances told from the perspective of the leading man so I enjoyed reading it from Cas’ point of view. Also, while there is a bit of romance between dead Anna and Cas, at least it isn’t icky with decomposition issues. Overall, I think this book is in the vacinity of awesome!! Just look at the beautiful dress on the cover!!!

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