It's been awhile since I've finished reading anything. I went away a few weeks ago and read some magazines, but I haven't made it through any books lately. But I got an email from Chapters which included Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake, which caught my interest. I realized it was book two in a series, and the library had book one. So I put Anna Dressed in Blood on hold and started reading it as soon as I got it (even though I'm in the middle of another book).
Anna Dressed in Blood caught my attention immediately. I was interested in the world of Cas, the ghost killer. Especially since Anna, the ghost he is hunting, lives in my hometown of Thunder Bay.
Of course I had fun reading all the references to places in Thunder Bay. I laughed when Cas stole a newspaper article from an old library newspaper (that was really funny because I work at the library; we only have microfilm copies of old newspapers, so he wouldn't have been able to do that. He would have just printed a copy out and that would be that). If you've travelled from Duluth to Thunder Bay, you'd also know that the terrain doesn't suddenly become rolling hills and boreal forest at the US/Canada border (although there is quite a bit of farmland between the border and Thunder Bay). I'm also not sure why, but when Cas got to town he didn't mention the Sleeping Giant, one of our most distinct geological features. And I highly doubt the kids from Churchill highschool would go across town to the Sushi Bowl all the time when Wasabi is waaay closer. Silly things like that really drove home how this was a fictional account of Thunder Bay, and not the real place. They also kind of knocked me out of the narrative a bit, but I think that's just because I'm from Thunder Bay and know those details weren't quite right.
But other than the setting issues, the story is really good. Cas, like his father before him, kills ghosts, stopping them from killing people by sending them onto the afterlife or wherever it is they go. A friend of his has found a ghost in Thunder Bay known as Anna Dressed in Blood, and Cas is intrigued by her. So he goes to Thunder Bay intending to learn her story and kill her. But the Anna he meets is not the usual ghost. Rather than a pale reflection of who she was, Anna is very much real and aware of herself. Not only that, she is strong, much stronger than Cas anticipates. And so he finds himself in Thunder Bay longer than expected as he tried to unravel exactly what Anna is.
When I took Anna Dressed in Blood out, I wasn't really planning on reading any more of the series. But now that I've read it, I really am excited to continue reading. I've got a hold on the next one, Girl of Nightmares, which the library currently has on order. I hope it's as good as this first book was!
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.