A review by phoenix2
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


It's been a while since I started this book, and it took me too long to finish it. Not because it's not fast paced and interesting, but probably because I never read much during the summer season. So here is my honest opinion of this book. It's a YA book taking place in the real world (it has been a while since I’ve read a book that wasn't a fantasy YA). Fortunately, it's not a teenage romance and it had lots of action and fighting scenes. What I really liked about this book was that while reading it, it felt like I was watching a movie, as the writing was really realistic and full of life, if that makes any sense. As for the horror part, thing is, I can't really stand the scary parts and that was the reason I was afraid to read this book. But I've read some reviews on Goodreads and my fellow readers were quite helpfully, assuring that it wasn't that scary. And truly, apart from one or two scenes, which were a bit creepy, this book is not horror at all. I don't know if that will be a problem for some, but for me, it was a relief, as it was as spooky as I can handle. Other than that, the romance was a little bleak, but that didn't really affect the story. Lastly, one thing that bothered me, but only a little bit, was the fact that the ending was a little too quick. I mean, will there be a second book? This one didn't imply that a sequel is on the way... Anyway, I liked that it wasn't the cliché happy ever after ending, at least.