Author: Kendare Blake
Rating: 2 stars
Summary: Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
I wanted to like this book. A ghost hunter going after a crazy scary ghost that's dripping blood? I'll try it. I also made the mistake of assuming that there will be no romance. But of course Cas cleans the ghost instead of banishing it and then he falls in love with the ghost. Not only that, but the evil thing that killed Cas's dad comes around and Cas has to defeat him. How, pray tell, is this supposed to be a series if the big bad monster is obliterated in the first book? I try to avoid spoilers, but there was no way to truly review this book without revealing the ending.