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Anna Dressed in Blood
Anna Dressed in Blood | Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered 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 deadkeeping 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: track, 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, now stained red and dripping with 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.But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life. Anna Dressed in Blood is a 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year title. One of NPR's Top 5 Young Adult Novels of 2011.
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ShyBookOwl
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If you're a big Buffy fan, you'll either be excited by how much this takes from that, or be very annoyed by how unoriginal it is. There's literally a character named Will Rosenberg (instead of Willow Rosenberg) and a British librarian mentor named Gideon (instead of Giles). Cas even refers to himself as Chosen, and from a sacred line of ghost hunters. It's all too much for me. I find it too distracting, so I have to dip at 70%.

ShyBookOwl I highly recommend jumping straight to her actual Buffy book, 1mo
5feet.of.fury Oh my goodness. Did the author think people wouldn‘t notice 😂😅 1mo
ShyBookOwl @5feet.of.fury Right?! I'm confounded 😂 1mo
KathyWheeler I‘ve always liked the title of this book but haven‘t gotten around to reading it yet. I think I‘d rather read the actual Buffy book. 1mo
ShyBookOwl @KathyWheeler I do recommend that one. She is an obvious fan and the book fits nicely into the Buffyverse. In this book, she must have been itching to get her Buffy on lol 1mo
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ShyBookOwl
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Ok, I'm halfway through and I can't hold this in any longer... this is thinly veiled Buffy fanfiction. I know that series like the back of my hand, and she is sneaking NOTHING past me here 😅 Fun, but distracting. She did go on to write the new official Buffy novel though, which I adored! In fact, it's why I came to her backlog. Did not expect to find Cas the Ghost Slayer, his Ghostbuster pals, and British librarian mentor, but... 🤷🏽‍♀️

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ekgbow
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I cannot believe that Anna's story ends like that! Theseus, his mom, and the town of Thunder Bay make for the most terrifying and utterly mesmerizing story I have read this year!

On to the next Anna story ~ Girl of Nightmares

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ekgbow
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"Imagination has a poor memory; it slinks away and goes blurry. Eyes remember for much longer." -- Kendare Blake, Anna Dressed in Blood, Chapter Nineteen

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ekgbow
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I'm very excited to start this book after reading All These Bodies! And the gloomy, overcast, rainy weather (and Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the background) is the perfect setting for a ghost story day

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BehindthePages
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It‘s not immersive in the way most horror novels are, and if you are unsure of the genre, it would be a good starting point. However, if you enjoy novels with spine-tingling writing and hardcore suspense, this won‘t be the book for you. This read more like young fiction rather than horror. #horror #youngadult

Review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/anna-dressed-in-blood-by-kendare-blake-book-...

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Eggbeater
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A beautiful, bloody, vengeful ghost and the teenage ghost hunter who is supposed to kill her... This one is perfect for Halloween. The descriptions of Anna were vivid and fascinating. The book was both gory and sweet at the same time

BookDragonNotWorm I loved this one so much! Did you know there's a sequel? Not as good as this one, but still, this author knows how to tell a story!!! 13mo
kimmypete1 One of my faves! 13mo
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hissingpotatoes
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The first thing I thought of when I saw the prompt!

#haunted October 2021 day 11: poltergeist @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Perfect! 14mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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#LittensDressedInBlood Today's prompt is Ghostbusters, so I picked the book that inspired the challenge.

The book is about ghost hunter Cas. He and his mom roll into different towns and dispatch he ghosts with the help of his father's athame (his father who was murdered by ghosts). Then he meets Anna, a ghost who has murdered her fair share of idiots, er, people. Getting Supernatural vibes, right? I need to do a re-read soon!

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MidnightBookGirl
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Just a few more days until #LittensDressedInBlood starts! I've been busy making stacks of books (for both this, #scarathlon and #WinterGames, because that is how I roll), and I'm ready for to fall into a huge pile of mysteries, thrillers, horrors and more!

MidnightBookGirl Also, fyi, sign ups for #Scarathlon are up now! 1y
Sresendez12 This sounds like fun! Can I still join? 1y
CocoReads I‘ve been out of it for awhile, I‘ll have to check in more often for fun stuff like this! 1y
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wanderinglynn I‘d like to join the challenge! 🎃 1y
alisiakae I‘m be hosting #Screamathon again this year, I‘d you need more Halloween fun! 😃 And I definitely want to join #littensdressedinblood challenge this year! (edited) 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Do we need to track points or is it more or less reading & posting? I hope work settles down as we head into fall, but I don't want to over commit. 1y
SamAnne Ooh I might have to join this one! 1y
MidnightBookGirl @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick No need to track anything! This is just for fun, and you can definitely do it along with any Fall readathons and challenges 1y
MidnightBookGirl @4thhouseontheleft I absolutely need all the Halloween fun! 1y
Lizpixie Count me in lovely! Love me some spooky autumnal vibes🍁👻🎃 1y
JoeMo I just found out about this, if there‘s still time to join, please count me in! 1y
MidnightBookGirl @JoeMo absolutely! 1y
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bookiemonster_ph
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ꜱᴇʀɪᴇꜱ: ᴀɴɴᴀ

BookDragonNotWorm I loved this one! 1y
bookiemonster_ph @BookDragonNotWorm Another book on my tbr pile. 😭 1y
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Roary47
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Just finished this one that @Littlewolf1 and I were trying to read together forever. I liked that he is a ghost hunter and moves to his next hunt, but still enrolls to a school there. See kids school is important even if you are dispatching ghosts. It had some exciting hidden jems and pretty decent gore for a YA. Definitely would recommend.

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Bookworm54
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This was a really interesting premise! Ghost hunting, gruesome deaths, and love rolled into one 🥰

Cas kills ghosts, a job he inherited from his dad. While doing jobs he has always had one thing on his mind, avenging his dad by killing the ghost who murderer him.

Anna was murdered in unknown circumstances, and since that day has killed anyone who entered her home. Until Cas.

#ParanormalLoveCrew #PLC #Ghost #NutsInMay

AkashaVampie Glad u loved it. 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
ElizaMarie I really enjoyed this one when I had read it! 2y
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Littlewolf1
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4.7⭐️ This is a super cute story with a great creep factor included. Definitely not your typical love story, but a love story nonetheless. It is absolutely worth the read if you‘re able to handle some creepy corny cuteness. This is also my #bookspin for #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Roary47 Just started today and agree I already love it! 2y
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Littlewolf1
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Littlewolf1
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“Just your average boy meets girl, girl kills people story…”

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Breadjit
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Supernatural love, friendships, guts and gore! Oh my!

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BookDragonNotWorm
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This book is SO good! It has heart. It has horror. It has carnage. It‘s both haunting and about a haunting. 😉 Stellar plot, creative and imaginative, and while it‘s an old trope, it felt new. It‘s the first book I‘ve read in a while where I thought both, “Yay! There‘s a sequel!” and, “Must read the sequel immediately!” I‘ll be very happy if the next book delivers as much as this one did.

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kimmypete1
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A Halloween reread for me.

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Twainy
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🎧 The Cas Lockwood series reminds me of Victoria Schwab‘s Cassidy Blake series except a bit scarier. I like the narrator‘s voice. I love ghost stories like this. Scary kid ghost story. Cas is sort of like a Jr Winchester (Supernatural TV show reference) . I‘ll probably listen to book two if it‘s available at the library. Thank you Hulu! 👍🏼 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

BookDragonNotWorm I just finished this one and had to get the sequel immediately! 2y
Twainy @BookDragonNotWorm book envy. I have to finish 4 other Hoopla books first 😁 2y
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kimmypete1
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I read this many many moons ago, then listened to it on audio the following year for book club. I decided on a reread as I was looking for something spooky for October, but also something I could handle. Now that I‘m about ¼ through the book I remembered that I didn‘t like the audio that much so I‘ve decided to switch to the print version. (Which is gorgeous).

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AmandaMCruz
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Okay, so I actually listened to the audiobook. No offense to the narrator but it took me about three chapters in to tolerate his voices. As far as the storyline itself, I was pleasantly surprised to like it as much as I did. Not quite sure what I was expecting but I did have low expectations. It left me wanting more and anticipating what was going to happen next. This was my first read by this author and won‘t be the last.

SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy! #litsywelcomewagon 2y
SW-T Liked the tagged book. Reminds me I should check out the sequel. 2y
AmandaMCruz Thank you and yes you should! 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Gissy Amazing books!📚📚📚👍 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
StayCurious This looks great! 2y
alisiakae 👻🎃 2y
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River.Turner15
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I‘m 206 pages into Anna dressed in blood and I love it I love the detail it has and how creepy it is. It‘s about a ghost hunter named Cas, he goes around killing different ghosts. But one ghost he has to kill next is surprisingly strong, throughout the book he tries to kill Anna unsuccessfully. I haven‘t finished the book yet but I love it so far.

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PrincessToad
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“Anna, my strong, terrifying Anna.”

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MidnightBookGirl
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I'm bringing back #LittensDressedInBlood! I recently read a Book Riot article (I think it was BR), and it basically said that since 2020 is sucking so bad, it's Halloween the rest of the year, and I agree. More details to come tomorrow. #Readathon

Cinfhen Fun ♥️ 2y
sprainedbrain Oh, fun!!! 2y
ChasingOm Hahaha, I love it! 2y
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Clare-Dragonfly I approve of it being Halloween the rest of the year and I am intrigued by whatever you are cooking up! 2y
Laughterhp Oo interested. I‘m already in the mood to read spooky books. 2y
BookwormAHN Sounds good to me 😸 2y
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FantasyChick
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Is there really anything better than spending a sunny Sunday morning outside with coffee and a good book?

TheLibrarian Nope! That‘s how I‘m spending my Sunday morning too. 2y
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FantasyChick
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Weekend #libraryhaul ???

I'm "supposed" to be reading books that I own but I got bored at work yesterday and decided to request some creepy reads for #WIHM

Probably won't actually get to any of these this weekend but I have the attention span of a drunk squirrel so you never know ?‍♀️

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Mleanne
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I really enjoyed this ghost story. I‘m excited to read Blake‘s book Antigoddess as well.

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“she's my purpose and we're going to save each other. we're going to save everyone. and then i'm going to convince her that she's supposed to stay here. with me.“

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Jadams1776
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Another book down! I really like this one. +11 for #TeamStoker #scarathlon #24B4Monday

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
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madamereadsalot1
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This was an enjoyable little YA ghost story, but the voice actor was only ok.

It fits the mystery/thriller theme for #teamslaughter so 11 #scarathlon points.

@Clwojick

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Addison_Reads
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Cas is a ghost hunter. He moves from town to town helping ghosts move on to the next dimension. However, when he meets Anna, that all changes.

This is a fun, spooky YA book that's perfect as an audiobook this time of year. I also loved all the Ghostbuster references. 👻

Nothing groundbreaking or new, just a solid, entertaining story.

That marks another one down for #screamathon. I'm sad the month is almost over. @4thhouseontheleft

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Addison_Reads
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My current audiobook while cooking and cleaning tonight. It's a YA, so not too gruesome or heavy, which is a good change from some of my recent reads.

#screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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juls29
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Having a hard time getting into this one... very similar to Supernatural. It feels like a cheap knock-off.

#catsoflitsy

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Jilly6183
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My only complaint is that these kids are 17 and all their pop culture references are from way before their time! The beginning of this book is super creepy and gory, intensely so for YA. The scariness wears off as the human factor ticks up (gore factor remains). A quick, enjoyable and seasonally appropriate read.

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ElizaMarie
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I was able to finish this during my lunch break and it was so so good! So anyway, didn‘t realize it but it has a sequel!!! Yay!!! Downloading it now so I can start it on my drive home :)

#TeamStoker #Scarathlon
@TheReadingMermaid

1 point participation + 2 points theme = 3 points

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
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ElizaMarie
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Day 8 Ghostly. (Book tagged is one I‘m currently reading, ghost haunting a house) Okay we aren‘t ghost (obviously... or are we?) anyway this is one of my fav pics of me and my hubby at a museum with the heat sensors thing

#TeamStoker #Scarathlon #ChillingPhotoChallenge
@TheReadingMermaid

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BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
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ElizaMarie
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Day 1 of challenge (I‘m behind) So the book tagged is about a haunted house. But wanted to share a pic of this past Vegas trip my hubby and I went to this haunted museum. Terrified me!

#TeamStoker #Scarathlon #ChillingPhotoChallenge

@TheReadingMermaid

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BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
rather_be_reading ive been to Vegas many many times and had no idea!! 3y
ElizaMarie @rather_be_reading it‘s great!! I‘m a huge baby. So yeah.. but it had a little bit of everything, serial killers stuff, dolls, haunted items, clowns... I was super terrified for almost all of it 3y
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ElizaMarie
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Gonna start this one tomorrow, looked up best haunted house books (need it for a bingo) it looks promising :)

#TeamStoker #Scarathlon

@TheReadingMermaid

1 point participation

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
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Deborah42
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Cas is a teenaged ghost killer who tracks down malevolent spirits and sends them on using an ancient blade he inherited from his father. When he encounters Anna, a ghost who wears a gown that is sopping wet with blood, he‘s prepared to kill her. But an unexpected desire to find out more about her leads him to discover that his calling is not what he‘s been led to believe. Best for middle grade/YA readers who want just a bit of gore.

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LouBeth
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This is a great book for this time of year.

#UrbanLegend #ScreamathonPhotoChallenge
@4thhouseontheleft

alisiakae 🧡🖤🎃 3y
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ShelfRighteous
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First spooky read of October, done! I was hooked the moment I read this blurb on IG. For a horror fan, it was pretty difficult to not start reading it immediately. Also, I love the cover art, its fantastic. Now onto d story, I loved Blake's writing, d story is engaging and keeps you sucked in. As for the creepy quotient, it does manage to scare you at some points. What pleased me that it was not a repetitive horror story involving a bunch of kids.

MrBook Great review! 3y
ShelfRighteous @MrBook Thankyou 😬 3y
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Bookzombie
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kamoorephoto I love this book so much! 3y
LibrarianRyan I liked this cover I just wish the book was better. 3y
Bookzombie @kamoorephoto I really enjoyed it too. 🙂 3y
Bookzombie @LibrarianRyan I liked this one quite a bit. 🙂 3y
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SW-T
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If you like the premise of a ghost hunter falling in love with a ghost, not a bad YA read. Decent pacing, plenty of action. Sure, there are also a lot of tropes in it, but it‘s a decent light horror type of book if you want a bit of darkness, but not an excessive amount. And it ends with a noble sacrifice that segues nicely into the next book.

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Jess_Franzino
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Book 3 of #thereadingrush finished. I love everything Kendare Blake does. She just has a way of making her characters so “real” so complex, and their dialogue so conversational. Brilliant storytelling! This might be my favorite of all her books, if I had to pick one. Ghosty goodness, withcraft, & even some VooDoo. “The Girl from the Well” & “City of Bones” vibe. Have to change my #readingrush TBR AGAIN, since I now NEED to read the sequel!

kamoorephoto I get to see her again next week!! I love Kendare and I love this book. 3y
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kimmypete1
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1. Idk that it‘s endearing. But I love that my students call me Ms. P.
2. I guess Anna Dressed in Blood. I mostly read contemporary romance and the have fairly normal titles.
3. Oh definitely, I‘ve been disappointed by books that we‘re too hyped up, and also by negative reviews. I try real hard not to read any reviews or look at ratings once I decide to read a book.
4. I can 100% be suckered by a beautiful cover, but it‘s not the end all be all.

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Lesley1
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This young adult horror novel was a fun read! I don‘t like being scared or experiencing horror that I feel like could happen in real life so dealing with ghosts and haunted houses was definitely something I could handle. A really good story with some cool characters. 4/5 stars!

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ScientistSam
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I'm not usually a big fan of ghost stories, but this YA story of a ghost hunter and the ghost he falls for is unusual and really well done. It's a story of a kid putting down roots despite himself, in the context of a world where ghosts and magic are real. It's also a story of a kid trying to live up to his idealized memory of his father, and plan revenge for his father's death.

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