By Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood has inherited an strange vocation: He kills the useless. So did his father sooner than him, until eventually he used to be gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed along with his father's mysterious and lethal athame, Cas travels the rustic along with his kitchen-witch mom and their spirit-sniffing cat. jointly they stick with legends and native lore, attempting to stay alongside of the murderous dead—keeping pesky such things as the long run and pals at bay.When they come in a brand new city in seek of a ghost the locals name Anna wearing Blood, Cas does not anticipate whatever open air of the standard: tune, hunt, kill. What he reveals as an alternative is a woman entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he is by no means confronted earlier than. She nonetheless wears the costume she wore at the day of her brutal homicide in 1958: as soon as white, now stained purple and dripping with blood. on account that her dying, Anna has killed any and each one who has dared to step into the abandoned Victorian she used to name home.But she, for no matter what cause, spares Cas's lifestyles. Anna wearing Blood is a 2011 Kirkus most sensible teenager Books of the 12 months identify. one in every of NPR's most sensible five younger grownup Novels of 2011.
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As my mom leaves, I drop the bomb. ” “Theseus Cassio,” she moans, and I grimace, but her exhausted sigh tells me that I’m good to go in the morning. * * * Thunder Bay, Ontario, is our destination. I’m going there to kill her. Anna. Anna Korlov. Anna Dressed in Blood. “This one has you worried, doesn’t it, Cas,” my mom says from behind the wheel of the U-Haul van. I keep telling her we should just buy our own moving truck, instead of renting. God knows we move often enough, following the ghosts.
I’ve been to twelve high schools in the past three years. And I’m looking for something. I need to be plugged into the social pipeline. I need to get people talking to me, so I can ask them questions that I need answers to. So when I transfer in, I always look for the queen bee. Every school has one. The girl who knows everything and everybody. I could go and try to insta-bond with the lead jock, I suppose, but I’ve never been good at that. My dad and I never watched sports or played catch. I can wrestle the dead all day long, but touch football might knock me unconscious.
It has a weird habit of pulling all the hair off its tail, leaving little tufts of black all over the house. But my mom likes to have a cat around. Like most children, they can see and hear things that are already dead. A handy trick, when you live with us. I go inside, take my shoes off, and climb the stairs by two. I’m dying for a shower—want to get that mossy, rotten feeling off my wrist and shoulder. And I want to check my dad’s athame and rinse off whatever black stuff might be on the edge.
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