Mini Reviews #3

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
(Anna #1)
316 Pages

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…

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.”

My Snippet Review:  I have never read a ghost story before, and to start with Anna is not good for the competition! Cas is a fantastic character with a lot of depth, and I love everything about his life! Honestly, the reason why this book only got a 3 instead of a 4 is because I felt that, while the first 250 pages were brilliant, the last 75 were too rushed for my taste. A lot of major developing points I felt were too rushed, and that took away from an otherwise great story. But that will not deter me from continuing this story in Girl of Nightmares very soon!

Rating:  Middle Shelf book (3 out of 5 stars)


Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
(Gallagher Girls #4)
420 minutes

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.

Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.

In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.”

My Snippet Review:  Holy cow, guys!  This series just turned from fun spy school story to espionage conspiracy!  The intensity level of this book is exponentially higher than the previous books!  What I loved about this book is that we see a different side of Cammie.  She is not just the fearless spy-in-training.  She is a seriously strong young woman who can stand up for Good and Truth in the heat of battle!  And the relationship between her and Zach gets even more tense!  I just love this series!

Rating:  A Fourth Shelf Book! (4 out of 5 stars)




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