Narrated by: August Ross
Published by Tor Teen on Oct 17, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: Audiobook from YA Sync
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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. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: 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.
Yet she spares Cas's life.
When I started this book, I was surprised and delighted to learn it had a teenaged male narrator. Yet again, I forgot what the summary said since it clearly indicates the main character is male. The cover is misleading. It pictures Anna, not the narrator, like most book covers.
I found Cas to be likable and believable. He’s a very sweet boy who grows from a loner ghosthunter to a very friendly ghosthunter with a close circle of friends. His growth was natural and felt very rewarding.
The story is part horror and part humour. I found the humour to be a great addition, and really helped to keep the story from getting too heavy. Cas and his friend trade sarcastic quips and witty barbs, and it was amusing and natural.
I loved the setting of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The setting wasn’t used too much, but there was enough of it described to get a good sense of the old industrial feel the town has. I love finding Canadian settings, and this one fit the feel of the story well.
I listened to the audiobook version, and was quite impressed. The narration was smooth and professional, with a teenaged male voice that fit Cas well. I didn’t much care for the voice used for Thomas, but everyone else felt natural. The narration fit the flow of the story well, and made for an overall good experience.
The book overall was exciting. I liked that Anna’s tale was unique and yet still familiar enough to be believable. Cas was a great narrator, and the story flowed naturally. I felt bad for Anna, and even worst for Cas. His life is not something to be envied, but it did make for a great read.