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Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blakeanti
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: TorTeen
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.– Goodreads

Review:
Our first joint review and you can tell it’s joint because the photo is in a different spot! Tina and I think we’re quite hilarious so we’re going to tackle joint reviews on certain books. Certain books because our idea of overlap is 1 out of every 100 books.

Ashley:  Months ago, and I really mean months ago Tina and I were discussing how much we would die for an ARC of this book. This came out after BEA when everyone seemed to have an ARC of Antigoddess. One day, while I was napping the doorbell rang and an ARC of this bad boy was at my door. It seems sending really nice emails to the publishing department can help. Thanks TORTeen. You rock!

After I went back to sleep, it was the night of a concert I was saving sleep! I cracked opened this book and devoured it. In hours. tinaCould not put it down. Full of feels. And I’m sure you’re wondering how Tina was handling the fact I got this book while she was 2,000 miles away. As the photo to the right shows. Well. She was handling it well.

It doesn’t help that Kendare Blake is one of the patron saints of our blog and I’ve become very good friends with her sending her awkward emails and oh the mocking we do. Just don’t tell her about the friendship. She starts to yell sport things at me and I send her photos of me hugging a book.

Tina is actually the one who got me into Kendare’s first series Anna Dressed in Blood.

Tina: Yeah. Three emails in about 2 seconds. I lost it when Ashley told me she got this ARC, and then I managed to pick up my own at ALA. It’s no secret that we love Kendare Blake here. I give myself some credit in convincing the people around me to read Anna Dressed in Blood. Cas Lowood is my fictional boyfriend (and Kendare even kind of endorsed it). I’ve had this book on my TBR since before it had a cover. Maybe since before it had a title. I plan to read everything Kendare has ever written, the way I’ve done with Malindo Lo and (almost) Lisa McMann. Plus I love anything that involves a modern spin on old gods. We first meet Athena and Hermes and have to read about Athena’s gross mouth feathers for awhile, but then we got to meet Hera and Odysseus and Circe’s witches, and I was SO THERE. One thing I like about Blake’s writing is how her characters swear like normal teenagers/people do and how their interactions just seem so authentic. Athena’s complicated feelings about Odysseus, Hermes complicated feelings about the war, everything makes sense and seems logical despite who the characters are.

Ashley: I was actually harder to warm up to this book. While I was thrilled for a new Blake novel, Athena and Hermes? Meh. That was always my tougher area while in school. I was however into the fact that it was very much “normal teenagers/people” aspect. I agree with Tina when she said it was authentic and realistic. I loved it. It worked for me, because if anything that is my problem with YA novels. A lack of authentic voice. At work my coworkers joke that I don’t speak “youth” but when teens are talking like 80 year olds, that is clearly hard to read. That never happens to me when reading a Blake novel. She has the teen lingo down.

Tina: I really felt for Cassandra, because humans have never been high priorities for the gods. They had favorites, sure, but they used them for their own ends. Just look at the original Cassandra of Troy and Apollo. The relationship between Aiden and Cassandra was complicated and twisty because of some prior circumstances, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about Aiden after it was all over. There’s a power difference between them that seems too large to bridge, in my opinion. Then again, the Apollo of legend was always a bit of a jerk, so I don’t know what I was expecting. And despite Cassandra being a main character, for most of the novel all I cared about was Athena. Athena, goddess of war and wisdom, keeper of owls, virgin, and she is just a mess. Her strength isn’t half what it used to be and there are those damnable feathers growing in her mouth, but she’s still Athena. She still inspires terror. (I loved Odysseus as well, and the Ody/Athena spark was something I was into watching develop.)

Ashley: Aiden and Cassandra killed me. I know and understand that you are shocked, Tina. I can picture the face you’re making now. And where you cared about Athena, I was all about Cassandra. My heart went out to her. My notes about this book is full of CASSANDRA NOOOOO. AIDEN NOOOOOOO. Because all of these characters gave me feels I didn’t want to deal with at the time. I probably still don’t want to deal with facing them now. If anything, I excel at denial!

Tina: Here’s a quintessential reason I love Kendare Blake:

“Why?” Cassandra snapped. “Are the reporters going to start saying that they deserved it? That they deserved to get blown into a million pieces, because they were whores?”

Excuse my feminism for a moment, but this is what happens a lot of the time in our media. Victims are blamed for their own deaths or for the crimes committed against them, and this happens most often to women in sexual assault situations and women who work in the sex industry. Two things hit me hard about this line. One, I don’t see this kind of thing in many other authors’ works and I think that needs remedying. Two, someone eventually would have come out and said “these women deserved to die because they were whores.” A FOX News pundit perhaps or the loathsome Pat Robertson. Maybe they’d get a woman to go on TV and condemn Circe’s witches, to show there’s no war on women, that it’s not just this subset of men, but women can hate women too.

This book is more than Cassandra and Athena though; it’s about the deaths of the gods, and that can’t be pretty. It’s not. Hermes looks like a dying anorexia victim, Athena has her feathers, Hera is turning to stone, and Poseidon has gone mad. Demeter is little more than skin and Artemis is missing. There’s horror, like any good Kendare Blake novel, and misery, but also humor and lightness and real friendship. Cassandra has a best friend and it’s a girl! That’s so rare in YA, or at least the books I read. Usually the best friend is a boy the protag is in love with until they meet the paranormal creature of their destiny. Lame. And here’s where I’ll include some misgivings I had: the very slow start with the search for Demeter and all the uses of the word “slut” and “slutty” (words I cannot abide being in YA and which was so confusing considering what I quoted above [and yes, I know teenagers/adults call women “sluts” but that’s not really something we need represented here? I just don’t think so]). So, not a lot of gripes here! And really, the ending made this novel. The scenes in the last quarter are equally heartbreaking and intense, and they’re my favorite of the book. I’ll definitely be reading Aristeia next year too. I’m really excited to see where the gods go next and who they’ll meet there.

Ashley: It is not shock that Tina is the better at writing reviews. I don’t deny that, and she sums up a lot of my feelings on this book. But I loved and adored this book so much. I didn’t find nearly as many flaws as Tina did and I don’t even mean to call them flaws because she read this with a different set of glasses than I did. Which is for our first joint review we have both of our ratings and then the dual rating. Because Tina and I agreeing on a book? HAHAHHAHA. No. Rare.

Overall Rating:
Tina: 3 Stars + Ashley 5 Stars = Tinley 4 Stars


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to talk about the books that you’re eagerly waiting to be released.

Ashley is waiting on…

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AntiGoddess (Antigoddess #1) by Kendare Blake
Release Date: September 10, 2013

Why Ashley is waiting for it:
To be fair I will read anything Blake writes. Blake’s writing is the best thing that Tina brought to our friendship minus the fact Tina knows what I’m thinking before I am. I have talked on twitter to Blake and have become friendly to the point we mock each other a lot and I leave hilarious comments on her livejournal; but even with all of that being said, I would still read this book. Not only is the cover creepy, and lets be real, we sadly all judge books by their covers, this sounds like an amazing book. “Cassandra — an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.” I already know Tina and I will be reading this and doing dual reviews but also crossing our fingers tightly for an ARC of it. Because if Blake writes it, these two girls will read it. Even if she is a Minnesota Twins fan.

Tina is waiting on…

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Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews
Release Date: July 30, 2013

Why Tina is waiting for it:
Ilona Andrews writes the best adult urban fantasy, hands down (Kat Richardson and Stacia Kane are close though). Kate is a badass who kills people with a sword and doesn’t go home and cry about it later. She owns her badassery. Plus she’s now mated with Curran, the Beast Lord, which makes for hot sexy scenes and a little bit of angst. I read the book about Andrea last year, and I liked that one too, but I am really glad we’re getting more Kate. I love being in Kate’s head. And now that she’s no longer in the Order, she can be pretty much as ruthless as she wants even if she’s lost a bit of authority and access. This one takes us out of Atlanta (I think), but I am really psyched to read a book that is more closely about Kate and Curran without other Pack members distracting me and complicating things.


Top Ten Tuesday is a new thing we are trying at yAdultReview, because, well why not? Plus, we know Ashley loves her some lists, and Tina just likes Ashley being happy, so ta-da!  For our blog generally Ashley will be number 1-5, and Tina will be 6-10. This week was a rewind that allowed us to go back and pick a topic we weren’t able to touch on.

In the words of The Broke and the Bookish who host the feature:

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

  1. Kendare Blake. Hands down didn’t even need to think twice about this. Tina and I joke that she is one of the patron saints of this blog. Ignore the fact that Tina and I are lapsed Catholics. But Kendare and I talk a lot on twitter and livejournal and I actually feel like she’s a friend of mine. Mostly because we harass each other about baseball teams.
  2. Nora Roberts. Be still my romance heart. I would love to meet Nora Roberts.
  3. Michelle Gagnon, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
  4. Kasie West, who I told when she comes to Arizona I’m stalking her. But it’s cool, she’s okay with it because she’s awesome like that and jokes right back with me!
  5. Erin Bowman, who I bonded with on twitter with my brilliant use of amazeballs and bothering her on a daily basis. Thanks Erin!
  6. Lisa McMann. Yeah. Do I need to explain this one? Just look at her tag on this blog. Enough said. (Ashley note: The other patron saint of our blog. Yes, we have two.)
  7. Kendare Blake. As Ash mentioned above, Kendare is the patron saint of yAR. Even though she’s a Twins fan. She did write Cas Lowood, so she gets a break for her terrible taste in baseball teams.
  8. Robin LaFevers. She writes the most beautiful prose, and I would love to talk to her about medieval Brittany.
  9. Holly Black. HOLLY BLACK IS MY FAVORITE. I mean, one of them. I love her. Her Modern Faerie Tales novels were one of the first paranormal YA series I’ve ever read, which led me to Curse Workers, which I loved like crazy. Another male narrator! I actually think we’re meeting her at ALA this year, and I told Ash I will not be responsible for my actions.
  10. Sarah Rees Brennan. Sarah is hilarious on twitter, and she loves to make fun of us poor fans heartbroken over Unspoken. She claims she talks like her characters, which means she is witty and funny in real life, and I have a feeling she would be a lot of fun to drink wine with.

Top Ten Tuesday is a new thing we are trying at yAdultReview, because, well why not? Plus, we know Ashley loves her some lists, and Tina just likes Ashley being happy, so ta-da!  For our blog generally Ashley will be number 1-5, and Tina will be 6-10.

In the words of The Broke and the Bookish who host the feature:

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists.

  • Roarke. I can picture the face Tina will make when she reads that I listed the lead guy from the in Death series. But his fierce love of Eve (the woman who becomes his wife) and his willing to protect her no matter what makes it so easy to love him. Of course he gives Eve a hard time a lot, which also makes it easy to love him.
  • Calvin Morrisey. When I was younger, I read massive amounts of romance paperbacks. Then I found out about Jennifer Cruise and inhaled all of her books at once. Not that I still don’t read massive amounts of romance novels, because I do. Cal, although he has his faults. He loves Min with all of his11988046 life and the two of them play such a game of cat and mouse that by the end you just want to smish them together. Yes. Smish.
  • Trevor. From my review here, I made it quite clear I was team Trevor. There was a strong point in the novel that my heart turned and my love for Trevor only grew. While he is a sensitive soul he also has his moments of snark and slowly worked his way into my heart.
  • Vane Weston. It is not remotely a secret for anyone that I love and adore Shannon Messenger’s Let the Sky Fall But Vane? Oh Vane is my YA dream boy. He’s snarky, he takes no shit, and he tries his hardest. Plus he loves and adores his parents, which is pretty awesome.
  • James Compton. When you first meet James Compton you don’t love him. Hate comes to mind, but slowly he becomes more human and with him becoming more human he becomes someone that not only does Maisie fall in love with, but the reader, too. Plus he has a bit of snark. What can I say, I love snarky boys.
  • Ethan Wate. I’ve loved Ethan since the very first chapter in the very first book of the Caster Chronicles. He is who all other male narrators are compared to, and usually found wanting. I don’t think it has so much to do with looks, but I love a boy who reads, first of all. And a boy who doesn’t believe everything he’s told (I specifically remember his mocking of being taught about the War of Northern Aggression). I also really loved how he stuck by Lena, how he described her powers, and how just devoted to her he was. He was my first male narrator. You never forget your first!
  • Peeta Mellark. The Boy with the Bread. Steadfast, worthy, charismatic, horribly brainwashed and tortured. I loved Peeta from the beginning (even if I didn’t love him with Katniss right away), because he was never the showy bad boy, or the pretty one. He was just Peeta, the baker’s son with a good heart, the one who saved Katniss and Prim’s lives once. That he’d loved Katniss since she was a little girl only makes it better, really. And the movie has only made me love him more, because while I had my doubts at first, Josh Hutcherson is perfect for the role and is really good at looking vulnerable. I just want to hug him!
  • Christian Prescott. I started the Unearthly series a Tucker fangirl, but Hallowed made me change my mind hallowed(plus I’m not exactly into the whole cowboy/rodeo thing). I don’t know any other Christian fans, but I really loved the connection he had with Clara, and how he knew when not to say anything and just be there. People don’t like him for what he did in the cemetery with Clara, but honestly, that was the turning point for me. He knew what she needed. He was there for her.
  • Cricket Bell. I have a weird relationship with Stephanie Perkins’ novels. I’ll be the first to tell you that I really should not read contemporary romance; it only makes me rage. I raged during Anna and the French Kiss, and I raged even harder during Lola and the Boy Next Door. Just thinking about it makes me mad, remembering Lola and all her stupid moves. Cricket saved the book. He was so sweet and quiet, and he saved the day over and over. He does have an unfortunate name, yes, but when he tells Lola she looked incredible? I swooned. I maintain that he deserves better than what he got. *ducks*
  • Adrian Ivashkov. I’ll just come right out and say it: I prefer Adrian to Dimitri. Dimitri always seemed like such a cardboard cutout. When I read the Vampire Academy series, it was for Rose, not Dimitri, though I admit I liked their romance. For awhile. Until Blood Promise. Which ruined everything. I haven’t read Last Sacrifice, but I started Bloodlines, because I care more about what happens to Adrian and Sydney than Dimitri and Rose. Adrian is a classic sarcastic bad boy who’s hurting on the inside, but he doesn’t seem like a cliche to me. His circumstances make him more interesting than that.
  • Honorable Mention from Tina: Cas Lowood. Cas, who kept himself friends-less, who fell in love with a ghost, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to help her, who in the end had to let her go. Watching his evolution in Anna Dressed in Blood from outsider to close friend, and watching his love grow over the course of the novel, was so lovely. And what happened at the end of Girl of Nightmares was heartbreaking, but Cas pulled through and was mature enough to do what had to be done. And besides, Kendare Blake basically endorsed my crush on Twitter the other day.

gonGirl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

Review:
Ahhhhhhh!  I am so incoherently happy to have this in my hands!  Anna Dressed in Blood was one of my top books of 2011, and Girl of Nightmares was one of my most anticipated sequels (right up there with Insurgent)! I was not disappointed either! Not only is Kendare Blake an awesome person in real life, she’s an excellent writer. Cas Lowood couldn’t have let me down if he tried, and he is in amazing form in the beginning of this book, despite still being distraught over the loss of Anna.  I think we’re all curious to know how this plays out, and I have a feeling it will be bittersweet.  This is the last novel according to Blake’s twitter, so savor it while you can! Cas did manage to annoy me with his “I’m going to keep my hallucinations a secret” buisness, but what bugged me more was how cryptic all the adults were. You let this teenager go out and kill ghosts that could murder him horrifically, but you won’t help him with Anna? That’s ridiculous! Who are these people anyway?

I love Thomas and Carmel. They are perfect two-dimensional friends for Cas. They’re so different and they give up a lot, but they remain who they are throughout. The love story between Thomas and Carmel seemed doomed from the start, at least to me. The popular girls and the weird loner? But this novel doesn’t focus on their relationship, because it’s so easy between them all (though Carmel understandably is having some doubts). What really made me happy was Anna. Just seeing her again made me want to cry.  I love Anna.  I want them to save her, but really, how many ways can this story end, you know?  (No spoiler, just musing.)  I liked how Carmel provided relevant counter-arguments to Cas’s search, even if I didn’t agree with her.  I like that these friends don’t always agree, despite their easy camaraderie. Carmel fucks up, though, and hard. I won’t spoil it, but some of her decisions in this novel made me sad. And mad.  Very, very mad.

We meet someone new, Jestine, but I won’t go into details since she brings the spoilers with her. There’s a ton of creepy, terrifying adventure in the second half of this one, and I loved the journey the friends took, physically and emotionally. I wish we’d seen more of Anna, but I really believe that the first book was Anna’s story, while this one really belonged to Cas. It’s his time for discovery and growth, and he’s given a lot of opportunities for both.  The whole thing is a little bittersweet, because this is the last book, but I am so happy for the time I got to spend in Thunder Bay with Anna, Cas, Carmel, and Thomas.


blakeAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon| IndieBound

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 – Goodreads

Review:
A double review! Tina recommended this book, forever ago. And I’ve had it since then, I just haven’t had the time. However, I recently picked up this book and was sucked in. Much quicker than I thought I would be. I tend to have issues with male narrators. I’m not sure why, they just are generally not my cup of tea. But this one seems different. I was still sucked into the book, even with the male narrator. I enjoyed how Cas handled the situation he was dealt. Many wouldn’t have handled it well. I’m not sure I could have handled it well.

Here’s the thing, Cas sees dead people. His father before him did, and died at the hands of one. Cas wants to avenge his death and he knows he isn’t strong enough until he fights Anna. Anna Dressed In Blood as she is known to the local community and to Cas. Anna’s viscous. Everyone knows she is and yet people still go to her old house to party. Even though she haunts it. But that is considered old folklore.

Cas knows different. He knows she haunts it for real and will continue to mess with anyone who crosses her path.

Cas also wants no friends. That’s a lie, he wants them, he just doesn’t have time for them. He moves with his mom too often. Then he comes to Thunder Bay, Canada and zeros out the popular girl, Carmel. He likes to use them. He doesn’t mean to but the popular people know the local gossip the best. And that’s the thing, Carmel does. But at the same time Cas stops using her and slowly they become friends, even if it’s the last thing that they want from each other.

There is also Thomas. Thomas is the town weirdo, loner. He’s like that for a reason. He can read minds. Doesn’t exactly make him popular with people. Even if they don’t know, he still carries that weird stigma with him. The thing is Thomas is helpful. Thomas’ grandfather knows things, and on top of knows. Thomas knows that Cas sees dead people. Even without being able to read his mind, Thomas knew. Thomas just knows things.

Thomas and Carmel become involved, even though they never really asked to be part of this. There is a bond between these three, and by the end they all understand each other and become a group that they never wanted to be nor never set out to be.

There is a flashback scene with the group and Anna and my heart goes out for Anna. I felt for her in a previous scene, but after that flashback scene I wanted to climb into the book, hug her and tell her everything would sooner or later be okay.

Plus, you know what else is awesome about this book. The popular culture references. Ghostbusters anyone?


annaAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

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.

Review:
Read this book right now! Seriously, stop reading this review and buy this book! RIGHT NOW! God, I loved this book. Cas reminds me of Ethan Wate, but I think I say that about every male narrator in YA. Ethan Wate is the best, but Cas Lowood is pretty amazing too. We start off with Cas killing a long-dead greaser who was beat up and killed for his money a few decades ago. We’re in Cas’s head the whole time, and what a head it is. He’s not whiny or annoying, and the first person POV didn’t make me want to murder everyone within eyeshot. Not a single person in this novel is Too Dumb to Live, other than all the people who are murdered, of course. Plus there’s a black cat, and anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE black cats (especially my boy, Yoshi).

Cas and his mother move around a lot, especially after his father is killed. They receive tips from Cas’s sources and move to the location to kill the ghost. Cas only kills ghosts that kill other people, not ghost who just harmlessly haunt. When they get to town, Cas immediately zeroes in on the popular girls, namely one Carmel Jones. He attends a party with her and her jock/cheerleader friends and gets them to tell him stories about local ghosts. This is when Cas first meets Anna.

Anna is terrifying and beautiful at once. She changes forms when she angry, and Cas calls her the Goddess of Death. She kills one guy that night, but not Cas, who she just tosses out the front door. Cas has also met Thomas, a psychic, at this point, and soon Cas, Carmel, and Thomas are working together to try to figure out how to kill Anna. While they’re doing this, Cas starts visiting Anna and grows more and more attached to her.

This story is truly original, I thought, and a really fast read. I don’t recommend reading this book alone at night, because I did that and it terrified me, even though I live in a house built after 1960. This book also lives up to its horror label, and there is talk of blood, guts, and missing eyeballs. It can be gross, but this is not about gore. The story that’s weaved underneath all the scary stuff is truly awesome and Blake fleshes out the three main characters while keeping Cas as the narrator. That is something that a lot of authors have trouble with, but Blake pulls it off perfectly.

Go out and get this one ASAP!