I discovered today that Kendare Blake is releasing a new novel on September 20. I'm so excited! I know, I know, I have been excited about a lot lately, but I just can't help it. Sure beats being mopey, #amiright? So, in celebration of her new book, I thought I would do a little author spotlight instead of a regular review, so I could spread a little word about all her published works and not just the ones I have read.
Starting with the ones I have read, I highly, highly recommend Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares. FIVE STARS all the way.
Anna Dressed in Blood:
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.
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.
These two novels are like a YA version of Supernatural, with just a tiny bit of romance thrown in. It’s dark, and creepy, and scary, and oh so lovely. With a swoon-worthy male protagonist and a scary ass ghost as the bad guy, what’s not to like, right? This book was so good and so different than any other YA novel that I had ever read that I even got Mr. Jane to read it. Yes, the dear hub, who only reads the closed captioning on the TV when we are trying to be quiet so we don’t wake the kids, read this book. More importantly, he liked. He liked it so much; he read BOTH of them. Then he started reading another book I recommended. Kendare Blake got my husband to read an actual book! So what more can I say?
Her work is a little dark, a little supernatural in aspects, a lot unique and all fantastically wonderful.
Other works by Ms. Blake include The Goddess War Series (Anti-Goddess, Mortal Gods, and Ungodly), The Sleepwalk Society, and several anthologies. The Links take you to Amazon where you can read a synopsis of each one as well as purchase the books if you choose. I have not read these, but based on reviews, they are just as stellar as the two I have read.
(I am NOT affiliated with Amazon in any way, so I don’t care where you buy the books from, Amazon was just my first thought since I read from a Kindle).
The best news is her new book that I mentioned that is coming soon. Titled, Three Dark Crowns (available for pre-order) it is about triplette Queens, each with their own special power, they must fight to the death to claim the throne. Like the Highlander, there can be only one! Ooh, I have chills thinking about it. The cover is gorgeous, like all her covers:
She is doing many events in the next several months across the US, so be sure to check out her page and the events section. I plan on meeting her in the St Louis area in October, so I will just have to wait for my autographed copy until then. In the meantime, that’s what Kindles are for!
Be sure to check out her site at www.kendareblake.com.
Until next time,
the rainbow spotlight image above is from TitanUI