Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake. Cas Lowood kills the dead. He travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. 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: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before.
My reaction: In one word - Intense!
I loved the plot surprises, the pace of the story is fast moving, and the book is action packed. If anything, maybe the book moved a little too fast because I wished there was more development of Carmel and Thomas, the 2 "sidekicks", and even the jocks. I also didn't buy for a second that Cas moves to a new high school and almost instantly the most popular girl starts talking to him. I didn't go to an American high school, but I doubt that sort of thing happens that fast or that easily. But the main characters - Cas - the ghost killah, and Anna, the ghost he is currently trying to kill - were deep. Anna is both a killer and a victim, a horrible monster and an innocent girl - I couldn't decide if I wanted Cas to man up and kill her quick, or if I wanted them to ... to what ... connect ... ghost & human - well, stranger things have happened, like chimp and human in The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore; or zombie and human in Warm Bodies.
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho. This story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom points Santiago in the direction of his quest.
This book is written in a parable/ fable style - and aimed to give some valuable life lessons. Now I'm not a "self-help" type book reader, but I, surprisingly, liked this one. It's a simple, quick read and I got what the author was saying. Listen to your heart - listen enough until you understand it - and it will guide you on the right path. This book will definitely not appeal to everyone - and it gets a bit long-winded in the middle during the journey through the desert - but overall, I enjoyed the telling of the story. If you like to occasional read books with a moral to the story, then you'll probably enjoy this one. If you find those types of books preachy, then you will not like this.
Well, Tanya I hope that you are feeling better. Hopefully, you at least are able to get a lot of reading when you aren't able to sleep!!! I have also been thinking of what books I want to read next month. In fact, I have been making a list!! Don't forget to pick up your "Cupcake of the Month" on January 31st!
Until next time, keep curling up with a good book....