1. Must have been published at least two years ago, or
2. Preferably is still in print or available to read
My pick is...
"Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)" by Kendare Blake
Published: August 30, 2011
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.
I've seen some pretty good reviews for this book and I keep meaning to read it. Whenever I go to the library, I see it, but I always have a bunch of other books so I never grab it. However, I hope to grab it soon!