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Blood Countess

(Lady Slayers #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  2,171 ratings  ·  577 reviews
A historical YA horror novel based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula

In 16th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She r
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Harry N. Abrams
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Lana Popović The book is a standalone, yes -- but there will be more books in the Lady Slayers series, continuing with POISON PRIESTESS in 2021!
Ericka Jade There is some description of lesbian love and a few descriptions of beatings. I listened to the audio version and winced on a couple beating descripti…moreThere is some description of lesbian love and a few descriptions of beatings. I listened to the audio version and winced on a couple beating descriptions but it was a quick narrative and moved on to something else. The thing I found most disturbing was the descriptions of Bathory's enjoyment of beating servants. I still liked the book but it could be trigger for people have suffered abuse.(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Did somebody say “a dark horror book based on Elizabeth Bathory a.k.a. “Blood Countess”? And I’m not dreaming right? This book is on my shelf! My fairy God mothers a.k.a. Amazing NetGalley crew left this special gift for me! (My second favorite fairy godmothers! First one is always Olivia Colman from Fleabag!) So what am I waiting for? Get your hands on it and start flipping pages!

I literally danced in the street, singing theme song. And I got a ticket from a police officer (he didn’t get jealo
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-read
When young healer, Anna Darvulia, gets summoned in the depths of the night to attend to the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, she learns a dark secret she promises to keep.

In turn, she earns the favor of the Countess, a woman she greatly admires.

Although the Countess Bathory seems a tad dangerous, she is also glamorous and powerful. A combination Anna finds irresistible.

Before long, due to a strong first impression, Anna is summoned by the Countess again. This time she is asked to go and live in the
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Hannah Greendale
Not as bloody as anticipated but nonetheless scintillating and strange. Popović explores the famed Countess Bathory, whose lust for blood and youth is infamous, through the eyes of her pliable yet defiant chambermaid. Titillating and terrifying in equal measure.

Eagerly anticipating the next book in the Lady Slayers series, Poison Priestess, due for publication in early 2021.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, audiobooks

what’s up with all the low ratings do yall not enjoy murder and satanic behaviour?
Oct 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-horror
oh my god, 13 year old me, who was so obsessed with elizabath bathory she wrote an entire report on her for english class (a report that landed her in the guidance counselor's office) is so excited right now ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Blood Countess by Lana Popović is the first book in the young adult historical horror fantasy Lady Slayers series. This novel is based off the real life Countess Elizabeth Baathory who was the inspiration for Countess Dracula told from the point of view of her maid. While this is a horror fantasy series each of the books are about different characters in history so it seems that they could be read as standalones if choosing to do so but I’ve only read the first book so I can’t say for sure.

Cortney LaScola Hornyak -  The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I feel like I kept waiting for something big to happen, and it never really did. About halfway through, I thought maybe, but it just kind of "blahed" out. I know this is YA book, but I was expecting more gore, more suspense, more of everything. Decent read ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
- the synopsis is soooo interesting .. the contents .. not so much
- Guys this is boring
- I’m sure you could dig deep, be introspective, and have a whirl with this but just on paper .. I got nothing
- This is also bc I couldn’t for the life of me get invested in anything about this
- I think a lot of people’s expectations for this are a seductively dark sapphic story and it just isn’t (for me)
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book just really worked for me from start to finish. It was creepy and tense and sexy and dark, and most importantly (to me) well told. I've always been fascinated by Elizabeth Bathory but even so, I couldn't tell exactly where this book was going and that meant the tension pulled me along at a break-neck pace, straight through heaps of sinister atmosphere.

If you don't like reading about moral ambiguity, people doing bad things, people making bad decisions, then you probably won't like this
★ true rating: 3.5 stars ★

I received an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This story is darkkkk, but very intriguing - and started out really strong! I LOVED the MC Anna’s storyline with her family and apprenticeship under her mother as a midwife and healer. From there tragedy strikes Anna’s family and she winds up working as a scullery maid under the Countess Elizabeth. The Countess was really intriguing and layered, and the budding relationship between the
Bitchin' Reads
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh the depravity. The wickedness. The gruesome acts of violence. This was quite a bloody read and I enjoyed each page.
I really enjoyed this fascinating Historical Fiction 17th century Young Adult read about the infamous countess Dracula Elizabeth Bathory. The story was written well that describes in rich detail the horrific things that Elizabeth has cruelly done to people for the sake of her youth and beauty. You cannot help but also empathize with her as early in her life Elizabeth can be a generous and kind person especially to Anna and her family. But we know that in years to come you see the awful transform ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Look the main character who narrates this book is not a hero. I don't even know what else to say. The book doesn't develop anyone very well. The flow was awful. You keep just reading about torture after a while and the book just drags. The ending we got also doesn't work.

"Blood Countess" is a YA re-telling of Countess Elizabeth Báthory. Some readers may know this name. Many out there claims she was the inspiration for Dracula. I thought this book sounded like an interesting re-telling of the co
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blood Countess by Lana Popovic is a YA horror novel about Elizabeth Bathory, aka history's Blood Countess. Honestly, that's entirely what sold me. I was really into the first perhaps fifty percent of the novel, especially as we meet and follow Anna's journey - and yes, she does some awful things to get what she wants. The second half though became quite boring. I suppose I was expecting more in terms of horror, blood, and guts tha
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was honestly really excited to dive into Blood Countess. It was interesting in the beginning, but then I slowly started to lose my interest in it. In this book, you will meet Anna Darvulia. She lives in Hungary as a healer of sorts. On her way home one day, after saving a little kitten from being tortured, she runs into the new Countess - Elizabeth. From this one moment, her life was forever changed.

Okay so I had high hop
Patty (IheartYA311)
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Original, bold and bloody brilliant. I was on the fence about reading this one so I was surprised to like it so much. The story keeps moving, and the world building makes you feel like you're right there in it. I enjoyed the writing overall; sometimes it was great, other times it muddled the context. The Countess was horribly infuriating and I really felt bad for the characters. Jump over the fence and read this one! ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-s-books
i want more...
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
I was so excited to read this book because back in the day I knew quite a lot of things about the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, and seeing a book that was based on that particular historical figure sounded actually pretty amazing, so I knew I had to read it. Overall, I enjoyed it and it was okay. I expected so much more and felt a bit let down, but it’s true that it was a very fast paced story.

The thing about Blood Countess was that it had a very powerful start but as I continued reading it I beca
Elizabeth Báthory...

That cover...

This book called to me! But alas, I think my hopes were just a little too high here.

Meet one young Anna Darvulia. She comes from a poor family with too many mouths to feed. When a chance encounter with the new Countess outs Anna on the spot, she finds her life instantly changed. Starting out as a scullery maid, Anna soon works her way into the Countess Báthory's inner circle as a chambermaid. Anna is soon taken by the glamorous Countess, ignoring all of the
Mar 09, 2020 marked it as dnfs
dnfed @ 60%

I really don’t know what to think of this book. I don’t exactly know how a romance between a pretty girl and a historically known serial killer of pretty girls would go down but I guess? this is it?

our main character anna enters an affair with bathory who is kind to her but is extremely cruel to people who offer the slightest inconvenience, so cruel she then enacts horrible punishments.

now I’m not someone who is normally ever triggered when reading but h o l y f u c k. bathory’s tem
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
THIS IS THE DARK SHIT I SIGNED UP FOR! I've read a fair number of books in the past year or two that promised darker tones and fucking with some messed up parts of history. None of them were bad but none of them gave me the dark themes/tones I was promised...but this DID. Big hell yeah to this from start to finish AND THEN IT'S A DAMN SERIES SO I AM GETTING MORE! BIGGEST OF HELL YES TO THAT. ...more
Umairah (Sereadipity)
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jun 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: excited
god please let this be gay please let this be gay x100
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Thanks to Amulet Books & Pique Beyond for the ARC!

This was a quick read and I must say, I was quite invested with the story. The history of the Countess Báthory is... intriguing, but disturbing, and this novel does capture that perfectly.

Blood Countess is narrated by a sixteen-year-old healer whose life before working for the Countess was hard thanks to the abusive father who only doted on his sons, and not on his wife or daughters. Living in abuse and the unfairness tha
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
“For all the gold and silver in her coffers, in some ways the countess is just like me. A woman, with a man’s cruel hand around her wrist.”
-Lana Popovic, Author of Blood Countess

First Sentence:

Sarvar, Hungary – May 8, 1575 The day our Lord Nadasdy weds the countess, the sky above us is the color of bleached bone.

It’s the late 1500’s and Anna Darvulia is a highly skilled healer in her Hungarian village, learning by her mother’s side how to tend to the ill with herbs gathered by moonlight. Anna
Oct 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Countess Bathory!

A new book about Elizabeth Bathory! Do you know how giddy this makes me? Do you know that I NEED to have a copy in my hands now. She was one of my many obsessions. GIMMEEEEEEE!

Take my money!!!
Overall Rating : B-

Anna, a budding midwife from a small village, meets the beautiful Elizabeth of Bathory one night. Using her medical expertise to save a precious secret from dying, Elizabeth and Anna share a bond and instantly become enamored with each other. When Lady Beth summons her to become a chambermaid, Anna finds her chance to get even closer to her. Along the way however, she finds that the Lady has darker secrets even she cannot ignore, and soon struggles to find a way out of her ma
Katerina  Kondrenko
6.5 out of 10

Bloody, with FF romance between controversial characters, with historical fleur, and creepy atmosphere. I liked it. Not a lot, but nonetheless had a good time reading it.
K.S. Marsden
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fed up with her violent father and lack of prospects, Anna seeks a new kind of freedom, under the employ of Countess Elizabeth Báthory. The two young women will soon make a mark in history.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Anna is following in the footsteps of her midwife mother, learning all she can about healing and medicine. But Anna has a further gift, and has to ignore the taunts of "witch" behind her back.
Her father is the village drink, and has a foul
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Lana Popović's debut YA contemporary fantasy, WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE, was published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in August 2017. Lana studied psychology and literature at Yale University, and law at Boston University. She is a graduate of the Emerson College Publishing and Writing program and works as a literary agent with Chalberg & Sussman, specializing in YA.

She lives in Boston, subsi

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