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Blood Countess

(Lady Slayers #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  198 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
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Harry N. Abrams
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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
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
When Anna Darvulia, daughter of a peasant midwife and a healer herself, gets summoned in the night to attend to the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, she learns a dark secret that she promises to keep.

In turn, she earns the favor of the Countess, a woman she greatly admires. Although Countess Bathory seems a tad dangerous, she is also glamorous and powerful.

A combination young Anna finds irresistible.

Before long, due to her strong first impression, Anna is summoned by the Countess again. This time
Candace Robinson
Did someone say blood? ...more
Cortney LaScola - 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
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Deathless Girls + And I Darken
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 two
☾ h a d e e r ☽
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
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 ...more
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
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
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.
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)
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
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
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
Amy Imogene Reads
Oct 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula???


Thank you to Amulet Books via NetGalley for an ARC of this tile in exchange for an honest review.
“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 wishlist
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!!!
Jun 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: excited
god please let this be gay please let this be gay x100
Jan 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
ngl i don't have much faith in this, but it's set in my country so i'll be reading it anyways
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.
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
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
CW: blood, murder, intimate partner violence, poisoning, and death

This was my most anticipated book of 2020. I was SO excited for a story that talked about Elizabeth Bathory (sorry for the Anglicized version of her name, but I don't have the keyboard that can do the accents). There's basically nothing about her and, personally, I feel that the charges are largely made up and they were put on her by men who wanted to control her. But that's me! Also, I was super excited that this book is queer
Erin Arkin
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Review to come
Umairah | Sereadipity
Sarah  Loves Books and tea
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have long been fascinated by the story of Elizabeth Bathory so I was excited to read this book. In Blood Countess we follow Anna who after a chance meeting with the Countess Bathory becomes her chambermaid, companion and later her lover allowing her to support her mother and siblings. Anna is enthralled by Elizabeth and becomes a little obsessed with her which allows her to turn a blind eye to her cruel ways. But as the story progresses Elizabeth’s behaviour grows even worse and Anna becomes ...more
Kayla Brunson
I was so excited to see a book about Elizabeth Bathory. She was a person that I couldn’t read enough about back when I was around 15. However, I wasn’t a big fan of this book.

It started off great but what made this such a drag for me was the execution of everything. I never liked Elizabeth at any point in this book. I know that she’s a villain and a bad person, but she had nothing to make her seem extraordinary and that’s what I was looking for. Anna was okay, but she was super naive. So many
Stacy Fetters
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
"You will burn in hell for this, you wicked bitch, you vile abomination. You are even worse than her.
If I do, I trust you will be there before me, ready to show me all the sights."

Elizabeth Báthory (Countess Dracula) is an intriguing woman. She’s one of the most prolific female serial killers with a purported six hundred and fifty victims. She believed that drinking their blood and bathing in it would help to look and feel younger. She was a woman who knew what she wanted and went after it.

Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Amulet Books. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

This is one of those books that gets so dark and twisted and messed up sometimes, you start to question yourself if you should really be enjoying it and binge reading it on Thanksgiving instead of that adorable and fluffy contemporary you have next up
Emily (moonlight&moths)
"And who else could know your desire better then I could? I, who knew what was between us from the moment we first met each other's eyes?"

Rep: Lesbian mc, bisexual love interest
TW: excessive violence, torture sequences, abuse & death (honestly if serial killers aren't your thing steer clear of this book)

Reading this story was like knowing full well a disaster was coming but you just keep watching in case something drastically changes. It was gothic and terrifying; a perfect way to start my
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I first got wind of a retelling of the infamous Countess Elizabeth Báthory, I squealed. I love all things vampire related so anything about Vlad the Impaler and Elizabeth Báthory, I NEED in my life. Up until now, I hadn’t read any retellings, so I was dying to get my hands on a copy of Blood Countess.

Blood Countess follows the story of Anna Darvulia, a poor village girl gifted with healing, who dreams of working for the illustrious Countess Elizabeth following a chance opportunity to assist
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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,