In 17th 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 ...more
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I literally danced in the street, singing theme song. And I got a ticket from a police officer (he didn’t get jealo ...more
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 hig ...more
If you don't like reading about moral ambiguity, people doing bad things, people making bad decisions, then you probably won ...more
-Lana Popovic, Author of Blood Countess
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./>Sarvar, ...more
From the synopsis to the characters, my expectations for this read was very high. Were they met? Sorta kinda but not really. There were certainly a few elements that could've been improved to make this a worthwhile read such as the ending. The epilogue to some extent was fine (despite me hoping something between Anna and her childhood friend Peter would lead somewhere) but leading up to it, the finale was lackluster and the anticipation of what could happen next quickly diminish. Sadly eno ...more
Great pacing, great characters, wonderful prose. 10/10 would recommend, especially to anyone who likes queerness in their horror.
Oh Anna, you poor sweet summer child. Don’t you know that when the same stories seem to fall from absolutely everyone’s lips, there might be some truth to them?
The Blood Countess was just as bloody as I thought it would be. This story is all about Anna and how she catches the eye of the noblewoman Countess Elizabeth Bathory. Who, by the way, has nothing but awful stories that follow her throughout her ...more
“Blood Countess” follows Anna, the midwifes daughter who has yet to find her place in the world when she crosses paths with the new Countess Elizabeth Báthory who she can’t help but want to please but it isn’t long before she sees the cruelty that hides beneath the Lady’s beauty and the lengths she will go to keep it.
So I’m a giant nerd when it comes to true crime so Elizabeth is no ranger to me which is why I couldn’t help but sympathize with Anna and her fascination ...more
Guys. Let me introduce you to what might be one of my new favorite reads.
SALISBURY STEAK, this was good!
If you aren’t familiar with the premise, this is a fictional novel based off of the actual historical figure of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who became known as the Blood Countess because she was actually put to death in 1614 for the alleged murders of at least 600 young women. It was said she would bathe in their blood and even drink it in a quest to retain her beauty. ...more
That out of the way, this is obviously not a healthy romance. Don't ship Elizabeth and Anna because Elizabeth is a murderer.
ANYWAY, this is so well writte ...more
The relationships in this novel are what makes it such a captivating read. Elizabeth and Anna's relationship is a obsessive and unhealthy rotten apple. It is one that makes the pit of your stomach ache with how intense it becomes. They both find themselves lost in their own need to find perfection of some sort. Elizabeth is just plain scary as can be, a serial killer who justifies their own need to kill. Anna finds a weird kind of love with Elizabeth and doesn't wa ...more
*Special thanks to the publisher, ABRAMS Kids, and Netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review*
I burned through the story so quickly. Pacing was great! Kept me involved the whole way through. My only qualms for it losing half a star are as follows: I wanted more instances of showing how ruthless and cunning Elizabeth could be. And I wanted Anna to be a stronger protagonist. She lacked conviction and overall strength. I was mad at her fo ...more
I always thought Elisabeth Bathory was such an interesting character so when I read the synopsis of this book I was sold! And I was not disappointed.
I usually struggle with books that are based on true events, re-imagined, but this one was done perfectly in my opinion, the ending was soooo satisfying.
The writing was excellent and portrayed perfectly a good main character development.
I guess my only disappointment is that ...more
The mind is complex. It can play tricks on you, making you question what is real and what isn’t, and Anna finds herself a prisoner in more ways than one. The mind is a powerful weapon, and Countess wields hers like a sword, drawing Anna in like a fly into a Venus fly trap. Lana Popovic has crafted a masterful tale of horror. It’s a slow quiet descent into madness, and I was consumed entirely watching Anna ...more
The ending did fall a bit flat for me, though I can't really put a finger on why other than I wanted more fight out of Elizabeth in the end. I loved the epilogue though.
I was enthralled by this gothic horror YA.
She lives ...more