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A historical YA horror novel based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula

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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Amulet Books
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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
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    Candace Robinson
    Did someone say blood? ❤ ...more
    Alaina
    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 hig
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    Emily
    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
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    ☾ 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
    Amy Imogene Reads
    Oct 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula???

    YES.

    Thank you to Amulet Books via NetGalley for an ARC of this tile in exchange for an honest review.
    Kristi
    “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./>Sarvar,
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    Carrie
    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!!!
    Sabs
    Jun 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: excited
    god please let this be gay please let this be gay x100
    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    holy ducking shite THIS SOUNDS BLOODY AND GOTHIC AND IM SO INTO IT
    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    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
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    Lindsay
    Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    Lana’s magical writing was the strength of this story featuring a naïve girl becoming swept up into the devious machinations of Elizabeth Bathory. The first half was better than the second, which detailed Anna adjusting to life at the castle and getting to know the Countess while slowly transforming into her pet. At first, she excused the erratic behavior Elizabeth exhibited, but with each escalating problem, Anna began to realize the Countess’s true colors were shaded with black and red and hue ...more
    Jessica McKenna
    Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Perfect read for Halloween season. It had all the darkness, gore, and subtle sexiness I could have wanted. Popovic's writing is smooth and enticing, and the plot gripped me from the very start.

    Great pacing, great characters, wonderful prose. 10/10 would recommend, especially to anyone who likes queerness in their horror.
    Sana
    Feb 11, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
    Damn, this sounds hella intense
    Brenna Clark
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you so much to Netgalley for this ARC! It was such a quick and exciting read, and I feel like I have gained a better understanding of the Blood Countess herself from reading it! It is a spectacular account of Lady Bathory's descent into darkness, and there are a lot of names, places, and even tortures that are worked in from her actual history! I loved that we saw the story through a chambermaid's eye, as it is someone who would have been close enough to Elizabeth to be privy to all of her ...more
    Ninoshka
    Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    *This ARC was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

    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
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    Jackie
    Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    What a bloody little book.

    “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
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    Jessica B
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    Shelby
    Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing


    5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    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.
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    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 e ...more
    Julie
    Okay, first of all, THIS BOOK IS GAY. Elizabeth Bathory is bisexual or pansexual. Anna is definitely a lesbian and possibly on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrum? I dunno, it can be hard to categorize in historical fiction when they don't have these labels. But Elizabeth and Anna have a relationship, without question.

    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
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    Kat
    #BloodCountess #NetGalley
    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
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    Jenny Bravo
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A solid 4/4.5.
    *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
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    Vinny
    Thank you Amulet Books for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


    Emy
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review (Netgalley)

    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
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    Liam
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The story of Elizabeth blathory is done is this Epic yet creepy story is done so well that it pulls you in from the start. I couldn’t put it down. The characters of Elizabeth reminds me of a doctor jeckell and mr Hyde type of character as she seems to switch between personalities with different characters such as nice and care ing with lady sage and mean and brutish with the servents. The cover is a beautiful and interesting design which adds to the story as well. I do hope that where is a secon ...more
    Katie Sholty
    Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    Thank you Netgalley for letting me read, Blood Countess, in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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    Brittany Sauls
    Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
    As soon as I saw this cover and read the synopsis I knew I had to have this book, and it gave me everything I wanted in an Elizabeth Bathory novel. Unlikable manipulative women, torture, murder, no romance, unhappy endings, and of course blood.
    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.
    Jemma Geary
    Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Great read - loved the story and the writing. Fantastic characters. Just loved it! The progression of Elisabeth's character is fascinating to follow as is Anna's realisation as the book goes on, as to what she's let herself in for. I honestly couldn't see how it would end.
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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.

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