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In this brilliant fiction debut, Libby resurrects the real-life Erzebet Bathory, a 17th-century countess who believed that bathing in human blood would preserve her looks forever.
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published August 17th 2006 by Dutton Juvenile
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Kate
Nov 06, 2007 rated it liked it
I did appreciate the gothic tone of this novel. Had I known nothing about Elizabeth of Bathory, I might have appreciated it more.

I was completely astonished, after reading the acknowledgements at the end of the book, to find that the author had done enough research on the subject that she thanked an interlibrary loan librarian. I myself have done a little bit of research (as it's the topic of a book I'm working on), and just from the websites I've looked at, I know that there are a number of fa
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Elena
Jan 16, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Borrowed from Open Library.

DNF on p. 182.
I'm sad about DNFing this book, but it wasn't grabbing me at all. There were some interesting takes which (from what I read) attempted to explain why Erzebet Bathory did what she did, but apart from that the plot was very slow moving, and the main character wasn't intriguing enough to make me keep reading. I might try and pick this up at another time, but for now I'm just not into it.
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Kat Heckenbach
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is four stars rounded up. Maybe 3.75. I liked the concept--it's not just an unreliable story-teller, the protagonist and antagonist are really the same person when you think about it. This is based on the story of Elizabeth Bathory, who was convicted of torturing and murdering (according to Wikipedia) 80 young girls around the year 1600. In the book, the author has called her Erzebet and changes many of Bathory's life details, such as having her never marry or have children, and she adds th ...more
Willow
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Alisa Libby’s gothic prose is delicious and it captivated me from the beginning. I found myself creeping around in the dark and foreboding castle along with Erzebet. I could see the golden light flickering from the candles, feel the cold draft in the murky corridors, and could almost run my fingers through the plush red velvet of Erzebet’s gown.

This story is only a loosely based on the legend of Elizabeth Bathory, not a fictionalized account. In fact, the character even has a different name, Co
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Colleen Garrison
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who can handle blood
This is one will really keep you on your toes. Based on the legend of Erzsebet Bathory, it really calls the idea of morality into question--that's what happens when the protagonist is actually the villain. Though I knew how evil and wrong her thinking was, I found myself sympathizing with her obsession with beauty and human desperation. In truth, I pitied the murderess.
This book was a sensation, literally playing with the senses--a perfect mixture of horrific intrigue, darkness and light, vice
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Rachel
I frankly have no idea why Alisa Libby thought that Ezrebet Bathory, the Hungarian Countess notorious for bathing in the blood of her servant girls, was a good subject for a young adult novel. To me, the idea seems slightly counterintuitive. But whether or not it succeeds as a book for that age group, it did succeed for me as a book in general. The sense of historical accuracy is a bit thin at times (it seems to fit more into the horror/gothic or even fantasy genres than it does into historical ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This story was based on the life of Elizabeth Bathory, the female Dracula, who killed many young girls in order to bathe in their blood. Written in the first person, it tells the story of Erzebet from the age of puberty to adulthood, and the strange prophecy made at her birth which obsesses her and shapes all her thoughts and actions. The details of 16th-century Hungarian castle life and the psychology of Erzebet's particular madness were fascinating. I couldn't put it down! What made the story ...more
Meghan
The portrayal of Erzebet in this book is wonderful. She may seem manipulative and slightly evil, but it's an evil that, scarily enough, the reader can relate to. It makes you see how a person could do such horrible things. Of course, it is historical fiction so quite a lot of details were altered and it had a paranormal-legend type feel to it that gave the story a very dark vibe. I loved the book and found myself relating to Erzebet. She was overlooked and lacked confidence and you could see how ...more
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I heard that this story was based off of a true story. I know that it doesn't say that on the book, or at least I didn't see it. I told my friend Brilynn about the book and she said that it actually happened. So it probably did, she not always right no, it just that she just knows about disturbing and gross/weird things that happened. So anyway yeah, I think that it is pretty cool that this could have actually happened, disturbing yes, but still cool. ...more
Julie Gárate
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
*5 Stars*

Erzebet Bizecka belongs to Hungarian nobility, and is raised with all the luxuries and privileges that a girl could ever imagine. While she is spoiled beyond belief, she suffers from the emotional coldness of both of her parents, and often feels alone and unloved. The only aspect every acknowledged by them is her beauty, and even as a child Erzebet strives to be as beautiful as possible in hopes of pleasing them. It doesn't help that she is also a child born under a curse of dying young
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Samira
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Its been a long time that I gave 5 stars to any book...and this book lifted my Hiatus...so I think it deserves this.
A very well written and excellently put book it is...how Erzebet has been portrayed, and everything...starting from her prophecy to the end of her days...and in between how she developed her urges and how the killings happened and over the years how she transformed herself, and her reasoning about Hell and Heaven and her way of putting logic at God's will and everything, so that s
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Justin Collins
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is REMARKABLE. This author did such an amazing job and seeing it all within my mind as I read each page was immaculate! Bathory, who can't enjoy the true tales of this woman in Hungary? I know what she did was wrong, but her story still lives on and still amazing what she had done in the past. In this book, I had a journey to see what this author had in mind for Bathory. From the beginning to her dreadful end. Plus! The pages at the bottom looking like its soaked in blood? Outstanding! ...more
Nadia Hana Abraham
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The way the author describe the character is what really intriqued me; based on the legendary Elizabeth Bathory, one would imagine her to be a monstrous individual, living her best life in the castle with beauty and murders. But one would not always expect this character to be the lonely, prideful little girl too, once upon a time in her past. I would like to explore her friendships with her best friend in the book; she loves her but manipulates her, she wants her to be happy and she face the ug ...more
Bree Reads
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book, I didn't love it. I enjoyed certain aspects of course but I felt like it took forever to get to the good stuff. And by that I mean the actual killings that the countess made. I don't need blood and gore to entertain but it was the basses of the story and it didn't happen until 3/4 of the way through. I understand why some reviewers said they gave up. I did enjoy the writing and think the author had a lot of potential. ...more
Meaghan
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This has been on my to-read list since high school... So at least 10 years???
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I liked the gothic tones and certainly Erzebet is mad and a murderess, despite how she justifies it. It was an interesting exploration into the sins, particularly vanity (pride), envy, and wrath. It was also cool to have a story told by the villain herself.
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The story itself was decent and flowed nicely, and Erzebet's descent into evil was mostly well described. That said, the book is very loosely based on the real Erzs
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Melody Austria
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It made my hands tremble because of the thought of how much blood you can imagine as you read it. A story of Erzebet Bathory added with the tale of Snow. It was quite good to read if you are in love with historical fiction. It will give you a glimpse of what might the blood countess have been through.
Sab Cornelius
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
http://readerdemon.com/thebloodconfes... <--- I do book blogging on the side, so posted my full review here. [Site is currently A WIP] ...more
Hiddenheart
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kind of a slow start, but totally worth it!
Amazing detail and inner dialogue. Definitely a unique take on the story of Erzebet!
Sian
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alana Kelly
Jul 19, 2009 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that are hard to explain. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed it, I’m having a hard time explaining what it is I so thoroughly enjoyed.

Something I found surprising was the way I felt about Erzebet. My expectation was that Libby would try to make us sympathetic to her character, but she really didn’t. Right away Erzebet was annoying and shallow. Worse off, she was sadistic in the sense that the only way she felt powerful was to hurt other people. Even though she has reason
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graveyardgremlin
4.5 stars
After reading THE BLOOD CONFESSION, I find it a bit surprising that this is specifically targeted to young adults. Not that they wouldn't appreciate or like it, although I don't know how much the appeal would be to that age range unless they're especially morbid (as I was and still am), but because of the subtle nuances and intricate study of character, morality, and belief system, which is well suited for adult readers as well. The book is mainly a character study and the author does a
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Lisa
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I'm slightly irked that so many reviews find this book unsuitable for young adults. While it would certainly be a bit much for mid-grade readers, I don't see how it is any worse than some other YA books (perhaps most notably Suzanne Collins's horrific and violent (but deliciously enjoyable) trilogy).

Yes, there is quite a bit of gore and violence. But there are certainly themes that make this novel applicable to young adults. Erzebet struggles to come to terms with her lot in life. She has been
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C Solis-Sublette
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
I thought this book dragged a bit, to be honest. I had heard the story of this woman before, in a study of serial killers, so I was familiar with her psychosis. I think I expected too much from the book, to be honest. Seriously, then, the read...it was okay. It focuses on this narcissistic noble woman who decides it would be cool to bathe in the blood of her rivals for the purpose of preserving her beauty. Okay, whatever. What bothers me, though, is that her rationale is never really developed. ...more
Alvi Harahap
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Taking place in 16th century Hungary, The Blood Confession tells the story of a young noblewoman, Erzebet Bizecka. She has everything that a young woman could want. Although the one thing she cannot change is the fact that she is was born under a falling star, an omen that will haunt her until the day she dies. Not to mention that she has mother who is certifiable and father who would rather chase the chambermaids than pay attention to his wife or daughter.

Feeling alone she makes friends with a
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Carrie Adair (Cat on the Bookshelf)
Dec 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Carrie by: Hollie Crissman
The Blood Confession by Alisa M. Libby is a historical fiction. It is about Erzebet, a countess who used beautiful women’s blood to increase her own beauty via a black magic ritual.

I did not like this novel. It didn’t seem to be written very well. There is some difficulty in following the plot. It starts with her locked away, marked as a madwoman (she is). Then we learn her life story. It starts with her vain mother and her father, Count Bizecka, spoiling her and making her (Erzebet) vain. The w
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Gina
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It wasn't the kind of book that I couldn't wait to pick up and read but when I did, I was glad to be reading it. It is a historical fiction about Elizabeth Bathory, whom some people think that Bram Stoker developed his Dracula character from. I can say it is a def. possibility. The story starts out with Elizabeth held captive for crimes. It flips back and forth from current day to how she became captive. I am not sure how much is fiction and how much at it is facts, but it is ...more
Cassi
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazingly creepy. The copy I had even had fake blood stains on the edges of the paper!

In this book you really got into the mind of a person that was going crazy; Erzebet was doomed to inherit the obsession with beauty and the insanity of her mother. Of course this young royal child was going to do everything in her power to stay young and beautiful; beauty was the only thing that gained her attention and approval from other people, especially her father.

Erzebet doesn't leave out a
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Darnia
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When I saw this book in book fair few years ago, I thought that this book gonna be like The Historian, dark, creepy, interesting and fascinating in the same times. But I was wrong. Elizabeth Bathory or Elzebeth Bizecka (her maiden name, probably), well known as the female version of Vlad Ţepeş. She was obsessed with beauty and youth, then she believed that bathing with the virgin fresh blood would bring her eternal beauty.

This bo
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Brad McKenna
Oct 19, 2011 rated it liked it
This time of year you hear all about historical creepiness, like Vlad the Impaler being one of the sources for Dracula. Also at the heart of the vampire origins is the Hungarian Countess, Erzebet. Obsessed with staying young and beautiful she believed her answer laid in blood. So after accidentally getting the blood of one of her servants on her, she thought the spot on which the blood dropped looked younger and more beautiful. Naturally this led to her killing servants and bathing in their bloo ...more
Brendan
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book.

And maybe even an important one. Which is not to say it's not entertaining. I just think that when so much of the YA world is obsessed with likable characters and book boyfriends, and when so much of the world at large is convinced that YA fiction has some kind of responsibility to be instructional, a book about an increasingly-unhinged young woman who bathes in the blood of virgins is an awesomely daring step for all involved.

It's also beautifully written and manages to
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