Blood Countess by Lana Popovic is a YA Historical Horror novel surrounding the story of Dracula!
“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 receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell—and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.”
While I was intrigued by the idea of a horror book, I do have to say that I missed more of the spooky element and was pleasantly surprised to find more of a historical romance than a spooky story.
There are dark elements mashed in, so don’t be disappointed if that’s why you choose this book to pick up next. The idea of a female Dracula story was well played out and had me sucked in.
While the plot was right up my alley, the pacing could have been a little faster. But overall, was still a wicked read. 3 out of 5 stars.
Published: 28 January 2020
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
Genre: Young Adult Horror / Historical
How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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