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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 the motive for the murders--a quest for eternal youth and beauty--and bathing in her victims' blood as a means for that.

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The writing is pretty strong, especially for a debut novel. The characterization was good, although maybe not entirely on-center for me. The author does have a flair for description and mood-setting. You might be thinking the gruesome nature of this book is my issue, but it's not. I enjoy dark and spooky novels. And while this book, in some ways, may seem to glamorize Bathory's practices, I believe the message it clear: what she did was evil, and she was completely insane. The things that bothered me about the book had more to do with a feeling of incongruity--it seemed to be trying to combine Bathory's story with the evil witch from Snow White, and it didn't quite jibe for me.

I also found that it felt redundant in places, as Bathory's actions became repetitive and the author used a lot of the same phrases and descriptors over and over. That said, it's definitely an author I'd try again. I admire the daring she exhibited in telling such a story, and the means of telling it through the eyes of Bathory herself. As I said, she did a great job with description and mood, and made me feel very much present in the story world.

View 1 comment. Dec 11, Willow rated it it was amazing Shelves: gothic , bathory , favorites , historical-fiction. I found myself creeping around in the dark and foreboding castle along with Erzebet. 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, Countess Erzebet Bizecka. I would almost go so far as to say this story is like a grim fairytale.

There is almost nothing about Hungarian history or politics. Bizecka castle is so isolated, it could be anywhere in Eastern Europe in the early s. The book seems to lack a certain complexity of life. It is obvious that Erzebet is slowly losing her grip on reality.

I love what Libby does with mirrors and insanity. The murders are never glamorized either. The book has a neat publishing trick, where the pages on the bottom look like they are soaked in blood. As Erzebet's deeds become more bloody, so do the pages. I wish a little bit more of the real Elizabeth Bathory's life could have been added into the book, like her marriage, and the politics of the time, but I still enjoyed it. I thought this book was a fast and engaging read. Jun 18, Colleen Garrison 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 This is one will really keep you on your toes. This book was a sensation, literally playing with the senses--a perfect mixture of horrific intrigue, darkness and light, vice and virtue, blasphemy and holiness.

I'll never look at blood the same way. Sep 07, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , young-adult , the-romantic-agony. 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.

A breathtaking graphic design scheme doesn't hurt. May 08, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-goodreads-authors , read-ya , read-historical-fiction. 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 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. What made the story particularly effective is that the bottom of the pages in the book look like they've soaked up a pool of blood, more of it as the story progresses, and at certain points there are blood splatters at the end of chapters or sections.

This would make a great book discussion pick for teens or adults. Highly recommended, and I look forward to reading more by this author. Feb 25, Meghan rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , young-adult , paranormal , romance , read 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 The portrayal of Erzebet in this book is wonderful. She was overlooked and lacked confidence and you could see how she would want to gain this power. I felt that with her path, and the urgings of Sinestra, a good deal of people would have done what she did. Of course, in real life the extremes she went to would not be met, but Ms Libby's Erzebet could have been anyone. 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 anyway yeah, I think that it is pretty cool that this could have actually happened, disturbing yes, but still cool. Aug 30, Samira rated it it was amazing. Its been a long time that I gave 5 stars to any book A very well written and excellently put book it is Their cold fingers burn my flesh: winter is inside of me.

I know fear and fear knows me. I suppose life is an eternity if you live it completely alone. Oct 28, Briana Cleland rated it liked it.

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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 understand why some reviewers said they gave up. I did enjoy the writing and think the author had a lot of potential. Jun 28, Melody Austria 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. Mar 02, Hiddenheart rated it it was amazing. Kind of a slow start, but totally worth it!

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Amazing detail and inner dialogue. Definitely a unique take on the story of Erzebet! Feb 21, Sab Cornelius rated it it was amazing. Jul 19, Alana Kelly rated it liked it. This is one of those books that are hard to explain. Something I found surprising was the way I felt about Erzebet. 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 This is one of those books that are hard to explain.

I think my favorite aspect of the book was in regards to all the questions about morality and god. My least favorite aspect was actually Erzebet herself. Her obsessive vanity and lack of empathy gets tiresome after a while. Did the blood ritual really work? Has she really not aged at all in the last few years? Was Sinestra a figment of her imagination or was he real?

If he was real, who was he really? What happened to Snow? These are the questions that kept me racing through the book, but also made me feel a little unfulfilled in the end. Overall, I liked this book. Even though it's hard to sympathize with Erzebet, in the end you can't help but be captivated by her. And pity her as well. Oct 30, Lisa 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 I'm slightly irked that so many reviews find this book unsuitable for young adults.

She has been cursed with parents that are negligent, at best. She suffers from deep insecurities as she matures, incapable of accepting herself for who she is, despite her indisputable beauty. And she is terrified of death, and the role religion and God plays in her life. These themes seem to me perfectly suited for YA. The fact that the protagonist is a serial killer is certainly a bold choice, but I think Libby does a fine job of, not glorifying her grisly acts, but showing instead the dark path this girl was lead down after indulging in self-pity and deep envy.

That point aside, I certainly found this book to be an enjoyable read. Erzebet is profoundly troubled, and I toggled between understanding her behavior and feeling deep loathing towards her. While witnessing her crimes, I became complicit and felt myself a Snow in my own right, thrilled by her violence but repulsed all the same. The gothic setting was right up my alley, and like one of the servant victims, I was drawn in by all the opulence, jewels, satin gowns, feasts and wine.

The writing was fair, and although the dialogue felt stilted at times, and my morbid interest in the subject matter kept me reading. The plot rolled along at a decent pace, and while the ending was predictable and slightly anticlimactic, I am glad I picked this up. Recommended if you're interested in a dark, somewhat morbid, but quick and interesting read.

Aug 27, graveyardgremlin rated it really liked it Shelves: gothic , young-adult-fiction , young-adult-historical-fiction , library-loan , historical-fiction , creme-de-la-creme. 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 4. The book is mainly a character study and the author does a fantastic job bringing Erzebet to life, while slowly and believably evolving her into a mentally ill woman. I never could quite figure out if she was narcissistic, schizophrenic, suffering from some sort of body dysmorphic disorder, something altogether different, or all previously mentioned.

The writing is solid and I found myself sinking into the world Ms. Libby created, with it's brilliant Gothic atmosphere. The pacing had a few slow spots, but nothing that made the book come to a screeching halt. I confess to a few queasy moments thanks to an overactive imagination, but the gore is minimal and the author doesn't romanticize blood letting or murder for vanity.

What I should warn readers is that comparing this Erzebet Bizecka to the real Erzsebet Bathory would be a mistake. This fictional Countess doesn't have much in common with the legendary figure and is only very loosely based on her. That Erzsebet Bathory bathed in blood is an unfounded rumor and no one really knows why she killed these girls or how many. Some even say she was framed. Unfortunately the truth is lost to history and we'll never really know. Only a few quibbles keep me from giving it a perfect rating, but all in all, it was an absorbing read.

A couple of lingering questions remained, such as how exactly did Erzebet's mother go insane? I can guess what could have helped it along, but I don't really believe that's all it would have taken.

What happened to Snow at the end? View all 3 comments. Jan 25, C Solis-Sublette rated it it was ok Shelves: horror-supernatural. 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 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.

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What bothers me, though, is that her rationale is never really developed. Her insecurity, her relationship with her parents, the creepy guy lurking in the tower I mean if you've read the actual history of the woman, this is a lady who ate her victims and sexually tortured them - leaving very few left in the village. Not your ordinary run of the mill serial killer. So, in the end, the novel just drags a bit. After her good friend dies in childbirth, I found myself skipping several sections because I was no longer interested in this woman's pining feelings for a man that may or may not exist.

I kept wanting to see how she lured these women into doing what she wanted them to do; how she was able to live with her actions; how she justified her actions to herself.

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All that, the meat of what would make a tale like this interesting, was sadly lacking. As for I would say no on several levels. Not because the content is bad for a young girl I'm sure any avid reader could handle it Teeneagers tend to d that anyway; why encourage it? Oct 30, Alvi Harahap rated it liked it. 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 Taking place in 16th century Hungary, The Blood Confession tells the story of a young noblewoman, Erzebet Bizecka. Feeling alone she makes friends with a local village girl, Marianna. This is where is madness begins, we see that Erzebet is jealous of the beauty Marianna possess and begins to look for spells to maintain her own.

Prompted by Sinestra, after the death of her father, Erzebet makes a startling realization that blood is the key to staying young. Thus she embarks upon a bloody quest to achieve eternal youth which involves draining her pretty young servants dry of their lifeblood. Although things begin to go awry when the local villagers discovers that their daughters are never seen again once placed in the care of the Countess. The Blood Confession is a fictional account inspired by the Countess Bathory, who bathed in the blood of her young servants believing that would allow her to stay young.

While I knew that this book was inspired by actual events, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that someone was actually deranged enough to commit the acts that she committed. So, I guess Erzebet Bizecka is ourselves Shelves: young-adult , haunting-books , historical-fiction. Libby is a historical fiction. I did not like this novel. 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 whole book is about her descent into insanity. She dives into the world of vanity and narcissism head-first, even coming to the point of murdering people. She needs their blood for some ritual that is supposed to keep her young and beautiful forever. It also features an evil being who is controlling her, who quotes the Bible, and who convinces her to turn away from God. What drew me to the book was mostly the design.

The bottom of the pages and a design of blood that increases the further you get in, which I found to actually be disappointing since I heard so much about that. It is believed the death toll may be as high as girls, but evidence was only found of eighty young women. Now for the differences between the book and truth:. Ok, so there are some huge differences. I wish that the author had stuck more with the real story to make it seem more believable.

The attempt of an elaborate story was there. However, there where too many running details that where confusing. There was a prophecy, and she was cursed. But it turned out that a demon had caused the comet when he fell from heaven, and he was a character named Sinestra of all things that kept popping in and out only to not exist in the end.

Mind you, after he was the one to take her virginity and the only one to bed her. Then they tried to tie in mirrors and ghosts, and make it seem like all this magic and spirits where real but she was going mad. They threw in an overabundance of info about what exactly she wore and vanity and deadly sins. They tried to elude all this caused the tales of Snow White, the evil queen, and being locked in a tower all came from.

However, this does not make sense either since folk stories long outdate this time period. There where too many side stories that just felt like splinters in a handrail.

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The book was pretty poorly written in language almost as plain as Fifty Shades of Grey or Twilight. The writing was on a reading level of preteen. However, the odd way the references of becoming a woman, murder, weird talk of menstrual blood, and sex was definitely intended for an adult audience. Worst of all, the ending seemed rushed, as if they ran out of paper. But then it would randomly switch to things going on around her.

Then it would go back in the past. The whole ordeal was confusing and unfriendly to follow. It is rare for me to say a book is completely terrible, but I would most definitely not recommend this. I know this is the first book Alisa Libby wrote, and kudos for getting published, but I was highly disappointed in a less than royal story about one of the most famous serial killers of all time. I think Bathory would torture this book. I give this one out of five blood splatters. You are commenting using your WordPress.