Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Year Release: 2020
Source: Library audiobook
|Listened to the audiobook
Trigger warnings: torture, gore, vomiting, abuse
Blood Countess is a young adult historical horror which reimagines the crimes of Elizabeth Bathory through the eyes of a midwife apprentice who becomes her chambermaid.
This book is short, but what a wild ride of lust, murder, and redemption, all in that order. Anna’s voice is wonderful. She’s brave in her compassion and proves a formidable adversary to the cruel and cunning Elizabeth. Their chemistry hums on the page, and I do appreciate the effort Popović put in making a version of 1500s Hungary where the crime wasn’t that they were two girls in a relationship, as twisted as it was.
Gothic, gory, and full of tension, definitely a must-read for readers with a villain-romance-shaped hole in their hearts.
Shelter-in-place continues through May in Illinois. Halfway through this month, I’m going to slowly start making a plan regarding employment and read these fine reads in the mean time. Things with a * are from last month’s TBR.
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
- Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus*
- The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco*
Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford (ARC)
- Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke (ARC)*
- The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant (ARC)
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (ARC)
- Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore*
- The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (ARC)*
- Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ARC)*
- The Fiery Crown by Jeffe Kennedy (ARC)
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (ARC)
The Unconquered City by K.A. Doore (ARC)
- Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin*
Blood Countess by Lana Popovic
- The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
- Highfire by Eoin Colfer
Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
My own novel is still with alpha readers, so I’m returning the favor and also doing some beta reading this month.
I did a lot of good reading in 2018 and was introduced to new favorite people, authors, and series. Here is a list of 19 books I’m really excited to read or see out in the world.