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ISBN:0525477322
Author: Alisa Libby
ISBN13: 978-0525477327
Title: The Blood Confession
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Language: English
Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st Edition edition (August 17, 2006)
Pages: 360

The Blood Confession by Alisa Libby



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The Blood Confession book. 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. Online Stores ▾. Audible Barnes & Noble Walmart eBooks Apple Books Google Play Abebooks Book Depository Indigo Alibris Better World Books IndieBound.

She bathes her face in the blood, creates makeup with it and slashes girls to death so she can sit underneath their strung-up dripping corpses. She finds no repentance, only madness: Peasants are the disposable living meat of this country, and she herself is God, creating heaven and hell in her castle.

In this gothic novel, author Alisa M. Libby has woven strands of the real-life Countess Bathory’s story into a spellbinding work that combines horror, romance, and history into one powerful story. I did not like this novel. It didn’t seem to be written very well. 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. Then the title draws you in. When you actually read this, you will find that the story is weird.

The Blood Confession Book Trailer. Erzebet is young, beautiful, rich, and imprisoned in her castle, waiting to be sentenced for murder. In a brilliant fiction debut, Alisa M. Libby resurrects the real-life Erzebet Bathory, a seventeenth-century countess who believed that bathing in human blood would preserve her looks forever. The Blood Confession by Alisa Libby. If you like, you can change the digest interval below.

He assures her that there are ways to determine her own destiny, pulling her into a dark world of blood rituals and promising eternal youth in return. Rate it . You Rated it .

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Alisa M. Libby knows this. In her striking first novel, the Gothic YA tale The Blood Confession, she uses a fictionalized version of the Bloody Countess to tell a story which will resonate with any young girl not yet brainwashed by Jessica Simpson perfume ads. Erzebet Bizecka, a young Hungarian Countess, lives in relative isolation in her family castle circa 1580. The sight of her slim waist turning in the firelight made me wince, for a moment, my hands flying to my own waist for reassurance. These distinctly feminine musings, as common now as they were then, give us glimmerings of Erzebet's madness early on, yet Libby maintains a deliberately slow, at times infuriating, pace, fleshing out the relationship between Erzebet and Marianna, a peasant girl whom Erzebet befriends. The relationship between the two girls is the centerpiece of the novel.

Drawn from the true story of a seventeenth-century countess who bathed herself in human blood to preserve her looks forever, this chilling novel, combining gothic horror and romance, follows beautiful Erzebet, as she tells the story of her life while waiting to be sentenced for murder.
Reviews: 7
Bloodhammer
The copy of the book I got was really cool,it was a hard back & the bottom of the pages look like the book was dipped in blood. This book is not a biography but a really beautifully written novel about the blood countess.It starts off when she is a small child and she belives she is cursed by a comet that flew through the air the day she was born. She is obsessed with her beauty and youth. She looks in morriors all the time and baths in the blood of her servant girls to keep her skin smooth & white. This all sounds pretty creepy but the time is set in the 1600's and it's romantically written. Great book!!
Mot
I got this book awhle ago and never wrote the review, but its an amazing book!
The book was great and on my summer reading list witch made it even better!
Came fast and in excellent condition! :)
Rgia
Scary good, well researched, going to search out more of this writers work.
Thanks for the read.

Susan Stec, author, The Grateful Undead: They're so Vein
Bremar
This has been on my wifes wish list for a long time. I finally bought it for her and she enjoys it.

Amazon is a wonderful business idea. Convenient and fast. I'm sold!
Samuhn
This book is really dark, but I love it. It's based on an actual historical figure, and goes into depth about why the main character started to kill in the first place, the thoughts and the fears behind the actions.
ME
Came in perfect condition!
Syleazahad
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 the motive for the murders--a quest for eternal youth and beauty--and bathing in her victims' blood as a means for that.

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.
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 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?