The Blood Confession [NOOK Book]

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Born under the omen of a falling star, Erzebet Bizecka is a child of prophecy. The only heir of a powerful Hungarian count, she was predicted to die young or to live forever. Determined to survive despite the grim prophecy, Erzebet becomes obsessed with preserving her youth and beauty. How far will she be willing to go to protect herself?

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The Blood Confession

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Overview

Born under the omen of a falling star, Erzebet Bizecka is a child of prophecy. The only heir of a powerful Hungarian count, she was predicted to die young or to live forever. Determined to survive despite the grim prophecy, Erzebet becomes obsessed with preserving her youth and beauty. How far will she be willing to go to protect herself?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Leslie McCombs
Erzebet, daughter of Count Bizecka, was born under a cursed omen. A star fell the night she was born, marking her out as a child who would die young or live forever. From childhood she is desperate not to age and lose the beauty that is her most praised attribute. With the help of a mysterious stranger, she discovers that blood can hold the secrets of eternal youth. At first, she only takes a little blood from willing servant girls, but her hunger for power grows until she is bathing in the blood of her murder victims. This gothic novel, set in sixteenth-century Hungary, is a young woman's dark search for power over her body and her life. Libby's novel is not for the faint of heart or those with short attention spans. Teens expecting gory details will not be disappointed, but they will have to wait through most of the book as Erzebet transforms from a spoiled little girl to a woman obsessed with staying beautiful no matter what the cost. The first-person narrative style gives a disturbingly human glimpse into Erzebet's character. Libby's unreliable narrator blurs the lines between reality and insanity, leaving the reader to choose the truth. Give this book to teens looking for something deep and long to bite into.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-As this novel opens, Countess Erzebet Bizecka, imprisoned in the castle tower awaiting trial for the murders of a number of her serving girls, recounts her gruesome story. A beautiful young noblewoman living in 16th-century Hungary, Erzebet becomes obsessed with youth and beauty after her mother goes insane, and performs a ritual that involves bathing in blood. As Erzebet herself teeters on the edge of sanity, she begins to hallucinate about an attractive young man who encourages her "hobby" and eventually convinces her that she must commit murder in order to gain immortality. Erzebet, based on a real-life Hungarian "blood countess," is an interesting character. She feels trapped and powerless in a world dominated by men, but soon learns that her beauty is a source of power. Readers will sympathize with her feelings of loneliness and abandonment, while being repulsed by her actions. The descriptions are mildly gruesome without being overly graphic or sensationalized. Even so, the book is not for the faint of heart. While the characterization is solid, the depiction of Erzebet's descent into madness is overly lengthy, which may deter all but die-hard horror fans.-Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In 16th-century Hungary, a conceptually interesting but sluggishly paced gothic horror unfolds. Erzebet (based on historical Countess Bathory) is the daughter of an austere count and mad countess. A prophecy foretelling either early death or eternal life haunts her childhood and drives her to seek control of her destiny through blood's sacred power. Every midnight she bleeds virginal servant girls, slicing their arms with a knife. 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. Libby's combination of history, fairy tales and the Bible is vivid, but her language is distractingly lofty and the length tedious. Those few readers who make it through the plodding bulk will be rewarded with a suspenseful and creative final quarter that reinvigorates the early fairy-tale theme. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045184281
  • Publisher: Alisa Libby
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,412,636
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 442 KB

Meet the Author

Alisa Libby
Alisa M. Libby has been writing stories since she first learned how to properly grip a crayon. Growing up in Natick, Massachusetts, she dabbled in other potential careers in her formative years (trumpet player, actress, astronomer, unicorn) but ended up going to Emerson College for a degree in creative writing, with a focus on fiction. While at Emerson she began writing numerous short stories about the infamous Countess Bathory--the “blood countess” of Hungarian legend. Years later these stories evolved into The Blood Confession, her first novel, published by Dutton Books. She is also the author of The King's Rose. Alisa lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2009

    Strange and slightly disturbing

    This is a great book for fans of horror and history alike. It stems from a real life historical figure and is filled with gore, fear, obsession, and insanity.

    However, while fans of blood and the disturbed will love this book, others may become uneasy and/or disgusted at the deep underlying psychological issues and morbid fantasies of the characters.

    I highly recommend this book to those seeking a gory, disturbing plot line and even more disturbing characters, but would not recommend this book to people who are simply interested in historical fiction or horror without the upsetting bits.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    Should I Say... Disturbing?

    I don't really know what to say about this. The overall story is really captivating because it's different from anything else I have ever read before, that is for sure. The whole concept is a little crazy and maybe difficult for some to follow along with because of its unrealistic-ness. But it is great to read to just read it. It's different, exciting, and just plain fun to read for no reason!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Lovely!!!!

    It was beautifully written and I was instantly sucked in. It is a great read!!!

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

    Wow...

    This book was amazing inside and out. Though a tad bit terrifying and freaky, it was well written and had a suspense plot that kept me reading more. I liked how the author showed the struggle that Erzebet had with God, himself. She made Erzebet seem almost sympathetic towards her victims. I also liked that. I don't believe the real Countess was as cold-hearted as everyone says she was. This book showed true character and had great storyline to go along with it. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2007

    a reviewer

    I loved this book! I actually came upon it while looking for books about the real Elizabeth Bathory, aka the Blood Countess, after I saw a movie that was about her. I am a gore fanatic, and it pulled me in like bees to honey. Libby did a fantastic job, but I gave this four stars only because I wished there was a tad bit more of the real Countess's rage and heartlessness in Erzebet, which would probably have made the story evolve even more, but otherwise, it's a page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is awesome because it's creepy suspence horror and with a wee bit of innocence I love it !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    Dark & Gothic but a really good book

    This book has a big twist at the end. The way the book was written was if you were there present during Erzsebet bleedings and when Sinestra her beloved one appeared to her. Really good book even though people look at the pages that look like blood and the front cover they you are crazy and insane but when they start reading it they won't stop! So I recommaned this book to all teens!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    A Wonderful Read

    Dark and mysterious, Erzebet has managed to capture everyones heart! A really great book indeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    A Bloody Good Read

    The characters in this novel pull you in from the first page. Erzebet, the Countess and Snow are especially intriguing. The reader can imagine themselves lurking around the castle late at night trying to catch a glimpse of Erzebet and her girls. The imagery and descriptions are haunting and you can¿t stop turning the pages!

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