{Book Review} Blood Countess by Lana Popović

Blood Countess (Lady Slayers #1)

Blood Countess {Lady Slayers No. 1}

Author: Lana Popović

Genre & Themes: Horror, Historical, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Young adult

Editor & Publisher: Anne Heltzel, Harry N. Abrams

Graphic Trigger Warnings: Abusive\toxic relationship, torture, violence

Mild Trigger Warnings: Abusive parental relationship, blood, sexism


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. 

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{Book\ARC Review} The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life

by Dani Jansen

Publishing House: Second Story Press

Genre and themes: Light-hearted contemporary, F\F romance

Content \ Trigger Warnings: None that I can think of


Alison Green, desperate valedictorian-wannabe, agrees to produce her school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That’s her first big mistake. The second is accidentally saying yes to a date with her oldest friend, Jack, even though she’s crushing on Charlotte. Alison manages to stay positive, even when her best friend starts referring to the play as “Ye Olde Shakespearean Disaster.” Alison must cope with the misadventures that befall the play if she’s going to survive the year. She’ll also have to grapple with what it means to be “out” and what she might be willing to give up for love.

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