The Progeny by Tosca Lee (Descendants of the Blood Countess #1)
Rating: 4.25 out of 5
Holy. Crap. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this before.
I don't want to go into plot too much, since I think this is a book you are better off reading without many preconceived ideas. Basically, it follows a young woman with no memory who is a descendant of the Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who was convicted as the most prolific female serial killer of all time. (And yes, she was a real person. I Googled her.)
From the description, I was slightly nervous that this would be a horror book, but it isn't horror at all. It's a thriller with some mildly paranormal elements. There's the historical fiction aspect because of Bathory. Mystery because the protagonist has had her mind erased. And of course, there's got to be some romance too. It's appropriate for a YA or adult audience - nothing graphic and no bad language.
The writing is really good and fun to read, and the premise is fascinating. I would give this about 4.25 stars. I couldn't give it a full 5 stars because I feel like the last 25% got a bit too convoluted. It ends with a major cliffhanger, and there are a lot of loose ends. I hope the second book does not let me down. It is planned as a duology.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.