Thursday, 23 April 2015

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2) by Anne Blankman

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content.

But then, Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen’s world turns upside-down. And when she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped-and return to her homeland.

Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture and recognition, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time-or will Hitler discover them first?

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was an enjoyable sequel, and I didn’t expect the murder mystery aspect.

I liked Gretchen and Daniel in this book, they were both self-sacrificing both for each other and for the greater good, and they never lost sight of what was important. They really were a bit of a Romeo and Juliet though!

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I didn’t expect the murder-mystery storyline. It did make sense as the reason why Gretchen and Daniel both felt the need to go back to Germany, and back into danger though.

There was some romance between Gretchen and Daniel as expected, but it wasn’t all plain sailing at all, and there were several moments when it was questionable as to whether or not they would actually make it through.

I can’t really say anything about the historical accuracy of the book, although it’s clear from the Author’s note at the end that she knows way, way more about all this stuff than I do! I will happily admit to being pretty useless when it comes to both history and geography, give me maths and science ten times over every time.

The ending to this was the most interesting part for me, because what actually happened to Hitler and Germany is of course already written as it actually happened. I did think the ending was good though, and I liked the way things were wrapped up with Gretchen and Daniel too.

7 out of 10

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