Review: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

conspiracy of blood and smoke

Title: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2)
Author: Anne Blankman
Release Date/Publisher: April 21st 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Finished: May 24th 2015
Pages: 416-eBook ARC-given for review
1. Prisoner of Night and Fog
2. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

Synopsis 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?

What I Thought:

I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those books that I didn’t get to read on time for release, but I was eager to get to it when I could! It’s been a while since I read the first book but I do remember a bit of it and the hints or recap in this one helped. I think overall I liked this one the best, although both are good.

I loved that the two of them go out of their way to solve the mystery of who really killed the girl Daniel is being framed for. They get into a lot more danger and adventure and it really keeps you wondering if they’ll be caught. Back in Germany things have gotten worse so there’s even more at stake for them going back there.

Another great part about this book is that there’s a section at the back written by the author, that explains which characters are real, what happened to them after this book and if the events she wrote were true. There’s actually a lot of historical stuff happening in this and I really loved reading that section at the end. There’s tons of references too, which I might have to check out at some point.

The only thing that frustrated me was the romance about Gretchen and Daniel. I totally understand that at the time nothing was certain and they faced so much danger, but when she is unsure about a lot of things about them being together I wanted to tell her to stop it and just be with him as long as you can. That might not bug many people though, it’s some emotional stuff and works well with the book but I just wanted her to try earlier in the book to work things out.

Overall this would be a great addition to a book collection, especially if you loved the first one or pre-World War 2 stories.

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