Sunday, April 19, 2015

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke Blog Tour: Review of Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2) by Anne Blankman + Giveaway

I love this series so much, and I'm so glad I got to be a part of this tour. This series is so high stakes, and I've loved every moment of this duology. If you want to check out the rest of the tour, go HERE!

Goodreads rating: 4.25
eARC, 416 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA historical romance and thriller

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?
There will be spoilers from book one. It really can't be helped.

Upon finishing this book, I felt one of the worst book hangovers. There are no YA books like this one out in the world, and for that I'm very sad. It's clear that this author not only did her research, but she knew it so well that she was able to talk about it without being obvious that she was spouting historical research. The story is so well-woven together, and it didn't feel like a sequel. The first one is called Prisoner of Night and Fog, and she was a prisoner of her own ideas of what Hitler and the Jews were really like. This second one is called Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, and there's a conspiracy brewing for the entire novel that Gretchen and Daniel need to work through. I just can't explain my love of this series enough, and I really need to find more books like this. I just don't know where to find them.

It was interesting that this took place months after the first book ended. I thought the author would've wanted to get right back into it. But the time she's had to live a semi-normal life made it that much harder for her to be tossed back into the fray of facing her enemy, and the enemy of the world: Hitler. It's also rare to see a novel that takes place before he really came to power. We always see the after-effects of his hold over Germany, but the events leading up to it all are ones I didn't know very well. I also love the strained relationship between her and Daniel that arises. Gretchen had already done most of her growing-up, and now it was Daniel's turn. He learned that love is unselfish, and how important compromise was. He also realized that Gretchen was never going to let him face anything alone, even if he was being too self-sacrificing for his own good.

Like I said, these books are so high stakes. You know that Hitler is still going to come to power and declare war against the Allies, but it was interesting to witness more of a backstory. I really felt like I learned more about the kind of man Hitler was. I felt the emotions of the characters so vividly! I cannot wait to see what this author comes out with next, but I'm hoping it's an awesome historical again. As a side note, I think this duology would work perfectly as a mini-series on STARZ or HBO. Just saying.

Lovers of YA historical fiction, with a killer romance.

I don't know of any! If you have any suggestions, please let me know.



Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn't writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.

After earning a master's degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she's not writing young adult fiction, she's playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.

Anne Blankman is the author of PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, the first in a three-book deal slated for publication in spring 2014 from Balzer + Bray | HarperCollins. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.


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  1. Not normally a book I would read, but love your review, it looks like an interesting series! I'll look out for this genre more. :D


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