Book Review : Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

April 13, 2015 Book review 7 ★★★★

I’m in love with this series! I love the quirky blend of factual history and actual people with fictional ones. It just makes everything seem so real and so easy to place into context in your head.

Book Review : Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne BlankmanConspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 21st 2015
Genres: Historical, Holocaust, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: Edelweiss

Acclaimed author Anne Blankman returns to the shadowy and dangerous world of 1930s Germany in this thrilling sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog, perfect for fans of Code Name Verity.

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 in England, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school.  Her love, Daniel, 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.  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, 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?

First Life of Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman:

“The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone bicycled down the country lane.”

My thoughts on Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman:

There are three main things I think you should know about this book! And before you read these three things, bear in mind also that it’s beautifully written. It’s descriptive, immensely evocative and the words just flow from the page. Anne Blackman is rapidly becoming my go-to-author for well written historical fiction

One : It’s action packed! It goes from pre-war England to pre-war Germany and my adrenaline was pumping hard from the non-stop drama. And what might seem OTT in a contemporary book just works here as you know how volatile the times were. My nerves were shot to pieces at time from the tension and I loved it! Being honest half the time I was muttering ‘don’t do it, don’t do it’ under my breath.

Two: The characters are fab. I love Gretchen and I love Daniel. Together and separately. They are so loyal and brave and both are forever putting the other person first. With every page I flicked, I just wanted things to work out for these two. They attract danger though so don’t expect a smooth ride!

Three: The historical element is so well executed. There is a very comprehensive note at the end explaining what is true what isn’t and this is one of my favourite things about the book. It takes really well known events like the rise of Hitler and just brings them to life in a very engaging and gripping way.

Overall, I love it! If you like historical fiction, it’s a must read.


Rating Report
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Overall: four-stars


Who should read Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman?

I’d highly recommend this to fans of YA historical fiction or if you like WW2 settings. If you enjoyed Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman, then I think you’ll love seeing what happened next. Fans of Elizabeth Wein should also enjoy.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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7 Responses to “Book Review : Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman”

    • trish

      I don’t read a lot of historical fiction but I do usually enjoy it. And I loved it just as much as book 1.

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