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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 firstThe 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?...

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Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke Reviews

  • Sasha Alsberg
    2019-02-21 03:15

    Gosh this book made me feel a lot of feels that were both sad, happy, mournful, exhilarating & thoughtful. It was both captivating and empowering to read this novel. Although it was slow in the middle, during the last 50 pages I didn't want it to end. I would love to see a novella about Daniel & Gretchen 20 years in the future since there are some loose ends (like their families and friends lives) I want clarified since I'm really curious. 4.25/5 stars, loved this book just like I did the first!

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2019-03-19 23:19

    This is such a unique and gripping story. I loved it just as much as the first one. Video review to come!

  • Sarah
    2019-03-15 22:59

    (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

  • Lara
    2019-03-10 02:02

    “I know how they'll feel. As though the world should stop rotating or the sun shining or the rain from coming down. When those things do happen, they won't be able to believe it. Because they'll think that the world should be different, now that their loved one has been killed. But the world won't be different. They will.”These books are one of the best historical ficton books I've ever read.The amount of things I have learned from these books are uncountable.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-02-18 04:02

    Prisoner of Night and Fog, Anne Blankman’s incredible debut and part one of her duology, seemed at times too good to be true. Extensively researched, clever, and deeply emotional, it explored a time some would rather leave forgotten, the darkest time in Germany’s history. Blankman gave us front row seats to Hitler’s rise to power, seen through the eyes of one of his darlings, a young girl he’d taken under his wing and treated as a favorite niece. But the events in Prisoner of Night and Fog took Gretchen away from the man she knew as Uncle Dolf, and in Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, the two are bitter enemies, and Gretchen is sure she’d be killed on sight.Forced to leave her comfortable life in Oxford and return to Germany with Daniel, Gretchen is forced to face the demon from her past, the man she once loved deeply and trusted implicitly. This time, with her eyes wide open, she hopes to uncover the Nazi Party’s many conspiracies and stop Hitler’s rise to absolute power. Unfortunately, with the distance between Gretchen and Hitler, the book has lost some of its allure. We still see actual historical events, but this time we view them from afar, as would anyone else. We are not privy to insider information, not anymore, which means that we’ve lost our chance to learn more about the deterioration of his psyche. There’s still plenty to admire about the book, but that part, the part I admired most in Prisoner of Night and Fog, is all but gone. Of course, the events in 1933 Berlin are still thoroughly researched and presented in a wonderful blend of fact and fiction, which makes this book highly educational as well as entertaining. The work Blankman has finally put before us is impeccable. She did her job and she did it well, finding the perfect balance between history, fiction and character development. We left Gretchen and Daniel in a very good place last time, but while life seemed to be looking up for Gretchen, Daniel has had a far more difficult time. Although he was safe, Oxford hasn’t been kind to him as everything that made him the extraordinary boy Gretchen fell in love with was roughly taken away. Friendless and unable to be a proper journalist, he spent his days in sadness and loneliness, but was determined to hide it from his girlfriend. Goying back to Germany brings light to their difficulty, and in Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, their uncertain future causes a substantial rift between them. Nevertheless, our two darlings never turn their back on each other and they constantly work in perfect sync to bring down the Nazi Party. Minor faults aside, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is a perfect conclusion to this story. Blankman set the bar pretty high, but she was more than up to the challenge. I can’t wait to see what she’ll give us next.

  • Lisa Mandina
    2019-02-20 06:16

    4.5 stars. I really just love how the author weaves true historical facts and events in with wonderful fictional characters that you really care about. Characters that don't make it through everything unscathed, they suffer tragedies and losses and even permanent debilitating injuries. And for the most part, they do act the way you would think people really act. Even if there is still some of the silly stuff that people in love in books seem to do. And it was like watching the Titanic movie, you rooted for the people, even knowing that in the end the really bad things, like the boat sinking or in this case Hitler rising to power, are still going to happen. Even though you know if they do prove what they try to prove, it won't actually end up saving Germany and all the people in the Holocaust, you still root for them to do what they can. You can read my full review at Lisa Loves Literature.

  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    2019-02-24 03:03

    4.5-5 starsPrisoner of Night and Fog was Anne Blankman’s highly impressive debut and one of my favorite books of last year. I have been dying to read the sequel ever since finishing it. Daniel and Gretchen are characters I’ve grown to truly care about, and I knew they still had a difficult road ahead of them. She is the niece of Adolf Hitler and he is a Jewish boy. Though they escaped from Germany together at the end of PoNaF, they are living with borrowed names, and Daniel, once a passionate and determined reporter, is now writing meaningless columns for a society newspaper. When he gets word that his family back in Germany is in trouble, he doesn’t hesitate to make his way back to them, despite the very real possibility he could be killed. Gretchen, though happy with her new adoptive family and on her way to becoming a psychoanalyst, would never let Daniel go it alone and so follows him. Right back to where the monster lives, the very man whose electric blue eyes still haunt her every nightmare.After loving PoNaF so much, I was desperate to feel the same about Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke. It’s one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read, and I had faith that Anne Blankman would give her readers a worthy conclusion. She doesn’t disappoint. Like the first book, CoBaS is set around real facts and figures during the rise of Nazi Germany, but the heart of the story is fictional. It’s beautifully woven, at times romantic, haunting, terrifying, sad, thrilling, and finally uplifting. In the larger picture we know how this story ends – how history plays its awful self out – but we ache for Daniel and Gretchen to somehow win their peace. When they find themselves back in the very place they thought they’d never return to, my fear for them became a palpable thing. This part of history is not yet when Hitler has fully risen to power, but he’s right on the cusp, and the Nazi party is already committing heinous crimes in his name. This wouldn’t be a story if Daniel and Gretchen were kept safe, so I was a nervous wreck throughout the whole book. When an author can make me feel so emotional and care so deeply about her characters, I know I’ve discovered something special and worth savoring. In CoBaS, we learn more about Daniel – about his family and his dreams – and I have fallen even more in love with him. He is brave, courageous, and selfless, always willing to put others above his own well-being, and that’s doubly true for Gretchen. If it’s in his power, he will keep her safe, but he also sees the strength in her and never diminishes it. Toward the middle of the book their romance takes a rather heartbreaking turn, and I was extremely worried about their future. They both want to pursue what they love – for Daniel that means worthy news reporting and for Gretchen that means studying psychology – and they’re not sure if they can do that together. Me being me, I wanted true love to prevail, but I also understood the obstacles they faced – and that’s if they were to make it back out of Germany alive. But beneath their doubts is a love that is made of strength, devotion, and sacrifice. The way Anne Blankman allows her characters to express their hearts – whether it’s Daniel’s outward pleas to Gretchen (one of the most romantic scenes I've ever read), or the way each of their actions speak louder than words, or how Gretchen constantly thinks of what a good man Daniel is – is such a heartwarming thing to me. They will do everything they can for one another, and I believe in the love they share completely.Of course, the romance isn’t the only thing to love about this book. Though it is the thread that ties everything together, there’s also a very thrilling, heartbreaking, and scary story. Daniel has been accused of murder, and he refuses to leave the country without at least trying to clear his name. He has always been a seeker of truth, so he will do whatever it takes to make things right… and hopefully stop Hitler and the National Socialists once and for all. Needless to say, I was terrified for him and for Gretchen, for the beatings they were likely to face in the future. Keep some tissues handy and prepare yourself for some despicable, unspeakable things. It makes me sick to think that this is our history, but Anne Blankman doesn’t shy away from it. She clearly has done her research yet again. As for the man himself, Adolf Hitler, though he is not so much a character in CoBaS like in the first book, his presence is still felt everywhere and Gretchen’s fear of him permeates the pages. He is still this giant figure in her head, and though she knows better than anyone how his mind works, he’s still a virtual puzzle and an unknowable evil.If you haven’t yet started this historical fiction duology, I demand you put everything else on hold. These books will fascinate you, pull at your heartstrings, and, if you’re like me, bring tears to your eyes. I fell in love with the story and its characters. Somehow, though it’s one of the most horrific periods of history, I didn’t want to leave Daniel and Gretchen’s sides. They will stay with me for a long time to come. ***Special thanks to Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner and the publisher for sending me an ARC.***This review can also be found at Love at First Page.

  • Sarah Churchill
    2019-03-20 06:11

    A bit slow to start, and more romance than I would have liked (with my stone cold heart) but still suspenseful from about half way onwards, and filled with horrible Nazi brutality. I especially like reading the Author Notes at the end once I'm done, because the plot in Blankman's stories are so closely interwoven with history and real life events that it's impossible not to have another level of respect for her storytelling even after reading.

  • Irshad
    2019-03-12 01:03

    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman - 4.5/5 starsAlright, I'll admit it! Historical fiction is officially my favorite genre and I loved the way the author added all these fictitious elements in the book to make the plot extremely action packed! In the conclusion to this epic duology, Gretchen and Daniel must return to Germany after their near escape from Hitler in the first book. They managed to escape the grueling tortures that were in their way and escaped to England where Gretchen found a real family. They treated her like one of their own and sent her to school to pursue her dreams of being a psychoanalyst. Her passion in this field was sparked after the discovery she made back in Germany when she was in love with the forbidden Jew.After the tragedy that struck Daniel, he leaves for Germany, leaving his love behind. The break in their communications made her anxious and she made the bold decision to head to Germany to prove her beau's innocence. She knew what dangers lurked if she set foot in her homeland. She knew how Hitler wanted her dead for her betrayal and the destruction of her pure Aryan blood. But even her own death did not phase this brave protagonist to make the journey back to her homeland to aide in the investigation of the death of a prostitute. The progression of the plot was amazing and had always kept me on edge. It was extremely hard to put this book down.Characters:There were several new characters that were introduced in this book which was a blessing and also the recurrences of some familiar characters like Eva and Gretchen's mother. The reunion with her own mother was appalling. I did not expect her mother to have gone such hardships and losses in such a short period of separation from her daughter. The way Gretchen and her mother exchanged words were cold and it was obvious that they could not overcome their current situations to the point of agreement. The reunion between former best friends was also beautiful and sad at the same time. A beautiful disaster so to say. The way they embraced each other and the care they had for one another is the epitome of friendship. We are also blessed with new characters who sky rocketed this book's plot above and beyond. I loved the addition of Friedrich and Brigit who were rescuers and helpers in providing proof of Daniel's innocence. Writing:The writing was clear and precise and extremely focused. I loved how the author took time to research on the actual history before adding in the fictitious elements. Bravo to that Anne Blankman. The plot was detailed and the flow of the plot was great. I enjoyed the author's interpretation and creativity in this novel. No complaints at all.Recommendations:HELL YES! I'd recommend anyone to pick up this dulogy and indulge in its awesomeness.

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    2019-03-11 05:11

    Actual rating 4.25 stars-------------Anne Blankman can write. I loved being back in the story with Gretchen and Daniel... There were plenty of heart-stopping moments. The strongest part of the book for me was 50-90%. I thought it started a bit slow but really pulled me in and while I liked the ending, I'm not sure it was realistic. Overall though, I highly recommend this dualogy and I can't wait to see what Anne writes next!

  • Elena
    2019-03-19 05:59

    I didn't know this was a duology. :'D I will miss these characters, but I couldn't be more happy right now!

  • Alyssa
    2019-02-28 05:11

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne BlankmanBook Two of the Prisoner of Night and Fog seriesPublisher: Balzer + BrayPublication Date: April 21, 2015Rating: 3 starsSource: eARC from EdelweissSummary (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 Liked:I liked this one, but unfortunately for me, I didn't like it as much as I'd hoped, as much as I'd liked Prisoner of Night and Fog. I wasn't really feeling the first half of the book, and while things definitely picked up in the second half of the book, I didn't love what was happening. Nevertheless, I thought this book was a decent sequel, and I'll most like be reading the third novel in the series.This novel starts with Gretchen - now Gretchen Whitestone - living in England, with a gentleman Alfred and his family. They treat her like she's their daughter, despite being with them for only seventeen months, from Germany. Daniel works in England at a newspaper (or post, or something like that), but he's miserable. He's always wanted to go back to Berlin, even though he can't. But when he gets word that a relative, Aaron, has been killed, Daniel goes back to Germany - and naturally, Gretchen is right behind him. But Daniel is a wanted man in Germany, framed for the murder of a young prostitute girl. Together, Gretchen and Daniel hunt down evidence to clear Daniel's name, but it's not so easy with conspiracies and raids ans Nazis left and right.The first half was entirely too slow for me, and to be honest, I found the plot to be a bit forced. Obviously, the author needs some sort of push, a plot twist, in order to send Gretchen and Daniel back to Germany. It's a legitimate push, but I thought it felt a bit forced. Historically speaking, it made sense, and could very well have happened, but like I said - forced.The second half was a product of the first half and its forcefulness, but it seemed to retain some of the high stakes, heart-pounding thrill that Prisoner of Night and Fog had. In the first half, Daniel and Gretchen return to Germany, and they're on the run, because Daniel is a wanted man. They find the house that the prostitute had been staying at, and attempt to find the girl's belongings. But they're caught, and a gang takes them. But the gang is apparently a ring of men looking for justice (or something), and keep Daniel and Gretchen on the hunt for the prostitute's things, to clear Daniel's name. There is also a connection with Hitler and several of the officials under his thumb. I found that whole thing (with the rather nice gang) to be completely unbelievable and unrealistic, but that's just me. More on that later. The second half picked up a bit, and there was plenty of action and thrill. There were so many times when Gretchen and Daniel were separated, and I couldn't turn pages quickly enough. Gretchen does indeed have to face Hitler again, whether she likes it or not.The romance is in the background, and I liked it, especially for a sequel novel. Gretchen and Daniel are not a perfect couple, and are often plagued with insecurities about the future. Daniel hates living in England, but Gretchen doesn't want to live in Germany. Both cannot live without the other, but both are not comfortable in one place or the other. The romance was one thing that solidly worked for me in this book.Overall, I liked this book, but I didn't love it. This historical time period greatly frightens me, and sometimes I wonder if I should have ever picked this series up to begin with. But I'm glad I did. I can't wait to see how Blankman wraps things up!What I Did Not Like:As mentioned above, I didn't like the first half of the book. It was boring, it was slow, it didn't seem right to me. The plot points seemed forced, like something was literally being shoved into the story in order to move it along. We know Gretchen and Daniel have to find their way back in Germany somehow, but I wasn't entirely convinced by how it was done.I also was not believing the part after Daniel and Gretchen get caught in Fraulein Fleischer's office, in which an Iron First ring or something takes Gretchen and Daniel, and spares them. The ring allows them to continue looking for the real murderer of the prostitute. Neither Daniel nor Gretchen are hurt in this whole process. I find this hard to believe, even if the gang had a political motive. Somehow, it was too lucky and too convenient.There were times when Gretchen bothered me so much. There are specific instances that I want to name, but that would be spoiling things, and I don't want to do that. But, there were other times when I was really cheering for Gretchen. This book is written in third person limited (to Gretchen), so it's not always clear what Gretchen is thinking. Sometimes, I wanted to slap her and tell her to get a hold of herself. She panics a lot, and there is no room for panic in war.There is a lot less of Hitler in this book, which is to be expected, since Gretchen isn't living around him anymore. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. I personally wanted to see more of him in this book, because he's creepy and an strangely interesting character, but that's just me. He is present at the climax of the book, making a short appearance.In any case. There were things I disliked, there were things I liked. This one gets a solid three stars.Would I Recommend It:If you enjoyed the first book, definitely read this sequel! It's an adequate sequel, certainly not the worst sequel possible. If you haven't read the first book, perhaps wait until the third book is published. Or skip the series. It's a powerful series, but not one for everyone, that's for sure. I don't generally like historical fiction of the twentieth century, but this series is okay!Rating:3 stars. Not enough for me to dislike the book, but not enough for me to sing its praises. I'll be reading the third book (hopefully), to know how it all goes down! I'm very familiar with this time period in history, so I'm curious as to how Blankman will end this series, especially in terms of the historical connection.

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    2019-02-19 03:59

    An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.I was perusing Edelweiss for some book covers when I decided to checkout the review copies. HarperTeen always has e-ARCs for review and I always want each and every one of them but when I saw this book there, I knew I had to read it already.This book.. It had my heart pumping and my forehead sweating. I felt all the feels and was also freaked out all at the same time. Being on the run from Hitler will have you paranoid. When your country is turning into something no one can recognize, and you have to look over your shoulder the entire time.. This is what Gretchen was going through, through her eyes we experience the terror and the immediate pressure to topple the Nazi regime. We all know how it ends in real life, but in this fictional world, I kind of wanted a different ending. Gretchen and Daniel are just so sweet to one another and I dare say they are both loving and very mature and considerate of each other's feelings. Being in that world and what they had to go through, I love that it drove them to take action and to do something even if it meant their own lives were at risk. Very brave.The writing is still as wonderfully written in the sequel as it is here. You immerse yourself in her words and her life and forget everything else. That's what Blankman does well. And her research is just as strong here too. I wanted a twist ending but I knew I was just being hopeful. Grab this one if you're looking for an intense nail-biting read set in WW2.

  • Katherine
    2019-02-17 23:11

    ”Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”- Winston ChurchillSetting:Oxford, England; Munich, Germany and Berlin, Germany; 1934Coverly Love?:Fun fact; the model on the cover is also the photographer!! And her self-portrait is actually quite nice. However, I’m not a big fan of extreme close-ups of faces, if you know what I mean. I don’t want to see all the pores of your skin and the red lines in your eyes. So while the model/photographer herself is very pretty, this cover just doesn’t appeal to me. Plot:It’s been a year and a half since Gretchen and Daniel have fled Munich, Germany. Now living in Oxford, England with a kindly English doctor, Gretchen slowly starts to have some much needed peace and happiness in her life. Unfortunately, her life becomes completely shattered when Daniel receives a telegram from his cousins, forcing him to go back to Germany. And while he expects the newly formed Nazi party to wait for him and give him a not so warm welcome, he never expects to be accused of murder. Fearing for his safety, Gretchen makes the gutsy decision to head back to Germany and help Daniel clear his name. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Gretchen was once Adolf Hitler’s closest companion, and her supposed betrayal of the Nazi Party and falling in love with a Jew is an unforgivable act. And once Hitler finds out she’s there too, he’ll stop at nothing to destroy her. Will Gretchen and Daniel be able to clear his name? And most importantly, will they make it out of Germany alive?WOW. And I thought the first book was amazing. One of my most anticipated releases of this year, I never expected the sequel to be even better than the first installment. With just as much romance and action, there’s never a dull moment. Anne Blankman manages to capture the claustrophobic and palpable terror Gretchen and Daniel feel as they try to stay one step ahead of the Nazi’s. It’s almost like their old enemies are standing directly behind them, and while you can’t explicitly see them, you can almost feel them breathing down their necks. Characters:Gretchen has grown leaps and bounds from when we first saw her in Prisoner of Night and Fog. She’s no longer the young Nazi girl blinded by adoration for the Nazi party and her former beloved Uncle Dolf. No; she’s become harder, less likely to be swayed in her opinion. She’s willing to do anything to save the ones she loves, but most importantly, she’s willing to do anything to bring down the person and the political party that not only ruined her life, but will ruin the lives of thousands of others. Gretchen not only wants justice for Daniel, but for Monika, the murdered girl. While she does have the tendency to act before she thinks, her bravery knows no boundaries. Daniel Cohen (aka the best boyfriend EVER) still can’t seem to catch a break. While he’s with Gretchen and safe in England, he’s extremely unhappy and lonely with his new life. Things get infinitely worse when he’s forced to go back to Germany when his cousin dies, and he’s later accused by the Nazi’s of murder. Top it off with the fact that he has a crippled left arm from the beating from the first book, and we have the potential ingredients for an Angry Daniel. But Daniel never becomes angry. He never blames Gretchen for what happens, even when his family does. He wants more than anything to take down the Nazi party and become the star reporter he dreams of becoming. If I were to sit here and write down all the things that make Daniel Cohen pretty much the most awesome male protagonist in the universe, we’d be here forever. So I’ll just end it with this… he’s amazing. I probably shouldn’t mention this, but Adolf Hitler is back, and he’s as terrifying as ever. I get chills just typing this about him. So we’d best stop. Pros:Umm, everything is a logical answer, right? RIGHT? Cons:The author put Gretchen and Daniel through the ringer in this book. Towards the end, it got to be so bad that I wondered when the heck she was going to give them a break. They got beat up so much that by the time we reach the third book, they’ll be pulps!! Another thing that kind of (slightly) annoyed me was the back and forth between Gretchen and Daniel. The main dialogue between them was pretty much the same every time they opened their mouths; “Gretchen, don’t endanger your life”, “Daniel, don’t go”, etc. etc. Not enough to affect the rating of the book, but enough to where it got to be a bit bothersome. Another minor thing I have to complain about is the non-fleshed out secondary characters. They seemed more like background noise than actual people. Love Triangle?:Nope!! Gretchen is completely and utterly devoted to Daniel, and he to her. Instalove?:Nope! The romance is a continuation from the first book. A Little Romance?:I can honestly say without a doubt in my mind that Daniel is the ultimate book boyfriend. He doesn’t try and hold Gretchen back from doing the right thing, and he’s so caring, kind and considerate. And you have to admire an author for creating as many romantic moments for them, considering their dire situation. Most importantly, the author showed us a relationship that was past those shiny, magical few months where you think everything about your other half is perfect. What makes Gretchen and Daniel unique among YA couples is their maturity levels. More than anything, they just want the other person to be happy, even if it means breaking up and allowing the other person to pursue their dreams. THAT, my friends, is love right there. As a couple, Gretchen and Daniel are absolutely adorable. I haven’t shipped a couple this hard since Jasper and Connie from the Jasper Dent trilogy. I’ve never wanted a couple to stay together as much as I want these two to stick together. I swear if something happens to Daniel in the final book (and my gut is telling me something probably will), I WILL RAGE. Conclusion:Book series like this one makes waiting for the final installment absolute torture. The first book was along the lines of “Hmm, things don’t seem right, and shit might hit the fan.” This book was more along the lines of “Yeah, there’s going to be a problem and shit will hit the fan if no one listens”. So I think it’s safe to assume that the final book will be “Oh crap, shit IS hitting the fan and we’re all gonna die.” Will I be able to handle it? Barely. Will Gretchen and Daniel be able to handle it? They better.Will I be tuning to find out? Absolutely. Read This!:Have you read the first book yet,Prisoner of Night and Fog? Have you, have you, HAVE YOU?? Because if you haven’t, you totally should. So I’ll just be waiting right here for you to read it. No really, I’ll be waiting. And by waiting, I mean breathing down the back of your neck waiting for you read it. ;)

  • Jasprit
    2019-02-21 02:59

    I was in awe of Blankman’s work with Prisoner of Night and Fog, the way she was able to weave a story of everything that had taken place in Germany back in the 1930’s and at the same time make a wonderful story of Daniel and Gretchen fit into it was amazing. I fell in love with Gretchen and Daniel’s story; I wanted them to finally live their own lives and not constantly checking over their shoulder. So with the way things ended in Prisoner of Night and Fog, I was left with the hope that things would end better for them. But I guess I always knew deep in my bones that there would always be something or somebody that would lure Daniel and Gretchen back home to Germany, but all I wanted to do was keep them safe any way possible.So of course when nothing could stop Gretchen and Daniel from going back I found myself even more overwrought with nerves, the consequences for them going back were even worse than last time I don’t know what I’d do if anything happened to either of them after everything that they had been through. Also who did they have left to turn to? Hitler’s strength and force was spreading rapidly through Germany, before they knew it he could possibly have full control. But I adored the strength and determination of Gretchen and Daniel, they really did go above and beyond to try and be free, risking their lives by trying to find answers and even coming face to face with old friends. But what I loved more about Gretchen and Daniel were the sacrifices they were willing to make for one another, I was aware of their love for each other before, but in this book they just went further onto show why they deserved to be free of everything in Germany and with each other. Despite everyone and me knowing that the love between Daniel and Gretchen was strong, I hated how with this book there were all these different things being thrown their way that just managed to create an uncomfortable distance at times. It really broke my heart at times as all Daniel and Gretchen had were each other, but even then at times several things were holding them back that gaining comfort from each wasn’t as easy and natural as it was used to be. I hated this, as all I wanted to shout was that life was too short as it is to think about everything that could get in the way. Daniel once again came through for me in this story he was the perfect gentleman, always willing to put his life on the line if necessary, or take a step back to keep Gretchen safe. This poor guy went through it all, I adored though how despite things being awkward at times for him and Gretchen as they didn’t know how things would go, he was the constant anchor that Gretchen needed, his small smiles of encouragement really were the only things that really helped Gretchen and me at times not to lose hope.Blankman once again was the master of upping the tension with this book, with the stakes so high, the danger of either Daniel or Gretchen getting caught had tripled with either of them knowing what the consequences could be. Also with Hitler not being around as much as he had been in The Prisoner of Night and Fog, his lack of appearance makes him that much more formidable. As there’s always, the constant whispers of what he’s plotting next, there’s the control he has on the streets without him being around. So it made the build up of his path crossing with Gretchen’s that much scarier as you didn’t know which Hitler you would be getting when it finally happened.Of course my poor little heart just about got through all the hurdles that they had to encounter, so many times I’d lost hope that everything would end in the way I was dreading. But I’m glad there were some fantastic characters along the way that ended up providing friendships in the most unexpected of places. Three characters that Blankman introduced really stood out for me in this book, and for them I’m highly grateful, unlike the bunch of characters who were quick to make assumptions, they were willing to aid, fight and discover the justice that everyone needed to know about. I know it wouldn’t be possible for every character that I became attached to, to survive what with the way Hitler was calling the shots, but it was awful when bright lives such as these could just blink out in an instant.Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke really bought up my anxiety levels, but strangely in the best possible way, as books which tend to evoke all my emotions and really bring a story come alive for me are ones that end up as my favourites and are ones that I know I will remember for a long time to come. And by all the emotions I do mean exactly that, there was certainly an underlying form of anxiety throughout this entire story as you didn’t know what could be lurking around the corner. Then there were moments of bliss of just seeing Gretchen and Daniel be together and moments of giddiness, when things were actually going well for once under the dire situations they found themselves in. But most of all I warn you to keep some tissues with you as part way through I was a sobbing mess. Let me just say though these feelings were all worth it and if I had to experience them all over again over a poignant story as this I would do it in an instant. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke was a beautifully written story, of two characters finding any means necessary to survive. They were characters who will leave such a big imprint on you that you never want to let them and their gorgeous story go.This review can be found on: The Readers Den

  • Keertana
    2019-03-16 02:03

    I found this sequel to be even more rewarding than its predecessor. Gretchen's voice is far more developed and mature, though just as vulnerable, which enabled me to instantly connect with her in a way I hadn't in Blankman's debut. What's more, the romantic tribulations that she and Daniel must face alongside the thrill of the historical time period they are thrown into made for a truly enlightening and exhilarating read. Extremely well-written and sure to satisfy fans of the first novel, this is not a sequel--or author--to be overlooked.

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    2019-02-25 06:15

    GR deleted another review. Coolio >:(

  • nick
    2019-02-27 02:01

    This book! My goodness, THIS BOOK! Last year, I read Prisoner of Night and Fog and fell head over heels in love with it. It was rich in history, was written masterfully and had a cast of characters that basically settled in my heart. There was absolutely no doubts that I would be reading Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, but did I think it would live up to all of my expectations? Maybe not, but Anne Blankman just blew me away with this phenomenal sequel that has rocketed her to the top of my favorite authors list.While the world building and story telling is outstanding in this series, the characters are the heart and soul of Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke. I have grown to care just so much about Gretchen and Daniel and I wanted nothing more than for them to have be happy by the end of the book and Anne Blankman doesn't make their journey a smooth-sailing one. To me, this book, more specifically Gretchen, is the embodiment of character development. Gretchen has always been a fierce girl, but she has also been rather naive at times. In Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, all traces of her innocence had disappeared. She was brave and willing to fight very hard to protect the people that she loved and cared for, the events of Prisoner of Night and Fog having seasoned her character. Her strength came from deep within her and watching that bloom was a beautiful experience for me as a reader. Gretchen is, without any doubt, one of the best female protagonist I have ever come across. Together with her, was the brilliant and perfectly complementary Daniel. Daniel basically represents every boy I want out of a YA romance. He's the good boy with a heart of cold who is loving, protective and just plain endearing. When you meet Daniel, it's hard not to want him all for yourself because this is a boy who will steal your heart and make you wish every YA book boy was like him.The relationship between Daniel and Gretchen is a work of art. This is a relationship that is based on mutual respect for each other. One of my absolute favorite things about their romance has always been how they never undermine each other. Instead of putting each other down whenever a difficult situation arises, they support each other and work together to achieve their goals. Do you know how rare it is to see couples working as a team in YA? It's something that consistently bothers me, so I was so pleased with how Anne Blankman handled their relationship so beautifully. The sweet moments between them were like beacons of light in this otherwise dark book. Speaking of dark book, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke had me sweating profusely because of how nervous I was. I was at the same time excited and terrified to see what would happen next and let me tell you, Anne Blankman put these characters through hell and more, but it was all worth it. Hitler was more of a background character in Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke as opposed to Prisoner of Night and Fog, but the mere mention of his name was enough to have my blood curdling. Once again, I really loved Anne Blankman was able to so tactfully blend together elements of fiction and real life history to craft the book. The amount of research and talent that it takes to blend those two together is not something easy at all. Seriously, this author is terrific and can't wait to see what she has up her sleeves next.I have so much more to say about Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, but I'm going to refrain from saying more because it truly is a series that you need to experience yourself. I just don't know what else to say other than READ IT and EXPERIENCE the brilliance of one of my all-time favorite series.

  • Zoe
    2019-03-19 04:59

    I'll confess something right off the bat: I don't think I can honestly say I liked The Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke as much as I did its predecessor. That isn't to say it wasn't just as astutely researched as Prisoner of Night and Fog - because it definitely was - but there were some elements that didn't shine through here.The Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke picks up a few months after Prisoner of Night and Fog has ended. Gretchen, who grew up under the protection of her "Uncle" Hitler, and Daniel, a Jewish reporter, have finally managed to escape after learning Hitler's true intentions for Germany's future. Living in England under false names, it appears that the two of them are finally content. Until a telegram forces them to return Germany, where they find themselves in the midst of yet another political conspiracy.I suppose what this sequel lacked is the psychological aspect that was so prominent in the first book. What made Prisoner of Night and Fog such an eerie and intense read was the way Blankman had such a large psychological focus on her characters. What drove Hitler to become who he was? Why did he do what he did? What was his thought process like? Those facts, facts that intrigued me so much in the first book, weren't as prominent here, which was a bit unfortunate because that was what made the book stand out from other historical fiction books.As with the first book, however, the historical setting and research are phenomenal. It's a miracle how Blankman manages to do it, but she truly does transport us back to this time period. With the amount of technical detail Blankman provides, it's almost impossible to not find yourself transported to Germany as it's on the brink of the most deadly war known to man.Gretchen continues to be the strong heroine she has been throughout the series, and you can't help but like her. Her flaws are realistically balanced with her strengths, and you can't help but cheer for her as she stands up for what she believes is right.Intense until the last sentence, Anne Blankman has written another thrilling historical tale. While I can't say I enjoyed it as much as Prisoner of Night and Fog, the way she continues to combine such detailed historical events with fictional people is something that I never want to stop reading.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-11 04:25

    My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars‘It was starting. What Hitler had always promised – the Party and Germany were becoming one. The union that she had once thought sounded so perfect. Now it terrified her.’The year is 1933. Gretchen and Daniel have managed to extricate themselves from the dangers of Germany and have been slowly rebuilding their lives in England. Their lives are far from perfect and they both miss their families, but they’re at least safe. When Daniel receives a telegram with terrible news about an incident involving his family he rushes back to Germany without a second thought. Gretchen, being unable to remain sitting in safety while constantly wracked with worry, packs her bags and follows him straight back into danger.Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke centers around the mystery behind the factual Reichstag fire. Gretchen and Daniel feel that if they can expose the lies surrounding the fire that they can hopefully put a stop to Hitler’s rise to power. I actually knew very little about the fire prior to this read so a little investigation of my own was needed. It was shocking to learn just how important that fire became in establishing Nazi Germany because as a result of the fire, Hitler was able to get the Reichstag Fire Decree passed which subsequently suspended civil liberties of German citizens. This Decree remained in effect throughout WWII, technically legalizing many of Hitler’s actions according to German law. That time in history will never cease to shock me.This second installment in the duology was a solid one with the inclusion of actual historical events adding some legitimacy to this tale. The characters seemed to be constantly placing themselves needlessly in danger but I can’t decide whether it was actually or the fact that we know the outcome of it all made it just seem like a lost cause. Akin to horror movies where people are constantly making the worst possible decisions and you’re screaming at them to stop, I was begging them to stop from the very start when Gretchen and Daniel both travel back to Germany and right into Hitler’s dangerous hands. But considering it from their point of view, they may have understood the danger as it was during that time, but they couldn’t even begin to understand just how terrible it would truly get.Equally knowledgeable and thrilling, this is a must-read for historical fiction fans. What I loved most about this duology is how interesting it was to read a story that was set well before the war, just as Hitler was first gaining power. While we are all cognizant of the occurrences of WWII, it was still hard not to hope that Gretchen and Daniel would actually succeed.I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    2019-03-14 01:18

    I received a free copy via edelweiss for review purposesIn Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke Gretchen has settled into her new home in England, but follows Daniel back to Germany when he receives a telegram telling of a family emergency. Not long after, Daniel is wanted for murder. Gretchen has to call upon her old Nazi allies whilst trying to avoid getting caught by Hitler, and both Gretchen and Daniel stumble upon a dark conspiracy taking root in the heart of Germany. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is the highly anticipated sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog. However, for me, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke did not reach my high expectations, and the first half of the novel dragged. This doesn't mean I did not enjoy it because it quickly picks up in the second half and the reader is once again dragged into a suspenseful plot of political intrigue that's familiar from the first book.One aspect I really loved about Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is the realistic strain that has developed in Gretchen and Daniel's relationship. They're both questioning whether they should be together, what's best for themselves and each other, and after everything they've been through in Prisoner of Night and Fog, and now Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, it was refreshing to see this sort of relationship and emotional recession. Then there's the nitty gritty stuff that develops throughout, the mystery and suspense and the political intrigue and dangers. It fits all seamlessly together and is built upon the history we know today. Overall, once again a fantastically researched novel with a serious emotional depth. However, it did not reach the high standard set by its predecessor but still well worth a read for fans of the series.

  • Mel (Daily Prophecy)
    2019-03-19 03:24

    http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.nl/2...I fell in love with Prisoner of night and fog. Anne wrote such an engaging story and she managed to do the same with Conspiracy of blood and smoke. Her research resulted in an interesting story about the rise of Hitler. Most historical books take place in World War II, so I love the setting where we see how Hitler takes over with his charisma and sneaky manipulation.Gretchen and Daniel have fled Germany and are trying to set up a new life in England, until Daniel gets a note that his beloved nephew is in the hospital and he returns to Germany. Gretchen receives a message telling her that Daniel is wanted for murder; she returns to save him.I loved the tension in this story. They are both wanted by Hitler for different reasons. Gretchen is a traitor of the worst kind and Daniel is the dirty Jew who tries to spread lies. They are both in danger being in Germany, but Daniel can’t rest until the world knows the truth about Hitler, the recent fire in the Reichstag and the murder on an innocent girl who knew to much. I think it’s admirable he is willing to sacrifice his life for the greater good. I’m not sure I would be unselfish enough to do the same. Gretchen is also strong and I appreciate that she sticks with Daniel. He has given her several ways out to protect her, but she is always by his side. That is true love to me.Both characters have a good development; especially Gretchen changed a lot in comparison with the beginning of Prisoner of night and fog. From someone who loved Hitler, growing up with him as Uncle Dolf, to opposing him to save the Jews is a huge change. Anne wrote this in a very believable , subtle way. I never felt her switch to the other side was too fast. Daniel is a sweetheart and you can see his love for Gretchen in all his actions and words.The plot might not be 100% accurate, but it did feel authentic. The unrest under the people and the chaos Hitler uses to press for more power resonate throughout the whole story. The world-building was well-balanced and I liked the setting. The mystery around the fire and murder and how we slowly unravel what’s the reason behind them was nicely done. It shows Hitler’s madness and intelligence to use certain situations for his own good.The only thing that let me down was the predictability. Sometimes it felt like Gretchen and Daniel got off too easy; it was a bit too convenient for the story, but nevertheless a great book.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-19 02:27

    4 STARS FOR "CONSPIRACY OF BLOOD AND SMOKE" BY ANNE BLANKMANAn excellent conclusion to the duology. I liked the first book a tad more, but I was extremely happy with the development that occurred here. Anne Blankman really understands her characters, and has clearly put a lot of time and work into deciding how the times they lived in contributes to who they are. Gretchen and Daniel have a strong relationship here, one that's embedded in a lot of trust and respect after going through so much together in the first book. But what I love is that even now, it does not come without sources of contention. There's no cheating or distrust - it's just that they have very different ideas and dreams. Daniel, at the end of the last book, gave up his entire life so he could be with Gretchen. As heartwarming as that was, and despite how much he loves her, it's not exactly an easy thing to have to sacrifice your career and loved ones. The place and opportunities presented to them in Oxford is what makes Gretchen happy, but not what makes Daniel happy. While this put some obvious distance between them, I loved it. I loved that these were characters who had their own lives, their own personalities, and their own ambitions. It only made me feel that much stronger about their characters, and want them to succeed just as much so they even had the opportunity to figure out what they were going to do with their lives.Regardless of their differences, though, I also appreciated that this sense of conflict never overruled the true one at hand: Hitler's rise to power, and clearing Daniel's name. Gretchen and Daniel work together as a team throughout Conspiracy, and are incredibly self-sacrificing when it comes to each other. They're strongest when they're together, and absolutely everyone who comes into contact with them knows it too. Daniel and Gretchen are brave and courageous, and it makes me so happy to see in this novel how far Gretchen has come from that young girl who was so blinded by Hitler's words and hatred. Gretchen fights for the truth to be revealed just as much as Daniel does, even if it means putting her own life on the line multiple times.

  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    2019-03-01 00:20

    Brilliant YA Historical fiction Sequel to “Prisoner of Night and Fog”, Anne Blankman’s latest book follows Gretchen and Daniel to apparent safety in Britain. Extensively researched, intelligent, and moving, Blankman delivers an exciting ride as Gretchen and Daniel return to Germany and try to stop Hitler’s rise to absolute power. Whilst the book is fiction many of the historical events are true are obviously well researched. They are delivered in a compelling way which makes this book highly educational as well as entertaining. As with all good fiction you really do care for the characters and Blankman has ensured that their actions and motives come across as realistic, rather than overly romantic.An excellent read.I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Dystopia28
    2019-03-01 02:14

    *FIVE BILLION STARS

  • Lauren
    2019-02-20 01:04

    4.5 but I'm rounding up. I loved this so much! review to come.

  • Gisbelle
    2019-03-02 03:26

    My thanks to Balzer + Bray------------------------------------------------------------------Point of View: Single (Gretchen)Writing: Third Person | Past TenseSetting: England/GermanyGenre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction------------------------------------------------------------------The story in this book takes place 17 months after its predecessor, Prisoner of Night and Fog.I was not a fan of historical fiction, but I have read a few good ones that by now have changed how I felt about the books in this genre. After finishing Prisoner of Night and Fog, I was excited that I could start reading the sequel right away. Comparing to the first book, this might not as good in my opinion, but gosh, it was so emotional and the suspense was right on.I loved Gretchen as soon as I picked up Prisoner of Night and Fog, and this book made me adore her even more. Her bravery and determination were admirable. It was impossible not to feel how much pain she had to experience, and that made this book was heart-wrenching one.Daniel was even better than he was in the first book. I cannot describe how great he was, and all the hard stuff he was forced to go through just amplified his awesomeness. There were several new characters added to the story and some of them were already wonderfully developed. I have no complaint about any of them.Not on the characters that made the book interesting, the storyline itself was brilliantly written. I loved the fact that the author blended the fact and fiction so well that it was so convincing and so frigging mind-boggling.I'd love to read more books in this series and I have a feeling that it's not over yet. I'm excited to see what more the author will have to offer.

  • Nara
    2019-02-28 07:18

    Seriously, what a fantastic title. If that title doesn't make you want to grab a copy of this book as soon as possible, I don't know what will. I thought "Prisoner of Night and Fog" was pretty freaking good, but damn, "Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke" is one of the best book titles I've ever come across.Well, anyway, moving on from the title: a very decent follow up to Prisoner of Night and Fog, I thoroughly enjoyed Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke.I feel like perhaps this sequel was slightly lacking the intensity of the first book, as Gretchen and Daniel were more distanced from the villain of the book: Hitler. Whereas in the first book, Hitler was all too prominent, he's more of a distant threat in most of this book, although of course we do get confrontations at several points in the novel. That being said, the fear of our protagonists being on the run seeps through the pages, and there's undeniably a tension that's difficult to shake off.Honestly, the best aspect of this series is the romance. Gretchen and Daniel have the type of relationship where they actually try and solve any problems they have by talking it out. It's a truly admirable one where you can tell they care deeply for one another, although of course there are many bumps and much angst along the way to bliss.If you're a fan at all of historical fiction, or if you'd like to give the genre a try, the Prisoner of Night and Fog series makes for one fascinating read.RatingsOverall: 8/10Plot: 4/5Romance: 4/5Writing: 4/5Characters: 4/5Cover: 2/5

  • vicky ✨
    2019-03-20 07:06

    3.5 stars. Not a perfect, but a solid read. I actually enjoyed it more than book one! It did its job, namely to keep me entertained (thank you, kindle app) when I had nothing to do and left my book at home. To be frank, some scenes and plot "twists" were over the top and predictable, but once again, I appreciated the author's note and bibliography in the appendix.I firmly believe that books dealing with Nazi Germany should also consider the road that led up to WW2, like Blankman did with Hitler's way to power. After all, we tend to see events from the past as written in stone, as parts of a puzzle that can only be explained in one logical way. However, we're at danger of overlooking the small signs that resulted in something disastrous. Small signs like daily political discussion becoming harsher, outrageous comments being regarded at "not that bad" or disillusioned masses looking for someone they can blame for their misfortunes. We should stay wary and true to our beliefs– more than ever.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-08 23:21

    I love this title!!!! I hate having to wait a year. :/