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Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

(Prisoner of Night and Fog #2)

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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 first ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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Sasha Alsberg
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 th ...more
Sarah
(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 st
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This is such a unique and gripping story. I loved it just as much as the first one. Video review to come!
Lara
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“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)
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 ...more
Lisa Mandina
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bft-wishlist
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
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Danielle (Love at First Page)
4.5-5 stars

Prisoner 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 an
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Sarah Churchill
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
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman - 4.5/5 stars

Alright, 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
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Shannon (leaninglights)
Actual rating 4.25 stars
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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!
Alyssa
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman
Book Two of the Prisoner of Night and Fog series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (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
...more
Elena
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't know this was a duology. :'D I will miss these characters, but I couldn't be more happy right now!
Giselle
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
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Katherine
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”Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”- Winston Churchill

Setting:Oxford, England; Munich, Germany and Berlin, Germany; 1934

Coverly 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/photo
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Jasprit
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 w ...more
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
GR deleted another review. Coolio >:(
nick
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2015-favorites

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 favori
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Zoe
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it


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 Dani
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Bonnie
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 ne
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Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
I received a free copy via edelweiss for review purposes

In 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
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Keertana
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 i ...more
Natasha
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I don’t know much about psychoanalysis, but I don’t believe that we can blame our actions on our upbringings. If we could, then nobody would be responsible for anything they do.”


This book was beautifully written.
I cried so hard reading this book.
The pace of the book was much quicker as compared to the first one.
As it deals with Daniel being accused of a murder, the whole pace of the book was chasing time.
Which made me so anxious and at the edge of my seats in every chapter.
As they journey bac
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Kayla
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really great sequel, still as dark and haunting as the first book
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
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
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Rachel
4 STARS FOR "CONSPIRACY OF BLOOD AND SMOKE" BY ANNE BLANKMAN

An 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 toge
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Cold War Conversations Podcast
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 edu
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Britt
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas-list
I loved this book!! This dualogy is my favorite historical fiction YA I have read... So well written, well researched, and just overall amazing!!
vicky
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not perfect, but solid. I actually enjoyed it more than book one!
Dystopia28
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*FIVE BILLION STARS
Lauren
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 but I'm rounding up. I loved this so much! review to come.
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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 sh ...more

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