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Drawing on the true story of the White Rosethe resistance movement of young Germans against the Nazi regimeThe Traitor tells of one woman who offers her life in the ultimate battle against tyranny, during one of historys darkest hours.

In the summer of 1942, as war rages across Europe, a series of anonymous leaflets appears around the University of Munich, speaking out
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Kensington
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The Traitor is a compelling weave of fiction and imaginatively structured fact. A story that relives the harrowing days in Germany under Nazi rule, where young men and women espouse bravery, loyalty and fortitude in their opposition to the Nazi ideology. In 1942 several students at the University of Munich, led by brother and sister, Hans and Sophie Scholl, founded a non-violent, intellectual resistance group to the Nazi regime, called The White Rose (die Weiße Rose). The group
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
The White Rose was a group of German anti-Nazi students who showed courage to defy the totalitarian system and who paid the highest price for their beliefs.
The plot of The Traitor is based on The White Rose story, however, as the Authoress stresses, Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and their friends are in the background, the main protagonist, Natalya Petrovich being in the limelight.
I think this is an interesting HF, based on true tragic events, however, I expected the Scholls to be more 'visible'
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

In 1942, Natalya volunteers as a nurse for the German Red Cross and witnesses WWII on the Russian Front. After her time volunteering, she moves back home to Munich where she joins the White Rose resistance group with her close friends. After the group is caught, Natalya must keep resisting but does not know who she can trust.

The inspiration for the novel is the White Rose resistance group. The main character, Natalya, does not join the White Rose organization until the very end of
White Rose was a peaceful resistance group in the Third Reich led by a group of students including siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl at the University of Munich. The group mailed leaflets to random people picked from the phone book, appealing to the blindness of German people and spreading words of resistance, struggle, and hope. They were mailed from different cities to different cities to allay suspicion from the home city of Munich and to make the group seem much larger than it was.

Louise Wilson
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Based on the true story of the White Rose.

Natalya became a member of the underground Resistance group the White Rose, but she got caught. The group took great risks to bring messages to the German people. These brave men and women risked their lives fighting against the enemy. Natalya was a traitor to Hitlers regime. She survives prison ut lost friends.

I had never heard of the White Rose, so this alone peaked my interest. The book is well written and the author has researched WWII and the White
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This intriguing new novel by V.S. Alexander gives the reader a look at the horrors of World War II from another perspective - those of Natalya Petrovich. Natalya is a German citizen, lives in Munich and is a student at the University. She was born in Russia but her parents moved to Munich when she was very young to have a better life. She sees the cruelty of the war when she volunteers to work as a nurse at the Russian front. When she returns to Munich, she vows to try to make a difference. When ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
The Traitor is inspired by the Germany's White Rose, a group of people, mostly in their early twenties, who resisted the Nazis from within Germany. The group was uncovered, and the majority of its members were executed. Rather than writing a fictionalized narrative of one of the White Rose members, V.S. Alexander invents oneNatalya, a Russian who immigrated to Germany as a child with her parents, in order to escape the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union.

Natalya begins the novel as a relatively
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Traitor by V.S. Alexander is based on a true story regarding the White rose resistance movement. A group of students that attended the University of Munich resisted against the Nazi Regime. Most of the group where executed including Hans and Sophie Scholl, who are real, but the main character is fictional
Natalya Petrovich was born in Russia but came to Germany with her parents to get a better life and away from the Stalin regime. She attends the University of Munich. She also volunteers as a
A surprisingly compelling book that took over my reading as I opened it "just in case" and couldn't put it down until the end; while it is inspired by the White Rose student resistance movement of Munich 1942-3, it is a first-person narration by a fictional associate of the movement, Natalia Petrovich, a young German-Russian nurse and student who meets some of the main members of what will become the White Rose when volunteering as a nurse in the German army on the Eastern Front in 1942 and ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely enjoyed reading 'The Traitor' which was based on a true story. I had never heard of the White Rose group, so learned something new. I love reading about this period in history and was so grateful to have the chance to read this book by V S Alexander. I rarely write what a story is about as i prefer one to read the book for themselves, but i do highly recommend. I hope to read more books by this author.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review
Jena Henry
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not all Germans were Nazis is the subtitle of The Traitor. What impact and power! But most Germans were subjugated by the Nazis and most Germans suffered. This book tells the story of Natalya, as she participates with the White Rose resistance group during World War II in Munich.

The real students behind the White Rose movement appear this book. Natalya is fictionalized. The White Rose, the meaning of the name is not known, was a peaceful movement by a small group of university students in 1942
Feb 22, 2020 marked it as thinking-about-it
Will wait for reviews. My luck with this publisher is not so good.
Andria Sedig
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf, read-in-2020
I felt like the presentation of Natalya's choices and struggles felt realistic. I really enjoyed the premise of the book and enjoyed reading about the White Rose, a subject that isn't often written about in WW2 books; OVerall, I thought that this book was a decent read but didn't blow my mind or feel particularly surprising or impactful.
Bob H
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A re-telling, as a historical-fiction novel, of the White Rose resistance group in wartime Nazi Germany. The group, and the leading figures, among them Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, Cristoph Probst, were real, and rightly celebrated for their courage and defiance, printing and strewing anti-Nazi leaflets in the University of Munich and elsewhere. This novel tells their story -- first-person -- through a fictional character, a peripheral figure in the White Rose, Natalya Petrovich, a Russian-German ...more
Alyssa Maxwell
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Natalya Petrovich is a German citizen of Russian origins struggling to keep herself and her parents safe in Nazi Germany. So horrified by the Nazi regime, however, Natalya can't help but fight against it by joining the White Rose, a nonviolent resistence movement. This leads Natalya deeper into the horrors of Hitler's Third Reich, often with little hope of surviving. But she has made her choice: to actively bring about change rather than hide from the truth. Throughout her ordeal, Natalya ...more
Stories Unfolded (aka Danielle Olson)
(***Please note that this review may contain spoilers***)

Before I jump into my thoughts about The Traitor, I wanted to start with a quote from the author's notes. "I can safely say that fewer Europeans outside of Germany, and most Americans, particularly young people, know little of the resistance movements like the White Rose and the Red Orchestra. Their only exposure may be a mention in passing during a history class on World War II. This is another reason I wanted to write The Traitor. We
Tristan Munoz
Jan 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
V.S. Alexander does an excellent job of bringing the lesser known stories of WWII to readers. I absolutely LOVED The Taster, and was thrilled to get the chance to read an ARC of The Traitor.

The Traitor is inspired by The White Rose, a resistance group in Germany led by young adults. The story is told through Natalya, who was born in Russia but lives her life primarily in Germany. She hopes that by joining the resistance group, she can do her part in fighting against the horrors unfolding in
Leanna Mattea
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, well researched novel by #V. S. Alexander, about an area of resistance that I never was aware of. Based on real resisters and a group called White Rose, that operated under great risk, to bring truth to the German citizens.
Natalya is a Russian born German citizen, living in Munich during WWII with her parents. As they struggle to survive and stay under the Nazis radar, Natalya is pursued by a handsome German that is attractive, but she is leery of his motives, but is
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I have read other books written by this author, I admit to keeping an eye for books by them. Though I have to say it was the book cover that initially caught my eye. I have seen two different covers for this title and do like both. Both covers could easily be taken from scenes within the book. After noticing the cover, I read the blurb and knew it was a book I had to read. I find the World War Two era fascinating and humbling and think it is a period in history that should never, ever be ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As war rages across Europe, a series of anonymous leaflets, criticizing the brutal Nazi regime, appear on the streets of Germany. Their message, written in secret, is a daring act of defiance.
Natalya Petrovich, a student, knows more than she should. As a member of the secret resistance group, the White Rose, Natalya is risking everything.
But even among those she trusts most, there is no guarantee of safety. The Gestapo are everywhere and Natalya knows that falling into the hands of the secret
Loretta Rinzel
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this book- thank you Good Reads and Kensington Books!! I really like reading Historical Fiction as I find it fascinating. Although it is considered fiction, you can almost read in between the lines to visualize the truth in it. This was a great book and enjoyed it from start to finish. It broke my heart to read about how war changed and destroyed people. The ones brave enough to fight for what they believed in was amazing- the risks they took were unbelievable. A book that will keep me ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Traitor by V.S. Alexander is a great historical fiction taking place overall in Munich, Germany 1942 and focussing on the real-life resistance group, The White Rose, that comprised of young adult German citizens that tried to do their part in fighting the brutality of the Nazi regime.

The book focusses on Natalya, a German citizen that was born in Russia. Through living amongst the changes and atrocities, she is drawn into the resistance group of like-minded individuals in hopes that they
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting story. Interesting piece of history. Ultimately though I didn't find myself able to connect to the characters. For some reason I just didn't find them that interesting and was never pulled back into the story after I stopped reading. So while the story was interesting, I just wasn't blown away.
Leslie M.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love WWII-era books, so I was excited to have the chance to read this one. I've never read anything by Alexander, but I look forward to reading future books. This book is fiction, but it's based on fact. I only knew a little bit about the White Rose before this book, so I enjoyed learning more about that, as well. I found the author's note at the end very informative, and I suggest reading it.

I liked how the book was told solely from Natalya's POV, as many books of this genre use multiple
Sherry Chiger
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
"The Traitor" does a fine job of evoking life in Munich during the Nazi regime and of introducing readers to the White Rose, a little-known resistance movement organized by young Germans. The pace was great; there were several times when the suspense built beautifully, to the point I almost missed my subway stop while reading. Unfortunately, the narrator/protagonist was one of the duller characters not just of the book but of first-person narrators I've read during my lifetime. As a result, I ...more
Claudia Doke
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you have been following my blog for a while (, then you know that historical fiction is one of my favourite genres. While I enjoy reading books about all time periods, I tend to favour books set during the Second World War. What can I say, I am fascinated by this period in history. When you read a lot of books that are set during the same time period, you start to notice similarities between the various books. In the case of books set during World War Two, you tend to ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yall..this book. The Traitor by V.S. Alexander is so GOOD!  Go get this book now! You know you need a good book to read, so why not read a page turning, edge of your seat, marvelous book? ...thats it review over.

Just kidding, here is my full review, for animal lovers, I will have an animal spoiler at the bottom of this review. 

First of all thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the chance to read and review this book as an Advanced Readers Copy. I didnt think that V.S. Alexander could
Resist the only way we can

The Traitor is a fiction novel based on the true story of "The White Rose" a resistance group formed by College Students Hans and Sophia Scholl and their college friends. The main character is a friend and a member of the group Natalya, her friend Lisa and the villain is a boy named Garrick who pretends to like Natalya in order to infiltrate the group. He is really a Gestapo agent.

The White Rose group really existed and Hans and Sophia Scholl were the leaders. There
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A young woman growing up in Munich as the Nazi's come to in a world where you can trust no one. Natalya Petrovich, or Talya as she is called, is the daughter of Russian emigrés who have become German citizens. But where life was once good for the Petrovich family, it is turning very, very bad. On Kristallnacht Talya sees an enormous fire burning. Slipping out with her best friend Lisa she is horrified to see that a historic synagogue, part of the community for years, has burned to ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Stories about World War II have always fascinated me, especially those that are based in fact and tell the stories of ordinary people forced into extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes it seems like it was all of Europe. The Traitor by V. S. Alexander fits right into that category and I enjoyed it very much.

Natalya Petrovich is just a student when things begin to get ominous in Germany. Her family comes from Russia but they have done their best to assimilate themselves into the German culture.
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V.S. Alexander is an ardent student of history with a strong interest in music and the visual arts. Some of V.S.s writing influences include Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, or any work by the exquisite Brontë sisters. V.S. lives in Florida and is at work on a third historical novel for Kensington.

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