Title: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke
Author: Anne Blankman
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog, book two
Star Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
This book was given to me by the publisher, Harpercollins, theough Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review--thank you so much!
Prisoner of Night and Fog was one of my favorite books of all time--last year, it completely stole my heart, and I've been waiting breathlessly for the sequel ever since. When I got the confirmation email, I was so excited.
And I'm sad to say that this installment was just... meh.
I wanted more! I don't know exactly what was wrong, but this sequel just did not sit well with me at all. It wasn't satisfying, and I didn't feel fulfilled like I like to with a sequel. They scare me a little bit, because I have soaring expectations, and when they aren't met, I feel a crushing sense of disappointment. And it's not like this book was bad or anything. It wasn't--it was a good book. I just wasn't wowed. I was expecting more of the novel.
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke picks up where the previous book ends, with Gretchen and Daniel fleeing for their lives to England, away from the iron grip of terrifying Uncle Dolf and the darkness of Gretchen's past. But when the two receive word that Hitler has become chancellor of Germany, Gretchen and Daniel find themselves in Berlin, hiding amongst the public. Forced back into her old life with the love of her life by her side, Gretchen must decide if taking down the most powerful man in the world is worth sacrificing everything.
I just really felt like the whole story seemed different--it bothered me that a bunch of side things happened, leading up to the huge climax. And the climax itself wasn't disappointing, but that was the only part of the book that made my heart pound. With Prisoner of Night and Fog, it was breakneck, but this just seemed.. softer in comparison, and I wasn't digging it. I was just hoping for more closure. The bottom line: The sequel to last year's explosive bestseller, I wanted Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke to thrill and excite me, but it just fizzled. Next on deck: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman!