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Apr 18
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman – Review & Giveaway

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 4 ★★★½

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is the second installment in the Prisoner of Night and Fog series (a duology, I believe?). This book found Gretchen and David back in Germany, attempting to clear David’s name when he is accused of a murder. It soon becomes apparent that the murder is just part of a larger cover-up, and Gretchen and David hope to uncover the truth and ruin Hitler’s chance at leading Germany down a horrific path. What I loved: WWII background.  Just like in the first book, it was interesting to learn about the Nazi regime and what was happening in Germany just before the war (as well as in England where people like Winston Churchill were just starting to speak out about Hitler). Gretchen and David were right in the middle of the action, while they were trying to clear David’s name, and they were discovering more and more… Read more »


Apr 09
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio – 5 Star Review!

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio – 5 Star Review!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 23 ★★★★★

This book. You definitely need to read this book. Okay, I guess I need to say something more coherent than that, but those are my initial thoughts on None of the Above. I honestly don’t know when I’ll stop thinking about this one, which makes it a definite five star read for me. The book chronicles a teenage girl’s journey once she discovers that she is intersex – while she looks outwardly like a female, her chromosomes say she is male. As you can imagine, accepting this fact is difficult for Krissy, but her pain is compounded when word gets out and she is bullied at school. Her journey is compelling and emotional and Gregorio captures her story in a truly extraordinary way! What I LOVED: Education and the emotional journey. One thing that I was incredibly impressed with was how much Gregorio managed to educate her readers about intersex without making it feel… Read more »


Feb 05
Review – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Review – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Reviews 37 ★★★★★

Red Queen is an exhilarating ride. This book has all of the elements that fantasy lovers adore – magic, power struggles, deception, political intrigue, uprisings … and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes! What I enjoyed: The characters. I felt a real connection to pretty much all of the characters in this book, which is probably the main reason that I loved it so much. Mare has spent her life feeling sort of worthless – she doesn’t have a skill like her sister, so she can’t help support her family (except by stealing – which she does quite well). She’s basically just waiting to be sent off to war to die. But when she gets sent to the palace as a servant, things suddenly change for her and she finds herself thrown into a world she isn’t prepared for. To make things more complicated, she… Read more »


Apr 18
5 Star Review & Giveaway – Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

5 Star Review & Giveaway – Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★½

“Debut novelist Blankman’s account of life in Munich prior to Hitler’s 1933 elevation to the chancellorship is completely engrossing….Blankman creates riveting tension for her heroine and pulls readers through with an irresistible subplot featuring forbidden love.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) “I’m in awed envy of the daring with which Anne Blankman plunges into her difficult and sensitive subject matter. To read Prisoner of Night and Fog is to be immersed in a breathtaking evocation of Munich in the 1930s, where life is ordinary and skin-crawling by turns, and in the painful, hopeful story of one young girl’s awakening conscience. It’s terrifying and incredible to think how much of this story is true.” — Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity “Prisoner of Night and Fog seamlessly blends the fascinating, terrifying facts of Hitler’s rise to power with a gripping murder mystery. Gretchen is a brave and believable protagonist,… Read more »