During my time spent staring at textbooks, I did still manage to end up with a bit of a collection of books to review. Today, I'm going to review exactly two of them; City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman.
I had more luck with Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, a sequel to a book I really loved. I was allowed to review this by HarperTeen (THANK YOU!) and it certainly did not disappoint. With a book taking place during Hitler's time in power, it's impossible to not feel disgusted by the occurrences throughout. This book does a good job of asserting the unfair and horrific tones of the time, and seeing how both Gretchen and Daniel are affected by the hatred and tyranny being spread creates a clear image of how damaging it was to live under such a rule. Furthermore, I love the inclusion of people who were a part of Hitler's life. They allow you to see on a deeper scale the emotional deterioration so much evil can cause, and at the end of the day, it's just a reminder of how a single person can ruin countless lives. Plot twists were rife throughout this story, I warn you, so be prepared to have your heart in your mouth a few too many times! Without doubt, I do recommend you read this if you're a fan of historical fiction- it's definitely one of my favourite books in the genre!