Blood for Blood (#2) by Ryan Graudin

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“You and I are not monsters. If anything, we’re miracles.”

For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.

Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?

I think the first book is still my favourite (probably one of my favourite reads of 2016). The first book had everything I didn’t know I needed and when a book becomes a favourite, I get scared. I get terrified because what if the sequel isn’t as great? What if it ruins everything? 

Well, those were all unnecessary thoughts when it came to this book. In my personal opinion, I felt like Ryan Graduin did a great job in wrapping up this story. It wasn’t as great and phenomenon as the first book but it was still so good. It jumped right into the action and had flashbacks to give us a deeper insight to our beloved characters. The first book was definitely more action packed with a fast pace but the second book was more slower and emotionalFor some readers that might not work but I am a very emotional person and I like it when books get emotional. I like it when you really get to know the characters because it helps me connect.

Yael is one heck of a character. She is tough, resilient and she fights well. For her it’s more than just fighting for herself -it’s about fighting for the ones who are voiceless. Luka was also another character who I ended up admiring a lot (and when I mean a lot, I mean a lot!). I’ll be honest -in the first book, he was kind of a meh character for me but in this book, you really got to see a deeper side to his character and that’s what I enjoyed the most. I love reading about characters and I’ll admit it -I like getting attached to characters. I think this is why I enjoyed the book.

I know that some readers have said that this book is slower and predictable (which is true) but for me, it was okay that the book was slower and more predictable because the characters were just too great that I simply didn’t care. I didn’t care that the pace was slow or that the action was quite minimal and predictable because at the end of the day, I read because I just wanted to know more about Yael, Luka, Adele and Felix. It was the characters that got me going. I needed closure for the characters and I simply needed to hear their story.

It’s still a great followup to Wolf by Wolf but I can understand why some readers may be disappointed because the first book was freaking amazing. But this book is still great and Ryan Graudin does a great job in wrapping up this necessary story. I don’t think I’ll be forgetting Yael’s story any time soon.


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