Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
Summary: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?
Truths make the best lies.
Wolf by Wolf was one of my favorite books of 2015, so I was anxious to see how Yael’s story continued in Blood for Blood. While I didn’t quite enjoy Blood for Blood as much as I did Wolf by Wolf, it was still a thrilling and entertaining story from start to finish.
Skinshifter and death camp survivor Yael has just failed her mission of killing Hitler. On the run and hiding from Hitler’s army, Yael must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to end Hitler once and for all.
Just like in Wolf by Wolf, Yael is a fantastic and wonderfully written protagonist. She is strong and determined and it’s impossible not to root for her after everything she’s endured.
My main problem with Blood for Blood is that it lacked the action and complex character relationships that made Wolf by Wolf impossible to put down. The entirety of Blood for Blood is essentially Yael traveling and hiding from Hitler’s army, which is nowhere near as enthralling as the fast-paced motorcycle competition in Wolf by Wolf.
Ultimately, despite its minor flaws, Blood for Blood is a satisfying and emotional conclusion to a wonderful duology. Even those who find historical fiction boring or tedious will find themselves engrossed in Yael’s action-packed quest for vengeance and justice.
Fear is not an excuse. Fear is being human.