Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin | I loved the 1st book, why did I have to DNF this one?

Blood for Blood

Whyyyyy. Why am I so fussy with books lately? I feel like all the books that would usually impress me have either been “meh”, or a DNF. Whyyyyyy?

This for me is actually the saddest case of all, so far.

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Blood for Blood


Synopsis (1)

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There would be blood.
Blood for blood.
Blood to pay.
An entire world of it.

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?


DNF’ed at page 245

I just…I’m so confused.

Why didn’t I like this book?

I loved the first one. Historical fiction is my jam, and when combined with shapeshifting? I’m on it.

So…why not this one?

I should’ve figured something was wrong just from the fact it’s been sitting on my shelves for months without even being considered. That was probably the first warning sign, really. All I can guess is that in the time it took me between reading the first book and picking up this one, I became no longer interested in the story.

Because nothing was wrong with it. It read like the first book did. I just…wasn’t bothered any more? And I feel bad for saying that because I do like Yael and her story – the first book was one of the most unique books I’d read in a long time. Y’know, a parallel universe where Hitler won the war, there’s a notorious motorcycle competition, and the main character is a shapeshifter cross assassin? How intriguing does that sound? And it did win me over. But I seem to have dropped my interest somewhere along the way.

Can someone find it for me please? Because I really wanted to like this book.

I pretty much knew where the story was going to end up. I didn’t care about either of the guys who accompanied Yael along the way (no, not a love triangle *sighs with relief*). Which isn’t exactly great when you have to read from their point of view too.

I just…I don’t know. I didn’t want to pick it up once I’d started it. I pushed until I was a good 245 pages through – even though I usually DNF around the 100 page mark – just to make sure. But I think it just wasn’t the right time for me to read it. I’ll be keeping the book, because I do think that maybe one day, I’ll revisit it. But for now, unfortunately, I just didn’t get along with this book. That’s not to say some of you guys won’t like it. I think I just left it too long between the 1st and 2nd books.

Rated 1/5 stars

1 star

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Share your thoughts!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Have you read the first book?

If you haven’t read them, do you plan to?

Let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin | I loved the 1st book, why did I have to DNF this one?

  1. My guess is the timing was off. I loved book 1 and book 2 (for me) was even better! I would say to try again later. I’ve been reading some fantasy lately and I’m not impressed with any of it. I know that my reading tastes are changing so I need to stay away from fantasy for a while!

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    1. Yeah, I’ll definitely leave it for another day! A lot of the time I get rid of books I DNF, but with this it definitely feels like it just wasn’t the right time, instead of outright hatred for it!

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