🧛🏻‍♀️The Vampires Of Oxford #UrbanFantasy Series Book #2 Wicked Blood by @MargotDKwrites #TuesdayBookBlog

Book cover for Wicked Blood by Margot de Klerk, set againsta a background of a Berlin bridge from a free photo from Pixabay.

Wicked Blood by Margot de Klerk.

Wicked Blood by Margot de Klerk

4 stars

Wicked Blood is book #2 of The Vampires Of Oxford urban fantasy series. This second story is set in Berlin and features shapeshifter Cynthia. She has finished school and gone travelling to Berlin where she hopes to meet up with her elusive father. She is surprised to discover that the paranormal community in Berlin is unusually quiet; so quiet that her friend and paranormal hunter, Nathan asks her to see if she can find out why.

Once she starts investigating, Cynthia hears of missing shapeshifters, sick vampires and feuding witches—in fact her nosiness stirs up far too much trouble, and soon Cynthia is in danger.

Once again the author has done a good job with this paranormal world. Some of the teenage angst and attitude got a little waring towards the end and a couple of times the ‘venturing into danger while disobeying good advice’ scenario veered towards the cliché as opposed to the trope. However, the plot was well thought out and it left plenty of room for more adventures in this series.

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Cynthia has never met her father. She only knows one thing about him: he’s a dangerous mage with a track record of killing shapeshifters like her.

Finished with school and struggling to figure out what to do next, Cynthia boards a plane to Berlin following a mysterious postcard from her father. She hopes to find him and finally solve the mystery of her origins. But then Nathan, her vampire hunter ex-boyfriend, asks for a favour. Look up the hunters in Berlin and find out why there’s been radio silence from the supernatural community of Berlin for the last eight months.

What should have been a simple request leads to unimaginable danger.

The more Cynthia digs into the whereabouts of Berlin’s supernatural community, the more she uncovers secrets that threaten her life. Something is going down in Berlin, but who is behind it? She finds herself torn in two directions: should she be loyal to her people, the shapeshifters? Or should she follow her heart? Which choice will keep her safe, when everyone seems to be out for her blood?

It’s a dangerous time to be in Berlin… and the answers to Cynthia’s questions might just strike closer to home than she realises.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #HistoricalDrama The Moment by Douglas Kennedy #TuesdayBookBlog

The MomentThe Moment by Douglas Kennedy

4 stars

The Moment is an historical drama. American travel writer Thomas Nesbitt admits that he runs away from his fears; however, when a box is delivered from Germany, past memories come rolling back.

1984: Thomas is in Berlin writing about what it is like in the West, how the Wall dominates the city and what it is like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie to East Germany. He recalls his freelance work for a local radio service which broadcasts programmes knowing that they can be picked up in East Germany.

It’s at the radio station that Thomas meets Petra, a woman accused of speaking out against the East German state. She was imprisoned then sent to West Germany in a prisoner exchange agreement. They fall in love and plan to get married even moving to America, but Petra’s past catches up with them and while the Americans deal with Petra, Thomas is sent back home.

It has taken me a while to finish this book; like its title I had my ‘moments’ with it. Some I enjoyed, finding myself engrossed for a few hours, while at other times, the slow pace of the story dragged. It’s definitely memorable, the attention to detail created wonderful pictures in my head, particularly the contrasts between West and East Germany at the time. Then later after the Wall came down, we read some of Petra’s reflections; later still, we hear from a next generation German, who finds it hard to imagine a wall and a diverse split over a nation now joined as one.

This story made me think about its messages as well as being a good piece of cold war fiction. I’m glad I read it and I particularly enjoyed the author’s notes in the back explaining his story process.

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Thomas Nesbitt is a divorced American writer in the midst of a rueful middle age. Living a very private life in Maine – in touch only with his daughter and still trying to reconcile himself to the end of a long marriage that he knew was flawed from the outset – he finds his solitude disrupted by the arrival, one wintry morning, of a box postmarked Berlin. The return address on the box – Dussmann – unsettles him completely. For it is the name of the woman with whom he had an intense love affair twenty-six years ago in Berlin – at a time when the city was cleaved in two, and personal and political allegiances were haunted by the deep shadows of the Cold War.

Refusing initially to confront what he might find in that box, Thomas nevertheless finds himself forced to grapple with a past he has never discussed with any living person – and in the process relive those months in Berlin, when he discovered, for the first and only time in his life, the full, extraordinary force of true love. But Petra Dussmann – the woman to whom he lost his heart – was not just a refugee from a police state, but also someone who lived with an ongoing sorrow beyond dreams… and one which gradually rewrote both their destinies.

In this, his tenth novel, Douglas Kennedy has written that rare thing: a love story as morally complex as it is tragic and deeply reflective. Brilliantly gripping, it is an atmospherically dense, ethically tangled tale of romantic certainty and conflicting loyalties, all set amidst a stunningly rendered portrait of Berlin in the final dark years before The Wall came down.

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