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The Taster
The Taster | V.S. Alexander
Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imaginedone that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitlers dictatorship . . . In early 1943, Magda Ritters parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their dutyworking for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitlers mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Fhrers food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned. Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupationthough she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS, and her growing awareness of the Reichs atrocities, draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and ultimately, vengeance. Vividly written and ambitious in scope, The Taster examines the harrowing moral dilemmas of war in an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage.
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Avidreader25
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Panpan

This was a book club pic, otherwise I wouldn‘t have finished it. It's a fictional account of one of Hitler‘s personal food tasters. Despite working for the Führer, she hates him and wants to kill him. The story is incredibly repetitive while also not making a lot of sense. It was an eye-rolling exercise in frustration. The premise is fascinating, but it's badly executed and the ending is ridiculous.

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InnerSavvy
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I enjoyed the story about one of Hitler's food tasters even if the main character wasn't my favorite. Hard to connect to her. First book of 2019.

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mirellalella86
The Taster | V.S. Alexander

Have finished it. A good historical novel.
Rating : 4 stars.

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mirellalella86
The Taster | V.S. Alexander

Arrived at 50% ... taking it slowly ... Hope to finish it in 2/3 evenings. Do not have so much time during day hours! X

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mirellalella86
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Really good ... at 23 % ...

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GiorgiaEsse
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Pickpick

Romanzo che si ispira alla vera storia di Margot Wölk, una delle assaggiatrici di Adolf Hitler.
Nel libro, la conosciamo come Magda Ritter che è più di una semplice assaggiatrice perché è anche una donna forte e coraggiosa che cospira contro il führer.
Nel corso del romanzo, ho scoperto numerose curiosità sulla vita quotidiana che si svolgeva al Berghof. L‘ho letto tutto d‘un fiato e porterò per sempre con me la storia di Magda.

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calciumkels
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Amazing! Couldn‘t put it down— finished it in a day! Historical fiction is a new favorite of mine.

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Ehbooklover
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This book was recommended to me by a couple of my customers. It was an eye-opening read about life in Germany during WWII, both as an everyday German and as part of Hitler's inner circle.

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Gissy
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Book developed from 1943 to 2013.What I liked of this book was to see war from a German woman who was pushed by her family to work for Hitler. Book presents a perspective that no one wins in a war, there were Germans who were also victims of the war consequences.The book has some reference at the end.Author said "we must maintain constant vigil against those who use their power to destroy" There were romance cliché and unrealistic events so 3.7⭐️

Theeclecticreader I love the Once Upon a Bookclub book box! The Taster was actually my first one 😊 1mo
Gissy @Theeclecticreader I love that subscription because it is for adult. Most book box subscriptions are YA books and BOM has a subscription for adult readers but they do not send packages to PR. I want to read the books received in the last s once upon a book boxes. The books are amazing! 4w
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AndiM
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Thought that this book was good, had lots of information that I hadn't heard before about Hitler. The protagonist Magda was a passionate woman about her country of Germany, and she was brave and risked her life daily.

Crazeedi Added! Looks good! 2y
AndiM @Crazeedi I couldn't put it down! On a school night too! 😉 2y
Crazeedi @AndiM it must be 😊 good! 2y
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AndiM @Crazeedi 🖒🖒🖒🖒🖒🖒 2y
Crazeedi If you had to read on a school night! 2y
AndiM @Crazeedi ha ha! I read virtually every night, I was telling the children at school today how this book made me feel..all those emotions in a book. 2y
Crazeedi Don't you just love ❤️ when a book evokes feelings, I sometimes carry that book with me for days. I've had 2 so far this year that did this. I had a couple last year. They just resonate for some reason. And it's not always that I see myself, I think the author has a gift of making the book come alive. It's like I've fallen down the rabbit hole.😊 2y
AndiM @Crazeedi ! What a fantastic way to describe how you feel! Yes, I do love it..but sometimes I find it difficult to find a book to compare it with. 2y
Crazeedi @AndiM 😊😘 2y
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Austen_Nerd
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I am still in awe of this story. I wish I could sit at Magda‘s table and listen to this tale again. The story is written is such away you forget yourself and become emotionally invested in the story. It is a must read!!!

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Shibbyfruitfly
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Read 73 pages in The Tombs today and finished it so now I‘m about to start The Taster. I just need 27 pages to hit my goal but I‘ll probably get further than that. Day 05/100 #100dayproject #100days10000pages

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Librarybelle
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I had to do a Target run for cat litter, so it only made sense to go down the book aisle. I found these two. The tagged book sounds very interesting - World War II era woman who tastes Hitler‘s food, an official food taster to prevent poisonings. Historical fiction.

MallenNC The Target book aisle is always so tempting. 2y
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brittanythebookdragon
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This book. YES. READ IT. 5 Stars. I don‘t care if you‘re not a historical fiction fan, go read this book. It may be fiction but Alexander did his research and it gave me ALL THE FEELS. Incredible book that I highly recommend!

Crystalblu You are quite convincing ;) 2y
brittanythebookdragon @Crystalblu It made me cry and any book that can make me have such a response always gets my support. I‘m usually an alternate history fan rather than historical fiction but this book was excellent. 2y
Austen_Nerd I am reading it now and yes, I agree!!! 2y
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angieinwonderland
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Thus was yet another historical fiction piece that engaged me the whole way through. I found myself invested in the main character Magda. I cheered her on through the uplifting parts and sat reading anxiously through the horrific ones.

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kymmiesreads
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So far a beautifully written, engaging book about a young lady who tasted Adolf Hitler‘s food to make sure there was no poison in it! What a scary job!

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AmyI
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I really liked this one. I felt this book had a very interesting perspective. The narrator starts out indifferent to what is happening around her and ends up working for Hitler. She learns about herself and the realities of what is happening on Nazi Germany, while being very sheltered from reality. I read this one for my book club and am looking forward to discussing it with others as it provides lots of talking points.

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EvieBee
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Time to crack this new paperback open! Love when I‘m the first to read a library book.

#libraryhaul #currentlyreading

Lola Me, too! 2y
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actualdisneyprincess
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Do not walk to get your hands on a copy of this book. Run. And read it immediately. What an incredible addition to the list of WWII literature. #thetaster #vsalexander

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actualdisneyprincess
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Hoping to finish this by the end of today; as long as we‘re not overrun by people, I definitely should be able to, because once I crack it open, I don‘t want to close it! So, this is how I plan to spend my day at work: a good book and my trusty LaCroix...as usual. #thetaster #vsalexander

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actualdisneyprincess
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This is so beautifully-done so far; I was drawn in from probably the first page, honestly. I‘m hoping the next three hours are perfectly peaceful so that I can just keep reading! #thetaster #vsalexander

Maria514626 This sounds really good! 2y
actualdisneyprincess @Maria514626 it‘s AMAZING so far!!! 😍 2y
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actualdisneyprincess
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This is due in a few days, and there are a bunch of holds waiting, so I can‘t think of a better way to continue spending this dreary, chilly day than with another book in my blanket nest! #thetaster #vsalexander

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nickimags
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Just got approved for this on NetGalley after reading a great review at the weekend. It'll be interesting to see how it compares with the Clara Vine books with historical details and references.

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howjessreads
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A young woman named Magda is assigned to taste Hitler's food to make sure it isn't poisoned. Then she falls in love with a conspirator within the SS, testing her loyalties. This sounds kinda sad. Hmmm. Not sure I'm ready for that. But, gorgeous cover! #mynovbookmail

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