The Taster

The Taster

Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imagined--one that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitler's dictatorship . . . In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berli Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger t...

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Title:The Taster
Author:V.S. Alexander
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Taster
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:323 pages pages

The Taster Reviews

  • Dawn Michelle
    Jan 29, 2018
    Wow. I requested this book because it sounded interesting. I had no idea just how in-depth it would be and just how much this book would affect me. I cannot even imagine what life must have been like during the war, especially for the Germans who didn't subscribe to Hitler's madnes...
  • Elyse
    May 24, 2018
    Terrifying...riveting... fascinating piece of the puzzle into just how insane Hilter was through the eyes of ?food tasters?. Madga Ritter, age 15, was naive about her country and politics. - and desperate for a job. She was ?lucky? to land an honored job tasting the Fuhrer?...
  • Sue
    Mar 31, 2017
    This is a different look at World War II than readers are used to reading. The Taster is from the perspective of a young German girl and is about life inside Germany during the war. It's a coming of age story for a young girl with little to no interest in politics and war to a young wo...
  • Traci Hall
    Oct 30, 2017
    I remember being fascinated with the Holocaust when I was a teenager and I couldn't get enough of what life might have been like. Anne Frank was a favorite. The Taster shows another view entirely as Magda--impoverished but with her family, comes of age as a young woman during the war. ...
  • Hellcat Mental
    Mar 02, 2018
    At the end of the book the author states that this is based off a mix of historical facts, stories shared by multiple people and fiction. I didn?t know when reading it if any of the events happened (I assumed it was pure fiction), but it was heartbreaking nonetheless and knowing that...
  • Marialyce
    Jan 13, 2018
    4 stars It is ironic that I never considered that there would have been women whose job it was to taste the food that was prepared for Hitler. Also, it was ironic that all of these tasters were women, not a man among them. Yet, these women were selected to offer up their lives for a...
  • MAP
    Aug 07, 2018
    *sigh* Yet another widely acclaimed book that I thought was...fine. This book follows Magda Ritter, a German woman who falls into the job of "taster" at Hitler's Berghdorf and later in the Wolf's Lair, and due to the proximity of power ends up in the middle of all manner of intrigue...
  • Trudy
    Mar 31, 2018
    Historical Fiction at its best! ...
  • Kristin
    Jan 17, 2018
    I had mixed feelings about this book. It was really engaging, and I liked Magda a lot. It's always truly fascinating to see WWII from the perspective of an average German citizen, and this was no exception. However, despite how average Magda is, everything happens to her. Warning, a lo...
  • Megan
    May 01, 2018
    I thought this book was fabulous !!! And, I felt like it was a bit ironic that I finished it yesterday, on the 73rd anniversary of Adolf Hitler?s death. The plot which centered around Magda Ritter?s life working for the Reich and having the job of being one of Hitler?s tasters, d...
  • Christopher Hawke
    Oct 30, 2017
    A unique look behind enemy lines. In ?The Taster? we follow the story of young Magda Ritter, the newest poison tester for Adolf Hitler, as she wrestles with her beliefs (and what to believe) in the midst of war-torn Europe. A winning novel, well worth reading! ...
  • Laurice
    Aug 04, 2018
    This is a great story . I enjoyed the fact that it was from the perspective of a German citizen who ended up in Hitler's inner circle. ...
  • Rae
    Feb 14, 2018
    There are many good novels written about WWII, however, I think what drew me to this work was the fact that it was written from the point of view of an ordinary German woman. Many ordinary Germans played an important role in WWII and the character, Magda Ritter, is one such woman. She ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    May 10, 2018
    I was lost in a coulee reading The Taster with Lindsay and this one really surprised us and not what we were expecting. The Taster gave us a different perspective on WWII than we are used to reading and we learned some things we were not aware of. The story really had us thinking, wan...
  • Annette
    Nov 20, 2017
    There are many good novels on the subject of WWII. What makes this book stand out? It is something never told before. The idea of this book was prompted by an account of Margot Woelk, a real taster for Adolf Hitler, who revealed her story at the age of ninety-five. This book is not...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Jan 25, 2018
    I'm torn about this interesting piece of historical fiction. On the one hand, I learned about something I hadn't known before- the life of a taster for Adolf Hitler. On the other, it periodically made my skin crawl. Magda is an intriguing character. A woman sent by her family to work f...
  • Truusje
    Oct 27, 2017
    The Taster tells the story of Magda, a young woman who tasted Hitler?s food to make sure he didn?t get poisoned. It?s an interesting premise, but sadly the book doesn?t live up to it. I think the main issue is the writing. It?s very distant, with lots of telling instead of sh...
  • Sheryl
    Mar 24, 2018
    Classic case of "good concept, bad execution". The Taster is a World War II story told from the point of view of one of Hitler's food tasters, meant to protect him from poisoning attempts. Great concept, but that's about all this book has going for it. (WARNING: I'm going to spoil the ...
  • Alyssa Maxwell
    Sep 15, 2017
    Magda Ritter is a young German woman intent on getting through the war and living her life. Politics don't particularly interest her, and she has no use for Third Reich idiologies. When, by necessity, she goes to the party looking for a job, she's thinking it will be something inocuous...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Aug 10, 2018
    ".... I wondered how dire my circumstances might become as a worker for the Reich." Magda Ritter lives a carefree life until the war. All takes a drastic turn when Berlin begins to get bombed by the allies. In order to protect her, her parents send Magda to live with relatives in Ba...
  • Bookworm
    Feb 16, 2018
    A big thank you to Kensington publishing, V. S. Alexander and Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you as well to my Goodreads friends for introducing me to this book. The moment I started reading, I was captivated and intrigued...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jan 15, 2018
    (Please excuse the really bad pun! I can?t believe I?m using it! ? ) 4 delicious stars to The Taster! ? ? ? ? The Taster was highly recommended by my friend, Holly. Who knew there were food tasters for Hitler during WWII? This dangerous job was viewed as their ser...
  • Tiffany Jones
    Jan 19, 2018
    **FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE AUTHOR, IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW.** Magda Ritter, a young German girl, finds herself in a precarious position, one that, iro...
  • Deanne Patterson
    Apr 12, 2018
    An absolutely amazing novel loosely based on an interview a 95 year old woman gave several years ago that was a taster for Hitler. It was fascinating to read about the many books the author has read on the Third Reich and all the research he has done on this. German woman Magda Ritter ...
  • Oreoandlucy
    Feb 16, 2018
    A longer review is available on my blog: https://reviewsofbooksonmynightstand.... "It's a dangerous job. I was nervous at first. You never know which meal will be your last." It is Germany in the middle of World War II. Magda Ritter's father is worried about Magda's safety in Be...
  • Holly  B
    Dec 24, 2017
    4.5 It's 1943- Magda Ritter, young ,naive and German. She is a food taster for the Fuhrer. Her position would place her in the Teahouse at Hitler's Berghof, The Wolf's Lair and The Furer's Bunker in Berlin. -Is this a job she seeked? NO -Did she want to be separated from her ...
  • Bonnie
    Mar 05, 2018
    Magda Ritter, a German woman living with her parents in Berlin at the beginning of WW II. Her father was worried in early 1943 about the danger from the war, & sent her to live with her aunt & uncle in Berchtesgaden. Her aunt pressured her into applying for a job, the few avail...
  • Missy
    Apr 16, 2018
    I love World War II books, anything I can learn I will, even if fictionalized to make it more interesting. The bones are there, and that is what I like. Of course, no one knows exactly what was said, but the setting is true and fills my history loving heart. This is the story of Mag...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Apr 16, 2018
    5 stars! This was a captivating, suspenseful, addictive and fascinating read! This story revolves around Magda Ritter, a young woman employed by Hitler during WWII. Magda blindly applied for work with the Third Reich, not knowing what the job would be ? she was simply looking for...
  • Kirstie
    Mar 22, 2018
    Not a terrible book, but also not one that I really loved. I didn?t feel anything for the romance that seemed to just happen one day. There was no real development I feel. It was just like ?one day we made love? and so on. Was just emotionless for me. Towards the ending though, I...