The Taster by V.S. Alexander

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 Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty--working for the Reich o...

Details The Taster

TitleThe Taster
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Taster

  • Holly B
    4.5It'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 parents/family? NO-Was she a supporter of Hitler or the SS Party? NO-Did she fear for her life and the lives of her family and loved ones? YESMagda lives with her parents in Berl...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    (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 service to The Reich. Magda’s story was loosely based on a real taster who only told her story late in life when she was in her 90s. Magda is not a member of “The Party,...
  • Lindsay
    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 employment. She was hired as one of Hitler’s “tasters” – a group of young German women who lived on Hitler’s properties whose job it was to taste his food pr...
  • Marialyce
    4 starsIt 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 man that many idolized. Magda Ritter, a young German girl was chosen for the position of taster. She is brought into the very core of Hitler's various residences, Berg...
  • Megan
    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, due to his mounting fear of being poisoned, was heartbreaking as well as an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars !! I th...
  • Dawn Michelle
    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 madness; I can imagine even less what it must have been like to be plucked out of nothing and made a "taster" of Hitler's food to make sure it wasn't poisoned. Magda is just ...
  • Deanne Patterson
    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 is at the end of her life and feels she must release her lifelong secrets from their inner prison. She feels she has been punished enough by them so it goes to the ...
  • Sue
    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 woman who begins to see the moral dilemmas of the war and the inhumanity of the Nazi party.Magda's parents send her out of Berlin because the allies have started bomb...
  • Annette
    There are many good novels on the subject of WWII. What makes this book stand out is a new angle, 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 based on her life, although several scenes from her life were incorporated into this story.“Who killed Adolf Hitler? (…) The circumstances surrounding his...
  • Tiffany Jones
    **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, ironically, gives her her best chance at relative safety during the horrors of World War II. This new position ensures that she’ll be fed and taken care of, exposing her...
  • Rae
    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 was a young German woman who out of necessity and family demands needed work to help support the household. Magda interviews and is chosen to work for Hitler as a "...
  • Alyssa Maxwell
    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, maybe clerical. What happens next changes her life and her outlook on her country forever, challenges her faith in human nature, and at times makes her question h...
  • Bookworm
    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. It's not too often that a book captures my attention from start to finish but The Taster was successful in achieving this feat. I found the writing style to be qu...
  • Kristin
    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 lot of spoiler in this spoiler - like the entire plot. (view spoiler)[She experiences evacuation out of Berlin for safety, employment in the Führer's kitchens, falli...
  • Christopher Hawke
    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!
  • Truusje
    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 showing. I never felt connected to the characters or the events described in the book. The story covers several years and is told in a linear fashion, without any sus...
  • Trudy
    Historical Fiction at its best!
  • Bonnie
    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 available for women were working for the National Socialist government. She was told to pack a bag & was taken by a Mercedes flying the Nazi flags to Berghoff. Once there she re...
  • Oreoandlucy
    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 Berlin and sends her to live in Bavaria with her uncle and his Spanish wife. She can't seem to please her aunt, who wants her to find a job to pull her weight as soon as she ar...
  • Traci Hall
    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. German born, she is forced to do her "duty" and work for Hitler as his food taster. She struggles with her own views politically, and morally, and yet finds the cou...
  • Missy
    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 Magda Ritter, a German girl, but not a party member because she wasn’t sure she believed the ways of the Reich. When Berlin was being bombed her father and mother sent h...
  • Kirstie
    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 begin to feel the heartache and sorrow the world experienced back then. Overall, the story was okay, but a bit unbelievable. The writing was okay. I wouldn’t rul...
  • Sandra
    REVIEWHaving read The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander back in December 2016 and absolutely loved it, I had been keeping an eye out for more books by this author. When I saw The Taster I was instantly very interested, then when I read the blurb I knew I just had to read this book as soon as I could!The cover features a woman dressed in a plain wine dress with a very neat white lacey collar. The female also has a brooch or badge at the neck of her...
  • Carmina Valdizán
    Magda, the protagonist, is a simple woman that loves her family, she lives in Berlin and is not interested in politics neither is affiliated to the Nazi party. Circumstances forced her to work and survive. Like all German citizens she has a duty to perform, for her country, her family and the Führer. There was a lot of Nazi propaganda going on, most of them didn’t know about the concentration camps, there were rumors, but no way to prove it, t...
  • Hellcat Mental
    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 any part of it actually happened is just tragic. I really liked this book because regardless of if it were based on true stories, I’ve always been both fascinate...
  • Kathleen Gray
    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 for the Reich, she ends up in the closest proximity to Hitler and Eva Braun. That said, there's very little emotion, even at times when there should be a lot. I don'...
  • Kathleen
    This is an exceptionally well done work of historical fiction. I love WWII historical fiction but I want it done well, like Stones from the River or The Book Thief. I want WWII historical fiction that is going to have me completely immersed in time and place and I really love it when the story is told from an unexpected POV. This book did both of those things so very, very well. I found the descriptions of the bombings and destruction to be some ...
  • Lyne
    What a wonderful unique historical novel!!! I loved it! Worth reading!!The author, V.S. Alexander, through intensive research was able to marry WWII historical events and fiction with ease. His idea to write this book came from reading about the life of Margo Woelk who was one of Adolf Hitler’s food tasters. This is NOT a biography of Margo’s life. This is the fictional story of Magda, a German girl who becomes Hitler’s food taster. She was...
  • Gaele
    When we first meet Magda – the year is 1943, and she is a mid-twenty year old woman of little drive and ambition, living at home with her parents with no work, a basic education and little interest in the political polemic of the time. Her father is not a fan of the reich, and while he does his best to keep his own political skepticism quiet, his wife is much more inclined to believe in the party line and the charismatic man at the forefront. M...
  • Missy
    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 Magda Ritter, a German girl, but not a party member because she wasn’t sure she believed the ways of the Reich. When Berlin was being bombed her father and mother sent h...