By: Melanie | April 16, 2014 | (26) Comments

Blog Tour: Prisoner of Night and Fog

Blog Tour: Prisoner of Night and FogPrisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance, YA
Pages: 416
Source: Received in exchange for review
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In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead

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For so long, she had believed in Hitler’s lies, seeing shadows where there should have been light.

Set in Germany during the rise of Hitler’s power, Prisoner of Night and Fog was a beautifully told story. I loved Anne Blankman’s take on this time period. The main character, Gretchen Müller is actually from Hitler’s inner circle—she refers to Hitler as “Uncle Dolf”. Instead of a conniving and cruel image of Hitler that we normally see in other YA historical fictions, Gretchen idolises and sees him as a good and all-round loved and charming man. This was truly refreshing and transcended my expectations.

It’s apparent that there was a lot of research to make it such a brilliant novel. I seriously cannot image how the author did it. Research is highly important when tackling the historical genre, and the author really went out of her way to make us readers feel like were back to the years when Hitler was alive. Anne Blankman wove her novel around some real events that happened in history such as the Beer Hall Putsch event and Hitler being treated for his ‘hysterical blindness’ during Germany’s surrender. Even some of the characters in Prisoner of Night and Fog were actual people (such as Hitler—duh—Geli, Eva, Hess and Putzi). Hands down to this author.

All the characters here fantastically created. Gretchen was a competent and determined young lady who really grew onto me. When she discovers that her father’s death may not have been as heroic as she thought, but a murder by one of his own comrades, Gretchen is desperate to uncover who killed him. Even if it means to trust a Jew–Jews which she had been taught to fear and look at with disgust. It’s amazing how learning the other side to a story can change your view and open your eyes to the whole picture. Daniel Cohen was a sweet and ambitious Jew, and worked as a newspaper reporter. I loved their honesty towards each other and their undying trust. Their romance was pleasantly devoid of instant-love however I wasn’t exactly shipping the two even though I am not against their romance.

The only niggle I have towards Prisoner of Night and Fog is it’s plot and pace. I felt that the plot wasn’t very strong and could have done with a little more focus and a little more importance because sometimes I felt that Gretchen wasn’t really interested/desperate to discover the truth about her father’s death. As for the pace, things only really picked up till the halfway point. The first half was just setting up the characters on the board. The second half though, I found to be gripping.

Atmospheric and engaging, Prisoner of Night and Fog has found its place as one of my favourite historical novels ever. I recommend this to lovers of Elizabeth Wein’s novels.

~Thank you Balzer & Bray for sending me this copy!~

4 Stars

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About Anne Blankman

Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn't writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.

After earning a master's degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she's not writing young adult fiction, she's playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.

Anne Blankman is the author of PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, the first in a three-book deal slated for publication in spring 2014 from Balzer + Bray | HarperCollins. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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26 Responses to Blog Tour: Prisoner of Night and Fog

  1. I definitely liked the historical feel of this one. But for some reason I couldn’t connect with the characters. Maybe it was because I read this at around 4 in the morning and I was half asleep? I wasn’t rooting for the romance, either. D: Lovely review, Melanie! <33
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  2. So happy you enjoyed this, Mel! I’ll keep in mind the slow pace when I start this, hopefully within the week!

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  3. Lovely review as always Mel, I’m really intrigued with this book and it’s definitely the historical fiction element that is done well here based on other reviews that I’ve read.
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  4. This sounds good, but I’m not sure it’s for me. I’m not big on Historical books and Hitler stuff so. Great review!
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  5. Great review Mel! I’ve heard some very positive things about this book, and it sounds like an interesting take on the time leading up to WWII with a character who has to make some tough choices. After reading this I’m definitely bumping it up on my to-read list 🙂
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  6. Wonderful review, Melanie! I had a little more trouble than you with this book, but I’m glad to see it worked better for you!

  7. Rachel says:

    Great to see you enjoyed this so much, Melanie! Great review! 🙂
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  8. I wasn’t quite sure this book was for me, since it’s out of my comfort zone a bit. I’m not big on historical fantasy. But after this review, I’m thinking this may be one of those books that I need to at least TRY to read. I feel the need to branch out and explore new genres. I like the fact that the author did her research. That’s always a huge plus! Great review, as always, Mel! 🙂
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  9. Siiri says:

    All these awesome reviews just keep popping up. I’m so intrigued by this story. Love the premise and a new angle on things plus yes! Everyone claims that the characters are amazeballs. I’m glad you enjoyed them, Mel! Sorry the first part was a little slow for you, but yay for the plot picking up 🙂
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  10. Pili says:

    I’m very happy to hear you loved this book and that it was very well researched!
    Seeing Hitler in a different way from the one we usually see has to be also very unique. I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction and this one sounds like my cup of tea! Quite happy I preordered it!
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  11. Jasprit says:

    I’ve been reading so many praising reviews for this book, so I’m glad to see that it left such a great impression with you Melanie! I will definitely be purchasing a copy! Gorgeous review!
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  12. I’m not a big fan of historicals but this sounds amazing! I’m waiting on my audiobook copy to arrive 🙂
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  13. I am fascinated by this era and I am excited to dig into this one. I love a well researched book and I can’t wait to see it through Gretchen’s eyes.
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  14. I’m not really ig on historicals, unless they’re WWII stories, which this is. Those always end up among my favorites for some reason. I have this one on my list, coming up very, very soon, and I’m oncredibly excited to read it. It’s exactly my kind of thing.
    Lovely review.
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  15. Lily B says:

    I like the historical aspect of this one and I heard the writing and the storyline were really great as well so I am uber excited! glad you really liked it yourself!
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  16. I love books set during this time period and Prisoner of Night and Fog sounds wonderful from the plot to the characters. Adding to my wishlist, thank you for sharing your wonderful review Melaine
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  17. Megan says:

    I love historicals and this one sounds super interesting. On mt wishlist for sure!
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  18. I have a weird fascination for books set in this time period. I loved Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French, and a few more since then. I haven’t read any of Elizabeth Wein’s books yet (they’re never in the library!) but I really want to read them as well as this 🙂
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  19. Ohh, I second Emily’s comment up there ^^. Hitler’s Daughter was MIND BLOWING.

    I love historical fiction…although I don’t read as much as I used to. It makes me sad reading about WWII and stuff, because it’s so TRUE and scary and sad. Humans. So warped sometimes. >_< But anyway… 😉 I would love to read this. I haven't fully recovered from Code Name Verity (probably never will) but I'm loving the awesome that this book sounds like!
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  20. Melliane says:

    oh everyone seems to love the book, I’m so curious to discover it as well. And I just love love the cover! I’m glad you had a good time with it. Great review!
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  21. Paij Slater says:

    This sounds so good! Great review

  22. Kelly says:

    Fantastic review Mel! I’m looking forward to reading this now (have an extra paperback to giveaway as well). It’s hard to imagine a tyrant like Hitler having a softer side when history remembers him as a genocidal maniac. Has he got a puppy? Please tell me he has some form of fuzzy wuzzy pet.
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha, alas no he doesn’t. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your review (totally gonna enter that giveaway seeing as I don’t have a hard copy)

  23. Alise says:

    Although I didn’t love Wein’s novels because I prefer an in your face plot I do have high hopes for this one. The characters sound SO amazing and a well researched plot is almost always a winner. Glad you liked it 🙂
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