Saturday, April 19, 2014 16:06

Review 252. Anne Blankman – Prisoner of night and fog.

17668473Title: Prisoner of night and fog.
Author: Anne Blankman.
Pages: 416.
Expected publication: April 22nd 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Sort: Prisoner of night and fog #1.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
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?
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What an impressive story! I was immediately blown away by the historical accuracy of the story (as far as I can tell) and I loved reading about the real people at the end of the book. It appears that Anne did a lot of research and it’s noticeable throughout the story. From the moment the book started I was hooked to Gretchen and the story didn’t let me go after that.

The Müller family are honored people, because Gretchen’s father sacrificed his life for Hitler. This means that she grew up with ‘uncle Dolf’ as one of his favorites. This doesn’t prevent her brother Reinhard from punishing her for every mistake she makes. Gretchen is scared for him and when he beats her up one day, she flees to a Jewish news reporter she is starting to be friends with. Daniel contacted her after finding a terrible discovery: her father didn’t sacrifice himself, he was killed and then flung in front of Hitler. Together they try to unravel the truth, despite the danger of finding out.

I admired Gretchen. Her mother always seem to favor her brother and he treats her so badly. It was not strange she was terrified of him. He had this cold, plain evil way of looking at things. Emotionless and calculated, those are the two words he has written all over his personality. He doesn’t shy away from violence and Gretchen knows he is not afraid of hurting her. Despite everything, she has courage and it’s brave how she handles situations. I liked that she was determined to find out the truth and how she was able to let Daniel in her life. Growing up with the biggest enemy of the Jews has imprinted her with Jew-hate. It was realistic how she slowly changes the way she looks at them; how she starts to see Daniel as human instead of Jew.

Daniel was great. Fierce and passionate to protect his people. It was good how he deals with Gretchen in the beginning. He understands that she hates him, because she is taught too. He is able to see her good heart and it must have been hard to have patience, but he let her change in her own pace. The growing friendship between them was adorable and so different from the normal relationships, because of their different worlds. Their love story is almost like Romeo & Juliet without the tragic ending. It was perfect to make the story less depressing, even when it didn't make me swoon.

Reading about Anne’s portrayal of Hitler is fascinating. It’s almost impossible to think about him as a human, because his maniac choices make him almost look like a monster. She managed to create a person who makes you understand that people where charmed by him and it still showed the madness that is lurking inside him. The whole story was just clever with a strong plot and a wonderful cast. The ending is satisfying, tying everything that happened in this book while leaving excitement for the next book. I enjoyed this a lot and I can’t wait to see more of this story.
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Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

31 comments:

  1. Great review! I do want to read this one and I'm glad to hear you like it. Nazi Germany is a fascinating setting, and I'm glad to hear you see Gretchen's character progression.

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    1. Definitely, and she managed to make a great story with that setting.

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  2. I saw your comment on Xpresso Reads where you said you loved it and now an amzing review! Aside from the fact that I now sound like a stalker, this one sounds super intriguing. Amazing characters means a book I can't pass up. I don't know how I'd be able to deal with thinking Hitler is a human though. Thinking of the Holocaust is one of the few things that just makes me want to cry and get angry and I just can't wrap my head around it. Still I want to read it! Awesome review Mel!

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  3. I remember seeing this going around a bit, but I've not read any reviews on it. I glad you loved the book :) The story sounds really interesting. Great review!

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  4. Aw, I'm so happy that you loved this book Mel :D Great review. <3 I enjoyed this book as well; though I did have a few issues with it. Sigh. But I also found Daniel to be awesome, hih. <3 thank you for sharing :)

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  5. I've seen so many mixed reviews for this one..it's nice to see it get some love! I haven't decided yet whether to pick this one up, it's a subject matter I really have to be in a specific mood to read. But your review definitely makes me consider it!

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    1. I think books will always get mixed reviews, but I think this is a great story if you are in the mood for something historical.

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  6. I've heard so many amazing things about this book. I've read several books set during the Holocaust, but never something that approaches Hilter on such a personal level. I can only handle dark, serious books like this occasionally, but I'm in the right mood right now, so I'll have to pick it up once it's out!

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    1. I've read only one book before, but yes, it was very interesting to 'get to know' Hitler, instead of seeing him from a distance.

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  7. I've seen this book reviewed everywhere and every single one is a rave - that means I'll have to pick it up shortly! Sounds like there's some great character development and historical accuracies here. Lovely review as always, Melanie.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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  8. Yeah! So glad you enjoyed this as much as I did Mel! I agree...it's so historically accurate, and it's impossible not to notice what a huge amount of research was involved, but it obviously paid off! And Gretchen was such an amazing protagonist, wasn't she? :D And her romance with Daniel was definitely one of the highlights of the story!

    And I agree about Anne's portrayal of Hitler. It was so interesting to see him in so many different forms - loving uncle, charismatic speaker, and the...not so good side of him. I'm glad it wasn't just one dimensional, he really had layers as a character, and I enjoyed that so much.

    Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! Glad you found a book that really clicked with you!

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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  9. I think we had a pretty similar experience with this one, Mel, so YAY! I loved the characters (omg that brother) and her portrayal of Hitler. WOW. It was kind of weirdly great to see him in a human way instead of an evil dude with a creepy mustache. So much love for your review <3

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    1. Haha, precisely! Seeing him through the eyes of someone close to him was such an unique POV.

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  10. Great review! I've been looking into this book for a year now and I am definitely going to buy it. Thanks for the honest review! It looks as if Prisoner of Night and Fog will be my next favorite book. :)

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  11. So glad you loved this! I like the sound of both Gretchen and Daniel, too and I'm happy this seemed accurate to you, I love well-researched historical fiction

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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  12. I have never even heard of this book! It's great that the book is full with depth and detail! Gretchen sounds like an admirable character as well! Fantastic review, Mel!
    - Farah @MajiBookshelf

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    1. I'm happy I could introduce you to this book! I hope many people will read it and love it as much as I did :)

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  13. Glad you liked this! I was wary to read it at first, but now I'll have to pick it up. I think I would really like Gretchen~she sound cool. :) Great review!

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  14. EEP! Glad you loved this one especially since it's one of my most anticipated right now! Especially since it's historically accurate. The number of times historical books AREN'T are just...sigh

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  15. Oh I'm so glad you love this. I've read a couple of conflicting reviews so I'm not quite sure if buying it was a good idea. I'm curious as to how the main character would make me feel considering how close she was to the devil incarnate.

    Great review, Mel.

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    1. At least try to borrow a copy from the library :D!

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  16. I am about 20% into the book right now and completely engrossed! Her brother I'm convinced is psychotic. Someone needs to put him down.

    Really liking the way Gretchen and Daniel's relationship is growing, too. I hope there's enough swoons for me though! :)

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  17. Aww, I'm glad you enjoyed reading about the romance Mel! :D
    The way you describe both Gretchen and Daniel's relationship is so cute and put a smile on my face. I'll read the book just to see their relationship alone! ;D<3

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    1. Yes, it was adorable. Not swoonworthy or intense like other books, but just.. more realistic :)

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  18. I remember being very curious about this one before it came out and now the wonderful reviews just keep flowing in and it's making me even more eager to get my hands on it! I love how you described Gretchen and her personality. She sounds strong and relatable. Daniel sounds like a great character too and I'm excited to see how their relationship will develop and change them both. Excellent review ^^

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  19. I just reviewed this on Saturday. It was such a good book! i had a couple of issues that you didn't have. It's the first book I've read that is set before Hitler rises to power and it definitely shows that charismatic charming side of Hitler. Really that was how he got so many supporters though - through smooth talking and then just teaching all those youth lies that they believed. It still makes me upset! Anyway, great review for a great book!

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    1. Yes, it was crazy to see how charismatic he could be.. I definitely imagine him charming everyone to join him.

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  20. I've seen some amazing praise for this book and it's awesome to see a shining review from you as well! <3 The premise is so intriguing because I've never read a Hitler-related book in YA yet. Seems like the author handled that aspect really well and the characters seem really great too. I must read this soon. Wonderful review as always Mel! <3

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