Sunday, February 8, 2015

Book Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman



AUTHOR: Anne Blankman
PUBLISHER: Egmont
SERIES/STANDALONE: Series
PAGES: 401
SOURCE:  Edeleiss

Outline:
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?


Quick Thought (or not)
It's interesting that I would request any type of book that's referenced with any history. It's not because I'm against it, but I remember history being boring in school. It's facts that I could care less about. Maybe, that seems a bit harsh, but I'm more of the creative type. I want to make up my own things. I don't care about what's happened. I should because that's how we learn from mistakes. -shrugs- So for me to read Prisoner of Night and Fog and enjoy it shocked me. 

I enjoyed reading from the perspective of Gretchen. Gretchen seemed like a very strong-willed character, and even though things became though for her throughout the story with her brother, the way her father died, Herr Hitler, and other things. She stayed true and she did what she believed was right and I applaud her.

There aren't many female characters that I would put up next to Rose, but Gretchen is definitely one of them there was nothing whiny about her.

Then we have Daniel who is on the other side of the budding war between the national socialites and Jews, being a reporter for a Jewish newspaper he began to show Gretchen just what her beloved Hitler was all about . I love that Daniel also saw through Gretchen, and seemed to care for her and helped her learn the truth about her families past. 

Another aspect I was 100% grateful for was NO love triangle!!!
See this can be done, and you can still have an awesome story, I applaud you Mrs. Blankman.


2 comments:

  1. The 1930's is loaded with intriguing possibilities! Great era to set a story in.

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    1. I really think so too. I'm gonna have to start broaden my horizons for other era of books.

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