Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman - Review

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Published by: Balzer + Bray on April 22nd, 2014
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog #1
Pages: 401
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Gifted
Rating: 3/5
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FROM GOODREADS: 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.


Dear Prisoner of Night and Fog,

You are the story of Gretchen Müller, who just happens to be the beloved "niece" of Adolf Hitler. Yes, Hitler. WHAAAT? Right there, you had me intrigued, and then I find out there is a star-crossed love involved with a Jewish reporter named Daniel. I knew I had to read you. Ever since devouring Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire, I've been itching to read more Historical Fiction set in WWII. However, you are set a little before all the actual warring begins, which was really interesting, because I was able to learn a little more about Hitler's rise to power. 

Not only do you involve star-crossed love, but also, a mystery! Gretchen has been raised on Nazi principles her whole life, and only begins questioning her father's death (he jumped in front of a bullet headed for Hitler) when she meets Daniel. Gretchen was an interesting character. I'm really not sure if I agree with how fast she seemed to just start trusting Daniel. I kind of feel like it should've taken a little longer, because those principles were so ingrained into her at that point. But Daniel. I really really liked Daniel. I'm not sure if I swooned hardcore for him, but I still enjoyed him as the love interest.

Hitler was seriously one messed up dude. I already knew that, of course, but there was some things you unveiled that I had never heard about him before. Gretchen's brother is a nut too. Honestly, Prisoner of Night and Fog, you reminded me how horrible Nazi's were, even before they began persecuting the Jews. It was crazy. Filled with lots of action and suspense, Prisoner of Night and Fog, you were brilliant. I didn't realize you were part of a duology (I believe) until I looked you up on goodreads, but now I'm really excited to see what happens next! You weren't as amazing as Code Name Verity or Rose Under Fire, but overall, you were still a spark among a sky full of duds. 

Really enjoyed you,


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  1. Amazing review bestie! I've been eyeing this book for the longest time and now that I know you enjoyed it, I think I'll have to pick it up! :D

  2. Awh, shame you didn't enjoy it as much as I did (I loved it) I do agree with you on her trusting Daniel a little fast, though it wasn't as fast as some others in YA. But, part, she may have trusted him and only him at the time, she sill clung onto the beliefs she was taught. But when you think about it, she was young, she was more manipulated by what Hitler and her brother put on her (well more Hitler, since she didn't trust or even like her brother anyway), and you can see how the detachment to that starts after she starts trusting Daniel and questions her fathers death. I loved the insight it Hitler, I mean, you know Hitler, but this is Hitler before Hitler, so it was interesting to see how much of a sociopath he was.

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

    1. I agree that it wasn't as fast as some others! I see your point, Kirsty.. it definitely makes sense. I loved the insight too!! I think that was my favorite part about Prisoner of Night and Fog, honestly! I'm curious to see what the next book will bring!

  3. I am so dying to read this book! I also read Code Name Verity and caught a little historical fiction bug lol

    Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

    1. Code Name Verity really bit me hard... I needed my historical fiction fix so bad after reading that book! Prisoner of Night and Fog was a great follow up even if it wasn't as mind blowing as CNV!

  4. I adore your review style, Becca!
    I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed this one, I'm still very on in the book and so fair I'm finding it very interesting but hasn't truly grabbed me, hopefully I'll get to sit and just read it soon!

    1. Thanks Pili!!
      It really took awhile for it to grab me too! I think that's why I had a hard time rating it higher than I did. It just wasn't my favorite historical fiction that I've ever read, but I still did enjoy it!! I'm curious to hear what you think!!

  5. This is a great review! You have me intrigued now. I haven't read Code Name Verity either, so I'll have to check these both out.

    1. Thanks Gabs! :D AH YOU NEED TO READ CODE NAME VERITY! ahem, seriously. It's a must for every single person!


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