I'm so very excited to be a part of the Prisoner of Night and Fog blog tour, which you can check out the rest of HERE.
eARC, 416 pages
Publication: April 22nd 2014 Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Romance
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog #1
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.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it truly blew me away! There has never been an unrequited love quite like the romance between one of Hitler's sheltered beloveds and a Jewish reporter. I think that's what really kept me in this story; there's so much that could go wrong and everything felt so on-edge and the stakes were high from the beginning. The other thing I really loved about this book was that it was so relatable in a sense but also so foreign. I can't quite put my finger on it; there were very few situations in this book that I might find myself in, but I really connected with Gretchen and found her situation with her family and Daniel so endearing I just could not stop reading! It was so strange getting used to being on a personal level with Hitler. Some serious kudos to the author for making Hitler into a pretty great guy at first. But, of course, he's still one of the villains of this story, and his true nature ends up being reflected in one of the characters close to Gretchen and she starts to realize how wrong she was about everything. Especially Daniel. It also amazing me how the author could so vividly describe Gretchen's distaste and even mirror that distaste in Daniel for Gretchen, and then in thoughts and movements have that distaste move to something completely wonderful. I loved how that part of the romance was written.
I felt like, more than most books, that we as readers could connect to what was going on here since it occurs in somewhat recent history and we learn a lot about it in school. I gave this book 4.5 apples for only one reason, and that reason is because I found myself wanting to put it down after certain characters got together. I feel like it could have been drawn out a bit longer and created a little less surety and suspense in the plot. I know it seems like a minor thing, but it really made me want to put down a book that I seriously considered bringing into the shower with me (my Kindle, that is) and read it in there! I really enjoyed the stories of the secondary characters, and some I even knew from history (like one of Gretchen's friends). But Gretchen soon learns that there aren't any people close to her that she can really trust, and the one man she thought would always have her back may have been the reason for her father's death. What started out as a heart-wrenching murder mystery turned into a need for survival against the oncoming Nazi occupation. There was just so much about this book that I loved, and I really only had that one issue. The plot soon picked up again and I honestly didn't know what was going to happen on the next page. I love that about a book! Very highly recommended to all! :)
Lovers of historical fiction, especially pre-WWII. Also, for people who love a romance that's forbidden on so many levels! I really loved this book!
This was very unique! I honestly can't think of many books that I've read that take place in this time period.