Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Prisoner of Night and Fog By Anne Blankman Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Today we have my review of PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG & a great Tour-Wide Giveaway!

Prisoner of Night

& Fog 

Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Prisoner of Night and Fog
(Prisoner of Night and Fog #1)
Genres: YA, Historical, Mystery
Published: April 22nd, 2014

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.

"Debut novelist Blankman’s account of life in Munich prior to Hitler’s 1933 elevation to the chancellorship is completely engrossing....Blankman creates riveting tension for her heroine and pulls readers through with an irresistible subplot featuring forbidden love."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"I'm in awed envy of the daring with which Anne Blankman plunges into her difficult and sensitive subject matter. To read Prisoner of Night and Fog is to be immersed in a breathtaking evocation of Munich in the 1930s, where life is ordinary and skin-crawling by turns, and in the painful, hopeful story of one young girl's awakening conscience. It’s terrifying and incredible to think how much of this story is true."

-- Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity

"Prisoner of Night and Fog seamlessly blends the fascinating, terrifying facts of Hitler's rise to power with a gripping murder mystery. Gretchen is a brave and believable protagonist, and readers will become engrossed in her struggle to uncover the truth. I can't wait for the sequel."
-- Michelle Cooper, award-winning author of the Montmaray Journal series

"Prisoner of Night and Fog is a nail-biting visit to Adolf Hitler's inner circle in the early days of the Nazi party's rise to power. Gretchen Müller's reluctant transformation from star-struck protege to clear-eyed "race traitor" is poignant and believable, while the echoing tramp of jackboots grows louder and louder through the streets of old Munich."

-- Jennifer Armstrong, coauthor of In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer (with Irene Gut Opdyke)

I'm not big on historical events, I just know the basics of Adolf Hitler and his crazed mind-set. So honestly, I can't tell you if half the events I read in the PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG is true or not. But I will tell you this, it was amazing, beyond amazing! I was literary glued to my tablet for 2 days reading this! And I am so happy to hear that this is a series and their will be another book!

I could tell right off the bat that this book took a lot of time and research to create. It was well thought out and plotted thick. This book had this energy that radiated off the pages and vibrated through my entire body. It left an everlasting feeling within me and tracks of foot prints in my heart forever!

The power this book brought with each word Anne Blankman crafted was astonishing and truly overwhelming. I honestly can't find the right words to express my love and amazement the PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, and it will stay on my top shelf for a very, very long time, because I will be sure to read this again and again!


In 1930's Gretchen lives under the safely of her dear Uncle Dolf aka- Adolf Hitler that she admires and loves dearly. She looks up to uncle Dolf and grants his every wish. Since her fathers murder when he jumped in front of spays of bullets meant for uncle Dolf, she has been under his security and command. She has always had the highest respect and love for dear Uncle Dolf... until now!

Gretchen has been brained washed of the real world and the truths it holds. She has been fed false information about everything in her life. But when a reporter named Daniel finds his way into Gretchen's world, she begins to see the truth! Dear uncle Dolf is not what she's always thought, and her fathers murder may have had more to it then Uncle Dolf claimed! As everything else in Gretchen's world starts to come to light, Gretchen will have to decide how far she's willing to go to uncover the truth. Because she may uncover things that were meant to stay buried forever, and she may just pay that price with her life and the life of her new-found love Daniel, the reporter that's found his way into her life...and heart!

Wow, just wow, this book was so amazing and explosive in so many ways. Anne Blankman has took some realistic events and intertwined them with fictional events and crafted a heart pounding daring adventure of one girls fight for the truth, that may cost her everything she loves!

I am so ready for the next book in this series, and I'm sadden to know it's so far away! I will be waiting impatiently until it's finally released! I know one thing is for sure, I will read anything Anne Blankman writes without a second thought! PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG is a definite MUST READ FOR 2014!  

NOTE: I received an eARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!

5 Bone Hearts

question of the day!

Want extra entries? 

Each blog in PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG Blog Tour will have their own question of the day. So all you have to do is answer my question in the comment section, and that's it! Your entitled to extra entries! That easy! You can also go by the other stops and answer their Question Of The Day to get even more entries! :)

my question:

What would you do if you were in Gretchen's shoes? Fight for the truth, or agree to stay naive and sheltered from the harsh truths that everything you've always thought may have been a lie?

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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  1. YES! Seriously so glad you loved it. I finished it back last week and damn, like you said, glued to it. It usually takes me a while to warm up to books, but after the first five pages I was just hooked. And it's weird, because I didn't think I would be because of what it's about but I was. and though it did kind of slow down a bit I wasn't even bothered by it and wasn't bored (which, I would've usually been) but yeah. So. Good. :) Great review!

  2. Oh my goshhh!! I REALLY REALLY want to read this book!! I've only heard good stuff about it and it looks amazing. I especially like the fact that its from such a different World War 2 point of view; that of a close relative of Adolf Hitler. I can't say that I've ever even heard of a book anything like this one and I'm really excited to read it soon!!

  3. That's amazing! I love it when you read something you don't normally and you love it! I don't like horror but read Red Hill by Jamie McGuire and loved it. I do however love historical novels so I will definitely check it out!

  4. I am not huge on historical. It just isn't my thing. I know that a lot of people love it, but for some reason it just never grabs my attention. I saw this cover one day though, and it was so pretty that I checked it out. While it is not the type of story that I would normally read, I might give it a shot anyway. I have heard so many good things about it. I won't promise that I will love it, but maybe I will and a whole new genre will be opened up to me! Thanks for another great review!

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