Book Review: Prisoner of Night and FogAuthor: Anne Blankman
Published: April 2014
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog #1
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
The Setting - Taken 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?
My Two Cents
Hmmm. A Historical Fiction novel set in Munich, Germany in 1930 with the main character a "niece" to Hitler and who falls in love with a Jewish boy. This cannot possibly end well... But regardless of how you like the ending, Prisoner of Night and Fog is a prime example of why I LOVE Historical Fiction. I get a fictional love story intermingled with factual history. My mother would be proud. It's like eating chocolate zucchini cake. You get a little bit of vegetable with your dessert. But enough about chocolate...onto the book. Normally I shy away from World War II books. I'll admit it...I am the worst pansy when it comes to this time in history. Thinking about how many peopled died and what killed them is enough to throw me into a fit of rage and tears. But Prisoner of Night and Fog takes place just before the concentration camps. And I loved reading the authors perspective about what life would be like in 1931 in Germany. I learned all sorts of things. Turns out Hitler is fascinating, in a deadly sort of way. The romance between Daniel and Gretchen is sweet and kind of puts the cherry on top for me and this book. Go read this one. It is simply amazing! I'm awarding Prisoner of Night and Fog 5 out of 5 stars. It will be interesting to see how Blankman continues this series. Will it be with Gretchen and Daniel? And if it is... For the love Gretchen, stay out of Germany (or quite frankly Europe)!