Thanks for joining me on my stop for The Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman Blog Tour! Hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club.
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Prisoner of Night and Fog was everything I was expecting it to be and more. Set against the backdrop of Munich during the 1930’s. The story chronicles Gretchen who lives with her older brother named Reinhard and her mother who runs the boarding house they currently live in. Gretchen is known as the martyrs’ daughter after her father was killed eight years ago when he bravely tried to protect Adolf Hitler from being shot at.
Growing up, Gretchen has been taught how to think and behave. She has never really questioned things, until an incident involving her brother, his friend, and a Jewish man stirs up emotions and doubt. She struggles with doing what she has learnt to be right versus being brave and doing what she knows to be right in her heart.
I loved Gretchen. She is a little naïve, but she is also bright, ambitious, and has courage. Her relationship with Daniel, a Jewish reporter was one of my favorite moments to read. From the very beginning, I could tell I would enjoy seeing these two together.
All of the characters were unique and added a great depth to the story. The writing was really good, and it was easy to see that the author did her research for this novel. The way she intertwined historical facts with her own unique storyline was a job well done. I’ve always liked historical fiction, yet this time period is one I don’t often read about, but from the onset my interest was piqued. I was happy to have taken a chance on this novel and even happier to discover that there will be a second book releasing after this one.
RATING: 4½ out of 5.
**I received this book on behalf of the Publisher in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you**
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.