Thursday, June 05, 2014

#Review of Prisoner of Night and Fog by @AnneBlankman #Published @HarperTeen

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.


Anne BlankmanAnne 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.

Another yummy debut! 
First off this author did her homework! Man I love learning about WWII and this book just blew me out of the water.  I loved this book and finished it in a day.  Not sure how it got lost in all of my reviews.  But it did which is why this is posting now instead of last month.  OOPS.  So this one is about Hitlers rise to power.  It has just the right amount of historical accuracy and fantasy to carry the reader into the world of WWII.  It was a wonderful tale of forbidden romance and what you will stand up for and who you will follow.  
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Official Prisoner of Night and Fog Playlist by Anne Blankman

Whenever I write, I have to listen to music. The right song puts me in the mood to write a certain scene, or gets me into a character’s head. This playlist is so diverse because this book isn’t just a thriller or a romance or historical fiction or a coming-of-age story—it’s all of them, so I picked lots of different kinds of songs to accompany certain scenes in my book. I hope these songs affect you as deeply as they affected me.
1. Paramore, “Brick by Boring Brick” 
I love the raw emotion in the singer’s voice. The song’s message—about letting go of the fairy-tale castles of childhood—mirrors the main character’s struggles so perfectly.
2. My Chemical Romance, “Welcome to the Black Parade” 
If you want to get into the twisted head of my main character’s brother, this is the song to listen to! I listened to this song over and over while writing chapter sixteen, and once you’ve read that part, you’ll understand why.
3. Grimes, “Genesis” 
I admit, I can barely make out what Grimes is saying, but the song’s romantic and mysterious feel make me shiver every time I hear it.
4. David Guetta featuring Sia, “Titanium” 
This is such a great fight song. It’s about standing up to your enemies, even while they’re trying their hardest to destroy you.
5. Nelly Furtado, “Childhood Dreams” 
I’m not afraid to confess, I cry when I listen to this song about the surprise and wonder of falling in love . . . and the beautiful realization that leaning on someone doesn’t make you weak.
6. Radiohead, “Creep” 
How could I write a book about Nazis without including “Creep” in my playlist? The verses about wanting to be special and have control remind me of Hitler. .
7. Emeli Sandé, “Next to Me” 
I adore this song about loving and trusting someone else completely. Listen to this while reading chapter thirty-seven, and you’ll understand why I picked it. .
8. Nicki Minaj, “Right Thru Me” 
To me, this song is about the shock and gratitude we feel when we realize someone loves us, even when we’re acting our worst. .
9. The Killers, “Read My Mind” 
This song captures the aching isolation and loneliness several characters in Prisoner of Night and Fog feel. .
10. Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Kings and Queens” 
When I listen to this epic song, I think about the bittersweet moments we all experience when we move from childhood to adulthood. .
11. U2, “With or Without You” 
Best. Love. Song. Ever. Enough said.
12. Florence + the Machine, “Shake It Out” 
I love the verses about blindness and trying to let go of the past. Listen to this song while reading chapters twenty-one and twenty-two, and you’ll get a deeper sense of what the main character is going through.
13. Paramore, “Monster” 
This bitter, angry song makes me think of how disillusioned and disappointed we feel when our idols fall before our eyes.
14. Nicki Minaj featuring Rihanna, “Fly” 
There was no way I couldn’t include this haunting song about women triumphing over the enemies surrounding them.
15. Coldplay, “Viva la Vida” 
To me, this song is about a complete reversal of fortune, a constant theme in the Nazis’ torturous rise to power.
16. No Doubt, “Running” 
I can’t say why I picked this song or I’ll spoil the ending. Listen to it while reading the last chapter, and you’ll understand why I had to include “Running.”

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