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Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1)

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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. An...more
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Balzer + Bray
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To anyone who thinks research for a book is not worth the time or effort, Prisoner of Night and Fog proves to the contrary. Based on true historical events, Anne has crafted a brilliantly compelling and incredibly authentic story entwined with real historical figures who are given a second breath of life. This is a story of a girl's desperate search for the truth.

Underneath it all, Prisoner of Night and Fog is a gripping account of Hitler's rise to power. The plot introduces many real-life chara...more
I wished a German editor would have given the author some counsel because there are so many faults regarding the use of the German language (see my status updates for that) it’s almost ludicrous. I will never understand the need of US writers to write fictional novels on countries and cultures they never even been to only read about in books and pictures. Yeah everybody can read billions of books on Hitler, the NS regime, on Hitler and his women, Hitler and his pets, hell there are even books an...more
Never show your enemies how much you care, Papa had taught, because then they have power over you.

Prisoner of Night and Fog is Anne Blankman’s debut novel – and it is an incredibly impressive debut novel at that. There is something so horrifyingly intriguing about Hitler’s rise to power, about his personality and his inconceivable hold over people. Blankman captures the essence of one of history’s most infamous characters, and does something just slightly different too. She shows us who he is n...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
For decades since the World War II, the name Adolf Hitler has been synonymous with monster all over the world. But to 17-year-old Gretchen Muller, Adolf Hitler is simply Uncle Dolf, protector, substitute father, a great leader and a kind, gentle man. If he wasn’t, why would Gretchen’s own father jump in front of a bullet to protect him? Why would this somewhat strange Austrian take Gretchen’s entire family under his wing?

We must keep in mind that Blankman portrays Germany in 1931, before the Th...more
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For so long, she had believed in Hitler’s lies, seeing shadows where there should have been light.

Set in Germany during the rise of Hitler’s power, Prisoner of Night and Fog was a beautifully told story. I loved Anne Blankman’s take on this time period. The main character, Gretchen Müller is actually from Hitler’s inner circle—she refers to Hitler as “Uncle Dolf”. Instead of a conniving and cruel image of Hitler that we normally see in other YA historical fic...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
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Sometimes, you read for enjoyment and to escape. And then sometimes, you read because you know a book is good for you and it's important for you to read it. Prisoner of Night and Fog is definitely one of the latter books. That's not to say it isn't enjoyable - it is, in some parts. But for me, PoNaF was definitely a serious, thriller of a book that you learn from - it wasn't always fun, but I *am* glad I read it.

The plot clicks...more
"You will never learn what I am thinking. And those who boast most loudly that they know my thought, to such people I lie even more."- Adolf Hitler

Setting:Berlin and Munich, Germany; 1933

Coverly Love?:No; this is way too close of a close up for my liking.

Plot:Germany; 1933. WWI has been over for fifteen years, but Germany is still suffering. Bitterly poor and living in poverty the German people need someone to look up to. Such is the case for sixteen year old Gretchen Muller, who along with her...more
Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

This book! This book you guys! I can only say WOW! I'm left completely speechless and at loss of words. I did not expect this. What I had in mind about this book is completely wrong. I probably saw Hitler in the book blurb and made my assumption right away. What I thought this book is going to be about is Hitler persecuting the Jews, something like Anne Frank: The Diary of Young Girl, but fictional. But no, it wasn't anything like that.

Charlotte (Gypsy Reviews)
HOLY CRAP. I freaking loved this, I did doubt some areas in the beginning and at first the romance but IT WAS GOOOOOD. I love historical fiction and this one just hit the nail. Blankman intertwined her own story within the historical events so seamlessly and you can really tell how much effort was put in and the attention to detail was impressive. For the last 40% of the book I was terrified for Gretchen and Daniel because you just never know what could happen. Rest assured the romance was done...more
Carol Storm
This YA novel about a German girl raised within the Nazi inner circle who rebels against the cruelty and evil of her "Uncle Dolf" is one of the most intense, compelling, and terrifying tales of mystery and suspense that I have ever read.

Gretchen Muller is an amazing heroine, a girl who is totally believable in her agonizing loneliness, her need for a father figure, and her understandable loyalty to Hitler and the Nazi party. The author does a great job of capturing the feeling of Munich and Ger...more
Oct 30, 2013 Megan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2014, arc
This book caught my eye because of the cover. But after reading the blurb, I knew I had to add it. It has a forbidden love story in it! Added!


One of my most anticipated reads, Prisoner of Night and Fog was one of my favorite reads of 2014. Rich in its history and complex in its story-telling, this is a book that is going to appeal to many YA historical fans.

The characterization in Prisoner of Night and Fog was very strong. Anne Blankman ensured that each of her characters possessed depth and was well-developed. Gretchen, our main character, is someone we watch grow into her skin over the course of the story. In the beginning of the bo...more
Cait Grace

Gretchen is a super strong heroine. I love characters who break the "strong" stereotype. You know...kick butt and sassy? Gretchen was neither of those, yet she was strong and someone I easily admired. Sure she was brainwashed, buuuut, these things happened. I loved her flexibility and strength to question. Also, I love her for this quote:

Maybe she didn't matter enough to the Brauns, certainly not enough to her mother and Uncle Dolf, and definitely not at all to Reinhard. But
Prisoner of Night and Fog is one of the most original, impressive debuts I've ever read. It's a coming of age story that stands out for its historical setting and the unique situation that fuels the main character's growth. While I wouldn't call myself a history buff, the time surrounding Adolf Hitler's rise to power, the Holocaust, and World War II has always fascinated me, but more than that it has haunted me. It's one of the darkest, most horrific times in human history, and even typing this...more
Prisoner of Night and Fog is exactly why I love historical fiction. The story fascinated me so much that I kept going online to look up the characters and time period while I was reading, because I wanted to learn more. In fact, all but a handful of the characters in this book were real people. But this story also completely frightened me. In many ways, it was scarier than reading a book categorized as horror, because this evil was real.

Prisoner of Night and Fog takes place in 1931 in Munich, G...more
This would probably be an incoherent review as I can't really express why I felt nothing. It was just that. A reading slump, maybe?

First off, I expected to love this one so much, since most early reviews have given this either 5 or 4 stars. I'll admit--I understand why they gave these sort of ratings. Things were very well thought of the plot (even if there was very little of it, honestly) flowed smoothly with just the right pacing, but the thing was, I couldn't connect with the characters at al...more
First of all, I would like to point out that the low rating has absolutely nothing to do with the actual book, but with my level of enjoyment upon reading it (or better, the lack thereof). Though I didn’t like the book, I mean no disrespect for the author’s efforts in researching the historical aspect, which was exposed flawlessly.

I cannot name a particular reason for disliking this book as much as I did. World War II is my absolute favorite historical setting, the plot (highly original and wit...more
Given the history we all know about the Nazis and the Jews in the 1930s, I knew it would be almost impossible for me to feel merry or lighthearted when I picked up and read Prisoner of Night and Fog. That didn’t mean I wouldn’t find the story enjoyable. The whole time while reading it, I was eager to learn more about the characters (both real people and fictional characters), the dismal situation they were in as well as the wobbly nature of the social dynamics in Germany. I wanted to find out wh...more
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: Prisoner of Night and Fog is a fast-paced mystery with romance, action, and betrayal. I’d recommend it to readers everywhere.

Opening Sentence: Gretchen Muller peered through the car’s rain-spotted windshield.

The Review:

Prisoner of Night and Fog is a book about Gretchen, daughter of Hitler’s beloved matyr. Herr Müllen jumped in front of the bullets meant for Hitler, saving the National Socialist’s beloved leader, and now Gretchen and her moth...more
Emma Michaels
First off, I am thrilled to hear there will be a sequel because MORE PLEASE!

I decided to read Prisoner of Night and Fog because the concept was so striking. This book blew away my expectations. I didn’t expect to get so attached to the characters but they were each so real and tangible. Gretchen is a girl who was being manipulated by the man that many would consider the most charismatic speaker in history and one of the most dangerous. Many times literature will leave out his charisma and abili...more
Ornella (Nyx)
This is not in any way horrible, but it just wasn't that good either and I'm not just saying that because I don't like world war settings.

Prisoner of Night and Fog seemed like it would be great, but I was hesitant because it was during too during World War II years. I just don't like reading about it. It was horrible and what's going to be said about this time period has been said a million times over and some authors seem to use it simply for the emotional string pulling, I thought Prisoner of...more
I haven't read too many Young Adult historical novels, but I think I can safely say that this is within my top three. Prisoner of Night and Fog offered a unique view on World War II, from the perspective of "the bad guys", with fiction so well weaved with fact that the story could almost be taken as true.

Blankman has obviously done a tremendous amount of research into the time period. It seemed like the majority of the characters were based on the actual people from history. Adolf Hitler, Geli R...more
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Amazing. Simply amazing.

A new and gripping fictional story of Adolf Hitler's rise to power through the story of his niece. Sometimes we forget that Hitler had a family. Which makes this story engaging and thought provoking. Through the story it was very obvious that the author did some amazingly immense and through research as the author weaves real-life characters who really were a part of Hitler's group that impacted his life and helped pave the way to his rise to power, with fictional charact...more
This has got be one of the best historicals I've read! You can really tell that the author put in so much effort into research and the crafting of the novel was excellent!! The characters were absolutely lovely as well! :)
didn’t expect much of Prisoner Night And Fog, but I must admit that this novel completely blew me away! From it’s dark suspense and intrigue, to it’s nail-bitingly realistic portrayal of a highly dark period of time, this novel soars and stands apart on it’s very on tier of...more
In profile, she saw things about his features she hadn't noticed before: the straightness of his nose, the full shape of his lips, the sharp point of his chin. Why couldn't he appear the way he was supposed to? The human shape of his face, the human smell of him-all combined to make it difficult to remember he was a subhuman.

Anne Blankman is a truly standout author in the YA historical fictional genre. She mixes real life events with fiction, and makes the reader look at history in a new and fa...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Originally posted on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

I’ve never really been interested in Nazi Germany or Hitler, while tragic and disturbing, I’ve always found the time period to be kind of boring. When Prisoner of Night and Fog came up for review, I thought this would be my chance to find out if the book could interesting the pessimist in me about the historical period. And it did, through the eyes of a relatable, strong heroine who discovers the truth about Hitler, also affect...more
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

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...more
My original review of this title can be found here on The Book Hookup.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

“How Hitler had smiled when he set his drained cup down. The boy’s life snuffed out by the night and the fog, while his father watches but sees nothing. He laughed
Martina Boone
This book is a beautiful thing. It takes the easy, almost cliché Hitler character we’ve all come to know and makes him more personal and more chilling, while simultaneously showing us how easy it was to want to believe the horror of his viewpoint. Every character in this book feels true and complete, and each story within the story from the romance to the mystery and the shifting relationships between the characters feels effortlessly interwoven, flawlessly researched, and brilliantly executed....more
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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 sh...more
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