Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman #BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway

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Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1)
by Anne Blankman
416 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Release Date: 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.

 

I actually don’t generally read books that are set in the WWI or WWII era. I’m not sure why, but maybe because it’s a sad topic. So reading The Prisoner of Night and Fog was sort out of the norm for me but I just kept seeing this one and really wanted to give it a go and I'm glad I did. I think Anne Blankman did a wonderful job of taking fiction and then weaving it into fact. Plus there is great Authors note that explains what things were changed and added. I admit I felt dumb because there is one of the characters that totally went over my head until the end of the book because I was saying the name wrong.

Gretchen is a great mc because she really changes throughout the book. She starts off with the ideals that are ingrained in from childhood. On how to think like a National Socialist Party Member but there is also something in her that whispers doubts about it. She repeats it to herself like her life depends on it and in a way it does. It isn’t until she has some eye opening experiences that really make her begin to finally think for herself. Gretchen is actually quite clever and intelligent but it’s almost like she refusing to see what was in front of her because she knew it would change her world forever. Once she crosses those lines though she becomes a different and free Gretchen. I really liked the way her character develops through the book.

I also really like Daniel as well. Of course it’s still a fiction novel but their interactions at first seem more realistic to me. They are both suspicious of one another and there are times when Daniel is not sympathetic. He gets mad at how she acts and calls her out on it. He doesn’t take her naivety as an excuse and encourages her to think for herself. I think he is an important part to the growth of her character and grows a bit himself because of it. I felt like it’s hard not to like him. Plus once you have his loyalty you can tell it’s an all in thing with him.

I have to tell you from the get go Reinhard is one really scary dude. I mean really scary, through the whole book you feel like he’s going to pop out of the cracks in the sidewalk. Kind of put me on edge.

The plot is a rough one, it’s so sad to see people treated they way they are just because of their religious beliefs. It’s an interesting approach to Hitler and some of the reasoning of why he targeted Jews. I think it made me sad reading because I know what comes next for the world of Hitler and you want someone to beat the snot out of him in the book. You just think, why are people listening to this. Hitler is a main portion of the book but there is also a bit of murder mystery. Although I liked the intrigue I didn’t feel myself absorbed in at as much as maybe I should have been. I’m not sure why but it just didn’t give me that I need to know what happened right now feeling. I think because there are so many things going on in this book that you have plenty of things to focus on. I mean just things like the mistreatment of those of Jewish faith, mistreatment of women, mental illness and just the whole who do you trust thing.That's not to say I felt overwhelmed because I didn't, I thought it was all threaded into the story nicely.

I liked the ending, it was fast paced and stressful. Just how like a book like this, but satisfying where it left off. I was definitely good with it.

So this isn't going to be your people dancing in flower fields type of book. I felt there was an intensiveness to it because of the subject matter. I really enjoyed it though and for me who is not strongly interested in this era, it definitely sparked something. Plus a great Author’s Note at the end that I recommend reading.

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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One of these years I want to make it to Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival. I've been there before but never for that and it's absolutely on my bucket list.



Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow #CoverReveal #CoverThursday

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Harlequin TEEN revealed the amazing cover for the second book in the Michelle Madow Diamond Sisters series. I can tell you I'm completely stoked and the cover is absolutely awesome!

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Going Nowhere by K.M. Galvin #BlogTour #BookReview #DreamCast #Giveaway

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Going Nowhere by
K.M. Galvin
Series: Twenty-Something #1
Release date: January 7th 2014

Marisol Finnegan has done everything right to ensure that when she graduated college she'd have the kickass life she always wanted. That's what we're told right? A + B = C? Yeah, well sometimes C is being a twenty-four year old virgin moving home with your parents.

So not ideal.

Before entering this tragically pathetic phase of her life, Marisol stops at a bar for a drink. It's here where her life really changes when she meets her catalyst...Jason Scott.
After everything you've ever done has backfired and you no longer trust yourself how are you able to navigate a relationship? How do you even begin to love yourself let alone someone else?




The plot of Going Nowhere is a great topic. Mari graduates from Grad school with no job and just an expensive degree She has to move home to stay with her parents until she can get on her feet. It’s something that I think a lot of people experience and nobody wants to move home. It feels like you are admitting defeat even though it’s actually pretty common.

Mari makes me laugh in the beginning because she feels sorry for herself and is overly dramatic about it. For some reason this endeared me to her when it probably shouldn’t. I just thought she was pretty funny and some of the stuff she did I might do if I was in the same situation. I think everyone can have their over dramatic moments especially when you are frustrated. Mari is trying to figure herself out and what she really wants to do with life. I thought her fear of relationships is interesting because it doesn’t seem to be rooted in anything besides inexperienced. It’s more like she holds herself to this high standard where it’s easier to not try at all than it is to fail. I like that Mari is flawed, she can be self-absorbed at times but it nice to not have her dancing around as little miss perfect.

I love Mari and Jason’s interaction right off the bat. Including that she keeps calling him bartender when she talks to him in the beginning. Actually they end up having all kinds of nicknames for one another it’s very cute. They start off as friends and then blossom into more. They have a lot of banter that I enjoyed. Although towards the end of the book I kind of felt frustrated with them both and how they handled things. Especially Mari, I probably would have told her to grow up and stop acting like a baby if I was her friend. Then I would tell Jason to simmer down. I have to say though it was nice that they did have some big fights where they made up by the end of the night. So it wasn’t like this couple is totally perfect and then this one things happen and it shatters everything. They were a couple you could relate to more because they do have spats.

I loved the supporting characters. I like when a book has a strong family and friend base. Trent, Blake, Declan, Lindsey (not so much I didn’t like her), Emily and Kayla. So Mari did have people to turn to when she needed to talk or someone to drag her out of bed and tell her she was being stupid. Same went for Jase, Declan was there to kind of mellow him out. I would love to hang out with Emily and Kayla because they both really rocked.

I enjoyed this book because it’s fun, romantic and light. The strong supporting cast helped invest me into the story. I wanted to hear about them just as much as the main characters. It also makes me excited for the next book which I am assuming is going to be Declan and Emily, which I freaking love those two.

Marisol
Anna Popplewell
Not only did I feel like she could pull off the pouty lips look she's actually 26 so pretty close to the age of Mari (I did change my mind once and almost choose Peyton List

Jason

Matt Bomer (From White Collar)
Guys are always harder for me to choose. I'm not sure why. It took me a while to settle on Matt and I had to find a picture of him not wearing a suit for it to fit in my brain.

Emily
Michelle Trachtenberg
I actually thought of her first then thought maybe not and then went back to her. Something about her ability to play a kick ass girl which is how I picture Emily.

Kayla
Sienna Miller
She just looked fun loving in this picture. Just like Marisol's sister


K.M. "Kelsie" Galvin grew up in the South with Yankee parents, which made for a very confusing accent. She loves music, books, blogging (Hola from Page Trotters!), Game of Thrones and coffee. Going Nowhere is her first book.