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review 2019-03-06 21:45
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman


Prisoner of Night and Fog #1


๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏


Historical Fiction Based in Truth
Germany Pre-WWII Times
Family Secrets
Ravings of a Madman--Adolf Hitler
Splash of Romance

With Narration Performed by Heather Wilds


๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

This was a little different from my usual kind of read, but sometimes different is just what you need.   While my knowledge of Germany and Hitler is limited, I learned about it in school, but I only remember the basics, I still believe that this feels very well researched...and I soaked all the history up like a sponge.  That added to the interesting characters and the side-mystery makes this a worthwhile read/listen.  There is a bit of romance, but it feels so natural that it only enhances the story.  
The narrator's accent was just right...giving Gretchen's voice just the right amount of German, without making it difficult to understand.  

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๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really...but there is a second book.
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Book Cover⇝ Gorgeous...love the cover model, she seems perfect for the story.
Setting⇝ Munich, Germany
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2015-07-20 12:53
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke - Anne Blankman

Oh, the things we do for love. Gretchen doesn’t think twice when she decides to return to Germany to help Daniel who has suddenly returned there to seek out the individuals’ responsibility for his cousin’s death. She was ready to put Germany behind her and move forward in her life but this sudden turn of events has everything she hoped for on pause, for now.   This twist wouldn’t be so dramatic if: it wasn’t March of 1933, if Hitler wasn’t trying to gain power, if Gretchen wasn’t Hitler’s former pet and she hadn’t just escaped from under his strict restraints, if Gretchen’s face wasn’t publicly known and if Hitler rise to power wasn’t causing havoc among the citizens right now. It’s not long before the two are united and Daniel informs Gretchen about his cousin. Things are never simple as word gets out the Daniel is back and he’s blamed for a murder. Being a reporter, Daniel wants to investigate the murder so he can clear his name. Traveling together, the book picks up speed and there’s talk of the Ringvereine, the Enabling Act and the National Socialists. It is believed by some, that the National Socialists are causing chaos and blaming or planting evidence on other individuals/groups to help their cause. The Ringvereine, they reminded me of a band of people who come together to stop corrupt activities. Not all they do is legal but they have a common enemy and they are a united group. The time table in this book is the Enabling Act, as Daniel and Gretchen want to get their tasks completed before this Act becomes a reality. This is the second book in the series and I thought the first book was much better. The first half of this book did not capture my attention and I really had a hard time staying awake reading it. There seemed to be a lot of words without a lot of action or adventure being played out. In the second half of the book, the main characters took a more active role and their journey had more to offer than what I struggled with in the beginning of the novel.

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text 2015-07-04 20:14
May & June Wrap Up
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy) - Marie Rutkoski
Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman
Rebel Belle - Rachel Hawkins
#scandal - Sarah Ockler
Angelfall - Susan Ee
World After - Susan Ee
Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood Series Book 2) - Victoria Scott
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han
Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Onyx - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I have no idea why I never did a May one. I guess I'm just lazy. I read quite a bit these past two months-at least a lot for me, Though I know I'm behind because I want to read 75 books this year. Graphic novels and manga count right? I read three these past two months.


The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

It was a good sequel, but I definitely enjoyed the first book more.

I really liked the politics in this one, but I felt the build up was dragged for the ending sequence that was only like five pages. Also, not enough interaction between Arin and Kestrel. Though I really did like their heart breaking romance though. Rip my heart out it's okay. That cliff hanger though. UGH.


 Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

I loved this book so much. I loved it so much I actually made a post about it. i still want a story from Daniel's perspective. Just saying. 


Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Everyone seems to love this and I am not part of that group. I wasn't impressed by this. Nothing meshed well and it was all over the place. I can't explain it but it was also very open...(?) It kind of just jumped right into the story and went from one thing to the next. I liked it enough to buy the sequel though. Interesting plot but meh writing. (Though I do love her Hex Hall series.)


Scandal by Sarah Ockler

The message of this book is very important. Cyber bullying is horrible and should never be done. I hated the bullying. I hated the fact that no one helped the main character. This poor girl would walk through the hallways of her school and get spat on. Why did no one stop this? Bullying is a messed up thing and I hate hearing about it. 

The one thing I didn't like was the main character's romance thing with the guy. There were things that were written about them that happened that were so vague they made no sense. 

Important message but everything else was meh. 


Lux Beginnings and Consequences by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I read Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal (technically I read Obsidian in May in finished in June and the same thing happened with Opal and finished July first oh well.) I like the story. It's enjoyable and has it's moments. I like Katy, I don't like Daemon. He was fine throughout the first book but half way in Onyx and a majority of Opal he was so annoying. He's so inconsistent. Up and down up and down. One minute he hates her the next he's in love. I was also so done with the romance in Opal. I want plot development I don't care about you two kissing. 


Angelfall and World After by Susan Ee

Literally the best angel books I've read so far. Granted I was annoyed that it just jumped to six weeks later. I want to know what happened but that's the whole point of the story. The angels have invaded and no one knows why. I love the relationship between Penryn and her sister and her relationship with Raffe. And of course the actual story and the crap that happens to her. But mostly Penryn. One of the best female leads I have ever read. (I heard the third book is a disappointment and I really hope when I read it I won't think it is.)


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

I guess it was a cute contemporary? I don't really like contemporary nor did I like the instalove.


Salt and Stone by Victoria Scott

This sequel was so good! The character development was great with Tella, That cliffhanger though. When's the last book coming out?



I also read Deadly Class vol.1 and the manga Blackbird vol.1 and I liked the story to both of them but to me they were all over the place. Literally jumped from one thing to the next. 


Right now I'm in a reading slump. I have so many books on my tbr that need to be read but I don't wanna read any of them. 

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text 2015-06-24 21:49
Characters I Want to Drown | T5W
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Angelfall - Susan Ee
Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman
Gabriel's Inferno - Sylvain Reynard
White Hot Kiss - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 I mean...there are a lot of characters I can't stand/get frustrated and angry with but I wouldn't necessarily want to drown. Just slap a lil bit of sense into them. Mostly because for some reason I can't think of any character I actually hate. I guess I should have done the frustrating characters t5w. Oh well. Three of the characters I chose I would be glad to drown. Just saying.


If you didn't know T5W was created by gingerreadslainey and every Wednesday there's a topic in which we choose our top 5 to it. If you want to join, check out the discussion page!



1) Mal from The Grisha Trilogy.

I honestly can't remember much about him because I haven't read the last book and I just didn't like him. I know I probably should have but I'm a terrible person who much preferred The Darkling. I wouldn't mind if a book took an evil route you know? I had the same thought with the Halo books by Alexandra Adornetto. I never finished it because I grew out of of it and I liked Jake. She should have chosen the demon. Anyway, I didn't like Mal. I thought he was annoying and not a very good friend to Alina. 


2) Uriel from the Penryn End of Days trilogy 

Because he's the one who did the thing to Raffe. I haven't read the last book yet but I hope he dies. Just saying.


3) Reinhard from Prisoner of Night and Fog

He was such a shit brother! I hated him so much. 


4) Simon from Gabriel's Inferno 

(there are actual multiple characters in this I would love to drown) 

I won't say much because spoilers but this man. Oh my god this man and what he did to Julia. That's all I'm saying, 


5) Layla from the Dark Elements trilogy 

This girl! She's the main character yet she's so damn useless throughout the majority of the book and her damn indecisiveness. How you gonna be in love with someone and all o a sudden fall in love so quick with some guy you just met. I can forgive her if she chooses Zayne. 



I know there are more characters in which I'd like to stick their heads in a toilet, but I'm just going to leave it with them. 

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review 2015-06-20 18:31
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke - Anne Blankman

I really liked the story, the setting, the atmosphere, the mystery, the intrigue, the betrayals, the friendships and the bravery exhibited by our main characters throughout it all. The blend of fact and fiction is very impressive and must be commended. Probably my favorite part of the book was the Author's Note, where Blankman explains what's real and what isn't. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I didn't connect with the characters emotionally this time around like I should have, and my opinion of the book suffered for it.

So it's a good book, excellently written and impeccably researched, but it simply wasn't doing anything for me.

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