I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 21st, 2015
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content.
But then, Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen’s world turns upside-down. And when she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped-and return to her homeland.
Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture and recognition, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time-or will Hitler discover them first?
I was perusing Edelweiss for some book covers when I decided to checkout the review copies. HarperTeen always has e-ARCs for review and I always want each and every one of them but when I saw this book there, I knew I had to read it already.
This book.. It had my heart pumping and my forehead sweating. I felt all the feels and was also freaked out all at the same time. Being on the run from Hitler will have you paranoid. When your country is turning into something no one can recognize, and you have to look over your shoulder the entire time.. This is what Gretchen was going through, through her eyes we experience the terror and the immediate pressure to topple the Nazi regime. We all know how it ends in real life, but in this fictional world, I kind of wanted a different ending.
Gretchen and Daniel are just so sweet to one another and I dare say they are both loving and very mature and considerate of each other’s feelings. Being in that world and what they had to go through, I love that it drove them to take action and to do something even if it meant their own lives were at risk. Very brave.
The writing is still as wonderfully written in the sequel as it is here. You immerse yourself in her words and her life and forget everything else. That’s what Blankman does well. And her research is just as strong here too. I wanted a twist ending but I knew I was just being hopeful.
Grab this one if you’re looking for an intense nail-biting read set on WW2.