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In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

In the Shadow of Blackbirds (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Cat Winters

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Title:In the Shadow of Blackbirds
Authors:Cat Winters
Info:Amulet Books (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages

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In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (2013)


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Very spooky but fun! Love the way she weaves history into this mystery. Keeps you guessing til the very end! ( )
  SusanGeiss | Mar 24, 2019 |
Billed as a paranormal YA fiction. Paranormal, yes, young adult, not so much. This was the author's first book, and while it was good, nothing made it great. The year is 1918 and Americans are in The Great War as well as suffering the Spanish Influenza. Mary Shelly and her aunt are trying to escape the flu and at the same time Mary is " seeing" her boyfriend, who was killed in France; or was he? The book would rate a 4 for historical fiction, but the paranormal is far-fetched as well as the obvious bad-guys. On second thought, teens might like this book! One annoying grammatical error which occurred numerous times was the use of the word "snuck." ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Mar 6, 2019 |
  whatsmacksaid | Sep 21, 2018 |
Mary Shelley Black is sixteen in the utterly terrifying year 1918. Forced to move to San Diego, California from Portland, Oregon after her father is jailed, she is engulfed in the Spanish Influenza outbreak in the final throws in World War I. Haunted by the death of the boy she loved, fiercely loyal independent Mary Shelley tries to save herself and those she loves all while communicating with the dead and uncovering the truth about a "spiritual photographer" preying on the grieving families of lost soldiers.
Winters creates a hypnotic world in Shadow of Blackbirds. From the first few sentences the reader is entranced in this world that is both difficult and empowering for women of all ages. Mary Shelley herself is a fantastic character, strong but with believable flaws. The plot is well-paced and Winters provides loads of history and worldb-uilding without information-dumping. Highly recommended for fans of ghost stories, historical fiction, YA, and female-driven tales like "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" and "Rebecca". ( )
  ThatOneLibrarian | Aug 18, 2018 |
Cat Winters' first novel combines the paranormal with history, which is my new favorite genre. Mary Shelley Black, named after the famous author, attempts to solve the mystery of what happened to her childhood sweetheart while dodging the deadly Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. ( )
  amyghilton | May 11, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 141970530X, Hardcover)

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

Praise for In The Shadow of Blackbirds
"Winters’s masterful debut novel is an impressively researched marriage of the tragedies of wartime, the 1918 flu epidemic, the contemporaneous Spiritualism craze, and a chilling love story and mystery."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Winters strikes just the right balance between history and ghost story, neatly capturing the tenor of the times, as growing scientific inquiry collided with heightened spiritualist curiosity."
—Kirkus Reviews

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:43 -0400)

In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to sâeances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.… (more)

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