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In the Shadow of Blackbirds - Cat Winters
In the Shadow of Blackbirds
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  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... show more
  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 STARRED REVIEW "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 STARRED REVIEW "More than anything, this is a story of the breaking point between sanity and madness, delivered in a straightforward and welcoming teen voice." —Booklist, starred review "This engrossing combination of historical fiction, ghost story, psychological thriller, and straight-up whodunit moves between genres with stunning ease, maximizing the tropes of each to satisfying effect." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "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 "Mary Shelley is a likable, sympathetic heroine, and through her story, teen readers will get a glimpse of a fascinating time period, made all the more real by the haunting historic photographs that pepper the novel, from soldiers in trenches to policemen in gauze masks. Part romance, part mystery and part ghost story, In the Shadow of Blackbirds makes palpable a terrifying time that brought the horror of death into the homes of millions." —Bookpage
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781419705304 (141970530X)
ASIN: 141970530X
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages no: 387
Edition language: English
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Incomplete Tales
Incomplete Tales rated it
I just finished this book this morning and found it a spectacular Halloween read. Such a good balance of suspense and the historical setting aids the creepy atmosphere immensely. Will be reading more from this author in the future!
JLee22
JLee22 rated it
1.0 Biased review
I don't like post-20th century paranormal books because they are such trite renditions on what could be a truly terrifying genre. I am prejudiced against first-person stories that remind me of the rise of Mary Sue/self-inserts a la Fanfiction.net, circa 1998. An immediate lustful encounter with ...
Rane Aria
Rane Aria rated it
5.0 In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
This book put me through an emotional ringer. I loved every bit of it. I've be interested in the time period and the forgotten Pandemic of 1918 for sometime now, and curious in how Cat Winters would show this in her work. She nailed it. Down to the small details of how people reacted to those seem...
Emily S
Emily S rated it
4.0 In the Shadow of Blackbirds
Deliciously creepy. Really enjoyed this!
Head In The Clouds
Head In The Clouds rated it
4.0 Review - 4 Stars
This was an amazing read. I must be truthful and say that I knew nothing about the era this book is written during but find myself totally interested in learning more about it now. Cat Winters did an excellent job in making the characters and community feel real. I could really sense the feelin...
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