Sunday, March 15, 2015
Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I've had this book on my TBR for years, mainly because of the cover and the fact that it is a Gothic novel. One of my goals in life is to read every Gothic novel, and this was a great one.
I'm glad that I started off with Cat Winter's first novel because now I have another favorite Gothic writer, and those are rare these days. (and now I will be moving on to her other novels)
The main character, Mary Shelley, was fun to follow around in the 1918s full of war time and the flu because she is not scared of speaking her mind. Plus, it was fun to see a female character who likes science. And it was nice that it was centered on romance, instead, it was a mystery.
I recommend checking this novel out if you enjoy Gothic YA fiction.
Four Stars Out of Five