Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black lives up to her striking name—she’s a curious girl fascinated by science, living in , “a year the devil. Read Common Sense Media’s In the Shadow of Blackbirds review, age rating, and First-time author Cat Winters successfully creates a creepy, gruesome. In , “a year the devil designed,” the U.S is engaged in a terrifying new type of warfare abroad while its citizens back home are ravaged by the Spanish flu.

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Unlike other love interests, Stephen is a lot more realistic.

In The Shadow Of Blackbirds by Cat Winters – review | Children’s books | The Guardian

This pandemic has been described as “the greatest medical holocaust in history” and may have killed more people than the Black Death. A central character, Julius, is assumed to be addicted to opium. Or maybe it’s the war? And yet, Winters doesn’t stop there. After reading all the praises for this book, I was Spoilers are hidden under spoiler tags.

T he most fascinating thing about stories is their immortality. A young soldier who asks Mary for a light gets a lecture from her on the health consequences of smoking. I still think everyone should read this book. As you all know, the story took place during World War I. In the Shadow of Blackbirds mainly concentrates on creating a spooky atmosphere: Not sorry for what happened to them in the end. As they say, there are widows and children without fathers, and there are hospitals full of injured and agonizing boys and men.

If I said the book was perfect, then why did I rate it 4.

See how we rate. This was a really hard book to review without spoiling anything, too many things happened and there was just too much I wanted to say but couldn’t actually describe it, but I tried my best!


Unforgettable secondary characters, particularly a weary young soldier who has seen too much. A sixteen year old scientifically inclined girl who dismisses spiritualism, relying on logic and hard-facts proven beyond doubt.

IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters | Kirkus Reviews

Some books should be sold with a companion novel, a cheerful, nonsensical one people would read immediately after the main story to lighten up their souls. I felt the sweet young love between Mary Shelley and Stephen. After reading all the praises for this book, I was really excited shadpw finally pick this up. The right amount of mystery, intrigue, and just a hint of romance set in the past that left me on my toes and turning the pages.

When Mary discovers that Stephen has been killed in battle, she is beyond devastated, but soon, Mary discovers that she is being haunted by his tortured, restless spirit.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds Summary & Study Guide

Gender constructions are interesting and the romance is honest — sincere, nothing coquettish about Shells. Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires. Life is challenging for Mary Shelley and Aunt Eva who try to avoid catching the flu by wearing face masks everywhere and eating lots of onions.

What’s worse, she got view spoiler [struck by lightning hide spoiler ]and creepy things started happening around her, including Stephen’s ghost coming back to haunt her. In the Shadow of Blackbirds even has several creepy photos or something you might have seen back then.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In wintrs of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Come back when you’re an old woman and tell me what you did with the world. Most of the people were desperate enough to believe in them.


Not only that, but Cat Winters weaves beautiful love stories within these pages, whether it be the tales of familial love and strength that emerge or the sweet tales of first love. It’s October 16, This is the kind of book that will stay with me. The paranormal parts of this book never felt cheesy.

His dream is to become a photographer. They looked at others with suspicion, looking for signs that the pandemic has spread to their neighbors and loved ones. The storyline was unique. Must be a Cat thing, eh? This is a time when all hope is lost. Stop by to read it and enter to win a hardcover copy from The Book Depository.

Realizing that she’s the only one that can see him and the only one that can help him she begins to seek out information regarding his death and what truly happened to balckbirds.

Everyday life during World War I is realistically detailed, and readers get a feel for the caat people coped with the epidemic Spanish flu, the war’s impact on families and the nation, how photography was done, poetry, and more. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.