Sunday, June 30, 2013

5 stars: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

"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."

Published April 2nd 2013 by Amulet Books. I received a digital ARC of this story.

Seances! Ghosts! My kind of book!

This was such a wonderful story. It was filled with suspense, some horror, and an interesting history lesson about a very dark and different time in America's past. I really loved that it included real photos from that time period; they helped with the world-building and atmosphere. The story rarely dragged, and it was very well-written. I really liked that it had such strong female characters who were defined by things other than men.  

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