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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In the end, we all agree war is monstrous and ugly enough to cut down the lives of so many without remorse or care.

The novel is set at a time in America that I really have no clue about. Plus, when you think about the real surge of spirit photography from a desperate time with desperate mourners, the book doesn’t stray very far from reality.

T he most fascinating fat about stories is their immortality. The ghost story fell short, in my opinion.


Winters strikes just the right balance between history and ghost story, neatly capturing the tenor of the times, as growing scientific inquiry collided winterw heightened spiritualist curiosity. Mary Shelley’s childhood sweetheart – Stephen – is off fighting on the front line and she waits impatiently for his return.


I have to admit, though. This is a time when millions of lives are lost due to war, epidemic, or even standing up against the government. It truly deserves all the praises in this world.

Contact Contact Us Help. Before I knew What an original little gem: I found the crow to make my pict here. I was hoping for an Epilogue down the road, but it doesn’t happen.

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Between the flu and blackbirdd prevailing paranoia, Mary’s world blacbirds shredded into pieces. I wanted to help Mary Shelley figure out what happened to him.

View all 7 comments. Jun 16, Neil or bleed rated it it was amazing Shelves: It progressed too slowly for my taste and the smooth writing style and the kickass Mary Shelley Black were the only things that kept me reading.

The supporting characters came alive, and I definitely found myself looking forward to evening, when I could read more.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

It proves that love doesn’t always have to be passionate to be amazing. I can’t believe a person can be so fo and cold-blooded! Cat simply takes history and turns beliefs into actuality. I did not, however, think of the Spanish influenza that infected million people and killed between 20 and 50 million of those – until now.


My heart just ached for them. Oct 08, Tabetha rated it really liked it Shelves: They manifest themselves to the living and can physically affect their surroundings.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds 3 9 Oct 08, See, maybe I’m wrong and I’m not seeing the hsadow picture but these are just my views. I’d recommend this one if you want something spooky.

Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options The love story is beautiful and unique, and never takes over the entire story. Follow Us on Facebook. Everything was tied up neatly.

Would reading the book be different without them?