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In the Shadow of Blackbirds (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2013; vuoden 2013 painos)

– tekijä: Cat Winters

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In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:HydeParkSchool
Teoksen nimi:In the Shadow of Blackbirds
Kirjailijat:Cat Winters
Info:Amulet Books (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
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Wonderful read. I loved that Mary Shelley is a determined, intelligent girl who isn't afraid to be brave. ( )
  ElizaTilton | Nov 5, 2021 |
Mary Shelley Black is sixteen in the utterly terrifying year 1918. Forced to move to San Diego, California from Portland, Oregon after her father is jailed, she is engulfed in the Spanish Influenza outbreak in the final throws in World War I. Haunted by the death of the boy she loved, fiercely loyal independent Mary Shelley tries to save herself and those she loves all while communicating with the dead and uncovering the truth about a "spiritual photographer" preying on the grieving families of lost soldiers.
Winters creates a hypnotic world in Shadow of Blackbirds. From the first few sentences the reader is entranced in this world that is both difficult and empowering for women of all ages. Mary Shelley herself is a fantastic character, strong but with believable flaws. The plot is well-paced and Winters provides loads of history and worldb-uilding without information-dumping. Highly recommended for fans of ghost stories, historical fiction, YA, and female-driven tales like "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" and "Rebecca". ( )
  MagpieBricolage | Jul 17, 2021 |
Considering how much I loved The Uninvited I had no doubt I'd enjoy this as well.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds takes place in the fall of 1918 where America is fighting Germans overseas while fighting the Spanish Influenza at home. This is an atmospheric book based during a dark time in history that was full of fear and death. Imagine doing all you can to prevent yourself from falling ill while still knowing it could all be in vain. That in particular is portrayed incredibly well in this book.
As for the main character, Mary Shelley Black proves to be a strong heroine. Her father has been arrested for being un-American, she finds out her sweetheart Stephen was killed in the war, the death toll from the flu is steadily rising and in the midst of all this she begins interacting with Stephens ghost. The latter brings to light some conflicting questions; why hasn't Stephen moved on and why is his spirit so tormented? How can Mary help him if she doesn't know what the problem is to begin with?
You'll have to read the book to find the answers to these questions but I promise that while you may think you have it figured out you'll most likely be (at least partially) wrong.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds is another tragically beautiful novel by Cat Winters. Whether you've read any of her other books or not you should pick this up! Plus, the illustrations in the book are a wonderfully haunting addition. ( )
  maebri | Mar 10, 2020 |
(This review can also be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).


I'm a sucker for ghost stories, so when I heard about this book through numerous blogs, I knew it was a book that I would have to read. Luckily, I wasn't disappointed.

Mary Shelley Black is a 16 year old girl who is sent to live in California with her aunt after her father gets arrested for helping men avoid the draft in 1918. She meets up with her childhood friend, and they fall in love with each other. Unfortunately, when they realize they're in love with each other, it's too late. He is being shipped off to war the next day. When she receives word that Stephen, her childhood friend and sweetheart, has died in battle, Mary Shelley is devasted. She's never believed in ghosts before, but when Stephen's ghost comes to here asking for help, she'll do whatever it takes to help him.

I found the title of this book to be very interesting. In fact, before I read the book, I was quite confused about how that title would fit in with a ghost story. After reading the book, I understood what it was all about.

The cover is rather interesting as well. I like the way there's pretty Mary Shelley Black sitting on a chair with what looks like a spirit beside her. The cover is what caught my attention in the first place. When I saw it, I knew I had to read it.

The world building in this book is quite good and believable. It's very obvious that Miss Winters has done her homework about life back in 1918. I'm not a history buff, but from what I was reading, everything seemed to be historically accurate. I even had to look up stuff myself that I never knew about such as people using onions to ward off the flu!! Personally, I think I would've been a bit more scared when it came to Stephen's ghostly visits to Mary Shelley though, but this may just be a me thing.

The pacing did start off a bit slow, and I was feeling disappointed as I had heard great things about this book. However, once I got about 100 pages in, the pacing picked right up, and I was hooked. I only put this book down because real life interfered with my reading. I could definitely tell why people were loving In the Shadow of Blackbirds!

The plot was fantastic and very interesting. I had never read a book dealing with the whole spiritualist movement of the early 20th century. I loved how the plot incorporated everything about that period of time such as the war and the flu. The spiritualism in the book portrayed how gullible and desperate people were back then with all their loved ones dying. I loved the fiction aspect of a girl whose first love dies despite all these other things going on. I loved how he returned as a ghost and the major twist in the story.

The characters were definitely thought out and well written. I loved how Mary Shelley was so passionate when it came to what she loved. I loved her vulnerability at times but how strong she was. I just loved how great of a character Mary Shelley was. I did find Stephen to be a bit annoying as a ghost though. I just thought he was too whiney, and at times, I wanted to exorcise him! I know it sounds mean, but boy, he was just so annoying! I understand that he was suffering but still. I just felt that he put a lot of pressure on Mary Shelley to save him considering how much he loved her! Julius made a great meanie! I hated him, and there were so many times I wish I could've yelled at him! He wasn't a poorly written character; he was quite the opposite actually! I did love Mary Shelley's Aunt Eva too. She came across a lot older than her 26 years, but I think I would've as well if I'd been through what she had. I loved the way she was willing to take Mary Shelley in, and I loved how she always made a fuss over her. Eva definitely had a big heart.

I found the dialogue to be most fascinating! I enjoyed reading about each character as well as reading about history. If only learning about history were this fun in school. I think I would've paid more attention! I loved reading about how Mary Shelley felt about everything. I loved the way people spoke back then as well. As for language, there are a few swear words, but nothing too major.

Overall, In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters was a super interesting read!! The world building, plot and characters were all written fantastically, and I never even knew I was getting a history lesson in the process.

I'd recommend this book to those aged 15 who are after an interesting read. I think mostly everyone would enjoy it.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds gets a 4.25 out of 5 from me. ( )
  khal_khaleesi | Nov 16, 2019 |
I've read so many books, not many surprise me anymore by the time I reach the climax of the book. This one did.

Maybe, it was because I was reading at night's end. Maybe, it was because it was written well. Don't get me wrong, I sort of knew that there was foreshadowing happening, where I went, Yup. It's gotta be there, but when it came down to the nitty gritty, gruesome details, boy was I wrong!

Cat Winters tells a great period piece about 1918. I found it fascinating because it was the year my grandmother was born in Germany and here the Germans were the enemy. Here people were dying from something so basic for us today as the Spanish Influenza.

Mary Shelley is a headstrong, free spirited 16 year old in a time where women were just becoming (from necessity) independent and the leaders of the production lines. It was WWI and the flu had hit all over the United States. Good foundation for a hauntingly and spiritualism don't you think? ( )
  SandraBrower | Oct 27, 2019 |
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In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.

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