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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This book was wonderfully written and I fell in love with Cat Winters’ style from the very beginning. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. War itself is pointless.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds Summary & Study Guide

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The Spanish Flu is thought to be responsible for over 20 million deaths worldwide. Winters’ did a great job in creating his character. There was a problem adding your email address. Spiritualism was a trend back then, it provided something of a relief to the people who have lost their dearest.

The book owes its success to the beautiful hlackbirds that is moderately lyrical and contains images that hit you right there.

Yet this book, and the November 11th anniversary coming this week made me want to talk about it. Both these dual – and prominent – relationships that Mary holds with her wintere and Stephan are richly developed and believable.


Special winteds to my wonderful best friend Rae for introducing me to this wonderful book! Shocked beyond belief Shelley is determined to find out the true cause of his death.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

oc The story is set during World War 1, the world has turned upside down and young men are dying in the trenches. Mary kisses Stephen once, and Julius lies about them so everyone thinks they had sex. I felt as if there were two books mashed together, one a wintsrs intriguing historical novel with vivid descriptions of jn time period and the other a young adult love story that felt untrue to the time it was set in. A lot or a little? Not only is she fiercely independent and practical, but as the daughter of a female physician, she is intensely curious in how things work.

Although she’s not my favorite, she is certainly admirable in her own ways. It’s not everyone who has the patience to photograph a butterfly.

I don’t really want to go too deep into this one because it’s honestly just a really nice story to discover on your own. Also, isn’t it odd that I was reading this book while sick with the flu? Sent to live with her aunt in San Diego, she briefly reunites with an old flame who almost immediately goes off to war.

What I loved the most was the atmosphere, the characters and the tragic yet not overwhelming feel.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds Summary & Study Guide

Many spirit photographers started popping up to seize the chance of obtaining wealth from tricking these people suffering from loss with spirit photographs. It may have seemed a tad unlikely that two could love each other so much at such a young age but it was i written and completely believable.


View all 5 comments. It’s a five star all the way for me and I have since bought myself a copy for my won collection.

IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters | Kirkus Reviews

I strongly believe that historical knowledge is needed to stop making the same mistakes again: She lives in US and there’s war and the Spanish flu to deal with. You get glimpses of this period of time through pictures that just add to the creepy and dread feeling that haunts this book. Not a perfect book at all, but good enough for me to give it 5 stars despite its faults. For once, I am very sad that this book is a standalone because I would love to see more from the two of them – they make such a wonderful pair.

See, my mum used to tell everyone that I channeled spirits because of that time when I told her that someone was dead without nobody knowing it yet. Because they refuse to surrender?