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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A few incidental adult characters smoke, some of whom may be older teens.

IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters | Kirkus Reviews

Cat Winter’s Never ceases to pull me right into the very heart of her stories with their rich historical detail and their feisty blackbirdw who are anything but the norm. There is an atmosphere of desperation, dirt and helpless sorrow that threatens to consume everything in its path to annihilation. We live in a world so horrifying, it frightens even the dead. I still think everyone should read this book.

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In The Shadow Of Blackbirds by Cat Winters – review

Informizely customer feedback surveys. For the most wintdrs, the picture that Cat Winter’s painted was terrifying This book is about a 16 year old girl named Mary Shelley Black. There’s also feminism and it’s so great.

I cannot describe how much I adore this book. The author’s note at the end confirms her interest in that era, as well as in the epidemic of influenza that killed 50 million people worldwide towards the end of the first world war.


And it couldn’t be the United States of America, ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Why is he not able to rest in peace?

Plain wooden boxes become the coffins of the latest victims and they lie piled in the street, waiting to be carried away on the back of trucks. Their relationship will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s October 16, I could not put this book down, if I hadn’t been so tired I probably would have read this in one sitting.

This engrossing combination of historical fiction, ghost story, psychological thriller, and straight-up whodunit moves between genres with stunning ease, maximizing the tropes of each to satisfying effect. Yet, along with seeing her weak moments, she gets up time again to prove how strong in spirit she is, how she hates the flue masks she sees everywhere, the fear of of not being “too” patriotic American, she hates the fear she sees in everyone.

This was my first blackbirdx by her and it was her debut. I’ve seen corpses as blue as ripe huckleberries lying in front yards blafkbirds there.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Always set in a time of our world that was both fascinating in it’s advances and prehistoric in it’s ideas and technology, and every bit as horrifying as it is captivating, her debut novel In the Shadow blsckbirds Blackbirds was every bit as good as her latest releases.


The last days of World War I drag on and the Spanish Influenza is claiming thousands of lives all over the world.

Around the Year i Stephen, Mary Shelley’s best friend and sweetheart, was artistic, gentle, and sweet. The shdaow of the book scared me. I also loved the rather unique relationship between Mary Shelley and her aunt, the development of it had such a genuine feel. Trust me, if someone told me that they could capture spirits’ soul in pictures, I would brush it off laughing and rolling my eyes, as Mary did.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds Book Review

Cat Winters picks a time period of deep loss, fatigue, and fear to place her debut novel in, but it works perfectly. Another aspect I loved was the mystery, which was ultimately what kept me turning the pages until I had finished it in one sitting. I wanted to help Mary Shelley figure out what happened to im. Mary Shelley Black is different from other girls her age, she has a fascination and passion for science.

With each day they shift and change, reach out to minds with newly grown limbs, fingers of a different hand for od individual reader, they shift and changeand yet, they are immortal.

Julius, Stephen’s big brother, is a spirit photographer, and has always struck me as the evil type.