In the Shadows of Blackbirds
Author: Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Ratings: 5 birds
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?
What a great historical book! I could not put it down. It captured my attention from the first page. The history comes alive so well that you could actually feel the emotions of that time period. I felt like I was there. I honestly did not think about the flu going around in 1918 as the war was going on. It was quite interesting to learn about the flu and what home remedies that they did to try to stop the flu as well. Fear was a big thing in this book and at this time. It jumps off at the page at you.
Anyways the main character Mary Shelley Black is the type of gal who wants equal rights for woman and to think the way she wants to think. I liked this about her. She's a strong character who thinks for herself and does things her way. Sometimes doing things her way isn't the proper way to do at this time either. She is alone. Her father goes to prison and her boyfriend/best friend Stephen goes off to war and dies in it. She lives with her Aunt Eva whom I think was too proper and a tad paranoid with the flu epidemic going around.
With this photography spiritualism being around, Stephen comes back as a spirit and Mary hears him! Mary wonders why he is in pain and why she can hear him. She begins her mission to figure out what the truth is. She takes on an amazing and dangerous mission. She uncovers many truths here and there. I loved the one part was when Mary goes to the medical unit where fallen soldiers were and tries to find more clues about what happened to Stephen. Heartbreak, fear, adventure, romance and mystery were all part of me while reading this book.
It was a big roller coaster mystery with a touch of paranormal in it! At first it might be a bit slow but when you go further into the book it will keep you hooked! You won't be able to put this book down. I loved this book and think that the author did an amazing job capturing the mystery, fear, and romance during this time period. I look forward for more from this wonderful author.