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 Shadow of Blackbirds

All of them are well developed, and their relationships too. The atmosphere is even more eerie thanks to the slightly supernatural aspect.

Yet this book, and the November 11th anniversary coming this week made me want to talk about it. The story starts with Mary Shelly moving to San Diego to live with her aunt after her father has been arrested for being an absolutist and rebelling against the war.

In The Shadow Of Blackbirds by Cat Winters – review | Children’s books | The Guardian

Little does Mary Shelley know that he’s not gone. Mary Shelley flees to her Aunt Eva in San Diego to avoid possible fallout from the arrest and since it might be a better place to wait caat the influenza epidemic that is sweeping the country. The strong female main character has a knack for science and determines to use it to solve the mystery.


Jul 29, Jessie rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 4 comments. She really rode the line of skeptical and curious – which is what this story needed. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase.

This was a really hard book to review without spoiling anything, too many things happened and there was just too much I wanted to say but couldn’t actually describe it, but I tried my best! When Mary begins to see the spirit of Stephan, her shadoww love, though, she turns her eye to the spiritual – and to the question of why Stephan can’t find peace in the afterlife. Darning is a professional photographer who is also an expert at catching spirit photographer frauds.

Read this review tge more on my blog In a nutshell: This is not a nice story.

Visit her online at www. This one was a really nice surprise. I really felt for Mary Shelly, living in a world that has gone upside down, she somehow keeps in together, slowly putting the puzzle pieces together about Stephen’s last days. The main characters are a bit similar. Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, shadoe story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

View all 20 comments. I felt like the pacing in the first few chapters was a tad bit too slow. View all 10 comments. Having read all of her books out of order, I can say that I truly haven’t noticed the difference between her first or her third, they are all well written, well plotted out and well done.


Days later, they go to pick up the print only to discover that the “spirit” in her photo is Stephen. She jumps on a train that takes her to San Diego, to live with her deceased mother’s sister, her Aunt Eva.

Cat Winters: In the Shadow of Blackbirds

After reading all the praises for this book, I was Spoilers are hidden under spoiler tags. Even though they might not be friendly with each other, after all those years of living together, he must care from ca, at least a little. Thrilling steampunk mystery, romance in Victorian England. It was sweet and touching, making it even more insufferable to witness the two in such pain.


Not sure what else to say but that I really loved this and would recommend: To be honest, I think the World Wars were pretty pointless. Winters debut novel and I was thoroughly impressed. Mary kisses Stephen once, and Julius lies about them so everyone thinks they had sex.

I truly admire her wholeheartedly. Mary Shelley has a scientific mind, and she does not believe in ghosts. Only the most skilled writer can make me feel that way.