Wednesday, December 4, 2013
In the Shadow of Blackbirds By: Cat Winters
Author: Cat Winters
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Shelves: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Recommended for Fans Of: Ransom Riggs, Holly Black
Synopsis: In the year of 1918, San Diego is filled with the dead and dying. In the midst of war and plague, a young girl struggles to unravel the secrets of the only boy she ever loved-whose restless soul still haunts her every day. Devastatingly romantic and haunting, Cat Winters writes a debut novel full of passion, spirits, and sin.
Review: Oh my Lord, In the Shadow of Blackbirds was PHENOMENAL. I would even say that it is ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2013.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds broke my heart. It's a tale of endless love in a time when love doesn't exist. Mary Shelley and Stephen's love story KILLED ME. It was so devastatingly romantic. This book made me feel all the fangirly emotions and I loved it.
This book was both chilling and passionate, and Cat Winters did an astounding job writing these scenes. The black and white photographs were a great addition to the mood of the book. I also really loved how much of the war can be seen in this paranormal theme. I've read historical books set during a time of war, and there was not even one mention of fighting in the whole story. In the Shadow of Blackbirds was different. It shows that war was as much of a killer as any disease, any plague, and madman.
I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction and paranormal, but this book was definitely a wonderful exception. When I first picked up In the Shadow of Blackbirds, I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't read the synopsis and I figured I would just let this story carry me wherever it wanted to go. Based on the cover, I knew that this would be in the paranormal genre, but I was so amazing at the brilliant way Cat Winters wrote in historical fiction, romance, AND mystery. I definitely cannot wait to read more of her books, and she is definitely an author to watch.
Conclusion: Please read this book. It's just too amazing for words. All I can say is that I recommend it 100%.