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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And it couldn’t be the United States of America, ‘the land of the free and the home of 4 stars!

This place is just as full of anxiety and fear as Portland, the toll from war and disease sending her families grasping at anything to alleviate their pain. The ending is very climactic in a great way, and the mystery is solved, questions answered The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds does not disappoint. We’re brought into a time that was, in the best of descriptions, gray.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

She’s named for the author of Frankenstein and loves science, her passion being something she shares with her deceased mother. Obviously I read a lot of books about both World Wars because literature is really prolific about them in France.

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Not only is she fiercely independent and practical, but as the daughter of a female physician, she is intensely curious in how things work. I’m so glad to be wrong!

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Mary Shelley’s voice is at times defiant and other times simply exhausted, and as her situation worsens, her reliability as a narrator begins to decline, especially when her hallucinations become [End Page ] violent and incoherent. And this was Winters’ debut novel.


Julius, Stephen’s big brother, is a spirit photographer, and has always struck me as the o type. View all 10 comments. Nothing like that ever happened so, that’s the reason why I gave this book only three stars.

Unfortunately, there were many people who preyed on those who were crippled with grief as they manipulated photos to show supposed spirits, and it reality it was just darkroom trickery. Be the first to discover new talent! Yep, it was a one sitting book for me.

They truly enriched the read for me, and I am sure they are even more stunning in the printed copy. There could not blackbigds been a better atmosphere set for a plot such as this.

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Readers will appreciate the exploration of the blakbirds and evil of humanity, and they’ll be pleased to see Mary Shelley get an optimistic ending after all she’s been through. Mary’s father tells her early on to strive to make the world a better place, and she ultimately resolves to do just that.

Another aspect I loved was the mystery, which was shqdow what kept me turning the pages until I had finished it in one sitting. When I think ofI think of a world torn apart by war. Mary Shelley has a scientific mind, and she does not believe in ghosts. Whoever named this book was all kinds of amazing. Eva is one of these women and I admired her and wished that I could have gotten a glimpse into her daily life at the shipyard.

My heart just ths for them. Or maybe it’s the war?

IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters | Kirkus Reviews

As they say, there are widows and children without fathers, and there are hospitals full of injured and agonizing boys and men. The aunt she stays with is also a good role model, working in a shipyard to help the war effort and providing Mary with moral support. This poster, published in in France, chills the air around me so much it reminds me of those Mary sees everywhere: So yeah, sorry to bore you.


Not sure what else to say but that I really loved this and would recommend: Can the spirits of the dead haunt the living? Dark, atmospheric and completely haunting. May 05, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then you have soldiers coming from the trenches of the Od World War, broken and soul-sick from the bloodshed.

In The Shadow Of Blackbirds by Cat Winters – review

I can’t wait to read more by her, because I’m sure that her others are just as captivating, if not better. But for some reason, I did like his character.

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

She is a like backbirds modern day girl living in the past. Gender constructions are interesting and the romance is honest — sincere, nothing coquettish about Shells. I love it when an author lures you in right from sshadow first chapter and the spell doesn’t let go: But now, after reading this debut novel by Cat Winters, these are some more images that will come to me when I think of Thrilling steampunk mystery, romance in Victorian England.