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?
Recommended for fans of: YA Historical, Paranormal, Gothic Horror
As much as I talk about my love for Sci-fi & Fantasy, almost equal is my love of Historical Fiction. I’m very curious about history and though historical fiction is not always 100% accurate, it pulls you into the past, allowing you to glimpse how life might have been.
IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS is an amazing YA Historical. It captures the uncertainty and horror of living in America during WWI, especially for those who have loved ones fighting overseas. In addition is the constant fear of contracting the Spanish Flu, a very real daily threat. As if the real life horrors aren’t frightening enough, Winters expertly weaves through the plot the spiritualist beliefs of the time, séances and ghost photography. Winters also creates an extremely relatable MC in Mary Shelley, a science minded young woman who is forced to face the fact that the spirit world may exist. I highly recommend this ghost tale set during WWI. Also, check out the awesomely eerie cover!
Although I read an Advance Copy, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS is out now!
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