In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Hits Shelves on April 2, 2013
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SynopsisWhy I'm Waiting
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?
Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time. (Goodreads)
Could this cover look any creepier? If you didn't already know, I love anything to do with the paranormal. Ghosts especially. Spirit photography is some creepy stuff. Do I believe in ghosts? Yes. I even saw one twice. But let's not get into that. In the Shadow of Blackbirds looks like a spooky, thrilling read, and I am beyond excited to read it. Plus, the premise and the time period really sets this book apart from the rest. And the protagonist's name is Mary Shelley? How wonderful is that?
What's your WoW this week?