Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds

TITLE: In the Shadow of Blackbirds
AUTHOR: Cat Winters
PUBLISHED: April 2013
GENRE: Historical Fantasy, Paranormal
PREMISE: In 1918, young Mary Shelley almost dies but then is brought back and haunted by the spirit of a dead soldier she once liked.
MY REVIEW: I've wavered so much on this book. There are issues I have with it. Mary was kind of a flat character for instance but the story, the writing, and the more complete side-characters more than made up for her. So...ultimately...I'm going to say it was good.
The best thing by far, is the historic details. You guys know I'm all over these historic atmosphere books and Winters does it well. I could vividly picture everything. I wasn't confused for one minute. The research on this time period is fantastic. Kudos writer. Mystery was okay. Usual paranormal mystery du jour. Not super fantastic, but not horrible. It was interesting enough to get me through the book and I liked the paranormal part of it because it was a genuinely interesting idea.
So issues are here, but I think overall this was a really good debut. I think Winters will be one to watch in the future.
WHO SHOULD READ: The Diviners fans, historical fiction fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five aviator goggles

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