Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (43): In The Shadow Of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser is from In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. I've just started this one and don't exactly remember what the synopsis said about it. I just sort of jumped right in. It's good so far though. I loved this teaser from it and wanted to share.

Surely, though, I must have stolen into the future and landed in an H. G. Wells-style world – a horrific, fantastical society in which people's faces contained only eyes, millions of healthy young adults and children dropped dead from the flu, boys got transported out of the country to be blown to bits, and the government arrested citizens for speaking the wrong words. Such a place couldn't be real. And it couldn't be the United States of America, "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

But it was.

I was on a train in my own country, in a year the devil designed.


{In the Shadow of Blackbirds, Chapter 1}

Synopsis of In the Shadow of Blackbirds:
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.

For more about In the Shadow of Blackbirds check out these sites!

*All quotes are taken from an uncorrected ARC. Quotes may not match the finished copy.*


  1. Great teaser! This doesn't sound like my normal style of choice but I'm very intrigued now. Plus, that cover is really haunting! I like how they included real photographs from the time into the story. Very cool.

  2. Ooh this one looks so good! I love a good creepy story! And that cover is so intriguing.

  3. Nice teaser! Sounds very creepy! I haven't heard of this one before so thanks for sharing.

    My Teaser

  4. This is such a great teaser - it really sets the tone for the book! Is this a Frankenstein retelling??

  5. I've heard this one was great and after seeing so many fab reviews from trusted friends I got it from NG last week and very excited to get to it! Glad you're enjoying it so far! Awesome teaser!

  6. This reminds me of Miss Peregine's House of Peculiar Children for some reason! Thanks for this teaser, really interested now!

    Angie @ YA Novelties

  7. Whoa, nice teaser! This sounds like a cool alt history. :) "A year the devil designed" is just great.

  8. I love the creepy cover! Plus I've been seeing loads of good reviews! The plot sounds unique too. Thanks for sharing :D



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