Title: In the Shadow of Blackbirds
Author: Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: April 2nd 2013
The backover of this book says:
"(...) I flipped myself over. Opened my eyes. And found a dead man next to my bed."
This was what got me into this book and to be honest I only noticed the ghost on the cover a few days after I bought it, that's how distracted I am.
'In the Shadow of Blackbirds' is an amazing book. Touching, scary and incredibly sweet. I also found it empowering somehow, mostly because the main character, Mary Shelley, was so strong that she became inspiring to me.
As I went through the book, I kept thinking 'How can she do this? How can she possibly live through so many hardtimes?'. Let's be fair though, she did give up a couple of times only to either change her mind or to be convinced by someone she loved deeply to come back and get things right. Still, I don't think I could have gone through what she did.
The flu got me paranoid, everytime I heard someone sneeze, either on the bus or on the street, I would feel a chill running through my spine... That's how well, the author implements the influenza in this book.
The plot, the characters, everything about this book is remarkable. I don't think I'll forget this book anytime soon.