Wednesday, February 13, 2013



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW selection is...




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Title: In the Shadow of Blackbirds
Author: Cat Winters
Series: n/a
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: April 2, 2013

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.


Why I'm waiting:  The premise reminds me a bit of Masque of the Red Death, which I loved, so I'm willing to give it a try on that alone.  But the fact that her first love revisits her as a ghost?  YES!  And then there are the photos...reminiscent of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  I'll definitely be picking this one up.

What are you waiting on this week?  Feel free to share it in the comments or leave a link so I can stop by!

20 comments:

  1. This one sounds so good and I'm a total fan of the cover! Great pick!

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  2. This one does look intersting. The cover is cover is very creepy! great pick!

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  3. This one looks so eye-catching and has a great storyline! Great pick!

    Happy Reading!
    My Haul: http://wwwthebookshelves.blogspot.com/2013/02/waiting-on-wednesday-20-mind-games-by.html

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  4. I love this era...and framing it in an apocalyptic tale sounds great. Thanks for sharing...and enjoy.

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  5. Ooooo, this isn't one I would normally look at twice... but you've definitely got me intrigued. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! :)

    BTW I'm approaching 50% of Unravel Me, and now I see what your :( was all about. :(

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  6. Nice pick. I haven't heard of this, but it sounds intriguing.

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  7. Great pick. This one caught my eye the other day. I can't wait to read it.

    old follower
    http://itchingforbooks.blogspot.com/2013/02/waiting-on-wednesday-34.html

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  8. The cover looks a bit creepy. LOL Hope you like it!

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  9. I can't wait for this one! The cover is so eerie!

    Ashley @The Quiet Concert

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  10. I've been dying to read this one. Sounds fantastic! Great pick. :)
    My WoW Pick!!

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  11. Funny this is your WOW. I just got the email that I was approved for this title this morning. It was on NG. I loved Mrs. Peregrine's but Bonnie told me they moved the release date for book two to 2014...BOO! I will be reading this soon. Fingers crossed!

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  12. Great pick. I met the author at ALA mid-winter and I need to find the time to read the book.

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  13. I haven't heard of this one.
    Hope you get to read it soon!
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  14. I LOVE books that take place in the earlier 1900s. I'll definitely have to check this one out! Great pick :)

    Here's my WoW!

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  15. Ooh, I REALLY want to read this one, it made me think of Mrs. Peregrine's Home too! And that cover is creepy and gorgeous. Great pick :-)

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  16. Wow this sounds interesting! The synopsis does sound like Masque of the Red Death a bit, but I haven't actually read that book (yet). I'd be curious to see what you think of this! :)

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  17. This sounds really good! I've heard a little about it, but I didn't know what it was about. I need to add this to my TBR.

    Halee @ Confessions of a Book Addict

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  18. I haven't read Masque of the Red Death but I like the idea of the plot. Sounds interesting. I don't read many historical books but this one sounds different especially with the ghost plot. How sad that her first love who died haunts her. Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. This is so you, Jen! Shadows seems very creepy, mysterious and intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. This sounds amazing! And I agree that with the photos, it definitely sounds like Miss Peregrine's! Great choice and definitely adding to my To Read List.

    Melissa's WoW @ Sweet Treats and Thrilling Tales

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