- Encuadernación de biblioteca: 343 páginas
- Editor: Turtleback Books; Edición: Reprint (11 de septiembre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0606369465
- ISBN-13: 978-0606369466
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The Uninvited (Inglés) Encuadernación de biblioteca – 11 sep 2015
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"compulsively readable, beautifully written and populated with characters that will hover in the air around you, long after you've set the book on your nightstand. I finished this story and wished very much I had written it."--Wendy Webb, author of The Vanishing and The Tale of Halcyon Crane
"THE UNINVITED is an affecting novel, dark in fiction and in fact. Set in 1918 against the parallel epidemics of the Spanish influenza and an equally terrifying strain of "superpatriotism," Cat Winters' latest offers resonant characters, a stunning twist, and an emotional, satisfying conclusion."--Michelle Gable, International Bestseller of A PARIS APARTMENT
"A wonderfully atmospheric and intriguing novel. Cat Winters portrays a fascinating period in American history with clever writing and a delicious plot twist. A novel that is sure to keep readers hooked to the end."--Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author
"Words like 'unputdownable' and 'irresistible' are simply not enough for Cat Winters's In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Days after finishing this story, it remains the first thought I have in the morning, and the thing that haunts me until I sleep."----Lauren DeStefanoNew York Times bestselling author--Lauren DeStefanoLauren DeStefano, New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy
"A mesmerizing story of life and death in one of America's darkest periods."--Megan Shepherd, author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER
"Evocative and lushly written, THE UNINVITED also features a twist I never saw coming."--April Henry, New York Times bestselling author
"Winters' novel illustrates how the tenacity of the human spirit combines with the audacity born of necessity to triumph over even the most unthinkable challenges. Would that every chapter of history be presented in such captivating, lushly-written prose.--Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield
THE UNINVITED is an affecting novel, dark in fiction and in fact. Set in 1918 against the parallel epidemics of the Spanish influenza and an equally terrifying strain of superpatriotism, Cat Winters latest offers resonant characters, a stunning twist, and an emotional, satisfying conclusion. --Michelle Gable, International Bestseller of A PARIS APARTMENT"
A wonderfully atmospheric and intriguing novel. Cat Winters portrays a fascinating period in American history with clever writing and a delicious plot twist. A novel that is sure to keep readers hooked to the end. --Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author"
compulsively readable, beautifully written and populated with characters that will hover in the air around you, long after you ve set the book on your nightstand. I finished this story and wished very much I had written it. --Wendy Webb, author of The Vanishing and The Tale of Halcyon Crane"
Reseña del editor
From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirdscomes a stunning new novel a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.
Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.
But Ivy s life-long gift or curse remains. For she sees the uninvited ones ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy s older brother Billy in the Great War.
Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her uninvited guests begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.
The Uninvited is an atmospheric, haunting, and utterly compelling novel."
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This book is full of promise. A beautiful mess, but unfortunately for my taste, the mess outweighed the beauty of it. It is a paranormal/historical fiction/romance story set in 1918 at the time of panic, plague (Spanish influenza), and xenophobia (World War) in America. Ivy, who can see dead people, escapes from her home after her father and her brother murdered a German. Feeling guilty about her family’s crime, she tries to make amends to the German’s brother, and the rest, as they say, is history… Or not. As much as I loved the premise, the narrative was just so bland for my taste. The characters were underdeveloped and flat, and the story just seemed out of place. Is this about Ivy’s self-discovery through sympathizing a German? Is this about Ivy’s sixth sense? Is this about the war? Is this about the Spanish influenza? However, I read the ending of the book and the twist blew me away. Great story, poor execution. Sorry.
While In the Shadow of Blackbirds still remains my favorite book of hers, The Uninvited is still a great and engaging read.
One of the things I really love about Cat Winters' books is how real her the settings and characters feel. You can tell just by reading how much work and research she put into it. I enjoyed the small details she added such as what was used as birth control during this time; it adds realism to the story.
She is also not afraid to shy away from the darker parts history, something I am grateful for. It has been a few years since I've taken an American History course, but I can't remember learning these kinds of detailed events and beliefs in class.
As always, Cat Winters manages to make me feel all kinds of emotions in such a sort amount of time. Especially that plot twist near the end, which I will not say any more about.
The characters were great. I admired Ivy's compassion and willingness to help. May, Addie, and Nela were great additions to the story and I loved reading about them. It took a little bit for me to warm up to Daniel, but I loved him by the end of the book.
I have to admit that this book started off a bit slow for me, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down, I needed to know what happened!
I would recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction, paranormal fiction, or anyone who loves a good story with loveable, realistic characters.
Quick Reasons: LOVE the paranormal aspect of this book; I caught on to the “big reveal” but this didn't change my enjoyment of the book; all the secrets come together in a beautiful, heartbreaking crescendo; I love how much “girl power” the MC spouts off; as always, Cat Winters blew me away
---“One of my brothers just lost his life in France, though, and my family is ... um ...” I braced my hands on my hips. “Well, we’re not doing well. I’ve decided to head out into the world and live my own life now. Sort of”— I forced a smile to my face—“ burst out of my cocoon, so to speak.”
May merely blinked in response at first, but then she arched a dark eyebrow and said, “You picked one hell of a time to spread your wings, little butterfly.”---
If I had to choose a favorite Cat Winters novel right this second, I'd pick this one of those I've read (which, admittedly, are only two so far. Don't worry, though—I intend to fix this!) Regardless, of the two I've read, THIS ONE is my favorite... And I'm pretty sure the paranormal aspect had a LOT to do with this, if I'm being honest.
Cat Winters, from what I've read, blends the historically accurate with her own flair for poltergeists...and this one answered so many more questions about the WHY and the HOW of this weird in-between world than I felt the last one I read by her did. In fact, this book is all about the why and the how of ghosts—especially in Ivy's world. I had a ton of fun watching as Ivy “spread her wings” and found her own way to fly amidst the griefs and struggles of the town, in the midst of the Spanish Influenza... In the midst of everything she faces throughout. Ivy is a warrior, and I enjoyed watching her don her battle axe to take charge of her own life. The plot is, while not necessarily “action-packed,” still quick-moving and often surprising in its direction. Each page kept me enthralled, on the edge of my seat, needing to know what happened next. Needing to know what was lying just around the bend.
---Nela lowered her face. “I’m just a stupid woman, Ivy. And a foreigner at that.”
“Poppycock!— as my granny Letty would have said.” I raised my chin. “I’ve been driving my family’s trucks and tractors since I was fifteen years old, and not once did my womb or my breasts get in the way of steering and braking.”---
The characters found throughout are vibrant, strong-willed, and determined to live life to the fullest—which is something I think we tend to forget, in our lives today. Not everything's a guarantee. Tomorrow isn't always promised. There are so many other awesome, moral-driven moments in this book, I found my sense of self shifting and altering like the turning of the pages—often quickly, and without warning. The best sort of read, in other words—the kind that leaves readers not only thinking, but breathless with sudden epiphany.
There is, of course, romance at play...but MAHGOSH, the romance! I was rooting for these characters the entire way through. I did catch onto the “big reveal” at about the 70% mark—so about 15% sooner than the book was set up to tell us all about. This in no way altered my enjoyment of the read, though! I only had the vaguest of suspicions...and was conflicted, to be honest, between two or three different “plot twists” I thought might happen.
---“But this is not the fantastical land of liberty that people portray in stories. The melting pot does nothing but scald and blister right now.”---
Once again, Cat Winters has knocked my feet from under me and left me floundering. I really enjoyed watching the story blend the paranormal with the every day...and do it so beautifully. The plot twist, while I caught on at the 70% mark, I feel is still surprising enough that most readers will be caught unawares. I recommend to lovers of diverse reads, historical fiction, and ghostly hauntings. I can't wait to dive into my next Cat Winters' book; I'm sure I won't be disappointed!
I think the book's title should have been different because it is a come-on. The Uninvited conjures up apparitions who aren't wanted and unfortunately, that is not what this book is about.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who wishes for a light read with little expectation.