Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 11, 2015)
Rating: 5 STARS
Cover Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
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.
This review is going to be bias because Cat Winters is one of those authors that when I pick up one of her books, everything seems to fade. I get completely immersed in her writing style and her stories. The Uninvited is the second book that ‘ve read from this author and I must say that Cat Winters as become an auto buy for me. I mean I’m literally dying to get my hand on her new book which isn’t even out yet. Can you say pre-order?
As with all of Cat Winters books, The Uninvited is set in a time of history where terrible and horrible things were happening or taking place. This time it’s the height of the Spanish Influenza and American boys were still being shipped off to Europe to fight the good ole fight that is the end of WWI.
Before I get too deep into my review I must remind you that unlike the Cure For Dreaming and The Shadow of Blackbirds, The Uninvited is not YA. It’s aim more towards adult since it more sexual. in nature. With that being said its done tastefully and it’s pretty much on the tame side. So if a 17 year old happen to pick this book up it’s nothing to worry about.
Now back to how great an author Cat Winters is and how great The Uninvited is. What can I say beside beautiful writing. With beautiful characters. Cat Winters is the queen of atmospheric. It’s deliciously frightening with the smell of death all around and xenophobia rearing its ugly head. The Uninvited shines a light on the dark side of war and what it means to be an “American”.
With the American Protective League questioning your patriotism and the fear and hysteria that swept the nation that is known as the Spanish Influenza, Ivy Rowan had a lot to deal with on top of the visiting guests.
I don’t know why we females of the family see them–these Guests,….We just do. Granny Letty saw them as well. They always arrive before someone dies, as if to warn us to steel ourselves against grief.
Yes The Uninvited is centered around Ivy Rowan, A young lady who is trying to find herself and experience the joy of living while the world burns with hate and disease all around her. All it took was her father and brother to murder a German. Not the best way to start a journey but……you have to start somewhere.
Naturally, Ivy is bogged down with guilt from what her father and brother did that she is desperate to pretty much repent for their sins. Seeking forgiveness from Daniel, the brother of the murdered victim she looks to alleviate this guilt as well as give comfort him. I might add this was a bit naïve on her part but the intentions were good.
What started off as a rocky and tremotlous relationship, becomes more as Ivy and Daniel seek comfort from each other. Too bad the APL is being a bitch, hounding every person they don’t think is being patriotic enough. To top it off, I don’t think they would take kindly to a romance between an American woman and a German. You know cause we are at war with them.
Cat Winters does a fabulous job of creating remarkable female characters, that are smart, caring, courage and complex in nature. The Uninvited is a fast-paced read that mixes historical facts with the supernatural to make a fantastic and compelling read that is sure to grip you from start to finish.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cat Winters was born and raised in Southern California, near Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She received degrees in drama and English from the University of California, Irvine, and formerly worked in publishing.
Cat lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.
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