Welcome to the blog tour for The Uninvited. Get it? Because of the title, “Blog Tour for The Uninvited“. Since readers are not invited to see this blog tour and there’s no invitation to see this…okay I’ll stop now.
But anyway, welcome to my first ever blog tour.
The Uninvited by Cat Winters
Publication Date: August 11th, 2015
Publisher / Imprint: William Morrow of HarperCollins Publishers
Genre: Adult Paranormal Historical Fiction
Source: Received e-ARC via Edelweiss
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
I admired Winters‘ writing style, first of all, which is mainly historical fiction, but in an eerie kind of way, and I just love that theme since that genre is perfect for that kind of setting and it’s giving me some interest to read any of her books, which happened after reading The Cure For Dreaming. Even though I was okay with this book (just not in LOVE this book), I want to read her other books for one reason only. When it comes to writing historical fiction, you have to really know how their society works back in the day with the historic events happening that time and how people do daily before and also what does the setting look like. And Winters writes it with great detail so beautifully in The Cure for Dreaming as she really understands the historic event that was used in the story, which was the Feminist Movement, but adding some “weird” components to it, that is hypnotism in the book, and “voilà”, a well-crafted story weaved with historical events and magical and eerie elements. And that goes to The Uninvited, it has happened once again.
The Uninvited has to do with a mix of the Spanish influenza, World War 1, the American Protective League / APL, and ghosts, or known as The Uninvited in this book, which are the spirits that the Rowan women see and someone they love will die when this happens. I had a hard time with knowing what APL is since I’m only 14 and I don’t know much of all of our history right now but thanks to @BookNerdAddict and @clockbirdstar, I know what it is. If you don’t know what APL is, it’s about weeding German sympathizers and plans to do raids and surveillance whenever German fails to either not register for the draft or buy Liberty Bonds or to not to play music that relates to German culture or etc.
The main character, Ivy, seems to be bothering me a bit during the story, mostly in the middle of the book. When I get the see her in the first chapter, she wanted to move away from her parents’ house for personal reasons and be on her own this time and it shows she’s a strong person but when I get to see her more, I found that she was running away for the fact that she being guilty for what her father and younger brother did and when that scene ended, I was annoyed with her.
The romance between Ivy and Daniel started out being weird. When they first meet each other, Ivy was again trying to feel sorry to him about his brother’s death since her dad and younger brother were the ones who did it. And from Daniel’s mean attitude to her later, her guilt still made her try to help him about his brother. But somehow when it got to the end, I don’t really have a problem with this relationship and I felt that Ivy and Daniel as a couple ended up being cute.
Well my experience with this book turned out to be less that what I expected. In my opinion, I find historical fiction, in general, a bit dull for reasons and that was how I feel about reading it, especially in the middle since it’s not my favorite of the whole story. When it got to the ending, it became a wake-up-call since (WARNING) there was a plot twist and it totally changes that. It was also when I get to become more clearer of a few things like how Daniel have that rope burn and why the houses that have signs of influenza aren’t open at all though it should be for getting the ill to the hospital.
Again, it was alright where I find the romance to slow grow to me until the end and that the time period made me intrigue but I had some difficulty with what has happened, from help with a few blogger friends who have read this. There were times was that I was annoyed with Ivy from her actions during the story, and that I was shocked from that plot twist that did made things less blurrier but that I was literally reacting so shocked that I can’t explain why. So I’ll be giving it…
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Results – (3.5 Stars)
If you’re now wanting to read this book, there’s an excerpt of The Uninvited from USA Today’s Happy Ever After so here’s the link so you can catch a glimpse of a few pages of it.
We are giving away 2 finished copies of The Uninvited (it’s now over)! If you’re interested with reading this book, you should give it a try to see if you’re one of the 2 who gets to have a copy of The Uninvited!
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.
Her critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee. Her second novel, The Cure For Dreaming, was named to ALA’s 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project, the 2014 Tiptree Award Longlist, and VOYA’s 2014 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror. Her upcoming books include The Uninvited (William Morrow/August 2015), The Steep and Thorny Way (Amulet Books/March 2016), and Yesternight (William Morrow/Summer 2016), and she’s a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology Slasher Girls and Monster Boys. Cat lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.
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