Review ~ The Uninvited by Cat Winters

19547848Title: The Uninvited

Author: Cat Winters

Published by: William Morrow; August 11, 2015

Format/Source: E-Arc provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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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.

Review:

The Uninvited is a story that drew me in and didn’t let go. I devoured this book in one night. I was fascinated by the setting and the characters. I’ve been getting more and more into historical fiction lately and that’s what this book is, but with a little bit of a supernatural twist.

Ivy Rowan is 25 and living in 1918, in the middle of the Spanish Influenza pandemic, after just having had the disease herself. Ivy wakes one day to see the ghost of her grandmother and knows that someone is about to die, and shortly after finds out the her father and brother have killed a young German, to avenge the death of Ivy’s older brother, who was killed in the Great War. Ivy is horrified and decides she must leave home. She quickly realizes just how much havok the flu has caused in her town.

Ivy was an interesting character. She is kind and a little shy, she loves music, and she goes out of her way to help others. She tries to help the brother of the young man, her father and brother have killed and that doesn’t go as she planned. She doesn’t know why but she’s drawn to him and to the jazz music pouring out of a building nearby. She starts to make friends and starts to find her place in this new crazy world.

I really enjoyed the supernatural aspect of the story. I thought it blended well with the story and the situations in the book. I also loved the addition of the music in the book. There are quite a few mentions of jazz music. I’m not a big fan of jazz, but I am a big fan of music and I connected with how the music made Ivy feel and the impact it had on her.

The Uninvited is a beautiful novel about finding friendship, falling in love, and finding your place in a world, torn by war and disease. I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it. This was my first Cat Winters book, but it definitely won’t be my last.


Happy Reading!

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