Cat Winters Appreciation Post

You know, recently, I realized that I don’t talk about my favorite authors on here enough – or the books that actually make it on to my favorites shelf from the post. Yes, a book or author might make an appearance in a tag every once and while, but usually with the tags, it’s looking for a very specific book category or it just ends up with me fangirling about one of the four books: TLC, SOC, Geekerella, or Daughter of the Pirate King. But honestly, I have read more books than that, and all the books that I read before creating this blog seem to get forgotten.

That’s why I’m bringing you this post today. Cat Winters has been a favorite author of mine for a while, but I almost never talk about her because I haven’t read a recent book of hers and her books never seem to fall into the tags. Yet she is a supremely talented author that I think everyone should know about.

Here’s a few reasons why you NEED to check out her books:

The Pretty Writing

That’s right, Winters, has a haunting, creepy prose that enthralled me in the two books that I have read of hers. It’s not overly flowery, but it has enough to keep you going, goodness, she sure can create a mood. Here are a few quotes to prove my point:

“And all the while Stephen started at me as if I were something magical. Not the ugly way other people sometimes stare at me, like he was meeting someone in a foreign country who spoke his language when no one else could. That’s how it’s been between us ever since. We understand each other, even when we astound each other.”  (In the Shadow of Blackbirds)

“. . . his mouth tasted of the divine sweetness of icing on a cake when the sugar isn’t overdone. The taste of love before any pain gets in the way.” (In the Shadow of Blackbirds)

“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.” (The Uninvited)

The Setting

All of Cat Winters’ books are Historical Fiction with a slight tinge of the paranormal…or are there is one? Ghosty Goodness/Paranoramlness in YA format, basically. It always has you guessing whether or not there are ghosts, creatures, or if everything is just plain ole normalcy. However, she comes up with literally the coolest settings. In The Uninvited and In the Shadow of Blackbirds, it is in the early 1900s America where the Spanish Influenza is going strong. There are people dying everywhere, frightened to leave their houses, and with the World War I going on, even more craziness. The Uninvited also had include some really good Jazz Age mentions as well. She created this spooky, haunting vibe with fantastic historical facts and infusion. I felt like I was back in time, and it’s literally one of the best settings I’ve ever read. There was no ghosts that were jumping out every two pages, but I still had this creeped out feeling because of her way with words and the setting she created. Literally this is my favorite time period for books because of her and Simone St. James.

In her other books that I have not read yet, there are even cooler settings as well:

The Cure for Dreaming focuses on a suffragist (woman independent fighter) in 1900 Oregon who ends up getting into trouble with a hypnotist; The Steep & Thorny Way focuses on 1923 Oregon dealing with racial tensions and a biracial MC looking to solve a murder; Yesternight is in 1925 Oregon where a woman psychologist fights for her space in a male-dominated world while also exploring a mystery brought to her by a seven-year-old math genius; and Odd & True deals with a sister monster hunting duo in 1900 after a beast ravaging the Mid-Atlantic states. Um, is it just me or do not all of these sound AMAZING? Odd & True is the only one not out yet, and I’m seriously counting down the days until that one is out in August. PLEASE GET HERE SOONER.

Fierce Heroines

As you can see from most of the descriptions, there are some fierce ladies in these books. Mary Shelley is a fantastic inventor in In the Shadows, and Ivy was a great leader and fights for her own freedom in The Uninvited. Both of them branch out on their own and make their own paths in a time where women are still fighting for equality. This is their story, and trust me, there is no man saving the day for them. And I’m assuming with these other summaries? All super fierce heroines as well.

Big Plot Twists

In the two books I read (plus her short story in an anthology), there were some major plot twists. I literally did not see the two big twists that came about in either of the stories. I literally just kept blinking at The Uninvited, going, REALLY? How did I miss that? I was also shocked by the ending of In the Shadow, and truthfully, I only gave the four stars because I totally thought I had called it but was so wrong. XD (And one other reason but still). Winters has a way of surprising you in the craziest yet believable ways, and I love that she can do it still because how many books in YA still do that now?

So, have I convinced you to check out one of her books yet? I definitely got myself in the mood again to check out her work, because she is the queen of YA paranormal Historical Fiction. I haven’t found anyone like her that can do what she does.

Check out her books here:

In The Shadow of Blackbirds (4 stars from me only because of the ending)

The Uninvited (5 stars)*

Tiana’s here because she heard 5 star rating. 

The Cure for Dreaming

The Steep & Thorny Way


Odd & True

asterisk = adult novels, the rest are YA

Are you interested? What book seems the most intriguing to you? Would you like to see more of these posts? Let’s discuss in the comments below!



40 thoughts on “Cat Winters Appreciation Post

  1. I haven’t read any of her other books (yet!) but I LOVED In the Shadow of Blackbirds! It was definitely one of the best books I read in 2016. Winters completely nailed the haunting, creepy atmosphere and had me ugly crying by the end.

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    1. YES. If you loved that time period, The Uninvited was the perfect followup although it is adult (not sure if that matters). But she really does. I don’t know how she does it, but you’re 100% right. It’s perfection.

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    1. I DEFINITELY think you would enjoy her work, Krysti. After what we just discussed about being creeped out. Her work is PERFECT to read around Halloween and such. But yes! I’m discovering so many different ones. But glad to help a tiny bit. XD

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      1. Okie dokie! Will do! 😀 I think July might look good for it, since June I want to catch up on a lot of my ARCs that I’ve been a mess on. XD But I’ll be doing my June TBR soon (lol me and TBRs), and I think with the fact that I’ll be getting When Dimple Met Rishi and I Believe, I think I probably might want to do June as fluffy contemporary month. XD

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      2. Ooooh, I can’t wait to see your review. It’s going to be a tough call on which one I’m going to want to read first. So I think your reviews on them will be the deciding factor. XD Lots of lots of fluff!

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      3. Ahahaha, oh no, sorry! XD Didn’t mean to put the book pressure on you. XD But yes! So true. I just want lots of adorable, adorable feels for the next few weeks. I’ve been doing so many deep fantasies that I’m kind of lost. XD The buddy read was a much needed break.

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      4. Same here! I’m so in the contemporary mode right now. Luckily I’m reading Perfect Ten this weekend among other things, so I’ll get some fluff in there too. What about you?!

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      5. YES. I just want loads and loads of fluff. Ooooh, that one sounds so intriguing. I saw a few mixed reviews on it, so I eagerly await your review because it looks hilarious. And I think I’m going to have to wait until June. XD I bought a few new books and got a good amount of fluff contemporary and fluff, so I think June will be dedicated to physical books being fluff and ebooks being ARCs. That way I get a good balance. XD So, I will wait until June for my fluffy feels. XD

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      6. Same here! I just did a post on meet cutes, and it just has me thinking about how much I ADORE the fluff. Forget being all literary and serious. I want to have fun and feels right now!

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      7. YES YES YES. Oh gosh, I’m going to have to rush over and read it so I can get in the mood for June. Do you have some good, cheesy contemps on deck at least? I know you have Dimple so that should help with the feels.

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      8. Oh no!!! :O Poor Krysti. I mean, ARCs and blog tours are good, but the feels are much needed. July, perhaps? 😉 And I managed to get a ton on the list. XD I have it separated right now between the physical books (all contemporary with a bunch leaning toward the cheese) and then the ebooks are all ARCs I need to get through.

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      9. Yes! I have my potential list all set up for tomorrow, but let’s see if it actually makes it. XD I think I have about nine adorable, contemporary books. But I can’t wait to see fantastic books will be going for your month as well. 😀

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    1. In the Shadow simply just gets you hooked. There’s really no wonderful setting that she can’t do. The Cure for Dreaming was kind of an odd one for me, but I really hope you enjoy it!! You’ll have to let me know when you get to it. 😀

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