Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Uninvited Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my tour stop for The Uninvited by the wonderful Cat Winters. As a huge fan of Cat's work, I am beyond honored to be a part of this tour. I read Uninvited in one sitting, glued to my Kindle, completely in awe of Cat's writing and her marvelous imagination. She always finds new ways to make my heart skip a few beats. But here are a few things about the book:

The UninvitedAuthor:  Cat Winters
Series: Standalone
Released: August 11th 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Length: 368 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds comes 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.

After two literary successes for young adults, the amazing Cat Winters is back with The Uninvited, a breathtaking story about a 25-year-old girl fighting the heavy burden of her family’s sins. Winters takes us back to final days of World War I, right in the middle of the 1918 flu pandemic, and although it’s not her first foray into that very same time period, The Uninvited stands on its own two feet, beautiful and incomparable with anything she’s done before.

The psychology of war is a dreadful thing. The hate, the whispers, dehumanization, strengthened by very loud and convincing propaganda, combine to create an atmosphere of fear and turn regular people into mindless monsters. Winters’ understanding of this phenomenon, of the mass hysteria that is so easily created when people fear for their lives, is profound. Ivy’s father is one of those war-made monsters, and so is her 17-year-old brother. After they kill a German business owner in their small town, Ivy leaves home, ridden with guilt, to somehow make things right. For all her innocence, Ivy has a backbone of steel. Her moral compass is impeccable and her bravery is astounding. It takes a great person to swim out of that pool of hate and see things for what they are, and our Ivy manages beautifully. It’s not something that happens from one moment to the next, but the process itself is a thing to behold.

The unconventional romance is one of this book’s many strengths. Bonded by a terrible tragedy and more guilt than two people should ever carry, Ivy and Daniel find solace in each other, first physically, and then emotionally. It’s a long, painful road filled with surprises, but it’s one worth taking, even when you’re crying your eyes out.

While it doesn’t quite reach the literary heights of In the Shadow of Blackbirds (then again, I suspect nothing ever will), The Uninvited is a flawless story by one of my favorite authors in the world. The magic of Cat Winters is very much alive and it seems to be a gift that just keeps on giving.

About Cat Winters:

Cat Winters’s 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 the American Library Association’s 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project, the 2014 Tiptree Award Longlist, and VOYA’s Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror of 2014. 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 & MONSTER BOYS. Winters lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.

Praise for The Uninvited:

“Dark and romantic…[The protagonist’s] compelling voice carries this gothic coming-of-age story, at once horrifying and tender, toward a revelatory yet hopeful conclusion.”
   — Publishers Weekly
“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
“Evocative and lushly written, THE UNINVITED also features a twist I never saw coming.”
   — April Henry, New York Times bestselling author

Giveaway time! Enter to win one of two copies of The Uninvited. 


  1. For some reason, I thought that Uninvited was YA but I am even more intrigued after finding out it is Adult (or NA?)

    I already love the sound of this gothic-y novel and I love that even though Ivy has a certain innocence to her, she isn't weak.


    Lovely review, Maja!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

  2. This sounds AMAZING Maja! I do have to know though - does it end well for Ivy and Daniel! I'm all for crying my eyes out along the way as long as the two of them get an HEA of some kind:) I still have yet to read a Cat Winters book which is a complete fail on my part, so I think this needs to move to the top of my must-read list:)

  3. Maja, this book sounds gorgeous. I think I would love this book. I'm already hurting for Ivy, but like Jenny, I'm rooting for her and Daniel. The romance sounds lovely and just the way I like it.
    Beautiful review, Maja!

  4. Ahhh, the way you described this book is just beautiful. I've loved everything by Cat Winters- her writing is just impeccable. I'm so glad to see that you enjoyed this one so much as well! Ivy sounds like a phenomenal main character, and extremely realistic too. I know I would instantly relate to her, despite the whole time period difference thing.

    I looove reading about this time in American history as well, and based off of Winter's last book, I know she can totally rock the unsettling atmosphere. It really seems like she captured all the little nuances present during that time. Plus, this romance sounds absolutely LOVELY.

    Gorgeous, gorgeous review Maja! You've gotten me SO excited to pick this one up. <33

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

  5. I really loved this as well, her writing is just so beautiful and mesmerizing!

  6. Gorgeous review. I adore Cat Winters' books - she's an auto-buy author for me! Can't wait to read whatever she writes next.

  7. You know, I've been meaning to read her for a while, but didn't get around to it. I have a feeling I'll love the writing... Soon, hopefully. Thrilling review <3

  8. You know, I've been meaning to read her for a while, but didn't get around to it. I have a feeling I'll love the writing... Soon, hopefully. Thrilling review <3

  9. I haven't read Cat Winters and while this particular book doesn't appeal to me, I'm interested in her others. Thanks for the heads up.

  10. Wow, I'm so glad to hear you loved this one!! I really enjoyed IN THE SHADOW by her, and it's so cool that this one's set in the same time period! The 1918 Influenza was so interesting to read about, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about it in THE UNINVITED. Ivy seems like a character I would really love - someone with a strong backbone & a strong moral compass? PERFECTION. And that romance doesn't seem bad either! Wonderful review, Maja, so glad this one didn't disappoint you!

  11. I can't wait to read this one! I've loved the author books by this author and I'm confident that I will thoroughly enjoy this one too. Great review!

  12. I have Cat Winters' previous two books in my TBR pile so I feel like I ought to read them before buying a third one to add to the pile, but your review is making that very hard, Maja!

  13. I actually know Cat in real life and her talking about this book ages ago got me really interested in it. But somehow I never did get my hands on a copy and I was unable to make it to her launch event. But your review has me thinking I may just grab it for my kindle right now so I won't have to wait. So glad you loved it!

  14. I've only read one book by her (Dreaming) but I now have this one on my wishlist. In fact, I just recommended it to my library on audio based on your review. I will read all of her books soon! :D

  15. I looooved Winters's debut but couldn't really get into her sophomore novel. But, I am soo excited for this since I've been seeing really positive reviews for it so far. I'm glad to know it isn't as good as her debut but still, nevertheless, so worth the read. Thanks for such an honest review, Maja--I can't wait to pick this up!

  16. I am a fan of stories set in the war. So, of course, I want to read this.

  17. This sounds fantastic! I still want to read her Winter's debut as it sounds perfect for me, now I need to add this one to my list as well. And with the mention of this: "The unconventional romance is one of this book’s many strengths" I'm eager to read more about Daniel and Ivy :)


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