Blackbird Summer

Blackbird Summer

by Em Shotwell
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Blackbird Summer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review and rated it 5 out of 5 Stars and a Recommended Read. A fan of unique or “different” paranormal books, I was thrilled to get a chance to read and review Blackbird Summer by Em Shotwell. A fun look at life, love and family in the Deep South, Blackbird Summer is both the first book in a new series, and the author’s debut release. A strong, quirky and utterly charming leading character, colorful secondary characters, family drama and the different “gifts” held by the different characters kept me glued to the story from start to finish. If you like paranormal books, books dealing with families or anything set in the South…..then this is the book for you! Ms. Shotwell does a wonderful job developing her primary character, Tallulah “Tully” Caibre right from the start. A young member of a “Gifted” family, Tully has spent her whole life being “different” and knowing her family’s unique talents have made them “outcasts” living on the edge of town. Home schooled by her mother and working at the family market stand have kept Tully out of trouble but frustrated by her perspective future – she wants to be able to leave town, go to college and choose her own husband – something that she’s pretty sure her family will not allow. After all, she’s spent all of her growing up years being told what’s expected from her and for her – an arranged marriage to someone from a “gifted” family, having her own kids and staying within her family’s community. I really connected with Tully’ character and rooted for her to be able to live her own life but at the same time find a way to work within what both she and her family need because of their unique abilities. The secondary characters are all well developed and they all contributed something to the story. I really liked Tully’s younger sister, Delia, who is a bit of a wild child and whose “gift” would make any salesman or stockbroker extremely happy. I also liked her cousin Jack, who is almost as colorful as Delia (they have similar gifts) and absolutely fell in love with Logan, the love interest in the story. I especially liked how Logan supported Tully from the first minute he met her and how he rooted for her family and saw the townspeople for the hypocrites they were. While the townspeople aren’t necessarily evil, they are hypocritical in that they consider Tully’s family possibly “evil” or just different enough to keep them “separate” but are at the same time willing to buy their produce, ask for “help” with the weather, and what other gifts the family has. I found Ms. Shotwell’s voice as a writer refreshing, engaging and easy to read. The story’s pace is a little slow at the start, however, because the story is set in the South, I found it fitting for the location and story development. As the story progresses, the pace does pick up and the story moves at a very good pace as it reaches the finale. There’s plenty of angst, quirky drama and real family emotion, which definitely kept me turning the pages. There’s also the added mystery that some of the characters turn out to have some hidden secrets and depth, which was unexpected but great for the story. Will Tully take a chance on falling in love with Logan, even if her family won’t approve? Will she tell her parents she wants to make her own choices about her future? And will the people of Brooklyn, Mississippi learn to embrace Tully’s family and their
11259534 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that this is normally not my type of read. But, wow! I loved it. Em Shotwell's writing is very unique and it draws you in to the story. It made me laugh and cry. I had a lot of OMG moments. It is a must read for everyone. Thank you for sharing this story. I can't wait for more.
KtLBLy More than 1 year ago
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review* Tallulah, Tully for short, and the rest of her family are not like everyone else who lives in Brooklyn Mississippi. They are all gifted, meaning some can help heal others through touch, some can control the weather with just their emotions and some can manipulate people just by looking them in the eye and telling them something. The whole town knows about their gifts and even though most of the people hate them, there are a few who still go to visit them for treatments or get fruit from their stand that they own. One day out, Tully meets an outsider named Logan. She always expected to live her entire life around her family and be married off to another gifted person, but with Logan now in the picture everything changes. They are both extremely attracted to one another and try to find ways to sneak around to be with one another. Things become worse for them though after Tully’s sister Delia is raped and left in a ditch. Tully’s family vows revenge on whoever did it and know they are all on their own since the police and everyone else in town think that with them manipulating people with their gifts that Delia is lying or deserved it. I absolutely loved this story. I always thought I had things figured out, only to find out that I was wrong and wanted to keep reading without stopping to see how things would turn out. It has many surprising moments in it and finding out who was behind everything, my mouth literally dropped open from shock. Tallulah and her family go through so much with virtually no help from anyone except Logan. Tallulah and Logan’s relationship was also so cute and even though they are both so different you really root for them in the end. It’s definitely a good mystery book to read in the summer. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite:***
HeatherMcC More than 1 year ago
Blew Me Away This southern gothic paranormal blew me away. The take on magic was refreshingly new and the characters deep and well-developed. Fans of Beautiful Creatures who wanted something with a bit more of an adult feel to it will love this.