I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Shutter by Courtney Alameda
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 3rd 2015
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Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.
Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.
I really enjoyed Shutter. It has a great amount of creepy and ghostly events. I loved that the characters were descendants of the hunters from the classic stories.
I really liked Micheline. After an event that happened not long before, she isn’t as close to her father. She’s one of his top hunters, but feels like everything she does isn’t enough. It doesn’t help that she has feelings for someone who isn’t a direct descendant, and that’s a no-no. But the romance isn’t the main aspect of the story. Strange attacks are happening, and it seems like it might be laced with a twinge of revenge. These ghosts seem to be more powerful than any Micheline and her team have ever come into contact with.
I also enjoyed the friendship between these characters. They are a tight-knit group, and follow Micheline regardless of orders that say they shouldn’t. They have her back no matter what.
My only complaint is that I wish there was a sequel. It works great as a stand alone, but I want more. I need more of these adventures and creepy hunts. There were so many times that I gasped because of what was happening.
The narrator did an amazing job. I never felt like I got lost over who was speaking. She helped bring the characters to life, and made them real.