Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 3, 2015
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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.
Yes, I am one picky bitch when it comes to my 5 star ratings. Shutter was all sorts of epic and rightly deserves all the glorious stars I have to give.
I don’t think that I can fully express my appreciation for Shutter. In fact, I know that I can’t. I will just tell you that this reading experience has been absolutely amazing in every way for me.
Have we seen these characters before? Yes.
Does it have all the original elements of Horror? Yes.
Is it still an amazing story? Heck YES.
Micheline is a character that I could connect to because she was a real person to me. She is strong, she isn’t perfect, and ultimately the main factor for me is that she was believeable. I understood her decisions, I went through her battles, and I felt her pain. Ryder, Jude, and Oliver may have been secondary, but their characterization was spot on.
Ryder (the obvious love interest): The romance was something that I couldn’t get enough of. It was subtle, but then will a slow buildup toward the middle, it has a freaking hot scene (especially for YA) and it’s wonderful entirely. He respected her. He protected her. And he’s Australian!!
I’m just going to go through the loves, because my mind is all over the place right now (that happens every time I read an amazing book):
-Love the fact that it’s believable by using the same elements that I’ve seen in horror: mirrors (anti-mirrors), ghosts, electromagnetic fields, camera obscura, energy absorption, and the Reaper’s special ability to see different auras (ghosts) due to a different spectre of color in their eyes. Just beautiful attention to detail.
-Love the description with the character relationships and the families (Helsing and Stoker)–were such a fantastic tributes to Dracula without stealing the ideas, but rather transforming them into something more. Something different. Something UNIQUE.
-Love that the physical aspects of the characters are embedded into the story, rather than having a paragraph describe each character in a row to make a clunky mess. This story wasn’t messy at all–well in the writing–definitely messy with the creepy gore.
-Love the writing. There is SO MUCH SHOWING rather than telling and I appreciate the hell out of that. There were some parts that made me clutch my kindle harder, some parts that made me get goosebumps, and some parts that made my heart beat fast. THAT STUFF DOESN’T HAPPEN UNLESS IT’S GOOD. I tried to pick quotes without spoiling but here’s a little taste if you haven’t read my status updates:
”I gagged on it, thoughts smearing while something cold and caustic sank through my chest and into my gut” and ”The hall clock’s second hand clicks like a revolver’s hammer–tick, tock, bam. Even time wanted me dead”
Yeah, I had maybe an irk or two, but am I gonna tell you what they are? No, I’m not.
You know why? Because they were so minuscule that I DIDN’T CARE.
Shutter was amazeballs. End of story. So add it if you’re a fan of ghosts, horror, dracula, and paranormal shit.
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