by Courtney Alameda
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Publication Date: February 3rd 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult | Horror
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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. (Goodreads)
The main character in the story, Micheline, is one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage. She’s trained since she was a young girl to capture the undead that plague the living. She has a great team with her three comrades who make up her crew; Ryder, a Harley-riding Aussie who Micheline has loved for forever, Jude, who has a rare ability to predict someone’s death, and Oliver, who is the brains of the group. Working as a team, these four soldiers are a great threat to the undead, not only because of their loyalty to each other, but because of their determination as well.
I have to say, I love every single thing about these four characters. Micheline is quite the badass, pardon my French, but there is really no other way to describe her. She is an excellent leader and her crew respects her. The bond between them is unbreakable. That’s one of the things I loved most about these characters; they are more than comrades. They are close enough to be family, even closer than siblings, and I adored the relationship that they had between the four of them. They were there for each other in a way that a lot of people will never get the chance to experience, and that bond was so special. I loved so much about these four characters, they were pretty awesome. (Although, I think I loved Ryder the most, because he pretty much stole my heart the moment I met him, and because he rides a motorcycle and is Australian. Swoon.)
The storyline for this book was really creative and very fast paced. I’m not a huge reader of horror books, but I love the few that I have read. This book was really scary to read. At one point I was reading before bed, and I had to put the book away because I was afraid I would have nightmares! I loved it! The suspense and tension kept me on the edge of my seat as I flew through the pages. The twist and turns, ghosts and downright horror will keep you hooked. I’m not sure if there is going to be a sequel to this book or not, but if the author does write one, it will definitely be on my to-read list. I feel like there was enough left open at the end of the novel so that there definitely could be a sequel, even though I thought the ending of the book came together very nicely.
Overall; I really, really enjoyed this book, SO much more than I expected to! If you love a good horror story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, you should definitely check out Shutter. For this to be Courtney Alameda's first novel, I think she's off to an amazing start! I can’t wait to read more from her in the future!