Review: ‘Shutter’ by Courtney Alameda

I received this book for free from event in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Shutter’ by Courtney AlamedaShutter by Courtney Alameda
Series: Shutter #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 3, 2015
Genres: Ghosts, Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: event
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.

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Micheline Helsing is a descendant from the Van Helsing lineage. She’s a hunter of monsters, spirits and ghosts alike. When one of her hunts goes awry and her and her team end up being cursed by a soulchain, she learns that all of their lives are at stake. Willing to defy her father, she goes off with her team in search of the ghost.


Bloody well done! I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. And it wasn’t so scary as the cover seems to be. Though there are certain scary scenes that I pictured, the writing is just so easy to digest that I pretty much read this in one day. It didn’t drag on at all because there was so much action scenes, it hardly stopped. The whole capturing-ghosts-in-cameras but isn’t anything new since there’s that video game that has the same theme, but the whole Helsing aspect of it was quite good.


And I really liked Ryder’s and Michelins’s relationship. Nor was it the focus. I love books where romance isn’t necessarily the main reason for the character to do anything. But there are exceptions to my own rule. Micheline is very stubborn and doesn’t realize she loves the love interest romantically and I quite liked that. She’s so busy trying to save everyone that she doesn’t know what to do with her heart or who to give it to. Out of all the secondary characters I found Jude to be the most hilarious. He just had the most funniest things to say.


Pick this one up if you love action with a side of romance and a smidge of mystery! I was expecting something else entirely but what I got was a page turner of a book!



I don’t need you to save me. I can save myself. (70)
Was loving someone different from being in love with them? (238)
The extraordinary existed in what we did in life, not in who we were. (286)
We are not defined by our lack of fear—but rather by what we choose to do when facing the nightmare. (342)

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  1. Jill the OWL

    January 17, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    I need to try this one again. I started it but stopped. But it’s totally my type of book!!

  2. Tracy (@Cornerfolds)

    January 16, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    You know, I’ve had an ARC of this book on my shelf for over a year and still haven’t been able to bring myself to read it! I honestly assumed it would be a terrifying horror novel when I first saw the cover, and I think I was just a little disappointed when I started reading reviews. It does sound like a good book though! Maybe I’ll give it a try sometime soon! 😉 Great review!
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