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 technowhiz 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 chain spreads 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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Ghost aren't usually my thing, Zombies are!
However I really enjoyed this world. Jude, Micheline, Ryder & the rest of the gang are pretty bad ass.
The book would be great for teens. No sex & no cursing that I can remember.
The world created is very well fleshed out. I love that the Van Helsing, Harker & other vampire genre lineage fill up the cast. There is even a sweet love story for all the romantics. I am pretty certain there could be a sequel continuing this story line or creating a new one. Not to say there is a cliff hanger because it is pretty well wrapped up only a few ends not so tightly wrapped.
Courtney is set to be a great story teller & I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
Pamela did an excellent job as narrator.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.
Shutter is modern day Gothic horror at it’s best. Quick to pull me in and keep me enthralled with moody language and hauntingly creepy scenes.
Micheline Helsing is a part of the legendary Helsing corporation which takes on the undead head first. She’s headstrong and a bit brash, and after some rather horrifying events of her past she wants to prove to herself and others that she can hold the Helsing name on her shoulders. She is also tetrachromat, meaning she can see ghost light and tell what sort of undead she and her team will be dealing with. I found everything about the technical aspects fascinating; from the ghost light to the use of mirrors and silver in luring and trapping the entities. There is a bit of a romance angle, and in a gothic horror that’s to be expected, but it is one that hogs bunch of page time. Instead we get plenty of time to see them work together and build upon their relationship slowly. I really love Ryder ad Micheline together. They both know their strengths and their weaknesses, and despite the danger around them they know that they are both capable hunters. That’s really I ever ask of romance in YA. I just want the chemistry to be strong and for them both to understand each other limits, no over protecting and no constant ‘saving’ of a character who can handle themselves a vast majority of the time.
The world building is pretty phenomenal in my opinion. I love seeing the frame work of Dracula being built upon and used in a really cool way. The Helsing’s, Harker’s, Seward’s, and Stoker’s are all prominent and important families responsible from the creation of the Helsing corps and the medical facilities used to prevent infection and stay on the cutting edge of ghost light tech. I think the coolest thing about this is that all the added tech it never loses it’s Gothic moodiness. Even the more modern horror elements really fit well with the mood and atmosphere, so not only do you get that gloomy and creepy feel to the entire story but there are some genuine freaky parts that i wouldn’t recommend to the feint of heart. I’m sort of in love with the monsters in this, as weird as that may be. The necros are terrifying and gross, but there are a few scenes that involve them that I’m kind of happy with haunt my nightmares.
The narration is another big accomplishment for me. Pamela Lorence’s treatment of the book is clean and crisp, with plenty of attention paid to the perfect amount of emotion. She keeps the story moving at a nice clip and really knows when to slow down and focus in on those tiny little atmospheric details.
I’m so glad I requested this one! I finished it up in a matter of two listens and immediately wanted to buy a physical copy for my shelves! I’m looking forward to more books by Courtney Alameda and more audios from Pamela Lorence.
I ABSOLUTELY ENJOYED THIS BOOK FOR SO MANY REASONS! I couldn't stop listening or biting my nails. SPOOKY from start to finish with just enough sappy love. I actually listened to it twice within a two week period. There's a lot of characters and things going that I enjoyed it so much more the second round. Pamela Lorence's narration is GREAT bringing all the characters to life! I'm definitely looking into more books by Courtney Alameda! LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this one!
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I am a fun loving mom that enjoys a great Book!! I'm happy to have Audible with a busy life it makes it so easy to still get lost in a book!
WHAT A GREAT FIND!!!! I love, Love, LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I had never heard of Courtney Alameda or the Narrator Pamela Lorence!!! LET ME TELL YOU I'M SO HAPPY I FOUND THEM BOTH!!! This Story is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! The Narrator did a Really Great Job!! I could RAVE ABOUT THIS BOOK FOREVER BUT ALL I'M GONNA SAY IS GRAB A COPY!!!
YES! Hearing SHUTTER read out loud enhanced the suspense.
Micheline was my favorite character because she presented a strong female protagonist.
Her different voices for all the characters really made them come alive for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration.
This book gave me chills for weeks!
I had the chance to hear Courtney Alameda speak at a YA book convention. She was wonderful and I'm looking forward to her next book release!
Note: In exchange for an unbiased review, the author, publisher, and/or narrator were kind enough to provide an audio version of this book at no charge via AudiobookBlast.
This was my first exposure to author Courtney Alameda and narrator Pamela Lorence, and I was impressed. First off, the premise of the story was interesting (using a camera to capture/banish ghosts), second, it wasn't your typical teen angst/romance book ... it had depth and heartache to it that I appreciated, and third, the narrator had a pleasing voice ... crisp, clear, and soft. More about that: her voice was so soft and soothing it was almost like an ASMR experience. That could be a good thing, but there was one drawback: during moments of intense action or emotion where people were screaming and running around and fighting and such, her voice was often the same soft, soothing pitch. Due to the action/emotion at those particular moments in the book, the situation demanded a bit more of a realistic representation of what was going on. In no way does this mean it was an unpleasant listening experience - it's obvious she has talent - that was just something that stuck out to me. I understand this is the first book in a possible series, and I look forward to the next one.
I really enjoy books having to do with hunters of the supernatural. I especially enjoyed that it had to deal with the descendants of Van Healing and his team. I liked that there was a darker side to the book while keeping some humor to the story. The only thing that caught me off guard was that it sort of turned into a teen heartthrob novel. Besides that I really liked listening to this book.
The narrator for this book had a very good voice but I was disappointed that it never really changed throughout the book. All the characters sounded the same so I had a hard time knowing what character was speaking. Also her volume never changes when it came to exciting or tense parts of the story.
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I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!
I thought Shutter was a unique way of taking the history of famous supernatural hunters like Helsing, Stoker, etc. and showing their lineage play out into a modern scenario where the world understands monsters exist and there are people trained to help.
I also felt that the disease aspect of ghosts played in really nice along with the method of trapping them with film. In all, a very very interesting and imaginative world created by Alameda. The only parts that didn't chime with me, and it could have been because certain audiobooks don't convey the same, were the areas of characters and plot development.
I feel the author did a great job with plot, but it kind of became overshadowed when I was trying to remember who people were and how they were related and then monster-shit started happening. I don't know, but it felt rushed and fast paced in areas when I was trying to hang onto what was happening and why. I think the print version would have been better in this instance since I could have gone back, or slowed down.
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