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Get Scared! Review: Shutter @Courtney Alameda

Shutter by Courtney Alameda (creatyvebooks.com)Title: Shutter

Author: Courtney Alameda

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (February 3, 2015)

ISBN-13: 978-1250044679

Genre: Fiction/YA/Horror

Rating: 5 stars


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.


Shutter is a fast-paced, thrilling and scary ride. Don’t be like me–reading alone at night in your apartment. It’s bound to give you a restless night. Possible dark nightmares if you scare to easily. All you have to do is look at the cover and tell it’s going to be a nightmarish read.

This book reads better than some of the horror movies that are out in theaters. Courtney Alameda does an excellent job at building suspense and terror in her readers. Forcing you to turn the pages to see what horrors await you at every turn. I don’t know what Stephen King of school the author went to but she does a hell of a job in creating the most horrifying, frightening, blood thirsty monsters imaginable.

Shutter is one of the best YA horrors that I’ve read in a long time. And that is saying something. Not too many books in the genre that catch my eye or attention the way this book as. Most often than not YA horror misses the mark. Even the book is too boring or not scary enough for my taste. Not this one. It’s the perfect recipes for success. With all its gory, blood-curling, terror inducing greatness. This is one intense, electrifying goddamn good book.

Yes, the main character does some stupid, idiotic thing to get herself and the people around her into a spine-chilling mess but it’s horror. Somebody always does something dumb that opens the gates of hell. This time it’s worth it. I dare you to read Shutter. GET SCARED!


Courtney Alameda (creatyvebooks.com)Courtney Alameda has spent her entire career trying to con and cajole people into reading great books. A veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels for young people. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was hailed as a “standout in the genre . . . [and] sure to please thriller fans” by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novel, PITCH DARK (Fall 2016), is a genre-blending science fiction/horror novel in the vein of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film ALIEN.

Courtney holds a B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. She is represented by the talented John M. Cusick of Greenhouse Literary. A Northern California native, she now resides in Utah with a legion of books and a five pound cat who possesses a giant personality. (courtesy of CourtneyAlameda.com)


Website: courtneyalameda.com

Twitter: @courtalameda

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4 thoughts on “Get Scared! Review: Shutter @Courtney Alameda

  1. I have Shutter, but I will admit, I’m a bit apprehensive about reading it. Only because I want it to be good, and I’m afraid it won’t be lol. Get what I’m saying? I’m such a huge fan of horror, so I’m hoping that it atleast creeps me at a little, because if not, I will be soooo freaking disappointed. So many people have been saying that it’s scary, so the queen shall see lol.

    1. Read it. Shutter does have the creep factor and as far as YA horror goes it’s one of the best that I’ve read. I’m with you when it comes to horror. I want to be scared and freaked out. That’s why I enjoy Stephen King’s earlier works because those were creepy and scary and intense.

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