Review: Shutter by Courtney Alameda


rating 2.5 stars

goodreads description

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.


I was surprised by this book, and not in a good way exactly. I was expecting something more indie, the characters belong and are trained by this big institution which is recognized worldwide, which means the entire world knows what The Helsing Corps are and that paranormal entities are pretty much real.

I don’t know, I was expecting something more eerie and mysterious, not this famous 16-year-old ghost hunter, whose photo has a National Geographic Magazine cover. The characters were extremely childish, I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand when someone sticks their tongue out at someone else, completely stupid, it’s not cute, it’s not funny, I can’t stand it.

Ryder was the lamest love interest I’ve ever read. There were parts when the four of them were together and he didn’t speak for 10 lines of dialogue, sometimes I had to go back a few pages to see if he was really there. He didn’t say anything interesting or useful. He was supposed to be very skilled and strong, but we never saw it. He didn’t have a personality AT ALL, I was really pissed, it was almost like the author wanted to have a love interest just because.

Jude, very funny and charming, could see someone’s possible death just by touch. Oliver was their tech guy, the mind of the group. Micheline was the stubborn MC who couldn’t stop herself from doing reckless and pointless moves.Micheline’s dad was a jerk who couldn’t get his shit together.

And the part that really bothered me was the content. I love when a book has a good system of how things work, especially when dealing with something that doesn’t have an explanation like paranormal stuff. This book had it, it was just EXTREMELY TEDIOUS. Too many explanations, and at the end, it didn’t make any sense, the given information wasn’t relevant to the story.

Also, and this is very important, it’s not a horror book, it’s more like a paranormal read, this isn’t scary in the least, which contributed to my disappointment. There were a couple of creepy scenes, but that was it.

I think there might be a sequel in the future, some things were left unanswered and open for following books. And an honorable mention to that splendid cover.

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