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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are compelled to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in this story of a supernatural haunting and budding love.

High school junior, Ben, hacks into his step-father's real estate holdings and provides rooms in an old two-story house to various o
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published October 2012 by Big Pine Lodge Books (first published August 6th 2012)
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Nov 03, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I liked this book quite a bit. It was very creepy and edgy. It also touched on very misunderstood mental and emotional issues while blending in the supernatural and Christianity. There are a lot of Christian elements interwoven into the book. As someone who instinctively shies away from such stories that worried me but as it turned out it did not detract from the appeal of this book and, often times, enhanced it.

The issues I had with the stor
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This review contains spoilers (in spoiler tags), it also contains a note from the author, with regard to the questions I felt were unanswered at the end of this book.

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Debra Chapoton.)
Megan is on her own. (view spoiler) her parents abandoned her, and she’s been living with a foster family. But her foster family are moving out of state now though so she needs to find
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(This review can also be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

I heard about Sheltered by Debra Chapoton on someone else's blog. After reading the synopsis of the book, I knew it was one I was going to have to read. Luckily, this book didn't disappoint.

Ben, a teenager, is renting out a house to troubled teens. He creates a fictitious landlord called Mrs. Kremer to make things believable. As time goes by, it becomes apparent just how troubled these teens really
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sheltered had me hiding under my blanket with a flashlight as I read it through the night. It was chilling to the bone and absolutely captivating with it's dark, eerie tone. It's like one of those horror movies where the music gets really super intense and you think something will pop out of nowhere. Yeah, I had that feeling constantly throughout the entire novel. It's not scary enough to give nightmares or anything, it's just very cryptic. And the suspense was killing me. The mystery was thick ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won a print copy of this book in the author's blog giveaway.

This book is actually a really good read! I didn't think it would be this good. And to be honest, I was afraid that I would get scared when I read the summary, but it wasn't as scary as I thought. And that's a good thing.

I really liked the plot. I didn't get bored at all! I read this in one sitting. The characters are life-like to me; They deal with problems of their own, other than the supernatural stuff , that are problems that peop
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teen readers and beyond
Recommended to Gmr by: Debra Chapton
This is a story not about teenagers living the life but of broken hearts and minds finding a place to call home. It takes some of the worst situations you can imagine in a great big bear hug of understanding and does its best to make things better. Will they succeed? Only time will tell, but the author certainly accomplishes shedding a little more light on the reality of her character's situations.

Character wise, you can't help but feel SOMETHING for most of this motley crew. Story wise, I had a
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I really really liked this book! I did not expect to like it this much. The story was unique and I really liked the idea of mixing troubled teens with supernatural. I think the troubled teens thing would've worked fine on it's own too but the supernatural twist added a nice uniqueness to the story. (just FYI, the supernatural in the book has nothing to do with vampires, if you were wondering)

The writing was really good. I love how the story
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.

There's a reason I never watched any of the Jason movies (weren't there seven of them or something?) or The Exorcist. Somehow, there's a huge difference between the urban fantasy world of Twilight and City of Bones with the vampires, werewolves, and warlocks and what Debra Chapoton brought to life in Sheltered.

I was glued to the pages, but mostly out of fear of stopping than morbid fascination. I am a total scaredy cat, but this was a who
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Sheltered totally took me by surprise. See the blurb says the five teens come together in a rooming house and have to deal with there issues and another issue that has come into play. But what this book did not tell you was that it is so heart wrenching and gut clenching it had me reaching for the box of tissues. HOLY HADES did I want to jump through this book and save all five teens. As a mother of a teen I was like oh man I just need to comfort them. Debra did such an excellent job of pulling ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was asked by the author to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review. I award this book 2.5 stars.

Sheltered by Debra Chapoton is a book about an odd assortment of kids. There's Ben, who is one of the creepiest kids I have ever met-- I mean, who decides that starting a "home" for really dysfunctional kids is way to get admitted to the college of his choice? Then there's Cori, who is a Goth girl who basically acts like a jerk to everyone. There's the twins, at least one who is s
Bookish Michelle
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sheltered is about a group of teenagers living together, each with their own set of problems. There's Ben, whom I initially thought was the bad guy from all his suspicious actions. There's Cori who is practically mean to everyone. There's the twins--Adam and Chuck with a problem that you wouldn't realize at the beginning. And there's Emily, who likes Ben and seems to be always cutting herself. Last but not least, there's a new girl, Meghan, and she has a secret.

Sheltered is pretty easy to read a
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
‘Sheltered’ features a group teenagers who are living together and each have some major issues. The only trouble is, those inner demons come out of their heads and into real life. I was amazed at how realistic the characters and the problems they were facing every day came across. All of the characters were distinctive and deal with serious emotional and mental issues and/or trauma. What the reader doesn’t know at first is the house itself has a sordid past and everything is coming together in t ...more
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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Sheltered starts off with Ben, a teen who can't stand his home life. His stepfather is a controlling jerk and his mother is a drunk. Ben devises a plan to get away from his home. It begins with acquiring a house secretly (via his stepfather's business). He then finds teens who need help; teens who need to get away, and sets them up in the house for next to no money.

First there's Emily - a disturbed girl who self mutilates to cope with l
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I was drawn to read Sheltered because I really like stories with strong psychological themes... or at least, I like movies with strong psychological themes. For some reason, though, I haven't read many books that have much to do with psychology. Sheltered did not disappoint me there.

The story centers around five teens who live in an old house together and who have various issues that they are trying to work through. Although the narrative regularly shifts perspe
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received Sheltered for review in return for an honest review from the author Debra Chapoton. Sheltered is the story of five troubled teens living in a rooming house. All the teens are emancipated teens so they can live on their own yet they feel better knowing they are renting in a house with adult supervision. What some of them don't know is that they really don't have adult supervision it's a elaborate lie. The house the five live in is the house where a mother and her child were murdered by ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Oh. Demons. Like I will possess you kind of demons. Not in a paranormal world, but in our real life world. Scary. I didn't realize when I started this book exactly what I was in for!

I can't say that I am a fan of the demonic psycho kind of books or movies. I avoid them like the plague. Number one, because I am a chicken. I prefer to feel safe and happy instead of scared and crazy. Number two, because I just don't like it. Borderline too real.

I would say that this book made me uncomfortable. All
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
First off, I have to say that I love the Preface for this book. Sheltered deals with quite a few serious issues, so I love that we get statistics at the beginning of the book so we, as readers understand just how severe those issues are, I think by reading these statistics it makes more of an impact.

Sheltered follows the lives of six teenagers, Ben, Adam, Chuck, Cori, Emily and Megan, who are all living in the same group home. Each of them are far from perfect, they each secretly have their own
Cindy C Bennett
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read this amazing book before it was published (helps to know the author, right?). I was so impressed by the storyline in this book. Completely unique, and filled with engrossing characters who were at once sympathetic and enthralling.

This is the story of teen Ben who's renting a house where he lets other troubled teens live. None of them know it's his house, they believe it's owned by their landlord, the mysterious Mrs. Kremer. The story begins when Megan moves into the
Ashley Gafford
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I’ll be honest the part about the description that really intrigued me was “the schizophrenic kid”. I work in the mental health field and was curious to see how “the schizophrenic kid” was portrayed. This story turned out to be a little different than what I was expecting.

The story alternatives from all five of the teens perspective. Each teen has their own problems and issues. Megan and Ben definitely are the most put together of the group. However, I felt sorry for all of them. They were all d
Stacy Richman
Oct 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Ok not really sure what to say about this book. It was good, creepy, and irritating all at once. The book is about a group of teenagers that all live together and all have issues. Not like, homework sucks, but like I should be punished and my voices say you suck. It was a good read that I actually enjoyed and still felt like hiding under the covers with my stuffed raccoon, Racky, and my thumb in my mouth. Yeah I'm a chicken shit, so what. Tell me that if you have a good imagination and read abou ...more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Though I give Chapoton a lot of credit for the unique premise of Sheltered, I wasn't exactly blow away by her work. Underwhelming at best, my only concrete feeling is that this is what would result if one were to cross The Breakfast Club with The Exorcist.

My primary difficulty sprung from the stereotypes each of the characters represented. An angry goth girl? A handsome jock? Anyone want to guess why the perfect cheerleader was kicked out by her parents? These are thoughts that came to me while
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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Kissed by Ink
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I was contacted by the author and asked read and provide an honest review for Sheltered. Well, I have mixed feelings about this story. First of all, let me just say that I believe there is a really good story here. I love the concept of a bunch of kids banding together to fight demons, but this is not the only plot line in the story. Emily is a cutter, with major self-esteem issues. Adam and Chuck are schizophrenic. Ben has a difficult home life with an alcoholic mother and a nasty step father. ...more
Kristina Aziz
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
An engaging story that deals with and mixes the issues of homelessness, schizophrenia, depression, suicide, and the occult. As the reader follows along with the five kids (six, including, um...Adam) and the fictitious Mrs. Kremer, they're engaged by the opposing personalities in the house, the secrets that are (or aren't) kept, and they root for these teens in their quest to just stay in the house (even though maybe we shouldn't. Kids need adults!)

I admire how the issue of teen homelessness was
Redheaded Bookworm
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This isn't your average YA paranormal book. I liked the premise and I liked the characters. It is written well and has great flow.

There is a lot of mysterious happenings going on in this house, but is it real or imagined? This book deals with some dark subjects. There is schizophrenia, demons, possession, suicide, self mutilation and teenage pregnancy. This is not a light read. I enjoyed the book. It has lots of twists and it keeps you guessing, but after reading this, I need a fun read to ligh
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given a free audiobook version of this book for an honest review by the author. Started out a little slow at first but really turned out good as things picked up I actually didn't read anything about this book so it was quite interesting I got to literally come to this with fresh ears in this case. The characters were very well developed and some very interesting changes occur. I do promise if you have a hard time at the beginning just to give it time. The narrator chosen for the audiobook ...more
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I was approached by the author to provide a honest review of this book. A good young adult paranormal series. The plot and the storyline was good The book stated out great, there were a few dull moments in between nothing major. It had me on the edge of my seat. However, I was disappointed with the ending as I was left hanging. The ending suggested that there may be a second book coming out. In-spite of this it was a good read and I enjoyed it.
Nicola Parkinson
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I was asked to read this by the author and at first glance i asked myself is it for me? Well must say i rather enjoyed it (a few heart beating moments) Chuck and Adam had me a bit puzzled to say the least, and the whole Ben secret kept me reading. The ending left me asking what happened to some people but some books do. 3* read
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