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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 ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well that was a nice little creeptastic ride =)

I mean, it's not a really huge horror book but it's a nice scary book!

Micheline Helsing, Oliver Stoker, < --- yes, part of the families and Ryder and Jude are a part of The Helsing Corps.

They got a call there was some cray going on over at the hospital and no one else could get there for an hour. Soooooooooooooooo, Micheline takes matters into her own hands and has her and the team show up. They are not supposed to just do stuff like that unless
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Trust me, I would have loved for my first book in 2016 to be a winner… Sadly it wasn’t, and I never managed to enjoy Shutter, mostly because *whispers* I was drawn into the 4 levels of dooooom (no, it’s not really a thing, I do know that, shhh)

How much as I wanted to like it, from the start I felt that something was off with the writing. Perhaps because whole pages read like textbooks.

Welcome to REAPER 101!

”High-powered quartz lenses allowed me to capture light effectively, as quartz conduc
Faye, la Patata
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it

The Helsing Corps only showed up when someone didn't stay dead.

Do you hear that? Those are the sounds of my tears dropping, because shit just got serious, and I am overwhelmed with emotions over the fact that YA does know how to write a horror-filled, action-packed book. I nearly gave up! Hallelujah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

If you liked Fatal Frame, you would like this. Even though I only played 15 minutes of that game, it was enough to permanently scar my brain for the res
Heidi The Reader
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Micheline Helsing is the last of the line of Van Helsings, of monster slaying fame. In this version of the tale, Micheline slays ghosts and otherworldly beings by capturing their visages on film, thereby taking away their power and banishing back to the realms where they belong.

One night, Micheline and her team has a mission go awry and now, because of a curse, they are going to die. Unless, they can find the ghost that caused the sickness, rid the world of it, and save themselves. The clock is
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I'm starting to have a complex about all the books I am not liking this year. I thought this would be scary but I realized very early on that it was not scary and it was not for me. The writing felt forced. There were too many technical terms, too many explanations, too few scary moments. 2 stars

Is it me or do these types of stories always have someone named Ryder? :)
5 stars? PFft! This is a freaking night sky of stars kind of book!

Before I try to put my thoughts into a somewhat coherent review, let me just say one thing: no matter what I write, I feel like I will never be able to do this book justice. In fact, I believe only an interpretive dance at the edge of a cliff on top of the highest mountain, wearing nothing but a crown of flowers, could come somewhat close to doing Shutter justice. And it would probably still fall short. So yeah. Good luck to me.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars

I remember starting Shutter with a certain amount of skepticism, cynical soul that I am. In my own defense, good YA horrors are few and far between – mostly they’re just creepy enough to justify the label and not a bit more. But Courtney Alameda proved me wrong in no time at all. By page 30, I was gripping my poor Kindle tightly, disgusted, terrified and oddly thrilled all at the same time. In all honesty, I haven’t read a YA horror so scary and exciting since The Waking Dark by Robin W
An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review.

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 soul-chain, 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
Nicole Wang
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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HOLY HELL. (Pun always intended)


OH. MY. GOD. I'm going to admit, it was the cover of Shutter that drew me in (and Lynne Matson's recommendation). I'm not a huge paranormal, ghost, or horror fan. (In order: Usually has cliches, usually isn't unique, and I'm a huge wuss.) But ohmydearsweetgod, Alameda makes me want to run out and grab everything remotely similar to Shutter.

First things first, the science. It's absolutely amazing and it's not something you'd e
Melissa Chung
I want to thank NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for allowing me to read this eARC.

Shutter is a fast paced, kick ass ghost story.

Micheline Helsing is the descendant of Van Helsing. That's right! The one that put Dracula in his "grave". Van Helsing along with Mina and Johnathan Harker, Dr. Seward and the ever trusty historian Bram Stoker made up the elite squad of undead hunters.

Fast forward a few centuries and you have Micheline the last descendant to this legacy. Micheline i
3.5 stars

Shutter is a bit of Fatal Frame
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meets Kohta Hirano's Hellsing
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meets Resident Evil
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meets Ghostbusters.
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This is definitely not the book I was expecting, and there were a couple of things in there that I didn't like and that I wish I could whine and complain about, but the truth is that the final product was surprisingly satisfying and provided me with a very enjoyable experience, which says a lot coming from someone with a chip or two on her shoulder concerning how some aspect
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Initial Thoughts: Oh, what a great ending!! Not exactly what I was expecting, but still good.

Read the full review @A Perfection Called Books

"We are not defined by our lack of fear but rather by what we choose to do when facing the nightmare."

I have the perfect pitch for this book: Young James Bond meets Ghostbusters! After seeing lots of rave reviews, I was so excited to read this. Although it's not exactly what I was hoping for or expecting, this book was definitely entertaining and creative.

Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Horror in Young Adult fiction is tricky territory, so whenever I see a novel getting some buzz, I can’t help but take notice. Shutter ended up surprising me. While it probably wasn’t the book I was expecting, there’s absolutely no denying that Courtney Alameda has delivered a high-octane read that’s at once superbly written and full of interesting new ideas. This is the first YA novel in months to stand out for me. That’s
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it

ARC from publisher
due out FEB 2015
Did Not Finish - SEPT 2014

This story is badass and you should read it. Not complaining about the plot here. That's my first and best praise.

Now, my opinion of what I read. All 78 pages. And why.

This book a furious flood of fantastically functional alliteration, overstuffed with hyperbole, figurative verbs, and dizzying metaphors. Like, so dizzying that I threw up a million times while reading this most amazingly anticipated Young Adult book ever published eve
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

“Hand for a hand, and tooth for a tooth –
Chain down the souls of Abraham’s youth.
Eye for an eye, and life for a life –
Down stabs vengeance, swift as a knife.”

Shutter brings to life a world where the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage continue the family tradition of battling the supernatural. Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat, someone that possesses the ability to see the ghostlight of the undead. Being able to see them allows her to use modified analog
Estefani (fiction jungle)
2.5 Stars

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 ext
Rin Chupeco
Jan 19, 2014 marked it as to-read
Ooh, A Young Adult version of Fatal Frame! :) ...more
Rashika (is tired)
Shutter has left me in a turmoil because I am not exactly sure how I feel. It’s safe to say I enjoyed reading it but at the same time, I did not like the characters.

Our main character, Micheline is really self-absorbed at times. She seems to make everything about her, including the lives of her fellow team mates and I am not sure how I feel about that. Considering the fact that they work as a team, the fact that she keeps secrets from them, secrets that could possibly endanger their lives, just
Beth  (YA Books Central)
"Horror has a new name.
Introducing Courtney Alameda."

"CALL IT REAPER'S INSOMNIA, but the dead wouldn't let me sleep at night. Every time the sun went down, I swore I sensed them stirring, starving.

The first thing that drew me to want to read Shutter was the incredibly creepy cover of the book. I mean it is SERIOUSLY CREEPY. I am not even sure how to describe the creature that is portrayed. I can tell you that it is most likely an evil entity because nothing that looks like that co
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Call it reaper's insomnia, but the dead wouldn't let me sleep at night. Every time the sun went down, I swore I sensed them stirring, starving.

With that we are introduced to Courtney Alameda's Shutter, a horror novel about Micheline Helsing, a descendent of Van Helsing, who is known as a tetrachromat, allowing her to see and classify ghosts by the color of their auras. She is a member of Helsing Corps, the 611 number you call when the dead just won't stay dead.

I have a duty to do, a duty to othe
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

Well that was bloody good.

In this story we have a ghost academy bred, group of boys and the last descendant of the Van Helsing lineage, Micheline who are trained at such a young age to eradicate and haunt ghost. When one of their missions went awry, the crew got infected with a deadly curse spreading through their bodies. Now, Micheline and her boys must destroy the root of all evil.

Shutter is unlike any other YA, Ghost - Supernatural book that I had r
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
{March 14th, 2015} *CUE SNAPSHOT WINK*

4.5 stars.

Ever wondered what the descendants of Van Helsing and the others of Bram Stoker's classic Dracula would be like?

This is Courtney Alameda's answer.

If I hadn't been watching Markiplier play Fatal Frame 2, I honestly wouldn't have drawn this parallel--only instead of the protagonists of the Fatal Frame series you get Micheline Helsing, our strong-willed, badassry of a heroine that combats ghosts with the Obscura along with her team: Ryder, Jude and Ol
HELL YES!!!!!! (No pun intended.) Score for my second Halloween read of the year!

Pure badassery, amazing heroine, interesting lore involving families like the Helsings and Stokers, capturing ghosts with fuckin' cameras, cool use of the San Francisco setting. I want to see this made into a TV show. Seriously.

Pick this up if you like Eliza Crewe's Crushed series (and if you don't, why???). I'd love to see Meda fight with Micheline. *drools*
Hannah (Vamp of Savannah)
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddyreads
Buddyread this one with the always amazing Kat Stark. Check out her review here .

Whoa. Just...whoa.

I loved this one. I mean seriously.

This book was like wriggling in happiness. Reading Shutter was

but with scary zombie kittens that want to eat your face off.


Shutter was a pulse pounding tribute to Bram Stoker's Dracula world and boy did Courtney Alameda do him credit. I loved the history and the world building.

There were parts where I got literal chills, you guys.
Lauren Stoolfire
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat, a person who can see the auras of the undead. She is also one of the last descendants of Abraham Van Helsing, so she has been trained since birth to destroy corporeal and spiritual monsters. The corporeal undead go down by the bullet and the spiritual undead go down by the lens - and in Micheline's case, her analog SLR is her best weapon. With her camera she is able to exorcise ghosts by capturing the spiritual energy of the entities on film. She's assisted b ...more
Ellen Gail
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was everything I've ever wanted and I'm so in love with this book.

"How many more rules will you break? How many lines will you cross? How intense will you be? I wasn't sure I wanted to know the answers anymore."

I love horror. I. Fucking. Love it. And this ladies, gents, and unicorns is some top notch horror. It's like Anna Dressed in Blood, The Ring, and Ghostbusters had a ménage à trois and birthed this beautiful YA debut.

It isn't pants-wettingly scary, but I find few things are. It is con
Chersti Nieveen
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I can't rave about this book enough and I'm so glad I got to read it early!

SHUTTER shows such polished writing, the plot so intensely creepifying with scenes that are completely shudder-worthy, that it's hard to believe this is Courtney Alameda's debut novel. Throw in a kick-ass heroine with her ghost-fighting camera and the super-hot Aussie, Ryder, and this is going to be one of the best books of 2015.

If it's dead and mobile, it's Helsing's problem--this story is horror in high gear
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating : A

Wow. Just wow. It is so rare that you get a truly scary story that grips you in and makes you look over your shoulder. Ghouls, zombies, ghosts, the even a freaking scorpion made of dead people!?!😱 I was enchanted and disturbed.

Micheline was just the right amount of everything you needed in a main character, kicking ass, taking names, loving her friends. A tough relationship with her father after a horrific massacre close to home, she both admires and hates her father, creating
I was legitimately creeped out during certain parts of the book (I'm looking at you, Page 172). This, to me, is the mark of a good book, since that type of reaction is rare for me. I appreciated how the author brought in elements from Dracula (which is a classic that I love) in a great fashion. A superb cast of characters, with great friendships even! Micheline is at once strong and feisty, but also vulnerable. Plus: ghost hunting! Horror! So much awesome stuff happening in this book. Go read it ...more
Sophia Sardothien
I really wanted to love this book, it has so much potential. But the climax was extremely disappointing, overall is a decent fun read but not captivating.
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A veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney Alameda now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels for young people. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was nominated for a Bram Stoker award and hailed as a "standout in the genre" by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novel, PITCH DARK (Spring 2017), is a genre-blending science fiction/horror novel in the vein of Ridley Scott's 1979 film ALIEN ...more

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