Waiting on Wednesday - Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

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.

Woohoo, just look at that creepy cover! I'm lucky enough to have friends in high places, so I was able to get an ARC for this book from Feiwel & Friends. I knew from the moment I saw it in the Spring Catalog that I had to get my hands on it. It's actually been mailed now and I can't wait to get started reading it. 

I've always been a fan of horror movies and creepy stories. When there's a new horror movie coming out, you can bet I'll be dragging my friends or Dad there. My Dad's a veteran horror junkie, too, and that's what we bond over, lol. Some of my favorite memories of us are when we go to creepy midnight releases of blockbuster scary movies! 

While I've never read any "true" horror books, like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I've read some of the creepier books, my favorite being Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I'm hoping that Shutter will give me that same creepy vibe, as well as plenty of action and blood and guts!

I'll definitely be posting a review when I read this, so be on the look out for it and be sure to add Shutter to your TBR shelf, which releases February 3rd, 2015.


  1. I've been missing your posts! I'm glad you're finally back ... and then you pick such a great book? Good start! I definitely can't wait to get my hand on this one, you're so lucky to have an ARC and I'm already curious what you'll think of it! :D

    And because you mentioned it I should probably also check out "Anna Dressed in Blood" - so it's good and you'd totally recommend it? It's a series, right?

    Here's my WoW! :)

    1. Aww, thanks! *Hugs* Hopefully they'll be coming more regularly now!

      I'd definitely look into reading Anna Dressed in Blood, particularly if you like good, spooky reads. While it's technically a series, there's only two books in the set.

      Hopefully you enjoy both of them! If you read them, be sure to let me know what you think! ^_^

  2. Originally I was going to pass on Shutter but the more reviews that I read, the more I'm convinced I need to pick this one up once it releases.

    Thanks for stopping by My WoW and sharing yours!

    1. Hopefully you'll end up liking it! Thanks for stopping by in return. =)

  3. Eep! Horror is not for me haha. My imagination at night is WAY too over active for me to enjoy them. I hope you love this one. Nice job getting an early copy :)