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Hi everyone! I am an aspiring author slash college student who loves to read which is probably obvious, and I love to share what I read with people, again, obvious. I think everyone has a book out there for them, its a matter of looking hard enough to find it and having a positive attitude about reading it. Anyways I hope you all find this blog helpful. Please feel free to comment and ask questions, that's why I do this! -Bookworm95

February 14, 2015

It's Finally Here! Shutter By Courtney Alameda

Hey all!! A few months back I told you about my amazing friend and her new release SHUTTER. I asked you all to preorder it, partly because she's my friend and partly because I love supporting fledgling authors!  SHUTTER was released on February 3rd in the US. I had the opportunity to go to Courtney's California launch event in Palo Alto and it was so fun! She gave an amazing presentation about her inspirations and her writing/publishing process! She signed my book and gave out awesome bracelets and bookmarks! I just finished SHUTTER last night and I can honestly say (totally unbiased of course) that this book is one of the best things to come out of YA literature in a while! It is so creative and unique! It didn't really remind me of anything which made it that much better! If you don't know anything about SHUTTER, its based around the story of DRACULA. You don't have to have read DRACULA to read this book, but it helps to have some background knowledge because she often refers to it. ANYWAYS, it is about the descendants of the characters in DRACULA who are a part of a present day ghost hunting organization. If you've read the MORTAL INSTRUMENTS by Cassandra Clare, the structure of Courtney's organization is similar to that of the Clave just to give you an idea. This book goes from 0 to 100 in the first page and doesn't slow down at all! It is dripping with action and fight scenes! It has an amazing cast of characters, the main being a strong female protagonist which is definitely nice to see. Courtney just announced yesterday that she has been signed for a separate project and was given a two book deal with Feiwel & Friends. Her first book of this new set is due out next year sometime and based on the theme its going to be just as good!

Seriously guys, give this book a read. It will blow your mind!

Here is the official blurp for SHUTTER:

"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."