*A Physical Book & Audiobook Review
I wanted this book because of the cover. I saw it and knew it belonged in my library- LOOK AT IT! Doesn't it look cool? Oh, I also purchased the audiobook, so I could listen while I walked, then read the book when I was home (in between working NaNoWriMo and book reviewing). Did Shutter have me shuddering in my boots or demanding the narrator to simply "SHUT UP"...?
First, let me answer my own question by saying: I returned the audiobook to this novel within 2 hours of downloading it. The narrator, Pamela Lorence was the worst! Not to be mean, but she was dead. Her voice carried no animation, no inflection. She was monotoned, like an incessant buzz and I couldn't take it! I returned it for another book that I'll review later. I finished with the physical copy, which took me a bit longer than normal since it was during NaNoWriMo month, but I read it.
So the story is on the Van Helsing bloodline. His grand-daughter and a set of teens that go ghost busting and vamp-hunting. I understand, so much is expected of these kids; they are not your normal, run of the mill teens. They were raised for training and meant for more than boyfriends, X-Box's and pizza, but they were automatons. Micheline was a terrible bore and not a cool representation of a female hero. Her boys, which are practically the same age as her, were supposedly top on her list, but she was selfish and she kept secrets that could have gotten them killed. And then there are others, outside of their clique, who are belittled because they don't fight. It was unreal. The attitude shifting, needless belittling, acting tough but calling the guys 'macho' and more was just too much for me.
The mission was to go hunting for an entity that left the team with a countdown on life. Running about with glowing, spiritual lights within their guts, a soulchain, they have to find it and destroy it before the end of the seventh day. What's the deal with ghosts killing people in a week's time? Anyway, there was action and outside of the dull monologues and Micheline behaving like Rambo one minute and moody like Batman the next... it simply didn't hold me. I felt let down.
The story was not horror to me, but more YA thriller. Also, Courtney Alameda, the author didn't write in a way that made the story easy for me to enjoy. It read almost like a study manuel, though I understand she was just trying to explain the techy side of their equipment and history. The wording was just stagnant and don't get me started on the conversations that felt forced. It was like watching a B-grade 80's movie. I coulda gagged myself with a spoon!
I'm sorry to say that Shutter was a shudder for me. I'm not being mean, but I didn't enjoy it and the bits I did were far between. I'm on to the next read.📚
* Yesterday's Gone: Season Oneis next.
June 21, 2016
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