Friday, February 6, 2015


By Courtney Alameda
Fiewel and Friends, 2015. 384 pgs. Young adult.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat, which is a person who can see the undead is a prismatic spectrum. Definitely pick up the book if you are thinking, what in the world is that? It's worth it. She is one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing family and the family business is to catch the spiritual undead. She uses her camera to get their energy on film. When a ghost hunt goes wrong, Michelline and her crew are cursed with a soulchain. She has seven days to get rid of the curse to save her friends and herself, and the story that follows is just crazy fun and scary good.

Courtney Alameda debuts with a fantastic horror book. The characters are original and the story line is completely different from all the young adult I have read lately. Michelline kicks butt and the rest of the characters are either ones I would love to meet, or ones I would hope to stay away from. The pacing is great, and I read it all in a few hours. If you want something scary and fresh, this is the book for you.


1 comment:

ER said...

I love how the author takes elements from Dracula and creates a modern day follow-up all her own! My two favorite twists of hers are: the explanation of how some people (tetrochromats) can see ghosts while others cannot, and how Micheline captures ghosts with her camera. I love the creativity of these elements, and I especially appreciated that they were thought out and well explained. Another appeal factor for this book is the fast pace; the whole book takes place over a few days, but doesn’t sacrifice character development in the process.