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THE FACTSJulian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from a juvenile detention facility.His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.Julian is wanted for murder.THE QUESTIONSWhy is Julian Roman on the run?Just how dangerous is he?And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?Sixteen-year-old Day Connor views life through the lens of her camera, where p THE FACTSJulian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from a juvenile detention facility.His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.Julian is wanted for murder.THE QUESTIONSWhy is Julian Roman on the run?Just how dangerous is he?And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?Sixteen-year-old Day Connor views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur.Julian is not the "armed and dangerous" escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don't quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture ... whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn't he?Day digs deeper into the case while Julian remains on the run. But the longer her list of facts becomes, the longer the list of questions becomes, too. It's also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels for him. Is it real? Or is she being manipulated? Day is close to finding the crack in the case. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.

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THE FACTSJulian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from a juvenile detention facility.His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.Julian is wanted for murder.THE QUESTIONSWhy is Julian Roman on the run?Just how dangerous is he?And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?Sixteen-year-old Day Connor views life through the lens of her camera, where p THE FACTSJulian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from a juvenile detention facility.His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.Julian is wanted for murder.THE QUESTIONSWhy is Julian Roman on the run?Just how dangerous is he?And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?Sixteen-year-old Day Connor views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur.Julian is not the "armed and dangerous" escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don't quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture ... whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn't he?Day digs deeper into the case while Julian remains on the run. But the longer her list of facts becomes, the longer the list of questions becomes, too. It's also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels for him. Is it real? Or is she being manipulated? Day is close to finding the crack in the case. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.

30 review for Shutter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Most of the time, when I finish a book, I immediately feel inspired to write a review, whether the book in question is good or bad or really bad. But right now, the only thing that resonates inside my mind is a loud, screeching even ‘‘meeeeeh.’’ To be honest, I don’t know why this book was published. Not that it was badly written. I actually thought the writing wasn’t so bad, and the characters were pleasant enough, but the story. Oh the story. Please. We really didn’t need another banally plotte Most of the time, when I finish a book, I immediately feel inspired to write a review, whether the book in question is good or bad or really bad. But right now, the only thing that resonates inside my mind is a loud, screeching even ‘‘meeeeeh.’’ To be honest, I don’t know why this book was published. Not that it was badly written. I actually thought the writing wasn’t so bad, and the characters were pleasant enough, but the story. Oh the story. Please. We really didn’t need another banally plotted YA mystery book flooded with romance. It’s a good thing it was fast-paced, because that kept me from yet again letting an unfinished book rot somewhere in a corner of my room. It’s starting to smell already. Just kidding. But yeah, thank you SHUTTER for being readable. The ending won’t surprise anyone. At first I thought I could maybe recommend this to first readers of YA mystery, because it’s easy to read, although predictable, so those people can get an idea of what it feels like to read these types of books, but it’s just not worth it. Just not worth it. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  2. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I received an ARC of this book. I don't normally read mystery types of books, but this one was actually pretty good. There were some parts that were unbelievable, but it is definitely worth a read. Full review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    There was honestly just nothing appealing about this book. In case you haven't read the summary: the main plot is about a girl falling in love with a literal murder suspect she doesn't know. This could be interesting, except she trusts him implicitly from the beginning. It. Doesn't. Make. Any. Sense. Girls falling in love with assholes? Just what we need more of in literature. Seriously, why was this book published? I don't even know what more to say about this book. There's no attempt at charact There was honestly just nothing appealing about this book. In case you haven't read the summary: the main plot is about a girl falling in love with a literal murder suspect she doesn't know. This could be interesting, except she trusts him implicitly from the beginning. It. Doesn't. Make. Any. Sense. Girls falling in love with assholes? Just what we need more of in literature. Seriously, why was this book published? I don't even know what more to say about this book. There's no attempt at character development or plot. The girl is weak, the boy is a jerk. The dramatic tension feels incredibly forced and there's no suspense or atmosphere. The only good thing about this book is the writing style itself. The prose flows nicely. Everything else is just so cringeworthy that the writing style doesn't help at all. * I received a copy of this via my local bookstore. This does not impact my review in any way.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)

    1.5 stars. Oh my God, this was just bad.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vera

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and I am very glad I did! As someone who reads a LOT of YA, I generally find YA mystery/thrillers to be relatively mediocre or derivative, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Shutter was neither. The characters were believable and sympathetic, the plot was fast-paced but not too unbelievable, and the alternating viewpoints added depth to both the characters of Day and Julian, and to the plot. The thing that really pushed it over the I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and I am very glad I did! As someone who reads a LOT of YA, I generally find YA mystery/thrillers to be relatively mediocre or derivative, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Shutter was neither. The characters were believable and sympathetic, the plot was fast-paced but not too unbelievable, and the alternating viewpoints added depth to both the characters of Day and Julian, and to the plot. The thing that really pushed it over the edge to five stars, though, at least for me, was the believable way in which Stolarz worked in the issues that all of the characters were dealing with. I often find that issues such as abuse, divorce, adultery, etc in these kinds of books feel a bit forced or superficially overlaid onto the characters. In Shutter, every issue the characters dealt with (of which there are many) worked seamlessly with the characters' backstories and with the plot as a whole. I'm very impressed with Stolarz's ability to create believable characters who are dealing with real issues, while also writing a plot that moves along at a good pace and keeps the reader guessing until the end. I highly recommend this book!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    (May Contain Spoilers) So I just finished Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz. It was a great mysterious quick read- perfect for October. I have never read Laurie's work before, and this was a great introduction into her work. Julian escaped from a Juvinile Detention center, suspected for murdering his parents. Day crosses paths with Julian and is determined to dig deeper and learn the facts about his case. Did he murder his parents? Find out if Julian is innocent in the suspected murder and don't fo (May Contain Spoilers) So I just finished Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz. It was a great mysterious quick read- perfect for October. I have never read Laurie's work before, and this was a great introduction into her work. Julian escaped from a Juvinile Detention center, suspected for murdering his parents. Day crosses paths with Julian and is determined to dig deeper and learn the facts about his case. Did he murder his parents? Find out if Julian is innocent in the suspected murder and don't forget to pick up the book when it is released October 18, 2016!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julianne

    Full review posted on Among the Authors I’ve always revered my father as a master of foreshadowing. It never failed – we’d go to see a movie in the theater, and no later than fifteen minutes into the film, Dad would lean over and whisper to me how it would all end. Not because he knew any spoilers, but because he could pick up on the tiniest of details and already be five steps ahead of the plot. Now, it’s become somewhat of a game I play with myself whenever I go to see a movie or pick up a goo Full review posted on Among the Authors I’ve always revered my father as a master of foreshadowing. It never failed – we’d go to see a movie in the theater, and no later than fifteen minutes into the film, Dad would lean over and whisper to me how it would all end. Not because he knew any spoilers, but because he could pick up on the tiniest of details and already be five steps ahead of the plot. Now, it’s become somewhat of a game I play with myself whenever I go to see a movie or pick up a good mystery – I immediately start looking for those little ‘tells’. I’d like to think that I’ve gotten as good as Dad at my predictions, but then I happened to receive an ARC of Shutter by Laurie Stolarz… Things I Liked: A lot of folks find their way to Laurie Stolarz care of the Blue is for Nightmares series or the Touch series, but for me it was the Welcome to the Dark House series. It was fabulous, frightening, and haunted my nightmares for weeks after I closed the covers. What really got me hooked is that Stolarz truly gets inside the minds of her teenage characters and brings out voices that are wholly believable as well as engrossing. While Shutter isn’t a book that will occupy my nightmares, it is one that has now spent several days occupying my thoughts. I’ve been turning over the mysteries of the story and the intricacies of the characters in my mind, and I am still rocked to the core that I didn’t see such a fitting yet shocking ending coming. Julian (I have to just love that name, don’t I? I’m named after a Julian, after all.) is a teen on the run, escaped from juvie with the clothes on his back and a story full of holes. Day is a young girl taken in by his shy demeanor and mysterious circumstances, and her determination to find the answers in Julian’s case leads her to ask questions others might not. She’s desperate to prove herself, not only for Julian’s sake, but also for her own. Day is constantly trying to live up to her justice-seeking, do-gooding parents who seem to make everything work… except for a marriage and having time for their daughter. Day also has a passion for photography, hence the name, and it doesn’t feel at all like a superficial character trait. Some authors might add it to make their characters seem more artistic but never really follow it up with much depth… Not here. Day has some beautiful concepts for projects detailed within the story that actually had me aching to see the photographs, however fictional they may be. Day’s photography helps to weave the story together and evoke some of the heavier themes, especially in relation to her feelings towards her mother and father. I love the format of this book, told in alternate points of view between Day in the present and Julian writing in his journal. Julian’s journal entries are especially powerful because you glimpse more of his past, his relationship with his family and the tragedy that changed them forever, and also snippets from what really happened the day Julian found his mother’s body in the bathtub and was accused of murdering his father. These were my favorite parts of the book, the journal entries, because you really begin to feel for Julian and want to fight right alongside Day to vindicate him. Things I Didn’t Like: I’ve seen an early review or two that have mentioned some aspects being unbelievable. I’ll tell you what, the only part I found unbelievable was this: “I must say, I’ve never had a customer take photos of items they purchased in the past. What is this really about?” “A school project. Photography class.” Come on! You know she wanted to say she was a writer doing research. This is actually how I feel anytime someone questions my Google history. I promise that “gruesome ways to kill a person” was totally just my research for something I was writing. By the way, I am JUST KIDDING! It’s so hard to pick out things I didn’t like in a story that I really did love. I was so engrossed by the story that I didn’t really find anything about it unbelievable. Society can be pretty screwy, and I know plenty of kids that come from rough backgrounds. I also know plenty of intelligent kids with chips on their shoulders. For me, this story totally works. If you really want me to nitpick and find something that I didn’t care for, I’d say Day’s friends. Well, mostly just Tori. I think the real reason she annoyed me is that we all know a Tori, and she’s just as annoying in real life as she is in fiction. Tori’s the taunting friend, the one that gives you a hard time about the things you like to do or a boy showing interest in you. She’s also the one that’s too preoccupied with her flavor of the week to really have any interest in anything else. Tori’s got her own issues going on, but that’s discussed briefly before she’s off to the next boy. Totally a believable aspect, but I did find myself trying to read faster through any part with her in it. Overall Rating: 5 stars for getting the better of me! I thought that I had this one figured out at least halfway through, only to be completely, totally, utterly wrong. You’re going to race through the pages trying to piece together the truth, and meanwhile that little DUN-DUN sound clip from Law & Order is going to play on repeat in your head… I mean, at least it did for me. Laurie Stolarz has quickly become one of my favorites in the genre. She is masterful with chilling atmospheres, concealed mysteries, and characters that truly feel like people you would want to get to know (or in the case of some Welcome to the Dark House characters, I’d rather not meet them…not in a scary, horror house, nor anywhere else). She’s definitely an author you’ll want to check out! The current release date for Shutter is October 18, 2016, and I definitely recommend picking it up before Halloween for a good, chilling mystery. “Everyone has their own story – their own version of the truth, a rationale for how they act.” “Because everyone has a unique perspective,” I say, thinking about my photo project. “Exactly. In most cases, your mother’s political escapades aside, I’d say that people act out when they’ve lost their way, or when they aren’t getting the support that they need. They’ve fallen through the cracks and gotten desperate. I’m not saying that what they do is justified, but you have to wonder: if those same people were given different opportunities -"

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I really have enjoyed much of Stolarz's prior books. The four that I have read have all gotten quite high ratings from me, and I really encourage readers to take a look at them - and not this one. This was one of her finest books, and I found myself not enjoying it all. I found myself mystified by the whole ordeal and nothing ever made me feel on edge or invested in the mystery. Her writing was good as always, but the actual story was boring, lacking, and I didn't feel much for anything. Project I really have enjoyed much of Stolarz's prior books. The four that I have read have all gotten quite high ratings from me, and I really encourage readers to take a look at them - and not this one. This was one of her finest books, and I found myself not enjoying it all. I found myself mystified by the whole ordeal and nothing ever made me feel on edge or invested in the mystery. Her writing was good as always, but the actual story was boring, lacking, and I didn't feel much for anything. Project 17 and Welcome to the Dark House are much finer examples of her wonderful writing, and I say definitely check those out instead of this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5 stars. review to come

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Reyes

    I enjoyed it. Read it in two sittings. Loved the mysterious aspect of Julian and how much of a tortured soul he was.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    "I don't trust words - not my parents', nor my own." Day is at a rough crossroads in her life. Both parents fight the injustices of the world - both roughly in the legal field and are fighting to help those that have been wronged. So Day has grown up with a clear sense of trying to understand situations that put people into bad spots - and to question everything and seek the truth. But her parents, in the midst of fighting the good fight, lost each other. And her parents have separated and Day isn "I don't trust words - not my parents', nor my own." Day is at a rough crossroads in her life. Both parents fight the injustices of the world - both roughly in the legal field and are fighting to help those that have been wronged. So Day has grown up with a clear sense of trying to understand situations that put people into bad spots - and to question everything and seek the truth. But her parents, in the midst of fighting the good fight, lost each other. And her parents have separated and Day isn't so sure where that leaves her. In the midst of all this, she loves telling stories through photos. And she spots a boy she can't help but seek out to take that perfect shot. It's a complete shock when the police arrive and ask her about the boy - because he's been accused of a horrible crime and escaped from a detention facility while awaiting trial. This is a compelling story - that you want to keep reading to know the truth. As the story unfolds, you see all the avenues that Day seeks as she tries to understand and figure out - Did Julian do it? Or is he innocent? Day has to realize that in a world of law and guilt and human emotions and reactions, it's hard to understand where all the guilt and blame must go. Is any one person solely to blame or completely innocent? It's a great read, one that has left me thinking long after I closed the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review. I went into this hoping for mystery and suspense. While there was a little mystery, it was a lot more coming of age storyline than I expected (or wanted, to be honest). That doesn’t make it a bad book. It just wasn’t what I wanted. Day is the only child of two very successful humanitarians and she’s spent her life trying to follow in their footsteps and make them proud. When she comes across Julian, a murder suspect who I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review. I went into this hoping for mystery and suspense. While there was a little mystery, it was a lot more coming of age storyline than I expected (or wanted, to be honest). That doesn’t make it a bad book. It just wasn’t what I wanted. Day is the only child of two very successful humanitarians and she’s spent her life trying to follow in their footsteps and make them proud. When she comes across Julian, a murder suspect who recently escaped from Juvie, she starts to research his case and makes it her mission to help him out and uncover the truth. It took a lot of time for her to actually start investigating other than just reading old newspaper articles and asking Julian a few questions. Even though it was a fast read due to the easy writing and short chapters, the story really dragged for me until we got closer to the end. I liked Day well enough, though I don’t think she always made the smartest decisions. Her friends all drove me completely crazy. Julian was a little more compelling character and I enjoyed getting his perspective through his journal entries. The synopsis makes it sound like he could be manipulating Day into helping him, but I never really felt like he was. He did get caught in a few lies, but he seemed more like a scared kid than a little psychopath (and I kind of wanted him to be little psychopath, just for a good twist). Overall, Shutter was an ok read for me. Short chapters made for a quick, easy read. I liked the overall premise of the story, but I wish it focused more on the mystery/suspense side and a little less on the growing-up-is-hard drama. Though the very end felt a little abrupt (an epilogue would have been nice), I did like the direction the conclusion went and was a little surprised by it, so I appreciated that. Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Raise your hand if you're all about the mystery and suspense books for October. That's right, it's time to hide your face under the covers and sleep with the lights on and Shutter is here to help. Oh, Day. Sweet, sweet Day. Our resident Veronica Mars comes face to face with suspected murderer turned escaped convict, Julian, and unlike the rest of us sane people, his intriguing stare invites her to look further into his case. Day spends most of the novel unraveling Julian's past, which is sweet al Raise your hand if you're all about the mystery and suspense books for October. That's right, it's time to hide your face under the covers and sleep with the lights on and Shutter is here to help. Oh, Day. Sweet, sweet Day. Our resident Veronica Mars comes face to face with suspected murderer turned escaped convict, Julian, and unlike the rest of us sane people, his intriguing stare invites her to look further into his case. Day spends most of the novel unraveling Julian's past, which is sweet albeit slightly dangerous. Much to the reader's dismay, she typically ignores conventional safety precautions and I found myself constantly worrying for her safety. Then there's our jailbird who's nested in Day's barn (and heart). Julian has clearly been through some stuff but does that excuse his dodgy reasons and inaccurate recollections? Time will tell. Laurie Faria Stolarz explores some tough subjects, starting with the murder (or murder-suicide?) of Julian's parents, going through intense child abuse and neglect situations, and landing with Day's dismay over her parent's recent separation. There's no sheltering the reader from the realities of both of their lives, from their feelings to their reactions and everything in between. I enjoyed the novel's variety of storytelling, from the investigative nature that Day uses to the simple way the story unfolds from beginning to resolution. There's a bit of an unreliable narrator that keeps you guessing how the Roman family came to be a family of one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    Where to begin? Well, first I am not sure why it took me so long to read this book. It might have been because I wasn't in love with the plot or even the characters. The split dialogue is killing me. This is the third or fourth book in a row with it, so I am ready for a break. I liked that Day had photography as a hobby. It's actually pretty uncommon and underrated. What I didn't like is how creepy this book was. Not creepy like spooky, but creepy as in weird. I could not get over the initial WHY Where to begin? Well, first I am not sure why it took me so long to read this book. It might have been because I wasn't in love with the plot or even the characters. The split dialogue is killing me. This is the third or fourth book in a row with it, so I am ready for a break. I liked that Day had photography as a hobby. It's actually pretty uncommon and underrated. What I didn't like is how creepy this book was. Not creepy like spooky, but creepy as in weird. I could not get over the initial WHY. WHY did Day feel like the best thing to do was to follow a random person from the gas station? Why did she then feel it was okay to help a suspected criminal!? I get that everything worked out (more or less) but I just couldn't get past that. I did like Julian's character. I liked how honest he was, even with his faults and the relationship he had with his father. I can see why Day was so attracted to him but still. Day's parents, her mother in particular, need a lesson on parenting. I found them cold and rather unlikable, just like Day's friends. I thought they were super annoying.

  15. 4 out of 5

    V

    This book is nothing like I expected it to be, which is so amazing. It's full of twists and makes you want to keep reading ! I read it in a couple of hours because i wanted to see what happened next. The relationship between Jules and DAY is really unique and a cool idea for a book

  16. 5 out of 5

    MeggieBree

    3.5 Stars. Shutter was a slightly unbelievable read, which is the only reason it didn't get a higher rating from me. I will definitely be purchasing it for the library.

  17. 4 out of 5

    The Belle

    Day Connor spends her life behind the camera, capturing life one click at a time. Her perspective is that of an artist, and while she tries her best to remain objective in her photographic studies of humans and their habits, her vision shifts when a curious subject crosses the path of her lens. She's enjoying a typical afternoon out with her best and most colorful girlfriends when she sees him. The handsome guy in the convenience store catches her eye, and not just because of his rugged good look Day Connor spends her life behind the camera, capturing life one click at a time. Her perspective is that of an artist, and while she tries her best to remain objective in her photographic studies of humans and their habits, her vision shifts when a curious subject crosses the path of her lens. She's enjoying a typical afternoon out with her best and most colorful girlfriends when she sees him. The handsome guy in the convenience store catches her eye, and not just because of his rugged good looks. He seems to have a dark cloud circling over his head; he's shifty and uncomfortable in his own skin. In an attempt to move a little bit closer to study the object of her curiosity up close and personal, Day literally trips right into his strong arms, feeling an unexpected spark of. . . something. That hot current of electricity pushes her into following him out of the store and through the town. She watches as he rummages through garbage cans and she wonders about the cut on his face, at the way his clothes are ill-fitting and tattered. Snapping a few photos of him for later review, Day heads back home with questions filling her mind. Julian is a teenager with a troubled background and an even sketchier present. Things at home were never the best, but after his twin brother was killed in a car accident, life with his unstable parents became nearly unbearable. The death infected his parents like a plague, winding its way through the ties that held them together and damaging them beyond repair. After a series of incidents with his volatile father and self-medicated mother led to the unimaginable, Julian found himself accused of murder and behind bars in a juvenile detention center with no one left to help him. But after some smart thinking and quick feet, he was able to escape, and now finds himself on the run from demons past and skeletons present. The daughter of parents who have devoted their lives to human rights, Day grew up naturally giving people second chances, and she can't help but try to see things from Julian's perspective. When she finds him taking shelter in her barn, her heart goes out to him, and he certainly doesn't look like a murderer -- no matter what the local newspapers are spinning in their headlines. But as she slowly begins to piece together a shaky timeline with his side of the story, things become downright blurry. His tale has too many holes, it's too out of focus, and there are some points she knows for certain that he's just not speaking up about. What is Julian hiding? And is Day getting too involved with someone who may not be as innocent as he claims . . . putting herself in danger? Shutter is a book by Laurie Faria Stolarz, a cemented talent in the Young Adult thriller genre. Known primarily for series such as The Blue is for Nightmare and The Touch, Stolarz has penned this stand-alone novel that reaches in and grabs you from the first few pages, keeping your head spinning and your gut twisting until the conclusion. Featuring relatable characters and a free-flowing plot line, Shutter cleverly touches on real-life teen challenges such as divorce, appropriate romance, complicated friendships, and emotional changes while weaving in the mystery and intelligent thrills that are the heart of the story. Stolarz has a finger on the pulse of teenage angst and the mental struggles that particular age group goes through, and the way things are handled are believable instead of predictable. The main character of Day Connor is smart and clear-headed, and I was impressed with her determination to give the benefit of the doubt in a situation that on the surface, spelled out nothing but trouble. Giving the book 4 out of 5 stars, I regret that I couldn't give it a solid 5. There were a few spurred plot lines that I did not understand concerning Day's friends, and I felt did not belong as they bogged the real story down and shifted the focus unnecessarily. I also wished there was a bit more resolution in the ending, and I was disappointed that the budding romance between Julian and Day seemed to stall. I do recommend Shutter to readers ages 13+. It is an appropriate thriller and full of approachable topics for that age bracket. Readers who enjoyed books such as Danya Kukafka's Girl in Snow or Sheryl Scarborough's To Catch A Killer will appreciate and enjoy the frantic and gripping essence of Shutter.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (Stuck in Books)

    4 stars - An utterly captivating mystery I was unable to put down! I've been a fan of Laurie Faria Stolarz's books for a while. She's one of the authors I read back in my early YA reading days---when I went from Twilight to L.J. Smith and branched out. I have such fond memories of reading both the Blue if for Nightmares books and the Touch series, and then later Bleed, so I was super excited when I got the chance to read Shutter. Lucky for me, Shutter did not disappoint. The premise of Shutter was 4 stars - An utterly captivating mystery I was unable to put down! I've been a fan of Laurie Faria Stolarz's books for a while. She's one of the authors I read back in my early YA reading days---when I went from Twilight to L.J. Smith and branched out. I have such fond memories of reading both the Blue if for Nightmares books and the Touch series, and then later Bleed, so I was super excited when I got the chance to read Shutter. Lucky for me, Shutter did not disappoint. The premise of Shutter was intriguing. A boy on the run accused of murdering his father and the girl determined to find out what really happened. It makes for a great mystery set up and I was drawn in right away. Then as the story proceeded and more information was given and things became unclear, it was literally impossible to put this book down. I read the entire thing in one sitting. No breaks or anything. The writing was intense and paced well. Things were revealed at appropriate times where I didn't have a chance to get disinterested in the story. I had to keep reading to find out what was true, what was twisted, and who actually murdered that man. Plus, Stolarz's writing is great in general. There's a special quality to it that makes the novel feel so well crafted---because it is. This is a well written mystery that I enjoyed. The main characters, Day and Julian, were so interesting. Day is the girl who decided to try to uncover the truth of Julian's dad's death, and while that may seem like an unwise endeavor (because DANGER), I'm actually kind of in awe. She's smart and determined and has a strong sense of what's right and what's wrong--and she stand up for what's right and fights against what's wrong. It's admirable. As for Julian, he's on the run and accused of murdering his father. His story is murky and dark and I felt for him so much. It was a huge need for things to turn out how they should with him that added to driving me forward while reading. He was in such a terrible situation and I wanted him to be okay. I especially enjoyed the snippets of the novel that were in Julian's point of view---his journal writings. They gave great insight into his mind, even if they weren't always clear. The minor characters, Day's friends, were less intriguing to me and while I understand that her moments with them helped in grounding her and setting her side of the story, I wasn't a huge fan some of the moments with them. Parts were necessary to the plot, which were good, but I found it hard to care about the parts pertaining to them that didn't have to do with Julian's case. That said, I do understand why they were included and they didn't really take away from my desire to continue reading the novel. I still read it in one sitting without a problem. Overall, Shutter is a well crafted mystery that I was unable to put down. From the first page to the last, I was utterly invested in this story. Day and Julian were deep characters with complex stories whose relationship I loved watching evolve, and the murder case was intriguing. Shutter was enjoyable and well worth the read! You can find more from me on my blog: Stuck in Books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lexy

    Honestly, it was okay. I just didn't like how it was so slow to get to an answer and when I got an answer I wasn't expecting it to end that way.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maren

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and participating in this blog tour. Almost from the first moment Day sees this mysterious boy in the convenience store, I was hooked on this story. But don’t worry, it wasn’t an insta love situation, just an insta curious situation. Day is a photographer who searches out interesting things to photograph and Julian fits the bill. After she sees him for the first time, we get a better sense of who Day is, what her family and friends a I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and participating in this blog tour. Almost from the first moment Day sees this mysterious boy in the convenience store, I was hooked on this story. But don’t worry, it wasn’t an insta love situation, just an insta curious situation. Day is a photographer who searches out interesting things to photograph and Julian fits the bill. After she sees him for the first time, we get a better sense of who Day is, what her family and friends are like. As the story develops, Day’s character evolves as her eyes are opened to things she didn’t necessarily understand before. She starts out trying to please her parents, who are both strong advocates of social justice, but as she continues to dig into Julian’s case she really believes in what she is doing. The book has alternating chapters from Day’s POV and Julian’s POV. They are easily distinguishable as Julian’s POV chapters are in italics. There are quite a few flashbacks looking back on the good, the bad, and the ugly moments in his family and what led to his parents being dead. One of the things that I really liked about this book was the message that to get the whole picture, you need to look at things from different perspectives. I thought the author did a really good job at having that message throughout the book without spelling it out and then later tying that message in with Day’s photography project towards the end of the book. There were only a couple of things that I didn’t like about the book. There were a couple of times when the side stories involving Day and her friends didn’t really seem to add much to the story so I could have done without a few of those. The other thing was as I got closer to the end and started running out of pages I found myself wondering how the story could possibly resolve itself by the end. But the author added in a quick twist that I did not see coming and then resolved the story in a way to leave the reader open to imagine what happens next. I would have liked a more concrete ending but that’s just my personal taste. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

    One again I find myself reviewing a book for a genre that normally isn't my cup of tea. This is another book that as soon as it arrived I found myself thumbing through the pages, and instead of putting the book down, I ended up reading it. There was something about Julian's story that I wanted to know more about. I couldn't help but be intrigued about this boy, his troubled story, and how his path crossed with Day's. I liked that this story is told from both Day's point of view, and Julian's jou One again I find myself reviewing a book for a genre that normally isn't my cup of tea. This is another book that as soon as it arrived I found myself thumbing through the pages, and instead of putting the book down, I ended up reading it. There was something about Julian's story that I wanted to know more about. I couldn't help but be intrigued about this boy, his troubled story, and how his path crossed with Day's. I liked that this story is told from both Day's point of view, and Julian's journal entries. This book definitely has all the makings to be a dark, thrilling read. It's a well paced story that is complex and dark, but too predictable. Though the predictably isn't always a bad thing, with this book I was looking for more suspense than predictability. I was also looking for more thrill and mystery, vs this being more of a coming of age story. The romance in this book did not work at all for me.... I'll just leave it at that. At times it felt there was an edge to the story, but sadly I felt like it fell flat as the story went on. It's not that this was a bad read. It just wasn't what I was excepting. Over all this is a fast paced read, but it just missed it's mark with me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Meh.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richard Lopez

    Shutter was a great book with a surprising ending that I wasn't expecting. The book opens up and introduces this mysterious character that instantly grabs your attention. Little is known about the character but your eager to keep reading to find out more details. When this character is finally identified you are then sent on a mission to determine the truth behind this character. Reading the book I found myself coming to different conclusions based on the information that developed, however, the Shutter was a great book with a surprising ending that I wasn't expecting. The book opens up and introduces this mysterious character that instantly grabs your attention. Little is known about the character but your eager to keep reading to find out more details. When this character is finally identified you are then sent on a mission to determine the truth behind this character. Reading the book I found myself coming to different conclusions based on the information that developed, however, the final reveal at the end just proves that sometimes things aren't always what they seem... I highly recommend it this book for anyone that loves YA novels or if you're up for a quick mystery that will leave you turning pages until you reach the end. Laurie Faria Stolarz has created another fine novel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I could not put this book down. The story was so well written and kept me wanting to know more. And the ending was not what I expected. I really thought that Julian was telling Day the entire truth, I really believed him. I mean I know he didn't murder both his parents, his mom killed herself and his dad was in self defense but he made me believe that someone else did it that he had no hand in it. I really thought Peter (Mom's ex-lover) did it. I was not ready to find Julian digging up the murde I could not put this book down. The story was so well written and kept me wanting to know more. And the ending was not what I expected. I really thought that Julian was telling Day the entire truth, I really believed him. I mean I know he didn't murder both his parents, his mom killed herself and his dad was in self defense but he made me believe that someone else did it that he had no hand in it. I really thought Peter (Mom's ex-lover) did it. I was not ready to find Julian digging up the murder weapon and telling Day what happened. I mean I was relieved to know it was in self defense, he didn't intentionally kill his father but my heart was crushed. It did make me happy to know that her mom took over his case and they are trying to help him. Maybe one day he'll be free and Julian and Day can be together!

  25. 5 out of 5

    The Keepers of the Books

    16-year-old, Julian is wanted for the murder of his parents. Day Conner, an activist and photographer, who wants to make sense of a world filled with injustice, however, isn't sure he did it. When Julian and Day's paths cross, the two find themselves on a journey to find the truth. The more shoe digs into his case, the more questions come up. Did Julian really do it? If not, who did? The plot in this book is complex and has a lot of twists and turns. An intense read, fans of mystery thrillers wil 16-year-old, Julian is wanted for the murder of his parents. Day Conner, an activist and photographer, who wants to make sense of a world filled with injustice, however, isn't sure he did it. When Julian and Day's paths cross, the two find themselves on a journey to find the truth. The more shoe digs into his case, the more questions come up. Did Julian really do it? If not, who did? The plot in this book is complex and has a lot of twists and turns. An intense read, fans of mystery thrillers will enjoy reading this book. This book was featured on The Keepers of the Books' Halloween Reads 2016 episode. For more recommendations, reviews, or online librarian advice, please visit us at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK3v...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    ARC provided by Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley I'm loving this trend of smart mystery/thriller/detective novels in YA. They are perhaps (at times) a little tame for adult thriller fans but they are a wonderful introduction to the style that won't have parents threatening to burn the book if a teacher recommends it. This was not the most original of stories but the investigative moments were interesting and there were enough twists and turns to keep the momentum going. I had a suspicion as to the c ARC provided by Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley I'm loving this trend of smart mystery/thriller/detective novels in YA. They are perhaps (at times) a little tame for adult thriller fans but they are a wonderful introduction to the style that won't have parents threatening to burn the book if a teacher recommends it. This was not the most original of stories but the investigative moments were interesting and there were enough twists and turns to keep the momentum going. I had a suspicion as to the conclusion fairly early in the book but it didn't take away from the story in any way and there were moments that made me doubt that feeling. Really, that is all that you can ask for in this type of book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jackpot3454

    I almost didn't pick this up because I hate the cover, but I'm so glad I did. I loved the main character and I was totally surprised by the end. I hope there's a sequel.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I love this book so much, i got it last night and finished it at two this morning, i love it

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily Kamminga

    LOVE!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kerryn (RatherBeReading)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.25 stars This whole premise just did not work for me. The main character is going to harbour an accused murderer that has escaped from juvenile detention who she has never even met?!

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