Book Review: Sheltered by: Debra Chapoton

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Big Pine Lodge Books

Publish Date: August 5, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are compelled to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in this story of a supernatural haunting and budding love.

High school junior, Ben, hacks into his step-father's real estate holdings and provides rooms in an old two-story house to various outcasts: the schizophrenic kid, the angry Goth girl, and the homeless girl who worships him. When Megan needs a place to live she comes to the rooming house with a different set of problems and the ability to confuse and attract Ben.

One by one strange and mysterious occurrences stretch the teens’ beliefs in the supernatural. How they deal with demons, real and imagined, has tragic as well as redeeming consequences.

Review: ‘Sheltered’ features a group teenagers who are living together and each have some major issues. The only trouble is, those inner demons come out of their heads and into real life. I was amazed at how realistic the characters and the problems they were facing every day came across. All of the characters were distinctive and deal with serious emotional and mental issues and/or trauma. What the reader doesn’t know at first is the house itself has a sordid past and everything is coming together in the perfect storm. ‘Sheltered’ is a spine-chilling read with a compelling cast of characters, especially Megan and Cori, for me. I felt the ending was a bit rushed, but perhaps the author is going to write a sequel? Seriously, don’t read ‘Sheltered’ without all the lights on!


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