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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475249993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475249996
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,183,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I didn't know what to expect when I was asked to read this, but I am so glad I did. This book exceeded any preconceptions I may have had when I first read the synopsis. To be honest, I was expecting demons of the kind I had other books, but the demonic forces at play in this book reminded me of the Exorcist and Paranormal Activity. It was haunting, chilling and quite freaky.

It starts off with Ben, who uses a house with an untold past to help teens in desperate situations. Little does he realize what kind of forces are about to unleash themselves. The whole story line of this book kept me pivoted on the book all the way through.

I must admit that it was the characters that held my interest the most - especially Emily, Cori, Adam and Chuck. Each of them had serious issues - issues some people face everyday. And that's what made this book special. It's not very often that I read about characters that have their own distinct voice, but these characters do.

You have Megan, who actually seems to have a normal background until you read on and find out what made her move into the house. Then there's Ben - the boy who is quite wealthy, but not in a way where he is obnoxious. He cares and tries to take everyone into consideration until he meets Megan. What he doesn't realize is how his actions affected Emily, who was quite dependent on him.

Emily, whose fragile hold on the world is wrapped around the boy who saved her from the streets - Ben. There's a lot that not known about her, which adds to her mystery, but leads to her character not being developed as much as it could be. I really wanted to know more about her past.

Cori, who was so angry with the whole world. She came across as hating everyone, but she had a vulnerable side as well.
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I had the opportunity to read this amazing book before it was published (helps to know the author, right?). I was so impressed by the storyline in this book. Completely unique, and filled with engrossing characters who were at once sympathetic and enthralling.

This is the story of teen Ben who's renting a house where he lets other troubled teens live. None of them know it's his house, they believe it's owned by their landlord, the mysterious Mrs. Kremer. The story begins when Megan moves into the house, upsetting the sort of strange balance these teens have found together. Her move-in is particularly upsetting to Emily, who has something of a crush on Ben, especially when Ben quickly develops feelings for Megan.

It would be a good enough story just watching this group of troubled kids dealing with their many, many issues, but something wicked has come into the house and creates new tensions. Each teen deals with one another, their own issues, and the strange new happenings in their own unique ways until finally everything comes to an explosive head.

Debra portrayed each of the kids in such realistic ways that I wanted to reach into the book and pull them out and give them a hug and protect them from the hurts they were going through. This is not a light read, as others have stated, but it's so fascinating I found it very difficult to walk away from, and couldn't wait to get back to it. Great book that you'll find yourself thinking about long after you've finished it.
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I was asked by the author to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review. I award this book 2.5 stars.

Sheltered by Debra Chapoton is a book about an odd assortment of kids. There's Ben, who is one of the creepiest kids I have ever met-- I mean, who decides that starting a "home" for really dysfunctional kids is way to get admitted to the college of his choice? Then there's Cori, who is a Goth girl who basically acts like a jerk to everyone. There's the twins, at least one who is schizophrenic, and one of them seems to be a killer in the making. Megan, the newcomer, who is kind of normal but has a secret. Emily is a quiet girl who cuts herself. They all live in this house, which is possessed by some devil spirit.

The prose is easy to follow, and I read quickly through the first 30%. Then, it got a lot harder to get through. This book has the misfortune of being the next book I read after two really spectacular reads-- so just take that into account when you are reading this review. I never felt drawn to any of the characters. There was just too much dysfunction for me to get over, and then all of this is clouded over by the paranormal in the house. I couldn't tell what was character and what was "demon." The end felt very abrupt to me as well.

Overall, initially a promising premise, then just fell flat for me.
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By Star on December 11, 2012
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`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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