Book Review: Shelter Me

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Shelter Me by Alex McAulay

Released: January 26, 2009
Publisher: MTV Books
Pages: 288
Rating: 4 stars
Maggie Leigh just wants to be a normal teenager, but when German bombs tear apart London during World War II, her ultra-religious mother sees the destruction as divine punishment. She sends Maggie to a remote boarding school in coastal Wales, supposedly to keep her safe, but also to keep her in line. The school is creepy, the headmistress is a lunatic, and the students range from spoiled rich girls to speechless trauma victims. But when a tragic accident happens on the beach, Maggie and three friends are forced to flee the school, plunging into the nightmarish world of Europe during wartime. Now every decision Maggie makes is fraught with danger, and living to see another day depends on how quickly she can think and act...and how far she's willing to go.

Shelter Me is a keep-you-on-your-toes-from-beginning-to-end kind of book. There were numerous moments where I was just totally flabbergasted. This is the first book to completely shock me like that!

Maggie is a very determined girl, but her mom believes she's corrupted, so she sends her off to a boarding school in Wales. But strange things are happening at the school, so Maggie and a couple friends leave to travel somewhere else. Being in the middle of a war, it isn't the best idea for girls to be wandering around alone, especially after dark with no money, no food, and no way to defend themselves. They encounter all kinds of problems, some more dangerous than others, and I was on the edge wondering if that would be the end of the road for them.

McAulay really knows how to write a killer novel - with action and never ending suspense!!



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5 comments:

Book Crazy Jenn said...

WOW this sounds like a great book - amazing review.

Nina said...

I have seen this book on a blog a long time ago and because it was a negative review I decided not to put it on my tbr list. But now you changed my mind, I am putting it on it! It does sounds very interesting to read and giving it 4.5 stars does means it's pretty good. Thanks for the lovely review.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Excellent review :)

robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) said...

Loved this review! :]

justpeachy36 said...

Great review, makes me want to add this one my TBR pile for sure!

I gave you an award on my blog today:

http://debsbookbag.blogspot.com/2010/02/one-lovely-blog-award.html

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