Shelter (Mickey Bolitar Series #1)

Shelter (Mickey Bolitar Series #1)

by Harlan Coben
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theReader278 More than 1 year ago
Shelter is published as a teen novel, but I thought it was a pretty good adult read and I am glad I gave this a try. The writing is good, action moves right along. will definitely buy more.
Travel_Girl More than 1 year ago
I read all of Harlan Coben's novels and he is my favorite author. Never before has a book prompted me to write one of these reviews! My teen, who isn't that fond of reading, could not book this book down. The adults in my family read it also, and we hope that Mr. Coben writes more Mickey Bolitar books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I just got this book and the first sentence got me hooked because I love these types of books!!! I would definately recommend this book!
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
I don't read a ton of adult mysteries but when I find a young adult one I'm eager to jump. Knowing that Shelter was written by a master mystery writer it made it all the more enticing. Shelter opens up right into the mystery and the questions never stop coming. Immediately I was wondering what happened to Ashley and how these things were all connected. This teen, Mickey Bolitar, is definitely going places he shouldn't go, all to figure out where this girl has disappeared to. Then you throw in the neighborhood's scary resident - the bat lady - and immediately I am reminded of the house that we would all run past when we were kids. Mickey's friends Spoon and Ema are the most entertaining characters in the book - sidekicks, yes, but they get some of the best lines in the bunch. Spoon is just completely random and Ema is a smart-ass, bad-ass, emo/goth kinda chick that doesn't screw around. What didn't sell me on the book was that too much of the mystery was left open at the end, that this kid Mickey had strong enough feelings for Ashley after only a few weeks together, and how some of the other people came to be involved within the story. It was a stretch. Shelter was a crazy quick read for me, it just kept moving and moving, and there is no lack of action in the story. I only wish that it would have felt more realistic in combining all of the different elements of the story and that there would have been a few more answers at the end. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake
JamesterCK More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Harlan Coben's books (I've read all of them!) and when I heard he was coming out with a new YA series, I just had to check it out. It definitely did not disappoint. I loved the character of Mickey Bolitar. He certainly seemed wise beyond his years. His girlfriend, Ashley, is missing from the beginning, although there is a small flashback to when Mickey and Ashley met. On top of that, the woman nicknamed the "Bat Lady" cryptically tells him his father isn't dead, which heightens the mystery and suspense. I think I liked Mickey so much because he didn't care what anyone else thought of him. He was confident enough to be his own person and not let people push him around; this included befriending Ema and Spoon, two of the least popular kids in his new school. I loved how Spoon was always spouting random quirky facts. I also really loved his friend Ema. It took her while to warm up to him, since she was so used to being made fun of and didn't exactly trust anyone. She turned out to be an extremely witty character, and a very loyal friend to Mickey. There is definitely something wrong with Ema's home life, but the book never went into detail about it and she never allowed Mickey to see her home. I'm really hoping the next book will give us an insight into her life. Being a fan of Coben's other books, I was very pleased to be reunited with my old friend Myron (Mickey's uncle, with whom he doesn't get along very well). It wasn't the Myron I'm used to seeing though; since Mickey's dad died and his mom ended up in rehab, Myron ends up standing in as his guardian and stand-in parental figure, so his responsiblities are different in this book. For other fans of the Myron Bolitar series, Esperanza is mentioned once, but only in passing. I was extremely disappointed that Win wasn't in this one at all; he is my absolute favorite character and was hoping to see him make an appearance in some aspect. It would be great if he shows up later on in the series *hint, hint*. Honestly though, this book is all about Mickey and it makes sense for the other characters not to be in this book, because they're not a part of his world (at least not yet). I loved trying to figure out all of the mysteries throughout this book and I didn't put it down once once I started reading. There was suspense galore and it definitely made it easy to want to keep reading. This book will keep you guessing until the end and make you excited to see what else is in store for these characters. I think everyone will able to connect with and cheer on Mickey in his journey to find Ashley and to discover the truth about his father.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so hard to put down i finished it in half a day.This was so worth buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down and i read it in a day. I reccomend it and i truly hope there will be a second book. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book would be enjoyed by a young reader who enjoys mysteries. As an adult who has read Coben's books I kept expecting Myron & pals to come to the rescue but it's all Mickey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how it ended. I can not wait for the next book in the series. I will be looking for it in the shop area every day and i will be saving my money for it. i liked how spoon was involved in finding Ashley .this book has lots of clif hanger so sometimes i could not put the book down at all and i liked that .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a class thing and i think this is one if the best books i have ever read!!! It makes you want to keep reading it!! I really hope Harlan Coben writes more of Mickey's series!!!! YOLO
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! You can (but don't have to) read the Myton Bolitar series before. This is a amazingtastic book with a surprise ending that i couldn't put down. It was even better th the myron bolitars. Anywayz, <3'ed it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shelter rocks! Not only is it interesting, it's actually really funny. Also it's amazing! Cant stress tha enough...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the next in the series! I was bummed to see the book was so short, but great will not be disappointed with this purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was phenomenal. One of the best books yet. Harlan never fails to dissapoint.
PersimmonWarwick More than 1 year ago
WOWW!! I can"t put into words how AWESOME and intriguing this book is. What a way to end it!! CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!
bookloverNR More than 1 year ago
i loved this book it was amazing every page is a surprise this book wont let u down!!
mac6397 More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! Once i picked up, i couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I like the way it keeps you into it by giving you a mystery then out of nowhere something happens and someone goes missing or worse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hated to put it down
Melissa Bush More than 1 year ago
I was iffy in weather or not to read it book but it is a Great book, one that I will recomend highly. A must read.
TheReaderSophia More than 1 year ago
i didn't know if i wanted to read this book but boy am i glad that i did1!!!! This was a superb book!!! A must read!
Natalie Sorrell More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Could not put it down. Excellent story, great characters. Hope Coben writes another Mickey Bolitar book very soon. I wish the book were longer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book, but absolutely despise plot spoilers who reveal every detail of the story then brag how they got their book for free for their 'honest'review. Really? Like we really believe that? Then we have these children playing on the review site using the nook as a chat room, or a roleplaying site. Come on bn, cant you put a stop to these kids playing around on here? We come here for book reviews, not to have to go thru a bunch of kids chatting, sexting and roleplaying their dumb cat games.
ALISHA GIFFORD More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by Harlan Coben, you will fall in love with Mickey Bolitar and his friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shelter, described as a young adult book, is perfect for readers of all ages. Sure the characters are high schoolers, but weren't we all at some point? The story line is great; with all sorts of twists and turns that makes it seriously difficult to put the book down. You should definitely check out this book and after that... all of Coben's other works. You won't regret it!