Sunday, July 26, 2009

Reviewette - “Shelter Island” by Melissa de la Cruz

Anthology: The Eternal Kiss
Story: 2 of 13
Pages: 16

Shelter Island is a ghost story that isn’t a ghost story, but definitely feels like one. Hannah is a never-been-kissed teenager living with her single mom in an old house on a typical east coast summer vacation island. Deserted most of the year, Hannah and her mom lead a quiet life. Hannah begins to note strange occurrences of flickering lights, noises, odd shadows and breezes which she attributes to the aging nature of the house - until the appearance of the boy late at night in her room. Hannah learns the true nature of her visitor and despite the revelation is more inquisitive than frightened. The slightly ominous atmosphere is nicely built with a sense of isolation permeating the tale. No adults appear in the story and we see things only from Hannah’s point of view as she deals with the ramifications of her discovery. She receives her first kiss and shares blood with her visitor in an unselfish moment of trust. The central mystery is left largely unanswered lending a nice poignancy to the story.

Rating – 3 ½ Eternal Kisses (of 5)

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Visit the Official Melissa de la Cruz Website.


  1. Okay, I guess I'll have to pick up The Eternal Kiss too. This reviewette is too good.

    Dottie :)

  2. I bought The Eternal Kiss and read Shelter Island and love it! Though I wish it were longer..

  3. Anonymous many of the stories in this collection featured characters that would be great in novel length adaptations, but then this is a great collection of writers.

  4. Ugh I also wish it was longer!!!!!!!

  5. I also wish it wasn't soo short i was really interested in it!

  6. Daisy Ann well at least it is good to know Melissa has lots of other series you can dip into.

  7. I hope she turns it into a book all on it's own because that book is to good wish it would continue

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