Book: Something #1
Author: Shelby Lamb
Publication: April 6th, 2017
Publisher: Grunge Bookz
Blurb: “I will find true love and everything will be okay. I will find true love and everything will be okay…” she chanted.
They say be careful what you read. Something is wrong. Something is very wrong. It can happen to anyone. This is just four teenagers’ story.
Aubrey Golding hates her face, her body, and is devastated after Nathan Silva leaves her. Alone, suicidal, and desperate for love, she discovers a book called Something and unknowingly links others to a dark and terrifying curse that is beginning to consume her.
Nathan is glad to be moving on with someone new and can hardly believe what is happening now. Wild child and amateur porn star, Bella Broadhurst, loves bullying that “emo whore” Aubrey with the other girls, but mostly she loves partying, hookups, and plain ol’ drama when terror arises. And Kendra Coke is just a new teen mother working on a delicate relationship when things start becoming utterly bizarre.
Chilling sleep disturbances and figures hiding in the corners of their rooms are just warnings of what is to come. Be careful what you read, they say. Tread carefully.
There is so much going on in this book, my head is splitting into two. I’ve been trying to read this book since last year, but I couldn’t find myself going past the first few chapters, I just wasn’t captivated by the story and even now that I’ve forced myself to go into it, I’m still in shock.
Too many characters. Too much drama and I just can’t put myself through reading this book, because there is a lot of shaming going on, shaming that is utterly meaningless and I can’t even find a reason to justify it. The book had me frowning a lot because the whole story is too gloomy and just wrong.
There is Aubrey, who needs to see a therapist. She has a lot of issues and is so self-destructive, clingy and full of bad choices. Then we move on to Bella and her troop of friends, they are the worst, just made me cringe while reading the book I seriously dislike Bella and it’s utterly ridiculous she has friends, with the way she behaves. She seems conflicted by her actions, but I feel it’s only surface deep, cause it doesn’t reflect on her character at all, she is just the worst and I hate how this book portrays girl on girl hating, there is nothing right with bullying, physical and verbal abuse. Then you have Nathan and Addy I don’t even want to get started on them. I do not fancy any of the characters at all and I felt not an ounce of connection towards the characters, just disgust, couldn’t even muster up pity. I also lacked the presence of adult like figures in this book, because everyone was flat-out immature.
This book reeks of abuse more than anything and the “Something” that is meant to be scary or centre focus of the story, is just in the background, the story isn’t even scary, just vexing because the scary bits weren’t explored or the “Something”. I found the sex in this story a lot and unnecessary and it just felt thrown in there to fill up space, but to me, I think it was used to hammer on the use of repulsive, derogatory terms when referring to the female sex. There is also repetition, for example in the second chapter, when we get introduced to Bella, Lainey and Jessica, we get told three times, that they are living together.
Shelby’s writing is good, and I really love the idea behind the story, I just feel the execution is poor, especially for the first book in a series. Not all of the characters needed to have been introduced yet, there should have been a lot more character developments and a lot less bad choices and behaviours in this book.
I understand if there is a need to put in abuse of a kind or portray a character’s behaviour in a certain way, but it was all just too much for me and all I’m thinking is it because of the something, the characters are acting in such manners?
I really wanted to like this book, that’s why I didn’t give up on it. I even added it to my list of books I’m excited about being released in March 2017, but now it’s been postponed until April. But at this point, I can only DNF it, because the story isn’t anywhere near my cup of tea. I can’t recommend this book to anyone.