Author: Shelby Lamb
Published: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Grunge Bookz
Number of Pages: 304
Source: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review. All opinions in this review are my own.
Rating: 2 Stars
Tags: #COYER, ARC, Xpresso Book Tours, NA, Mental Health
Synopsis: “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.
Guys, I've been having bad luck with ARCs lately. This will be my second review of the week, and both of them have been below three stars. I was so fucking excited for this one as well because I love dark, and gothic books. So, what went wrong? Why did I give this book two stars? Well, let us discuss.
In this book we follow Aubrey, Nathan, Bella, and Kendra as some very odd events occur. They're seeing monsters in the corners of their eyes, the dark is no longer safe, and it's all connected to one book. Because for anyone who reads 'Something', bad things come knocking on their door.
Okay, I don't even know why we read about Bella and Kendra. Honestly! It seemed like their POVs were there to fill up the book, because they did nothing to develop the book. Absolutely nothing. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Unless they somehow end up in book two??? And I don't see how that could be possible. Aubrey was cool at first, and I liked her well enough. I sympathized for her and her situation, but then I learned that she was a little psychotic. She was also pretty annoying. You can only text someone so many times, and complain about something so many times. Nathan wasn't anything special. I know why we were reading about him and everything, but he wasn't my favorite to read about. Tyler James was all over the place. This was me reading about him throughout the book: "Okay Tyler James, that was kind of cute. Well, now you're just creepy. Seriously? YES TYLER JAMES! YOU'RE THE MAN. Tyler? Is that you? NO TYLER JAMES! STOP IT! BAD CREATURE! BAD!"
The thing that annoyed me about this book was that it could have easily been cut in half, and condensed really easily. And you would use the space that you made to bring in book two. Because this book was basically just a giant set up book. It was the book you would usually see as a book two, and that just doesn't work with the first book in a series because people loose interest, and they won't continue on with the series. That being said, the last 20-25 pages of this book were really good! You just had to get past all if that set up. Will I continue on with the series? Sure. But if that next book isn't wonderful, then I'm probably going to be done. I'm done with the set up, Lamb. Now it's time to wow me. You have a good writing style, and I'm ready to read more about the plot that you set up, but with action, and adventure, and maybe a healthy relationship for Aubrey.
So overall this was an okay book. While the author set up the next book really well, I couldn't get over how boring this book was. With unneeded characters, and an almost nonexistent plot, I wouldn't recommend this book unless you are ready to commit to the series.