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(Wisteria #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  101 reviews
“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 desp
Leather Bound, 304 pages
Published March 20th 2017
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Eve (Between The Bookends)


I am tapping out on this one. I REALLY wanted to like this, but it is SO damn wordy with EVERY. LITTLE. THING. described to the nth degree.

"Aubrey yawned, marching up the staircase that led to the second-floor. The scent of sad wine clung to her skin and nightshirt like sweat as “Bring Me to Life” echoed in her brain. With her pastel-pink hair wet and tangled from showering, she entered the creaky, humming laundry room, ignoring the rat scurrying by. She transferred her wet clothes from the
Shelby Lamb
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Author note: "Honestly I am sorry if any reviewers think Aubrey is too whiney and immature and the book is too dark. But I got to stay true. If you really look into the book you will see that Aubrey is suffering from borderline personality disorder. This is a severe mental illness and Aubrey wasn't created to glamorize mental illness. BPD is a very painful disorder. To be honest Aubrey in a lot of ways is me. And I wrote her for anyone else out there who is just as tortured mentally. Sure it add ...more
This review can also be found at http://fortheloveofbooksreviews.blogs...

Aubrey is what many would consider 'damaged': she's obsessed with her ex-boyfriend, she's depressed, self harms, and deals with a lot of other issues. However, things start to get worse for her when she picks up a book titled 'Something'. As she shares passages from the book with others, strange occurrences take place and those around her start questioning their sanity.

This book explored some of the real-life issues peopl
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
I can honestly say this is the only time I can remember rating a book one star. I actually feel badly that I am doing it, but I've read other reviews and some people loved "Something" so let's just say it wasn't the book for me.

I had a really hard time connecting with this book. I didn't care for any of the characters. Aubrey was an emotional wreck and so distraught that Nathan dumped her that she texts him endlessly, cries, whines, shouts and even beats up his new girlfriend (who did violate th
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
In my view the book audience should be 18+ due to sexual content and the characters’ rather poor lifestyle choices.

So much drama, so many mental health issues, so much agony, bullying, and freaking demons.

Sex: many times

Self-harm: a number of times

Suicide attempts: 1 direct plus continuous indirect suicidal behavior

Drama: non-stop

Dead people: 4 + demons. Demons are dead, right?

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Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
*I received an E-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Trigger warning for rape, self harm, suicide and sexual themes

This was definitely an action packed read with an interesting concept. I loved the idea of a book that can kill which is what intrigued me in the first place. The main issue I had with it was the characters. They didn't appeal to me at all and had no common sense. I don't think they were developed enough and the main focus went into the plot.
It was a g
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
This book answered my craving for a horror story. I prefer to read them than be frightened out of my wits by the movies. I never watched the Conjuring or any other recent horror movies. I would rather stay sane and not drive my imagination to overdrive and scaring myself shitless.

Aubrey Golding is a character I am not sure I like, I pity or hate. Or maybe all of the above. She skates the thin line between nice and being mean. She is suicidal and has very low self-esteem. She is bullied and had
Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd)
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 on
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, fantasy, arc, creepy
I also posted this review on my blog:

When I read the blurb I knew I had to get my hands on this book. A book that curses people who read it? A suicidal girl? A bimbo who wants to be a porn star? A teen mum? The blurb gave me the impression that the book will be really interesting, and a little bit creepy - a great combination. I wasn't disappointed.

The novel is a fast paced narrative, written in four different perspectives.

As the blurb says, the book deals with d
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

Told in four points of view: Aubrey, Bella, Kendra, and Nathan, Something is about a creeping evil that seeps into their lives through a book in Aubrey's possession.

Each teen has their own problems and are connected in some way. Nathan is Aubrey's ex. Aubrey is Nathan's stalker. Kendra and Aubrey are soul sisters, and Bella, the wild child, is Aubrey's former tormentor.

Through their connection, they're all touched by evil. Sleep disturbances, chilling figures, hallucinat
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

If you don't like deeply flawed characters or things that go bump in the night, then Something is not for you. However, if you do, then for you, Something, may just be perfect! It is chalked full of flawed characters making questionable decisions, suspense, and creepiness.

When reading this story, you just have to go along with what the characters are doing. It's sort of like watching a scary movie and the main character goes int
Kayla Krantz
Aubrey has a personality disorder. After breaking up with her boyfriend, he’s all she can think about. All she wants is to be loved and finds herself weeping nearly every night, holding a book called Something in her arms. As the story progresses, and Aubrey begins to grow more desperate to find herself, bad things begin to happen to those around her. Something has come to town.

I think my favorite part about this book was how relatable the author was able to make the characters. So many of them
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This was kind of a strange book. I thought it was supposed to be a thriller. A horror book. I didn't think it was scary at all. It was a bunch of teenagers who I hope are very rare in this world. One obsessed with a boy who breaks up with her and she can't let him go, a 15-year-old pregnant with twins with a boyfriend who has no job and seems like no desire to work and a 17-year-old who wants to be a porn star. It seemed like most of the kids didn't have parents, were living on their own or with ...more
Ash (It's a Word Vomit World)
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Okay, I’m a sucker. I fell for the creepy yet intriguing picture on the cover. Even with the title being a bit off (“Something”, really? Just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “IT”, huh?) I thought, “Oh, but look at that cover. There’s gotta be something great within that binding.” I was miserably wrong, even with all of the stellar reviews this book has gotten so far.

The sad part to me is that the writing style is th
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A quick warning before I start my review…..there are triggers in this book and I will be mentioning them. So, do not read this review if it will affect you in any way!!

Now, onto the review.

This is a book that you can’t read without feeling sympathy/horror/anger (or a combination of all three) towards the main characters. Their lives are so messed up that it isn’t even funny. Actually, the only halfway normal one, if you call her that, is Kendra. Her only issue is that she is 15 and having twins.
The summary (and also the cover) of this book were so promising, I just couldn't resist. Sadly, for me this was another reversed case of 'don't judge a book by its cover'... I don't mind books with unlikable characters, and I've read a couple good books where I really couldn't stand the main character. But when it comes to whiny self-obsessed immature girls I'm completely out.

The main character Aubrey, who is constantly wallowing in self-pity, was absolutely unbearable, and more than once I wish
Mayank Rathore
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Something" is really an interesting book to read. Once I finished the book I quickly recommended this book to my friends via social media. Cause they all are crazy about the books like these. If you are a bookworm like me then you should give it a read to change your taste for some time. I'm already curious to know what will happen in the sequels? If you love monsters, scares, drama, suicide peoples then this book is for you. By the way it's a teens story and reminds you of your time of parties ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic pull you in Read

I read this book and can't wait to get the next book. Just enuff fantasy and supernatural to pull you in, quirky plot and very interesting characters.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Something (Wisteria 1) by Shelby Lamb is a supernatural horror book. This book would appeal mostly to young adults who enjoy supernatural horror. Something follows four teenagers as they become linked by a dark curse. Aubrey Golding is a teenager who has faced her own hatred, bullies, losing her boyfriend, and her own suicidal thoughts. Aubrey’s life is forever altered when she finds a book titled Something. This one book turns her life upside down and forces her to question her own sanity as sh ...more
Kyle Strauss
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never really thought I would like a book about emo girls and trashy bimbos. But this was written with passion and I have to say I am intrigued about what will come next. Greatness at a unique level.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know what I just read. Is it porn? Is it horror? Is it horror porn? Part of me wants to say this book is for younger readers as the main characters are in their late teens, though it would not be appropriate for anyone under 18, with it's vast amounts of sex and partying.
Aubrey is suicidal over her break up with Nathan, who unbeknownst to her has hooked up with her best friend. At one of many parties (all these kids do is drink get high and switch sex partners) someone tells a creepy st
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just finished Something and it was a wild ride of a story! Filled with drama and aspects of horror, it does have a slower build up of events but I found that it worked well. A story about a cursed book with drama and dark themes. This book will not be for everyone due to these themes but I did enjoy it. What dark themes do you ask? Well, things like broken hearts, porn, self harm and more that I do not want to give away. The characters I would describe as dysfunctional but a eclectic mix with th ...more
Nada Sobhi
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a free copy of Something from its author Shelby Lamb in exchange for an honest review.

Something, book I in the Wisteria series, by Shelby Lamb is a dark, adult, horror and paranormal novel. And when I say dark, I mean pitch black dark.

Even though most of the characters are aged 16, I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone under 18. The novel is meant for mature audiences and is high in adult content. There is also lots of profanity, so if you don't like it, read at your own
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Reaching out, she snatched the book of interest off the shelf to read the title: ‘Something.’

Canadian author Shelby Lamb makes her literary debut with SOMETHIN (WISTERIA, #1) and shares in her biographical information that she loves exploring the weird and unsettling, writing fiction from her own personal life experiences and from the depths of her imagination and the inspiration around her. Her genre (at this point) is horror/dark fantasy/mystery. This is book 1 in a series of five.

Shelby’s c
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be an inside look into the mind of an interesting girl that finds alternative ways to deal with life's challenges. Eventually. After she has a completely teen reactions to her boy leaving her. It is good read for anyone that likes a little bit of “messed up” with their drama. There are scenes that leave me thinking, “Did I really just read that?!”

I always love when an author writes by her own rules and you can almost hear her reading the story to you in her own unique voice
Chrystal Roe
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Strange and mysterious things are happening to a group of teenagers. Things that are starting to turn deadly. Only the old drunk next door seems to have any answers. So looking forward to the next book in this series.
Billie Aschoff
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read this book in 4 days. Which is very fast for me considering i have 3 toddlers & work a full time evening job. I am starting Into The Darkness now & cannot wait to see what happens next. I relate to Aubrey so much it hurts. Very good book. Well done Shelby Lamb.
Leigh Hogan
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick, creepy read.
5/5 stars

Something (Wisteria 1) is amazing and I can't wait to find out what happens next. The story pulled me in immediately and I couldn't put it down. Something is a horror story full of creepy half-seen things, the stuff of nightmares, and gruesome curl-your-toes scenes. All of the characters are completely messed up in one way or another, full of self-loathing and destructive impulses,and yet likeable despite their flaws. I felt bad for the terrible things happening to them. This story isn'
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century, 4-stars
Something is a mix between a horror story and a character drama. I enjoyed it, but only because it appealed to me so strongly, but I'm not sure for who the book was written for since it's too adult to be for teens and too teen for adults. My full review can be read here. ...more
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Shelby Lamb (A.K.A Shelby Anonymous) is an author/non-judgemental Hindu-Christian/demon slayer who loves exploring the weird and unsettling. She writes fiction from her own personal life experiences, the depths of her imagination, and the inspiration around her. Something (Wisteria 1) is her debut work. Since struggling with depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder, a bit of her kn ...more

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