Rezension zu "Something (Wisteria 1): A Paranormal Horror Mystery" von Shelby Lamb
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 wished she would choke on it already. Her countless sms messages to her ex-boyfriend were just too pathetic and childish to believe. The other characters were equally exaggerated which made it impossible to read this book in earnest but more like a caricature of certain stereotypes.
The citations from the book titled 'Something', which Aubrey finds and starts obsessing about, oozed mysterious, dark, dramatic and foreboding aura - but nevertheless I couldn't make head nor tail of them and forget all of it immediately.
The chapters and scenes often changed too abruptly, missing the smooth transition that also is a sign for good writing. While the writing itself was not bad, the style and especially its unique 'voice' was not for me - maybe I'm just too old for this stuff, and YA readers might disagree (though I desperately hope not).
The one highlight of the book was its ending, which gave some sense to the previous strange episodes and, despite my low rating, rouses some curiosity for the sequel.
(Thanks to librarything, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)