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  • Posted October 24, 2013

    Read this book for an honest review. A heart pounding story abo

    Read this book for an honest review.

    A heart pounding story about a girl who just wants her old life back. It's her senior year of high school when everything changes. She's no longer captain of the Cheerleading squad, she's failing classes, her dad leaves, her boyfriend breaks up with her, her mom is almost non-existent and she's afraid to sleep. In the dark, when there is no light, the shadows stir while you sleep. Quinn fights to stay awake.

    This is teen drama at its best. Throw in the dark shadows and dreams of your worst nightmares and you've got: A horror story that will test your faith, your will to survive and most of all; your character (your true self).

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 Stars I received a copy from netgalley in exchange

    3.5 out of 5 Stars

    I received a copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Pretty Dark Nothing is a Young Adult, paranormal urban fantasy novel. Quinn, the main character has been experiencing nightmares filled with shadows and demons. She's avoided sleep, so much so, that she's begun hallucinating (well, no one else sees the demons) and wonders if she's crazy. After all, if you're not crazy and you're seeing demons - is that worse?

    The story continues to unfold as Quinn faints in the hallway and Aaron is there to catch her. Of all the characters, I liked Aaron the best. Quinn frustrated me at times, her decisions as well as her actions. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if it fits with the story - which it did.
    I struggled with the pacing of the story and the repetitiveness of is Quinn crazy or is it real? I felt like we didn't need to be reminded of it, as readers we could witness it, and often we were, trying to draw our own conclusion.

    I would have liked to have seen more of the ending sprinkled in along the way. I felt it took too long to understand what was happening and some readers may put the book down before the ending, which is a shame. Although there was plenty of action throughout Pretty Dark Nothing, the ending felt like a huge brick being thrown at the reader. It really did feel as though it came out of nowhere. It was a lot to digest and I can't help but wonder if it will be a love vs hate the story based solely on such a big conclusion. Personally, I liked most of the ending - it offered an explanation for a few things that had been happening throughout the book. It also left on a bit of a cliffhanger, making me want to read the next book in the series - which can't come soon enough. 

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

    It seems like forever since I got to review an ARC which makes t

    It seems like forever since I got to review an ARC which makes this even more exciting for me.  Plus I have some thrilling stuff in store for my blog but more on that once I get it settled.  In the mean time back to that ARC I mentioned.  Thanks to NetGalley and the published Month9Books I got to read Pretty Dark Nothing a debut novel by Heather Reid. 




    It's been 3 days since Quinn has slept for more than a few minutes here and there because demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her and whispering about her death.  Lack of sleep and fear are ruining her life.  When Quinn doses off in the hallway at school, Aaron an amnesiac with a  psychic ability and a major crush on her enters her dream and feels something unknown and familiar at the same time.  The demons are set on destroying her life in every way, to take away everything she wants most.  Does the past he can't remember hold the key to Quinn's demons and can they both figure it out before the demons do more than tease of her death?




    The premises sounded interesting, sort of like Freddy Krueger with dreams/sleep but with a YA twist.  The story is told from both Quinn and Aarons prospective which helps  round out the book.  It also can be horribly frustrating at times if you get invested in the characters like I do, then you obviously know more than each character does so when they do something that clearly goes against what you know you think, 'No no no, come on….'.  Then again that is what makes reading so much fun, when you feel personally responsible for the characters you read about and that was difficult in this book because I was conflicted about Quinn.  Inside her head I understood why she did the things she did and how she thought, fear, uncertainty, and love, but when you see the effect from the outside that her actions have on others I wanted to strangle her.  I like hoe the main female character is screwed up, royally, she has issues she screws things up and even when it made me yell at my kindle I still liked that.  The same thing goes for Aaron, he's brave and stoic and harboring a major crush always wanting to save her but at the same time he is a guy and he has mixed feelings and he doesn't know what to do with them.  




    The creep factor was also turned up to a 9 (in a good spooky way) with the demons slipping from just her dreams to her reality.  Talk about a living nightmare.  Demons voices telling you all your painful and horrid fears are true while slowly torturing you is enough to make anyone question their sanity.  Add to that high school drama and a not so perfect family life.  I can imagine the shrinks face to meet someone like Quinn.  




    I won't give anymore away just that if any of this caught your attention you should check it out of course.  I give it 4 Energy Drinks.  Pretty Dark Nothing comes out tomorrow April 23rd.  As usual leave any comments, thoughts, concerns below.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

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    Dreams are more than they seem. This is a thrilling story that

    Dreams are more than they seem.

    This is a thrilling story that will keep you up at night!

    I loved the eerie atmosphere that this author creates and the nightmarish imagery that will put you right there with Quinn and Aaron.

    The mystery and suspense added to the eerie atmosphere surrounding these characters. I had a great time trying to figure everything out!

    Quinn is strong and determined girl. She is no stranger to hard work, but these nightmares have taken over her life. I liked that she never gave up and though she could be a bit stubborn she was a good hearted person.

    Aaron is used to being different. He is a psychic and thats how he meets up with Quinn, but his amnesia is a problem. It will take all his skills and courage to recover his lost memories and help Quinn get rid of her demons. He was a fun character and I liked getting to know more about him. The mystery of his amnesia kept me guessing a lot of the book.

    With a fast paced plot and more twists and turns that you can count this is one book you won't want to miss.

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    Posted May 17, 2013

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