Pretty Dark Nothing

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Quinn is a normal teenager, but for 23 days she has not slept for more than a few minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life, and energy drinks and caffeine pills don't help. Then Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, and Aaron, an amnesiac with psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. Aaron has a secret locked away in his memory that the demons are determined to keep him from ...

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Overview

Quinn is a normal teenager, but for 23 days she has not slept for more than a few minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life, and energy drinks and caffeine pills don't help. Then Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, and Aaron, an amnesiac with psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. Aaron has a secret locked away in his memory that the demons are determined to keep him from discovering. Together, Quinn and Aaron can banish the darkness back to the underworld for good, but the demons will stop at nothing to drive the two apart.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780985327811
  • Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Series: Pretty Dark Nothing
  • Pages: 321
  • Sales rank: 796,683
  • Age range: 12 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather L. Reid is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She authors a blog on her own website, has been a guest blogger on Writer Unboxed, and is cofounder of a new blog for writers, Hugs and Chocolate. Currently living in Scotland, she is a native of Austin, Texas.

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    I loved this book! If you think it's going to be a demon slaying

    I loved this book! If you think it's going to be a demon slaying badass fighting kind of book stop here. It might be in the second, but this first book is more about Quinn's life falling apart and her dealing with demons forcing her into sleepless nights wondering if she has gone crazy. I really felt for both Quinn and Aronn.
    Quinn had the two people she thought she could always count on turn her back on her. Her dad left her and her mother for another woman, and her long term boyfriend of four years leaves her for the girl whom she hates. Of course her main problem is the demons haunting her at night are seeping into her daylight hours. Wondering through school, she tries to deal with her grief of losing her BFF/BF and fighting off the demons telling her to give up.
    Aronn is Awesome. Of course he has his own set of problems, but who doesn't? He is also hopelessly crushing on Quinn who can't see past Jeff dumping her. After catching Quinn in the hall way you find out that he can feel people. Feel their minds. Because what fun would it be if his only problem was crushing on Quinn? He starts to feel her when she gets over run by demons; desperate to find out what's wrong out and get closer her.
    Over all this is a really great fast past read. Lots happening, but all has it's place. No one's life is one faceted, and Reid really gives it depth. The only thing that was hard to swallow was after finally finding out some what of what the heck is happening Reid leaves us on the biggest meanest cliffie ever! I can't wait till the second book comes out! The best part of this book is the dark dark creepy way Reid describes her evil viscous demons. Over all really good quality writing. I can't wait for the second book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid Book One of the Pretty Da

    Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid
    Book One of the Pretty Dark Nothing series
    Publisher: Month9Books
    Publication Date: April 23, 2013
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from NetGalley

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***


    Summary (from Goodreads):

    It’s been twenty three days since Quinn has slept for more than minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her, and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life. Energy drinks and caffeine pills don’t make a dent. When Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. The demons are determined to keep them apart, and Aaron from discovering the secret locked away in his memory. Together, they could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.


    What I Liked:

    I really, really liked this book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it, but I think it is safe to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The characters, the world building, the plot... I really think the author had great control over her craft.

    The characters are diverse and unique, all playing their archetypal roles superbly. Quinn is definitely a tortured heroine, perhaps even a damsel-in-distress at several points in the book. She has so much going on - with her cheer leading captaincy on the line, her academics plummeting, Mommy and Daddy issues, and a lack of sleep. Oh, and don't forget the fabulous demons who haunt her in her sleep, and eventually, while she is wide awake.

    I believe that Quinn undergoes a significant amount of character development, and at the same time, she handles her situation differently and well. Sometimes it is difficult for her to express her obvious frustration, as was evident with the hair scene (trust me, you will know what I am talking about if/when you read the book!). She begins as a lonely, isolated character who wants nothing to do with anyone but Reese and Jeff, and in the end, she cares about herself, her friends, and Aaron.

    I think the hardest thing for readers of this book to understand is WHY Quinn did some of the things that she did. Yes, she did treat Aaron poorly at times. But look at her reasoning. Why did she push him away every time they grew close? It is not really because she wants to go back to Jeff. It is because of the demons and their threats. While I find Quinn weak at times in the book, I understand her weakness. I empathize, because I know it would not be easy to make any other decisions, when in her situation.

    That being said, I really liked getting to understand what was happening in Aaron's point-of-view. This book is in third-person, limited. So, we see Quinn, we see Aaron. Aaron is interesting. Up until the very end, we do not really understand why he helps Quinn, why he keeps coming back to her despite her actions, why he drives himself towards her. I really like him. He puts up with her, he doesn't.

    The world-building and setting of this book is fantastic! I can't say that there is anyone as obnoxious as Jeff's ex-girlfriend/current girlfriend/drama queen in MY high school, but it reminded me of Mean Girls, which was hilarious. But I really felt like the author recorded and interpreted the high school setting well. I also felt like her incorporation of the paranormal (the demons, hallucinations, dreams, etc.) was well done. In my opinion, it seemed real.

    The end is where you will find the source of the paranormal aspect of the book, and a touch of the explanation of the paranormal aspect. This is an interesting structure for a paranormal book, to introduce the paranormal aspect in specifics at the end of the first book. But, I know that the author plans to expound upon the paranormal aspect and explain it to readers in Book Two.

    Okay, so, there IS a love triangle... but if you cannot already tell, I am not buying the Jeff side. Jeff is Quinn's ex-boyfriend, another source of added problems, in addition to the demons, the parents' issues, the grades, the captaincy, the lack of sleep, and so on. I think this love triangle is obvious, which makes me not get upset at the book. But it might be a messy one, who knows.

    Okay, I will stop. I really like this book, everyone!


    What I Did Not Like:

    I suppose some of Quinn's actions bothered me. I totally get that she was trying to protect the ones she cared for, but sometimes, I wanted to shake her. But then, I have never been hounded by demons, or have had to deal with any of the awful symptoms of the lack of sleep that she did.

    Quinn has a lot to manage, everyone! But I feel like Quinn's actions are what get to people, especially the people that do not see past her actions, and to her reasoning. Have some compassion!


    Would I Recommend It:

    I definitely would, especially to lovers of scariness! While this book is not a horror novel, such an audience would enjoy this book. The average paranormal lover would be interested in this book! I think that people may have problems with understanding the characters, but readers who pay attention will see the desired result!


    Rating:

    4 stars. I really, really enjoyed this book! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    This book had so much potential but fell short for me. I felt t

    This book had so much potential but fell short for me. I felt there were too many plot holes and a whole lot of drama that overwhelmed the story line.

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

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    This story had a really cool concept and that is what attracted

    This story had a really cool concept and that is what attracted me to it.

    A female protagonist that sleeps minutes at a time to avoid the demons that are determined to torment her. A young, captivating male that hungers for her from afar with secrets of his own. Together they may be the key to banish darkness. What's not to like?

    Though it was oh-so-promising, the most important question went unanswered.

    "Why?"

    For all intents and purposes there isn't anything remarkable or out of the ordinary about Quinn. Why she was tormented by these demons was a question that I wanted answered. Unfortunately, Aaron's backstory was filled in to explain his compulsive draw to Quinn (though I personally didn't feel it was all that satisfying), but no real answers came for Quinn.

    The story was ended with room for continuation, and hopefully this very important question is answered in later installments, but I was looking for some substantial information to offer some explanations in this one. And it was very disappointing that none came.

    Though the drama in this novel made it interesting enough to continue, the chemistry between Quinn and Aaron was questionable too. With Quinn being so hung up on her ex-boyfriend Jeff for the first part of the book, I found it strange and unbelievable that her feelings not only switch so quickly for Aaron - someone that she hadn't really looked at twice beforehand - but the sudden depth of her feelings for Aaron made me roll my eyes. The regular on and off again between them also became a little exasperating. There is only so much hot and cold that I can handle.

    The beautiful cover drew and interesting synopsis certainly drew me in. Maybe I build it up too much in my mind, and I ended up coming away disappointed by the execution of this plot. Though not badly written it was missing some very important elements and it failed to leave a lasting impression with me.

    *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

    Quinn does everything she can go to keep from sleeping. Every ti

    Quinn does everything she can go to keep from sleeping. Every time she sleeps demons haunt her dreams. Her life has really went down hill and she sees no end in sight. Aaron manages to get into her nightmare when she falls asleep at school. The demons don't like them being close to each other and do their best to keep them apart. All the while Quinn is wanting her old boyfriend back. Between high school drama and demons Quinn has a rough life.




    I have to say I didn't enjoy this book as much as I would have liked. For me it was an ok book. It is written very well and the author does a great job adding creepy parts. However Quinn is so annoying that I really couldn't like the book because of her. What should have been a thrilling book about Demons ended up being high school drama with a few demons. Quinn is always after her ex boyfriend Jeff. He treats her like crap lets his girlfriend run over the top of Quinn and just to me wasn't a catch at all. At times Quinn acted like a beaten down dog. I did like the ending and the parts where Quinn and Aaron where together. The cover is a great one and I can't say if I will read the next one or not. It's a maybe for me right now.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    This was a complicated book for me. I really wanted to like it



    This was a complicated book for me. I really wanted to like it, but I just had so many conflicting feelings while reading it! This wasn't a very fast-paced book for me. It definitely took some getting into. Reid did do an excellent job describing Quinn's nightmares and I thought her imagery was incredible, so that was a perk for me.


    The storyline however, didn't do it for me. Until the end. The whole book just seemed like there was way too much high school drama and it overshadowed the paranormal elements. It wasn't until the end where the puzzles pieces finally started to fit together that we gained an understanding of why Quinn was having these nightmares and hearing voices.


    Quinn, the main character, is dealing with horrific nightmares and not getting any sleep because she's too afraid of what will happen. Her boyfriend broke up with her and is now dating a different girl, her grades have plummeted, and she's on probation from the cheer squad. Things are definitely not going her way. I did not like listening to Quinn obssess over her ex-boyfriend, Jeff. Especially when good guy Aaron comes around.


    Aaron is drawn to Quinn and has secretly liked her for quite some time. He decides he wants to try and make his move now that Quinn is single. Quinn, still hung up on her ex, doesn't really give Aaron much attention, until he swoops in and 'saves' her from passing out in the hallway.


    I hated how Quinn treated Aaron. Here, you have a great guy, who genuinely likes you and wants to be with you, and you're hung up on your dirtbag ex who is dating a girl you don't even like! I realize Quinn is plagued with these nightmares and hears voices, but that doesn't give you the right to jerk the guy around. I did like Aaron's character a bit more than Quinn. He couldn't stay away from Quinn, no matter how hard he tried, and practically just kept asking for his heart to be broken. We do find out the reason why he can't seem to let go of her at the end of the book, however.


    I think that is my biggest issue with the book- I just didn't like our protagonist. If I can't find anything relatable to my main character it's usually a no-go for me. And Quinn just got on my nerves.


    I saw that Reid is writing a sequel and I will read it because I am curious as to where she is going to go with the book, especially after all the revelations at the end. Hopefully now that Quinn knows the truth and after having a harrowing experience, she'll grow up a bit and will redeem herself in the next book.


    *Thank you to Month9Books for providing me with an advanced copy of this book for review. I received this book in return for a fair and honest review.*

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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 May 29, 2013

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    I was drawn to this book because of the creepy paranormal factor

    I was drawn to this book because of the creepy paranormal factor, and it didn't disappoint in this regard. At the beginning, we are introduced to Quinn as she attempts to stay awake, something most of us would love not to have to do. My friends and I talk about how we need to have a national naptime. Of course, the human body can't resist sleep forever, and Quinn does fall asleep, and we find out why she doesn't want to sleep. Enter her dark world.
    This is a tension-filled book, as Quinn tries to figure out what's going on and how she can solve the mess that is her life. She's a decent enough character, and it's fairly easy to sympathize with her. However, she does tend to wallow in self-pity. It's not like she was always like this. She was a normal teen before her life fell apart. I think I would have been able to relate to her more if we saw more of her other side even as she slips into her tendency to pity herself. Though she does tend to rely a lot on the people around her though, she isn't a total damsel in distress. She has her moments.
    My favorite character does have to be Aaron. He goes through a lot as well, and he still manages to be so supportive of Quinn even though she pushes him away. I really wanted to see more of his character and abilities developed--and, well, more of him in general.
    The characters and their relationships feel like one big high school drama, something I'm not particularly fond of, and the characters lack the depth that would help me sympathize with them more in a high school drama setting.
    On the whole, the best part of this book is the paranormal focus, which we really start getting into midway into the novel. I really enjoyed exploring the dark world that consumes Quinn. By the end, I was engrossed enough into this that I would read a sequel if there were one. (Though I do admit this is partly also because a new twist was added at the end that I wasn't expecting and I feel should have been introduced earlier if this is going to be a standalone.)
    I recommend this book if you love a good creepy paranormal book.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    I'm kind of back and forth on Pretty Dark Nothing. I liked the c

    I'm kind of back and forth on Pretty Dark Nothing. I liked the concept. I also liked the writing. I didn't like the main character, Quinn. She was so weak, and wishy washy. I get she has something after her, but come on! A lot of what she did it was her doing it, no matter the demons in her head. Jerking around Aaron, going back and forth. Not being honest with herself, not asking for help. People kept trying to be there for her and she just freaks out. Crying and pitying herself, crying over some ex-boyfriend who cheated on her, and tells her he doesn't want her. It's hard for me to enjoy a book where the main character makes you cringe with her actions. I'm not sure if this will be a series or not, with how it ended I would think it would be. If not then all this book does is piss someone off. If there is a next book, I need to see some growth in Quinn, and how about telling the truth. If I were Aaron, I'd be pissed off. I liked some of the other characters, I liked Aaron, he kept trying to help, and Quinn's best friend was always there for her. Quinn doesn't deserve either one of them, she needs to grow up. I guess I'll read the next one just to see what happens. Hopefully Quinn stops being so weak, and gets some strength, or I'm washing my hands with it.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    I really liked the characters in Pretty Dark Nothing. Our main l

    I really liked the characters in Pretty Dark Nothing. Our main leads Aaron and Quinn are both very strong and likeable. Reese and Marcus were hilarious and definitely supportive friends.
    Quinn has the perfect life, good grades, captain of the cheer squad and perfect boyfriend. Things start crumbling rapidly starting with her break up with Jeff. I don’t even know how to describe what Quinn goes through. I felt myself addicted to reading it like a drug hoping to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Quinn’s life is completely spinning out of control and she does actually try to fight off the demons whispering in her ear. She is sleep deprived, popping pills and drinking red bull like it’s her best friend. At first the demons stay a little more at bay, only attacking her in her dreams but then they become more aggressive and keep pushing and picking away at her to make her break.
    Aaron is our knight in shining armor. I really liked his character and sometimes I would get frustrated that he wouldn’t try to save Quinn but it was understandable. She would treat him like crap and then find herself in a crazy situation, in the beginning Aaron would save her without thinking about it but then as the book goes on he gets less and less willing to just jump in. He has the brooding musician thing going for him but he just comes off as an all-around good guy. Aaron has a near death experience that causes him to lose all his memories, in place of them he ends up with some powers. Not like he is shooting lightning bolts or anything but he is able to reach into people’s minds, send them kind of calming vibes and things. With Quinn the connection seems to run even deeper this is part of why he can’t seem to stay away from her.
    Marcus and Reese would often steal the show. They would sometimes say really outrageous things that would take the edge off the craziness. There were times that I would feel like I was losing my mind along with Quinn and they were kind of the grounding characters. Like oh ya there are normal people who don’t have demons following them around.
    There is sort of a love triangle in the sense that Quinn is still hung up on her ex when she meets Aaron. She can’t deny she is drawn to him but she has this long history with Jeff and he broke her heart in a way with no closure. When things come to light about the breakup I’m not surprised, I suspected something along the lines. It’s kind of interesting though how it comes out.
    I’m not sure how I felt about the ending. I’m still up in the air about it. It made sense, it explained some things but there is a part that made my heart do a little flip. The song “Watched you Fall” by Meredith Brooks popped up in my brain as the book was reaching its end point.
    The book moved fast and I never felt like it got dull. There are some very cute moments with Aaron and Quinn and I loved that it was from both of their perspectives. The demons were so creepy, I really wanted to crawl inside the book and help Quinn in some way. If you are looking for something on the darker side I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    The way this story is set up is as a nice, intriguing mystery. I

    The way this story is set up is as a nice, intriguing mystery. I really liked that part, the string along and slow reveal as we figure out what's going on with Quinn. She's having nightmares, seeing shadows that shouldn't exist, and have little demon creatures whispering awful things in her ear. The demons are like that little voice in the back of your head that tells you all the ways in which things can go wrong, all the ways you fail. The voices are haunting Quinn, pushing her, manipulating her, driving her insane. 

    I liked Quinn. I liked that she's neurotic and pretty much falling apart. She's broken up about being dumped, on academic probation, benched from cheerleading and suffering from so much sleep deficiency that she passes out at school. She's a mess. Had the entire story just been about Quinn's struggle to reclaim herself, or her spiral into darkness, it would have been an easy 5 star for me. 

    Sadly, that is not the case. Pushing the mystery of Quinn's circumstances to the back was more relationship drama than you can shake a stick at. Quinn and her mother don't understand each other. Her father left to start a new family. Her boyfriend broke up with her without saying why, and then started dating someone Quinn hates. Her friends aren't that supportive, and quickly turn on her. 

    And then there is Aaron, the love interest. Saying I didn't like him is an understatement. He sucks. He's a weeny. Suffering from amnesia due to an accident, he is supposedly this brooding, sensitive musician. Who can read minds/emotions.  I'm sorry, what? He reads her emotions, can see how out of her depth she is, and instead of giving her space, or being supportive, he whines. A lot. At no point does he actually fight for the girl, he just skulks off to attend pity parties for one. 

    This is one of those stories where most of the conflict could be avoided if people just talked to each other, but no, everyone is secretive and cryptic and unwilling to explain, or allow anyone else an explanation. 

    I was riveted for the first 150 pages, but the story seemed to nosedive from there. Up side, I love the title, and the cover is beautiful and haunting, very appropriate.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

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    3.5 Stars 'Pretty Dark Nothing' is a young adult paranormal nov

    3.5 Stars

    'Pretty Dark Nothing' is a young adult paranormal novel that tells the story of Quinn Taylor - head cheerleader, pretty, popular, good student - until she begins having terrible nightmares. Soon the darkness from her dreams seeps into her waking hours, where she sees a terrible fog and winged demons who whisper demands and doubts into her mind. Quinn's life is falling apart fast - she can't sleep, is suspended from cheerleading, is failing some of her subjects in school, and is still heartbroken after her boyfriend, Jeff, dumped her two months ago. Enter the ruggedly handsome and mysterious Aaron into the picture. He's always there when Quinn is at her worst and needs help. He makes her feel safe and calm when nobody else can. Quinn is finally starting to believe that Aaron will be able to make her visions stop; that she can be free of the demons and be happy with him. Aaron has his own secrets, and Quinn seems to be pushing him away at every turn. Will they be able to rescue each other before it's too late?

    This story immediately had me intrigued after reading the description. It sounded like a great paranormal romance with some action and thrills thrown in. The plot itself was incredibly fascinating and had tons of potential, but I feel like parts of the book didn't quite live up to what it could've been. The characters were realistic, but I found Quinn to be a bit whiny and cliched - especially when it came to her love life. She was really annoying when it came to her feelings about her ex-boyfriend and then Aaron - she never could find a balance and just came across as clingy and annoying to me at times. The same could be said about Aaron and his feelings for Quinn, although they weren't as irksome to me. They both kept playing some sort of game with each other and themselves and I got tired of it fast. Aside from that big drama mess, the plot was really interesting and I loved trying to figure out what was really happening. The paranormal aspects of the story were great and I wished that we got to learn more about what was really happening. The story had a wide open ending with lots of questions unanswered, so I'm hoping there will be at least a sequel, if not a series. Like I mentioned, this book has serious potential and I think the next book will come into it's own and really explore the plot and deepen the characters. The writing itself was well done and had a fast pace that kept me reading - and guessing - as fast as I could. I'm really hoping that this was a first book in a series and that the author will culminate the story and the characters to reach their full potential. It has the ability to becoming a must-read if just a few little tweaks are done. Definitely recommended for fans of YA paranormal romance.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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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 April 24, 2013

    I received this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley

    I received this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley.




    I requested Pretty Dark Nothing from Netgalley because the cover and description intrigued me. The premise sounded like a really good, creepy read. Unfortunately, it failed for me.




    Pretty Dark Nothing starts with Quinn fighting sleep after not having a full night’s sleep in twenty-three days. She’s using caffeine pills and loud music to try to stay awake. Next thing we know, shadows are watching her, she falls asleep, but she’s being attacked through her headboard. I think I reread the first few pages several times because I was just confused. I just didn’t get it.




    When Quinn gets to school, we find out that there’s a bunch of high school drama. Her boyfriend broke up with her and is dating her enemy, and of course, they’re both cheerleaders. Quinn’s lack of sleep has led to her failing her classes, and life is just falling apart. There is also a boy, who she barely knows, Aaron, who is completely falling for her.




    Over the course of the book, we watch Quinn’s drama with her enemy, Kerstin, becoming a social outcast, and having confusing feelings over her ex, Jeff, and Aaron, interspersed with some ill-timed attacks from the demons.




    If you take away the paranormal demon aspect, Pretty Dark Nothing is basically a typical high school drama story, which I unfortunately don’t typically care for. Also, I didn’t find Quinn to be overly likable, so I had a hard time relating to her or really caring what happened to her. Also, Aaron seemed like a decent guy, but the timing of him bumping into Quinn always seemed a little too coincidental. Also, I didn’t feel that his amnesia was as big of a part of the story as the description implied.




    I could have looked past the high school drama if the creep factor was there. The idea of the demons was really good and would have made the rest of the story fall into place, but unfortunately, they just didn’t work for me. Every time Quinn had an encounter with the demons, I found myself confused. I don’t know if I just don’t have a good enough imagination or if the scenes just weren’t executed well enough, but instead of being scared or creeped out, I was mostly confused. Every encounter was different, and I found myself constantly trying to figure out what was going on, not in a mystery kind of way, but in a confused way.




    Pretty Dark Nothing was the first book in a very long time that I considered not finishing. I was just confused and not invested in the story at all. I decided to give it a chance, though, knowing that the ending of a book can really make or break it for me.




    I gave Pretty Dark Nothing an extra star because there was a small section close to the end where it was creepy and fast-paced, and I found myself honestly interested. Unfortunately, it was very small, maybe 10% of the book, and the ending just ruined it for me. There was all this build up, and then I felt like it just ended too abruptly. I don’t see anything that says that this is part of a series, but I feel like it might be because the ending just felt unfinished to me. However, I can’t honestly say I’d read it if there were a sequel because I was not very impressed with this book.

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