Title: Pretty Dark Nothing
Author: Heather L. Reid
Publication date: April 23rd 2013
Format: ebook | Netgalley
Genre: YA | Paranormal
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.
I delved into this story with an open mind and no expectations. I found the summary to be intriguing since it doesn't reveal much at all and so I read the first page of this book and gradually saw that it had great potential. However, for me, this was the kind of book that started off great and just went downhill from there.
At first I enjoyed the writing style and I started to get into the character's personalities and lifestyles. I loved how the demons and bad dreams were depicted - it added such an unusual touch of horror to it - the kind that is just enough to get you to expect something creepy to come along sooner or later. But it became disjointed and confusing after a little while. I felt that I was missing chapters out and found myself reading back over little bits and pieces in case I skipped a page accidentally.
Aaron as the book went on, to me, was a great character. But Quinn I found hard to like from the very beginning. Her first love cheats on her, dumps her with no explanation and she's confused as to whether she should take him back? NO! That's the answer! A lot of the book was her thoughts bouncing back and forth between her taking him back or being with Aaron. It became really annoying.
The plot also started off great. I was going along with it fine, wanting to find out the answers to my questions and what happens, but then it became overwhelming. Especially towards the end, I'm still confused as to where that came from. It was so out of place since there wasn't a single clue as to that ever happening and not in a good way.
In short, this book wasn't for me but of course, that's just my honest opinion. I would encourage you to give it a try if it looks like your cup of tea.
My rating: 4/10
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