Friday, July 19, 2013

Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L Reid + Featured Freebie

Pretty Dark Nothing (Pretty Dark Nothing, #1)

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.

My Rating: 1.5 Roses

A disappointment, unfortunately. I had high hopes for this book, but it didn't turn out well for me.

Before I go on, I do want to mention the part of the book that I did like. The author did a great job making it creepy. It was downright spine chilling. I don't scare easy, so the fact that the creepy moments in this book, the demon presence, gave me goosebumps is a testament to the author. Great job on that.

However, that was the only part of the book that I did like.

I thought Quinn was unlikable. I just couldn't relate to her and the only emotion I could muster up about her was annoyance. She was so frustrating. For one thing, she was so repetitive. She was constantly back and forth about Jeff and Aaron. And the fact that she was so hung up on Jeff was irritating. He broke up with her and went out with the girl who constantly tormented her a week later. Then, he never spoke to her and never tried to get his new girlfriend to stop bullying her. What about him are you so hung up about? His winning personality? And it was so mean how she kept leading Aaron on, then inevitably breaking his heart over and over. Not to mention the terrible choices she made. I know she was being stalked by demons intent on influencing her. But, if I was to respect her, I would expect her fight against them, to resist them. I can't like a book if I didn't like the heroine at all, so that was a huge strike against this book.

Aaron was also frustrating. On one hand, he was sweet and a gentleman who still knew the meaning of chivalry. On the other, I got so annoyed with how he kept taking Quinn's crap. After how many times she broke his heart, you would think he would stay away. But, despite his attempts to do so, he just went right back to her, only to get his heart broken some more. At the end, we find out why, but I was already at the point where I was just over it.

Obviously, the romance didn't work for me. It wasn't really a romance. It was Aaron continually going after Quinn to help her and Quinn rejecting him to run back to Jeff. No. Just no.

The plot was repetitive. It was Quinn constantly pining over Jeff and being confused over Aaron and Aaron trying to stay away from Quinn and failing miserably. At the end, we have a revelation that took me by surprise, but it was too late for me. Had that happened earlier in the book to kick up the plot, I would have liked this book. But it came up in the last chapter, and, at that point, I honestly didn't care.

Pretty Dark Nothing just didn't work for me. Who knows, you might like it because I know others did. So, if you want to give this book a try, I encourage it. But, I can't truly recommend it. I hate to say this, but I didn't like this book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Month9Books for a copy!
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Today, I have a YA romance that sounds sweet: Simply, Mine by Jane Carrington. Go forth and get it for free!

Best friends Meagan Davis and Jake Nichols were born on the wrong side of the tracks. Living in a rundown trailer park--her with a welfare scheming, neglectful mother and him with a father wounded in the Gulf War and suffering from PTSD--they forge a friendship they think is unbreakable. 

When Jake returns from spending the summer with his grandparents to begin their senior year, he realizes he needs and wants more. Meagan misreads his subtle hints and becomes terrified that she will lose her best friend. Prideful and too stubborn to admit her feelings, even to herself, they begin a game of jealousy that threatens to destroy everything. 

And just as Meagan realizes her love for Jake--he gives up, thinking he has been wrong about her all along. She tries to push past her pride and reach out; he insists that things can never be the same. He begins an intense physical program to prepare him for the Army after graduation--a decision she feels is a mistake. Depressed and lonely, Meagan begins to piece her life together without Jake, taking refuge volunteering for a children's art program and discovers she wants to be a teacher.
While their career plans begin to fall together, the gap between them grows so wide that only an epic winter storm has the power to bring them together. Will they be able to repair the damage to their friendship and admit their feelings for each other?


  1. I so love the cover of this and creepy sounds good but like you I need to connect with the characters or at least understands what drives them and sadly none of them appeal to me. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts!

  2. Yeah, the cover is gorgeous. It's a shame that I didn't like the book, especially because the idea had so much potential. And I really hate writing bad reviews :( But, there are many other great books to read!