Pretty Dark Nothing
Author: Heather L. Reid
Synopsis: 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.
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Side Note: Thank you to the publisher for providing me with the opportunity to read this book through Netgalley.
Warning: There will be sarcasm and ranting.
Review: There are not enough words to describe just how much I hated this book but I shall try to piece together some sort of coherent review.
Somewhere in the mess of this so called “book” there was potential. The concept worked, albeit it wasn’t too original, but it could have been good. The execution and especially the characters, killed whatever potential this book ever possessed.
Pretty Dark Nothing is told from two points of view: Quinn and Aaron. Quinn has no BACKBONE. Right from the beginning, she’s written as a pathetic, weak female who needs CONSTANT rescuing from the male protagonist (a.k.a Aaron). She can’t stop swooning over her ex-boyfriend Jett who CHEATED on her with her arch-nemesis from her cheerleading squad, she can’t stop whining about how she’s plagued with these demons who are haunting her not only when she’s sleeping but when she’s awake, and can’t stop playing the victim card. Two hundred and fourteen pages in and Quinn CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT JETT! How much she wants to be with him still, how she is still so hurt and broken about what Jett did to her—even though she decides to be with Aaron because he helps ease the sound of the demon voices in her head. Quinn is focused on herself, all the time. She barely even considers other people’s feelings and makes so many stupid decisions, it was no wonder she was failing school.
Aaron can’t seem to grow any self-respect and when he finally has a moment where it seems like he is, he losses it again by giving in to Quinn’s victim ways. He has this overwhelming pull to her, this link he can’t explain and no matter how crummy Quinn treats him, he always goes right back to her. He has no more of a backbone than Quinn does. At least Aaron can care about the people around him but it doesn’t seem genuine. He seems to use the people around him as well. Like when he decides to try to date his best friend Jenna since she likes him but after making a mess of kissing her, he decides to tell her they can’t be together because he still has feelings for Quinn.
I have no idea what the plot is to the book because I couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t get passed page 214. I had to stop reading or else I would have set my computer on fire in an attempt to be rid of the memory of what I had read.
Quinn leaves the concert event Aaron and his bandmates are putting on because the demon voices in Quinn’s head are commanding her to leave. I don’t know why because by that point I had started skimming through the story in the hopes it would get better. So she uses the excuse of needing a tampon to escape and steals her friend’s boyfriend’s car (since her friend Reese said she had a tampon in her purse which was in the car). She drives all the way back home and lord and behold, who happens to suddenly show up, but her ex-boyfriend Jett. Guess what he wants? Reconciliation. He broke up with Quinn’s arch-nemesis and declares to still be madly in love with Quinn. Mind you, Quinn has been dating Aaron and has declared to be in love with him at this point. But Jett kisses Quinn and Aaron just happens to walk through the door to see them.
That was the scene that did me in. Not simply because of how utterly cliché that scene was but because Quinn has NO personality, NO development, NO strength, NO brains. She’s a useless lead and Aaron, God bless his fictional heart, tries to be the good guy and tries to be the hero, but he falters as a character as well because he’s either jumping to conclusions constantly or following after Quinn like a lost puppy.
The secondary characters were just set up as background noise. Reese and Marcus are supposed to be the fun side, offer humor to Quinn’s dark world, but they came off more one-dimensional than anything.
There wasn’t a single moment I cared about the characters or what happened with them. They could have been killed by page 100 and the demons could have taken over and I would have shrugged it off. Not even the idea of a girl being haunted by demons and a boy who has psychic abilities could keep me interested in what was happening. I read for as long as I did because I always try to read at least the first 100 pages of a book before walking away if I feel the need to.
Suffice to say, I would rather have my mind taken over by a legion of demon voices than endure anymore of Quinn’s story.
About the Author: Heather L. Reid has always had a sense of wanderlust and a belief in the paranormal. She eats mayonnaise on her fries, loves video games, and getting lost in a good story. This native Texan now lives with her Scottish hubby in South Ayrshire, Scotland, where she spends her weekends wandering the moors in search of the ghost of William Wallace and exploring haunted castles.
Her debut young adult Paranormal, PRETTY DARK NOTHING, will be released on April 23, 2013 by Month 9 Books.
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