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{April 18, 2013}   {ARC Review} Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid

15768498From 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.


I was really interested in this novel when I first read the synopsis, but I am very sorry to note that this novel wasn’t really for me.  The main character, Quinn, rubbed me the wrong way from the get go, and it’s never a good sign when I can’t connect, and don’t want to connect, with the main character.  In my personal opinion, Quinn was too much of a whiney, negative character for me to feel any kindred with her at all.  She made bad decision after bad decision, and constantly had to rely on males, namely Aaron, to help her through her bouts of weakness.  She is so weak that, at some points, I really wanted to reach into the pages and smack some sense into her, especially as she tends to wallow in her inability to take care of herself.  She truly acts as if the whole world revolves around her, hurting others more than helping when she “attempts” to help, and at one point, she made such a stupid decision that I lost all respect for her.  I was livid, truth be told, and I just couldn’t handle the stupidity.  I understand that she does have demon’s whispering to her, and they’re at fault, but I don’t feel like she really fought back, and I just couldn’t stand her idiocracy.  Now… before you write off this book completely, remember that we all react differently to characters, and I feel like many would say the exact same thing about Bella from Twilight, whereas I loved her!  So… there is a very distinct possibility that my feelings for Quinn might be very different from your own.  Keep that in mind.

Now, my feelings for Quinn aside, I liked Aaron enough, though he doesn’t seem to catch a break, and while I really thought that the questions about how and why the demons were attacking, and how Aaron’s amnesia fit in, weren’t going to be answered, they are, in the very last pages of the book.  And you know what?  It made me want to read the sequel a little bit… I mean, now that I know more information about it all, and I never saw it coming, my interest is really piqued.  So, even though I really dislike Quinn, and I’m not in love with this book, it has made me feel strongly enough that I’m pretty sure I’m going to read the sequel as soon as it releases.  I’ve just got to know, you know?  Two stars for this round—but hopeful for the second.

2 starsMonth9Books has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read and ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on April 23, 2013.



Lectus says:

Horrible, totally horrible. I still haven’t finished it but I’m hating it!

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