Michelle’s Review: Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid


prettydarknothingPretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid

Published: April 23rd 2013 by Month9Books
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy ebook from Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 321

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.

Review:

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I really wasn’t sure whether I didn’t like this book or if I was being too harsh and should give it two stars instead.

The execution of the plot didn’t quite work for me. While Quinn’s experience with the dark shadows and demons definitely got progressively worse, it began to wear me down as a reader. Shouldn’t this girl just go to a guidance counselor and get some mental health treatment? As Quinn became more and more worn down by the nightmares, so did I as a reader. And unfortunately, when I get worn down from reading something, I don’t particularly enjoy it.

I appreciated that the main character was a head cheerleader instead of the traditionally marginlized person in the high school social construct. However, the rest of the high school interactions were about on par with what I feel like would be right at home on an ABC Family or Disney show. It was like Mean Girls without the humor. Again, it wasn’t that I completely didn’t enjoy the book, but it really exhausted me.

I feel like there was potential in some areas of the plot to really explore some more and perhaps compel me to read more. However, as it stands, I didn’t enjoy the book enough to seek out its sequels. After reading some of the other reviews of this book, I think I agree with the majority of the things that have been said about it. It’s never fun writing a review of a book I didn’t quite enjoy, but I guess that’s why they call it a personal opinion. :/

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