Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pretty Dark Nothing

Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Month9Books
Pages: 321
Keywords: demons, telepathy, high school
Format Read: ARC via NetGalley

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'm going to be honest guys. I did not finish this book. There were many things I had problems with, so I'm going to take this in stages:

The style: The descriptions were overkill. Like, I found myself wondering if they were just there to make the book longer or take up space. Like there was one point when every single detail of her morning makeup routine took about 4 pages on my Kindle. And I have my typeface very small. It was just extremely unnecessary, and I got bored very quickly, making the story harder to get through.
The dialogue was very unbelievable. No one talked like they did ever. Ever ever. I cringed at a lot of it.

The plot: First, there were a lot of inconsistencies. Maybe I was reading it wrong, but there were times the girls would mention Quinn's ex and say it'd been six weeks they dated and he said he'd call during that time, but then later it said something about years? I was just very confused.
Also, the main plot of what I thought it was going to be was actually kind of pushed to the side by a lot of high school drama that seemed to me more like middle school drama. It was ridiculous. The mean girl was way too over the top, the characters were all drooling over one another even though they'd never spoken before. I wanted more of the demon shadow stuff because that was actually cool, but it never seemed to be a main point of the book.

The characters:
Oh. My. God. Aaron, the guy who we're supposed to like. He writes this seriously creepy horrible poems, and I just can't get into him because he's mad at Quinn all the time for not talking to him, but he's never spoken to her so she doesn't know who he is.... see a problem?
Quinn was annoying, too. Really. Way too obsessed with her ex. Move on, dear.

Read When: well, honestly, I wouldn't. I didn't finish, and I'm deleting it from my Kindle immediately.

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