Title: Pretty Dark Nothing
Author: Heather L. Reid
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Netgalley- Received in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 3 Stars
"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 YurIunderworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first."
Quinn and Aaron both come from broken families, but that’s not all they have in common. Aaron has been dead before and can’t remember anything about his life before his death but that’s not the strangest part- he has physic abilities. Quinn is being haunted by nightmares and shadows. Only she doesn’t realized that the shadows aren’t just hallucinations caused by sleep deprivation.
With the shadows making her feel crazy and off balance, she tries to get over her break up with Jeff, while also dealing with her sudden attraction to Aaron, the only one who can possibly help her.
While Quinn and Aaron’s misunderstandings seem a bit dragged on, their relationship is more realistic since it’s not perfect from the start. There’s always something, a block in the road, keeping them apart.
I didn’t really like Quinn. I thought she was too needy and a weak female character, a damsel in distress near constantly, who was always being saved by Aaron. She was incapable of defending herself and is often thrown into danger. Not to mention that she is very whiny, after a while it’s like “We get it, your life sucks,” and this is probably the main reason I dislike her.
Overall: I enjoyed this book. The paranormal element was unique -the idea of demon-shadow-things haunting her dreams and her life. The high school drama seemed a bit annoying to me, but it works in adding emphasis to her suck-y life. If you enjoy paranormal thrillers and teenage romance, I would recommend this book to you.
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