Pretty Dark Nothing
Quinn is a normal teenager, but for23 days she has not slept for more than a few 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, andenergy drinks and caffeine pills don't help. Then Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, and Aaron, an amnesiac with psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. Aaron has a secret locked away in his memory that the demons are determined to keep him from discovering. Together, Quinn and Aaroncan banish the darkness back to the underworld for good, butthe demons will stop at nothing to drive the two apart."
- Paperback | 230 pages
- 139.7 x 213.36 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
- 23 Jul 2013
- Raleigh, United States
- black & white illustrations
About Heather L Reid
Heather L. Reid is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She authors a blog on her own website, has been a guest blogger on "Writer Unboxed," and is cofounder of a new blog for writers, "Hugs and Chocolate." Currently living in Scotland, she is a native of Austin, Texas.
Our customer reviews
This story had a really cool concept and that is what attracted me to it. A female protagonist that sleeps minutes at a time to avoid the demons that are determined to torment her. A young, captivating male that hungers for her from afar with secrets of his own. Together they may be the key to banish darkness. What's not to like? Though it was oh-so-promising, the most important question went unanswered. "Why?" For all intents and purposes there isn't anything remarkable or out of the ordinary about Quinn. Why she was tormented by these demons was a question that I wanted answered. Unfortunately, Aaron's backstory was filled in to explain his compulsive draw to Quinn (though I personally didn't feel it was all that satisfying), but no real answers came for Quinn. The story was ended with room for continuation, and hopefully this very important question is answered in later installments, but I was looking for some substantial information to offer some explanations in this one. And it was very disappointing that none came. Though the drama in this novel made it interesting enough to continue, the chemistry between Quinn and Aaron was questionable too. With Quinn being so hung up on her ex-boyfriend Jeff for the first part of the book, I found it strange and unbelievable that her feelings not only switch so quickly for Aaron - someone that she hadn't really looked at twice beforehand - but the sudden depth of her feelings for Aaron made me roll my eyes. The regular on and off again between them also became a little exasperating. There is only so much hot and cold that I can handle. The beautiful cover drew and interesting synopsis certainly drew me in. Maybe I build it up too much in my mind, and I ended up coming away disappointed by the execution of this plot. Though not badly written it was missing some very important elements and it failed to leave a lasting impression with me. *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.* For this and more reviews visit us at bookluvrshaven(at)blogspot(dot)ca.show moreby Lily
We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com/2013/08/pretty-dark-nothing-pretty-dark-nothing.html If you are interested, you can visit our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: About The Book: Quinn's dreams have been haunted for twenty three days by demons. Demons that stalk her and whisper her how she'd die. The better option? No sleep. If demons make her life a living hell when she's sleeping, the rational solution is not closing your eyes. But when the lack of sleep starts to ruin Quinn's life, she knows that this "solution" won't last. Aaron, with a troubled past, has been watching Quinn. Saying he has a thing for her would be not quite accurate. So when Quinn dozes off in the school hallways and he catches her, they worlds collide. Trying to enter Quinn's life is difficult, but what neither of them expected was that Aaron has a past that not even he remembers. "Whips of fog were everywhere at once, twining around her body, binding her inch by inch with living rope. Darkness embraced her." Review: Wow, this one's going to be difficult to review. I had a lot of mix feelings with this book. The story is catchy and you can read the book without getting bored, but there was no connection between us. Sorry, guys. I would describe this book as a strange story. We don't say that Ms. Reid didn't do a good job, it's just that sometimes the relationship book-reader doesn't work out. You know the saying: "It's not you, it's me". The creepiness that the description of the book promises it's something that Pretty Dark Nothing has for sure. It's creepy how the demons stalk the main character and the situations she lives. The good questions would be: "How does she do it to remain sane and no go all nuts?". I can assure you that If we were in Quinn's situation we already have had a heat attack. And what about the last messages? It was suffocating. We were all the time screaming. Saying to Quinn to do something. Something that did not make this story worse. So, yes, we can blame her for a lot of things that happens in her story. We really think that this book has a lot of potential. However the strange feeling stings you until the end. The main character is tormented by demons. Why? We don't know. Why they want her? Ah! Not until the end, guys. But is suffocating. Instead of trusting the only guy that seems to understand her and want to help her, she does the opposite. That's when we were all the time: "come on!" while reading the book. And Aaron? He's a potential prince in his shiny armor waiting to rescue Quinn. However he has his own demons and own story. Wow, we weren't expecting this at all. What frustrated us was that neither he or Quinn seemed find each other in this I love you, I don't love you game they have going on through the whole story. The only character that we felt fond with was Marcus, Aaron's friend. He reminded us to Dylan O'Brien's character in Teen Wolf, Stiles. And we truly, madly love Stiles, so we ended up loving Marcus character. But the climax of frustration arrives when Quinn kisses Aaron and then goes back with her ex. Say what? Yes! Like I said, a frustrating girl loves a sometimes frustrating boy. If you ask us what went wrong in our relationship (Pretty Dark Nothing and us) we would say that there was way too much drama and that mades us think that the story was too slow, that it never arrived to the situation were everything turns out to be a big bomb of unraveling things. When we arrived at that point was way too fast and we had to read twice to understand everything. And couldn't believe it! How can everyone be so naive? I mean, it's like knowing a house is haunted or someone is killing people in a specific place and you go there, at night, and with a lantern with low battery. It's like I said before, you want to yell the characters: "Come On!". Because of this things, we have to give this book three of our most gorjuss dolls in our rating and we encourage you to read this book. Want a good advice? If you read this book, don't do it at night! But it would be a good story to read in daylight. However If you are a fan of creepy/horror stories, you'd like this one that mixes teen lifestyle, with romance and paranormal creatures and, of course, this whole creepy-horror theme.show moreby TUABFC
Dreams are more than they seem. This is a thrilling story that will keep you up at night! I loved the eerie atmosphere that this author creates and the nightmarish imagery that will put you right there with Quinn and Aaron. The mystery and suspense added to the eerie atmosphere surrounding these characters. I had a great time trying to figure everything out! Quinn is strong and determined girl. She is no stranger to hard work, but these nightmares have taken over her life. I liked that she never gave up and though she could be a bit stubborn she was a good hearted person. Aaron is used to being different. He is a psychic and thats how he meets up with Quinn, but his amnesia is a problem. It will take all his skills and courage to recover his lost memories and help Quinn get rid of her demons. He was a fun character and I liked getting to know more about him. The mystery of his amnesia kept me guessing a lot of the book. With a fast paced plot and more twists and turns that you can count this is one book you won't want to miss.show moreby katie