Friday, October 04, 2013

Book Review: Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid

Source: Netgalley (e-ARC)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars :star :star :star

Thank you Month9Books for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

A copy of this was sitting on my ereader for months. By the time I finally got to it, all I remembered was it was about a girl who had crazy nightmares...and something with ghosts. Well, I don't know why I thought ghosts were involved. They're not. But the premise is a girl who is plagued by crazy creepy nightmares. When I say creepy, I mean creepy.

Immediately you're taken into horror-movie scary proportions as you find out about Quinn, high school cheerleader. She's definitely not normal; she's got some major issues. Not just daddy issues either. She does all sorts of things to keep herself awake for days and days. Caffeine pills, redbull, loud music, pinching. Are her dreams that bad. Why yes, they are. I was so bloody scared it was awesome. I love being scared while reading.

I was fascinated with the story, from the beginning. I did feel sort of detached from Quinn at times though. That was my biggest problem. I felt like because it jumped into the horror aspect so fast, it missed the initial bonding/softening up that usually occurs between myself and a MC. I did feel bad for her thorough out the book, that was consistent.

In steps Aaron. I really liked Aaron. He had a painful past, but he was strong. He kept going after Quinn and tried to help her time after time. Even when her behavior was so awful I felt like pushing her down the stairs. It's kind of explained in the end, but I was disappointed that they never really had a completely honest two way conversation in the entire book. It was frustrating, and  the way it ends make me feel like I should dash my hopes / not read the sequel.

I was bummed at the end. I don't really understand what happened. Even after rereading the end. I still am pretty confused. Also, a little bitter. The ending left me bitter and confused *sigh* but I read the whole book in one anxious sitting, and that says to me that I was riveted. Sure there were things I didn't like, but there were enough things I did like to make me eagerly read on. I'll probably read the sequel, too. Not positive that I will, I'm still so upset about that ending part (if you read it, you know!) but in fiction, anything can happen... 

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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.


  1. I would think this is about ghosts as well, based solely on the cover. I'm curious to hear that it's about nightmares, and I like that those nightmares are legitimately creepy. The ending sounds weird though. I'm not sure if I'll end up reading Pretty Dark Nothing, but at least I know about it now! Thanks for the review!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

    1. It was a really good creepy book but the ending sucked and I'm not sure I'll read the sequel. I read it like last week and I already forgot how it ended! :||

  2. Well the cover is very ghostly looking so I can see why you though ghosts. It sounded really good but that confusing ending is a bit of a bitter aftertaste. If you are not bothered about the sequel that tells me not to bother with this one!

    1. Yeah. With all the great books out there I would say don't waste your time ;)


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