Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: Pretty Dark Nothing

Pretty Dark Nothing
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.
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Kat's Review

This novel has a cool premise.  The main character, Quinn, is being plagued by demons infiltrating her mind and influencing her actions.  Despite her best efforts to fight them off, they get closer and closer, causing her to have nightmares and visions that are terrifying and making her behave in strange ways.  She's recovering from the loss of her father, who moved out to start a new life and family, as well as the loss of her boyfriend of four years, who mysteriously broke up with her after going on vacation with his family over the summer.  She spends her days fantasizing about getting back together, even while watching him date another girl at school. 

This is where Aaron comes in.  Aaron is the new guy with a mysterious past, who feels a connection to Quinn that he can't explain.  He's dealing with his own demons; the loss of his mother and sister in a car accident, the same accident that killed him, only to be revived by paramedics.  He came back to life unable to remember anything about his past, and with a new ability- he can read the minds of those he touches.  Only, Aaron finds that his connection with Quinn runs deeper than that; they have the ability to connect even while far apart. 

This book is part paranormal thriller, part high school romance.  I liked the character of Quinn well enough, except when it came to her inability to let Jeff, her ex, go, even after starting a relationship with Aaron.  Her devotion to Jeff made sense in the beginning, but not closer to the end, even despite the urging of the demons to take him back.  The supporting characters were fun and well drawn, and the author did a good job of  showing Quinn's behaviour from the view of outsiders who didn't know what was really going on. 

My biggest complaint with the book is the ending.  Quinn takes off from the school dance and is urged by the demon in her mind to do something crazy.  When Aaron shows up to save her, there is a big long section that explains his role in Quinn's life.  It felt like one long info dump that came out of nowhere.  There was never any real hint of Aaron's true role outside of his psychic ability earlier in the text, and it felt like too much, too fast, but not soon enough.  It's the one thing I really disliked about the book.  The whole section was confusing, and I had to read it twice to wrap my head around it.  It does set up the sequel quite nicely, but I didn't feel like it matched the rest of the book.

Other than that complaint, I really enjoyed the novel and thought it was well written and unique. 

Rating: A Good Read

I will qualify the rating by saying that it's a good read except for the part at the end.  I was able to get past the confusing info dump and still really like the book despite it, but others may not be able to.  It would be a shame to let that stop you from reading this one, because I really did enjoy most of the story.  Looking forward to the sequel.  Perhaps everything will be cleared up!

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley & Month9Books in exchange for an honest review.

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