Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid Review: Dark demons get absorbed in high school drama

April 20, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 2 stars, Books, Reviews

Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid Review: Dark demons get absorbed in high school dramaPretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid
Series: Pretty Dark Nothing #1
on April 23, 2013
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.

Pretty Dark Nothing came with an interesting premise, a dark story about demons invading a high school school girl named Quinn. Upon starting the book however, it was evident that the dark, disturbing whispers in the night was only a side story to the high school drama that prevailed.

Quinn was a really annoying teenager who I just couldn’t relate to. She’s haunted by nightmares and demons whispering in her ear and warping reality, yet she is fixated on her ex-boyfriend and trying to win him back. Jeff, her boyfriend of 4 years, has run off with another girl called Kerstin which immediately interfered with Quinn’s perfect life as the head cheerleader. The whole book has Quinn pining away for Jeff and about Aaron, a boy who feels the need to protect her against bullies and bitches.

While there are some parts that have potential, the dialogue is incredibly simplistic especially when it came to the high schoolers talking to each other. Moments with Quinn’s friend, Theresa had me cringing. “Anyway, I’ve picked a fashion hit for tomorrow. Sure to make any boy drool,” she says. While the girls get together to talk about boys and what to wear, the boys talk about how studly they are and how they want to get with girls. Regardless of how this happens in real life, it’s quite shallow and these where characters I hardly cared about.

A very brief stint halfway through the book had potential, where the shadows were haunting Quinn so much that she was turning into a psycho, and rumours began spreading about her apparent drug use. She starts hallucinating and seeing the demons twist her reality into disturbing scenes. This however, quickly melded into the high school drama again that I didn’t have a care for. I also had a problem with how her peers turned her back on her as soon as she lost Jeff, and voted her in as the school prom Queen just because they got back together.

The ending was also really weird and unexpected. However, it was too little, too late and I hardly cared about the big reveal at the end.

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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7 responses to “Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid Review: Dark demons get absorbed in high school drama

  1. I agree.
    I had similar views about this book… I was completely disappointed because it sounded so dark and so creepy but I got more drama then I signed for.

  2. There are times when shallow teenage stories are up my alley – but not when they're masquerading as something with more depth and substance like this seems to be. Great review – sometimes less than positive reviews end up snarky but I like how you reviewed this book 🙂

    • Thanks Kate, I really wanted to like this book but sadly, it wasn't for me. I do enjoy the odd teenage fluff here and there, which is why I read the entire Luxe series by Anna Godbersen.

  3. Thank you Kelly for your kind words! It's actually quite difficult to write a negative review, especially when given the opportunity to review it from the publisher/author. It's an honest review and as long as I don't make it snarky, I think it should be ok. Thanks for following 🙂

  4. Great review! Maybe it's the jaded reader in me, but I love seeing critical reviews over gushy ones.

    I have this on my Nook, and though I'll probably read it so I can churn the review out of it, your review has left me almost positive that I won't like it. There is little I hate more than superficial girls and high school drama.

    New follower! ^.^