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Pretty Dark Nothing

(Pretty Dark Nothing #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  620 ratings  ·  183 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Month9Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Beth Allen
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
YEA!!! MY SISTER'S BOOK1111 ...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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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 an

The premise of the book is interesting enough. Girl dreams of demons that start to bleed into her waking life. Boy, who has some physic power himself, is able to see into her dreams and see the darkness around her. He feels this urge to help her and she can’t say no. Along the way they find that their journey is not what they expected.

This book started out pretty good for me. I was instantly drawn into Quinn’s nightmares and wanted to know why she was plagued with these horrible dreams of de
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid
Book One of the Pretty Dark Nothing series
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 do
"Pretty Dark Nothing" is probably not a best book for the average YA Paranormal readers in a good way. Most YA Paranormal in the market focus more on the romance part and the thematic genre as the secondary storyline. This is a surprisingly very psychologically draining book and reminded me of the first season American Horror Story and Stephen King's Carrie. If you're seeking the conventional "If you love Twilight, you would love this...", this book is one to avoid and tread with caution because ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Cora Tea Party Princess
DNF at 26%.

I tried, I really did try to make it to 30%. But I couldn't.

Right from the very first page, I couldn't stand the irresponsible, self-absorbed bitch of a main character. Quinn is the spoilt brat who's usually the figure of hate, yet you're supposed to feel sorry for her. Despite the fact that she's a grade one bitch with a death-by-caffeine-wish.

Quinn is a bitch to her friends, to her school-mates, to everyone that tries to help her. She's a bitch to her mum and she's a bitch to her da
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**My thanks to NetGalley and Month9Books, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

It took me a long time to get through this book, purely because I got bored reading it and that the whole book stayed dark.

Quinn annoyed me as never once had she spoken to anyone about what she had seen, neither had she spoken to a doctor about not sleeping, a fact that very quickly forgotten. I also didn't like the way that she kept pushing those around her away that tried to help.

Aaron also annoye
Janeann Morrison
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderfully intriguing! I couldn't put it down! Great character development & mix of romance, mystery, & supernatural events. ...more
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
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Rating 1 but maybe a 1.5 at a push

Initially it was the cover that drew me to this book, it's beautiful and once I read the description it intrigued me into requesting this book. It sounded like it would be a dark, action packed book that would be a gripping read and right up my alley. However this book was more like broken-hearted teen who was just messed up than what the description suggested and quite frankly it was a big disappoint
Matilda L.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Special thanks to the publisher Month9Books who approved my request via Netgalley.

I think it is really hard to write a review for a book you liked so much than writing a review for a book you did not like at all. Bashing things you hate is always easy but actually finding the words to aknowledge something you want the world to read is really really hard.
So before I go into much detail let me just say one thing:
If you are into paranormal books that are a little darker, if you are into love stori
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
From the first page, "Pretty Dark Nothing" grabbed my attention and refused to let go. This book is well written and interesting and just grows more mysterious as the pages go by. The reader is fed bits of background on the characters little by little as the story progresses and I felt this helped keep the mystery going in a way that made me eager to keep reading.

Quinn is an interesting character that has a lot of confusion and strange events plaguing her life. Through her journey, the reader i
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
This is the debut novel by by Heather L. Reid and the premise sounds really interesting but it just fell flat.

Quinn hasn't be sleeping because when she does she dreams of demons. Now the demons are coming out of the dreams and she really is starting to think she is crazy. At school she has gone from one of the most popular girls, being head cheerleader, girlfriend to captain of the football team, etc to pretty much being an outcast. She had her life taken away from her by the mean girl of the st
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 gav
CM Alsop
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Quinn’s life is not as perfect as it used to be. Her love of her life, Jeff, suddenly dumped her. Her dad left for a life with another woman. Her mom works non-stop and is never home. It has been twenty-three days since Quinn has slept for more than ten minutes at a time. This is because demons have been haunting her dreams. She survives on energy drinks
Apr 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Side Note: Thank you to the publisher for providing me with the opportunity to read this book through Netgalley.

Warning: There will be sarcasm and ranting.

Review: There are not enough words to describe just how much I hated this book but I shall try to piece together some sort of coherent review.

Somewhere in the mess of this so called “book” there was potential. The concept worked, albeit it wasn’t too original, but it could have been good. The execution and especially the characters, killed wha
Sherry Fundin
The Pretty Dark Nothing series has some of the most beautiful covers foreshadowing the story of the paranormal and supernatural. There was no way I was missing out on reading Pretty Dark Nothing, with a cover like that and the writing on the tombstone.

Quinn is being terrorized in her dreams, but the terror keeps escalating and now she lives in fear during the daylight hours. She is afraid to sleep, afraid to close her eyes, afraid to be alone, afraid of the dark, dark shadows that were after her
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I usually don't start my reviews out this way but I can't help it, the cover on this one deserves to be acknowledged.

It is gorgeous. Slightly creepy and hauntingly beautiful all wrapped up in a package that is sure to capture the eye and ignite your imagination. It is the perfect cover for this story.

Right away we are thrown into Quinn's scary desperate nightmares and you can tell from the beginning these aren't your run of the mill dreams. These suckers are all consuming, get your heart pumpin
R Allan
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley. I'd like to thank them, the author and the publisher for allowing me to read this book.
In Pretty Dark Nothing we are introduced to Quinn, a teenage girl who we find out in the first paragraph hasn't had a full nights sleep in twenty-three days. She's been plagued with what she believes are nightmares in which these shadowy creatures are stalking her and trying to drive her mad. The nightmares started about eighteen months ago after her Dad walked out on his f
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book! If you think it's going to be a demon slaying badass fighting kind of book stop there.The book is more about Quinn's life falling apart and her dealing with demons forcing her into sleepless nights wondering if she has gone crazy. (Though I'm rooting for some demon slaying in book two.)
I really felt for both Quinn and Aaron.
Quinn had the two people she thought she could always count on turn her back on her. Her dad left her and her mother for another woman, and her long term
May 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned

Do you like stories where:

1.- the guy (Jeff) dumps his girlfriend of four years (Quinn) without explanation (by text message)?

2.- dumped girl (Quinn) has no personality, is annoying, ridiculously in love with ex (Jeff), and hopes ex comes back to his senses and asks her out again?

3.- Quinn's friend (Aaron) is in love with her. He does nothing but defend her from anyone who finds her ridiculous and mental because she's still in love with ex (and at on
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Have you ever wondered why they always leave, Quinn? Why the ones you love can't love you back?"

I liked the idea of the demons. Quinn's world was scary and intriguing and she stumbled around through her day trying to be caffeinated and pinch herself to stay awake. She doesn't want to fall asleep and see the Demons. Being the head cheerleader and valedictorian are both on hold and slipping farther away as she pushes off homework and reports and studies. Even her boyfriend of many years has broke
A. Rolland
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let's not kid ourselves. There are enough paranormal YA novels out there to mortar a walkway to Barnes and Noble. But recently, I've been let down by slow-moving plots and cheesy dialogue. I'm so pleased to say, that is the not the case with Pretty Dark Nothing.

I'm completely blown away by Heather L. Reid's ability to tell a story. I opened the book when it arrived this afternoon, and by eight o'clock, I found myself holding my iPhone as a light so I could read under a pillow in my four-year-old
Jen Halligan
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
OMG that ending... I need book 2, right NOW! I think what I loved most about PRETTY DARK NOTHING were the vivid descriptions, some of the scenes described really creeped me out. Also, I absolutely adored Aaron, and the friendships in this book. I loved seeing them all interact, especially Marcus and Aaron. Heather Reid really set up the PRETTY DARK NOTHING series with this book, and has created some great characters. Those that enjoy a good dose of high school angst and drama will devour this bo ...more
In the honor of being honest, I only made it to the 30% mark.

In that time, I had very little setting, a hell of a lot of terrible dialogue, and a maybe love interest who pulled out an acoustic guitar to strum away his problems. There were three pages of straight dialogue with very little scenery or any motion, so you have no idea what's going on until someone announces what's happening. Yeah. You've got characters giving stage directions.

Nah man, I laughed out loud when the love interest pulle
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found the synopsis slightly misleading. Whilst there is a slight paranormal element it isn't revealed until the very end of the book (literally the last 5 or so pages). Up until that point it seemed more like a contemporary novel that dealt with mental illness.

I still liked it though.

There had better be a second book!
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Compelling characters, intriguing premise. Beautifully descriptive. Draws you in and doesn't let go. ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-tn
It started strong but lost me. Also to be fair I am not a big demon fan so a book really has to hook me.
It's been 18 months of relentless nightmares terrorizing Quinn's dreams, every since her father walked out on them and never came back. Quinn hasn't slept in 23 days and does everything she can to stay awake. She can't go back there. The veil to reality and the dreamworld are to thin. The shadows will always find her, unleashing tendrils that snake around her body pulling her into an endless eerie darkness, toying with her mind and driving her insane. Threatening to take her. Soon. With no escap ...more
Amy H
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
GRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is what i have to say about this book. i would have gave it 3 stars, but the only part i didn't like was the ending. i totally enjoyed this book to the point that i didn't want to put it down. then when i got to the end of the book BAM!!! just like that the story changes. WTF! now i am not only confused but mad. this part should have slowly been added into the book. i will be honest and say i almost walked away from it, but being the great reader that i am i finsh ...more
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Heather L. Reid is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real l ...more

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