Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hook Me: Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid

Title: Pretty Dark Nothing
Author: Heather L. Reid
Publisher: Month9Books (April 23, 2013)
Genre: YA Paranormal

Book Description: 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.

First line: Quinn hadn’t slept a full night in twenty-three days.

Last line read: Quinn held her breath as a tremor inched up her leg.

Overall Impression: Pretty Dark Nothing has an interesting premise and a perfect cover for the genre, but I hate to say the book didn’t hook me. I didn’t even finish reading the sample. It seemed overwritten with very little white space. The pace dragged after the first few lines as the prose was filled with dense descriptions. This type of writing does work for some people, but I do like my YA a little faster paced. I just couldn’t be pulled into the nightmare Quinn was going through unfortunately.

Would I keep reading?: No.