Pretty Dark Sacrifice by Heather L. Reid

18718039Published July 28th 2015 by Month9Books

Young-Adult, Paranormal, Supernatural, Romance

Series Reviews Pretty Dark Nothing

eARC provided by  author via blog tour

My Rating 2.5 Stars

b009a-dad13-add-to-goodreads-button3It’s been five weeks, two days, and eight hours since the demons forced Quinn to throw herself into the raging river, since Aaron sacrificed himself to save her, since his body disappeared without a trace.

Everyone wants Quinn to move on, but she can’t, not after a spirit appears to her at Aaron’s memorial, convincing her he’s still alive.

When a mysterious box materializes on the very spot Aaron disappeared, Quinn finds she’s at the center of an ancient prophesy of betrayal, revenge, and sacrifice that takes her to the depths of the underworld to face Lilith—Adam’s first wife.

If Quinn can stop Lilith from unleashing the demon horde Eve, trapped inside the box during the Battle of Eden millennia ago, she will save the human realm and free Aaron from an eternity in torment.

All it will cost is her blood.


THOUGHTS For the life of me, I just could not connect with this book at all. I thought that after reading Book 1, that it would only get better – because I somewhat liked the direction the story seemed to be heading. This one didn’t even scratch the surface of being as likable as the first. Second book syndrome at it’s finest. Well, in my opinion.

Let’s start with our heroine, Quinn. I liked her character more in this book. She wasn’t as whiny and b**chy here, which is a good thing considering. She followed those gut instincts of hers, and was able to focus her powers on finding Aaron and possibly saving the people as well. Quinn’s and Aaron’s connection was more realistic in this book. As they say, “You don’t miss the water until the well runs dry”. After that jump in the last book and his immediate disappearance, everything shifted. Quinn just knew that he wasn’t dead, and I’m glad that she got her head out of her axx. She was too focused on herself in the first book to fully appreciate his character, until the end.

Now, the paranormal aspects in this book could have been more. I really didn’t get half of what it all means. There was no direct connection for me, and that’s a deal breaker. I need more answers than questions. I’m not sure why this bothered me so much, but I think it all could have been explained more than it was. It’s like the author just decided to muddy it all up and let the reader make up what was actually happening. characterization wasn’t the problem, it’s the world building. Give me more than info-dumps, I need to be able to visualize the scenes taking place. Show, not tell. There are too many mystical beings in this world to not have them all outlined to fit the flow of the story. Angels, demons, watchers, gods/goddesses, etc..

I was more keen on keeping up with the antagonist, Lilith, than all of the other stuff going on. At least her plan was firm, even if she is an evil b***h. The underworld could have definitely been touched upon some more. I’m not sure on the rec front for this series. Okay, so there is some good with this, I won’t lie. But if you are looking for everything to be tied up tight, then I’m not sure if this is the book for you. It has so much potential though, so it’s hard to say if I will even read the next book. I want to, so badly. But, my opinion is only that, an opinion. Don’t just take my word for it, because I’m really debating on whether to see this through because it’s not a bad series. I just think that it could be more than what it is.

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12 thoughts on “Pretty Dark Sacrifice by Heather L. Reid

  1. It’s annoying when you read a first book and it is only okay so you decide to hold out until the second one, but then second is a flop :/ So I am sorry this one had such a bad case of second book syndrome and I hope your next book is better!

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  2. ” It’s been five weeks, two days, and eight hours since the demons forced Quinn to throw herself into the raging river ” her behind needs Jesus lol! Your review for this, reminds me alot of my experience with Mechanica. It had potential, but like you, I had more questions that answers. Atleast this was a sequel so we can give it the benefit of the doubt lol. Okay no we can’t, but you get what I’m saying!

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  3. Too bad you couldn’t connect with this book girl because like you that’s kind of like a hands down MUST for me. If I can’t connect, I no read. And the whole show don’t tell thing is a biggie too! Gosh. That’s kind of annoying when you took the time to actually READ the second book only to be disappointed. Is this a trilogy ?

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