Friday, October 21, 2011

Review: Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle

Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle
Release Date: June 27, 2011
Publisher: Patrice Michelle
Genre: YA Paranormal

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The Story: Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

My Review: Nara can see her days before they actually happen. She dreams them. It's not necessarily a bad thing since she never really has to study or knows in advance when someone is going to do something embarrassing. Of course, there are bad sides to it as well. She also knows when something bad is going to happen. When this occurs, she almost always ignores it. She's learned her lesson....right? 

Well, when someone calls in a bomb threat to her school, she knows she has to do something about it. She can't just sit back and allow all those classmates to be injured. So she stops it from happening, but she has little time to enjoy the feeling of saving her friends, because she soon realizes that those near where the blast would have happened are suffering mysterious injuries. It's almost as if she didn't save them at all. 

Nara is even more confused when her dreams stop and she can no longer see her upcoming days. She has no idea what to expect anymore and finds herself struggling to make it through her days unknowing. Things are changing around her. Her best friend isn't being her usual, kind self and the strange loner guy at school, Ethan, is suddenly around much more often than Nara has noticed before. 

She shouldn't trust Ethan. Everyone at school talks about why he was kicked out of his last school. If the rumors are true, Ethan is a very dangerous person to be around. Yet, Nara is drawn to him, and doesn't want to fight it. There's something about him that pulls her in and once she gets to know him, she realizes he knows more about her than anyone--maybe even herself. 

Brightest Kind of Darkness has a cool new twist on something you may have seen before. I enjoyed Nara and Ethan's characters as well as the secondary characters, such as Nara's mom and aunt, and Ethan's brother. Overall, the cast was very likeable and well written. There were a few things that had me scratching my head when it came to Nara, but they all were explained in time. I found the writing to be near flawless and loved the imagery this author was able to use. This is a unique story and I am definitely interested in keeping up with what happens in book two of this series. 

My Rating


  1. I've been wondering about this book. It sounds interesting. I really like the cover too.

  2. Glad to hear its a good read, I have it on my TBR but was worried that I was being blinded by the cover now I can be guilt free and say this actually sounds really good.

  3. I have this one on my TBR list as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. I got this one from the author and I'm really looking forward to reading it - next week I imagine. It sounds wonderful! Thanks for the review!

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  5. Sounds interesting. I've always wished for books that have a precognitive character to deal more with the consequences of trying to change fate, and this one sounds like it does so in a realistic manner.

    Thanks for the review!




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