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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 suddeNara 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.Author's note: Brightest Kind of Darkness is a novel length dark paranormal YA full of mystery, adventure, romance, and even a touch of horror. It's suitable for ages 14 and up....

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Number of Pages : 183 Pages
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Brightest Kind of Darkness Reviews

  • Giselle
    2019-04-26 08:15

    Nara has a very unusual life. In fact, she lives every day twice. Once in her dreams, and again for real. Sounds awesome right? Wrong! It's boring in the purest sense of the word! Nara is completely over living her life in déja-vu. She only wants to be surprised for once. However, things change drastically when one day she interferes and stops a bomb from going off at school. Her dreams stop, then people start having strange injuries. What is the price of her meddling with Fate?If there was any reason to use the word "fantabulous", defining Brightest Kind of Darkness would be it! It's rare that I get really hooked in a story until at least one quarter through, but this one had me hooked by page 10! It was Nara that did it. I immediately fell in love with Nara's character. Above being incredibly likeable, Her voice is so realistic that I found myself entranced by her story. I was so captivated by it that I was contemplating how awful it will be for her to now have to live without seeing her day beforehand… How will she possibly live like that!? Yes, I felt stupid for asking myself that, but it shows how it felt like I had been living her whole life in the hour it took to read to that point.Nara's wonderful character is not the only reason I was so captivated by this novel. Patrice's writing flows so smoothly through the pages that you don't realize you've already read half of the book. It's the type of simple writing that you can read effortlessly but without any repercussions in the depth of the story. The story is quite elaborate with a lot of twists that I never saw coming and had me riveted. What I thought were a few plot holes at first were ultimately clarified and the reveal of the book's villain was completely original as well as terrifying; his powers are unstoppable! I'm vastly curious to learn more about him and how Nara is going to deal with him in the second book.Patrice's Brightest Kind of Darkness also holds a wonderful and enchanting romance. Ethan is adorable, down to earth and charming. I loved him from the start. The romance builds up gradually making it feel genuine and sent my heart aflutter. Him and Nara have fantastic chemistry.This novel is a must read to any Young Adult readers who like books with a darker paranormal storyline, a sweet romance and a lot of suspense. It is definitely nothing short of ingenuity.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-25 10:03

    FREE! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005...11/6/12When Nara goes to sleep at night she dreams her entire next day. What an awesome way to be prepared! I would honestly love to have that ability. But Nara sometimes hates it because she is bored. She lives the same day twice. Nothing is new to her. Until one day she stops dreaming her next day and she realizes how difficult it is to live through the day without being prepared. She has to study, she has to practice soccer because she has no clue where the ball will go, and she doesn't see the betrayal from a friend coming.Then she meets Ethan, the new guy in school. He is shy and doesn't talk much but has a bad reputation from his past school. I really enjoyed the slow build of their friendship to eventually more. It felt real and natural. No insta~love and no love triangles. Ethan still has a mystery surrounding him but he is very supportive of Nara and eventually very honest as well. He didn't drag everything out for a long length of time. They had some great butterfly worthy scenes. I'm very picky in my romances so I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed their relationship. Now onto the exciting drama. Nara never really tried to change her days unless something really bad happened to someone. When Nara tries to change things Fate comes in to correct them. Fate doesn't want Nara messing with his plans. The book then takes on kind of a Final Destination feel where Fate tries to inflict the damage on people that Nara stopped. But Nara wants to use her dreams for good. Why does she have this power if she can't use it? Ethan worries for Nara's safety if she continues to mess with Fate but maybe she can figure out a way to change it. Really looking forward to the sequel. ---"Imagine knowing you're going to have a bad hair day, or that you'll burn the toast for the eighty-zillionth time, or that Mount Everest will appear on the tip of your nose a half hour after lunch. That's when a ponytail, cereal and Benzoyl Peroxide come in handy.""But not touching you would be the hardest thing I've ever had to do."

  • Savannah (Books With Bite)
    2019-04-24 08:20

    One thing that I enjoy about books is the way the plot flows. This plot not only flowed nicely, but grabbed the reader at every turn of the page. I have never been so bombarded by literary goodness that all I could do is eat popcorn, snuggle deeply with the book and hold on for the ride!First off, the characters from the start are so great flawed in every good way that you can;'t help but be in there shoes. The characters are interesting, fresh, uniquely sculpted that the author makes you want to know more. From the moment, I was in Nara shoes feeling the side of the high school wall, I was done for. Hooked in. The thought of these characters holding something life changing, intrigued me to no end.The plot itself, is full of twist and turns, I loved living every moment of it. The flashes, the death threats, the constant on the run scenario, it made it easy for the reader to fall in to the book and live it, in the readers mind. That fact that I was no longer in my world but in Ms. Michelle world's came to me when I was so into the book, that I hadn't even notice that my son was standing right in front of me, asking me something. Now, that is a sign of a good book!The love interest and the way it intertwined with the past, the present and the future really grabbed me hard. I loved reading Ethan and Nara explore all the possibilities of what is happening to them. I loved the fierceness of their relationship and how close they got to each other. I really enjoyed see them vulnerable. It make the characters easier to see and connect to.This book is amazing! Ever word, every page lead me onto a higher place! I loved being taken by surprise, gasping 10 pages in, and having my heart flutter with love. If you want an book that will knock you off your feet, read this book.

  • AH
    2019-05-15 11:22

    What if you could dream what you will experience the next day? Would you go out of your way to avoid stubbing your toe? Would you change events to save lives? Would you, could you, interfere? What are the repercussions if you do? This is the dilemma facing Nara daily, until she meets the mysterious Ethan. With a touch, Nara’s dreams transfer to Ethan. Now Ethan sees what Nara will experience. It is very disconcerting for Nara not to be able to dream and the only way she can get her dreams back is not to touch Ethan.This is an interesting concept for a young adult book. What happens when you cheat fate? Nara quickly learns that there are consequences to her actions. Fate is not happy to be cheated. Fate carries a grudge and has it out for her.The story was nicely done, though I would have preferred less of the high school cattiness. I found Ethan to be quite the enigma, so mysterious, but thankfully not a vampire. Nara was a little OCD, a little self-absorbed, and at times she did not think about her personal safety. I liked her flaky, hippie Aunt Sage.If you like a darker young adult read, The Brightest Kind of Darkness might be for you. Review posted on Badass Book Reviews.

  • Midu Hadi
    2019-04-27 13:19

    I got this book for free to read and review from Making Connections: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6...It is a good book and well written(some spelling mistakes aside).The heroine is far from helpless.The male lead is way mature than most guys in YA novels I've read till now.There is NO love triangle which is a relief.The story is the correct length and I loved how it began.The only problem I had with it was that even as the novel ended, we were nowhere close to finding out what the deal was with Ethan and the tattoo he had.I'd like to read the next in the series!

  • Trisha Wolfe
    2019-05-06 11:19

    O. M. G. I finished this book just yesterday, and my mouth is still in the shape of a perfect “o”. I don’t know how I’m going to review it without giving any spoilers. And trust me, you don’t want to know too much going in. The tension and climax at the end come from trying figuring out what is going on with Nara and hottie Ethan. And girls, Ethan IS smoldering.One thing first. The cover alone made me want to read this. It's gorgeous! And for once, you actually can judge the story by the cover. It's perfect. I loved Nara. She is the type of girl I see myself becoming fast friends with. She’s loyal, despite her best friend pulling kind of a shitty move, but regardless, she still sticks by her. That’s not to say she doesn’t give her a piece of her mind. And for that, I was happy. She’s also smart. When Fate becomes her enemy, she doesn’t sit back and take it. Nara uses her mind as well as other resources to figure things out. Go girl!Ethan Harris. Holy smokin’ hotness. He’s everything I look for in a lead guy. Not only is he quiet and broody, the longer who has no idea how hot he is, but he’s fiercely protective. I think that’s what I loved most about him. How he guarded Nara, protected her, did everything in his power to keep her safe. And can we talk about the kissing scenes? Michelle is a master at romance, and she can make your toes curl. All I can say is I HAVE to have the next book. Although it does wrap up there at the end, it definitely leaves you demanding more and asking questions, having to know what is going to happen next. Especially for Ethan.A must read for Paranormal Romance lovers as well as anyone looking for something fresh and new in the YA market. And for only .99 it's a flipping steal. No excuse not to get your read on.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-29 08:20

    I loved this book! I needed something different and this is exactly what I was looking for. The plot is similar to the movie Final Destination but without all the ickyness and scare tactics. I thought that the author did a wonderful job of incorporating new elements into the whole debate of if you know something bad is going to happen should you stop it or let nature take it’s course. At one point I even questioned my own beliefs and that in my opinion makes the author a very talented woman as I am quite stubborn. I loved the main characters Nara and Ethan. These two are definitely in my top five favorite couples and I thought their connection was beyond breathtaking. Of course Ethan has this whole bad boy who helps animals vibe going on and he has a tattoo that sounds very hawt. All that combined into one gorgeous boy is very swoon worthy. I really want to know what his new tattoo means! Nara is just as awesome. She is a bada$$ soccer goalie and she is fierce when it comes to protecting people. The only that bothered me was that she was a little to forgiving of Lanie her best friend. I thought Lanie should have had to jump through a few more hoops before Nara accepted her apology and I really wished we would have seen the awesome friendship between the two girls more. I loved it in the beginning but when things happened and both girls started going their separate ways I missed it. I don’t really understand why Lanie switched loyalties so quickly but I really hope that in the sequel Lanie and Nara are back as BFFs. The way this book ended made me cry for more! The whole showdown was amazing and at some point I have a feeling that I might have to resort to begging the author for a glimpse into the sequel. I don’t know how I will cope with the waiting! If you are looking for something that is amazing and completely different then please pick this book up! You will not regret it!

  • Nicola
    2019-05-04 14:20

    First of all, I adore the cover of this book! It's what attracted me to it in the first place and made me eager to find out more. I really like the bright colours balancing out the darker colours- it's interesting! Much like this entire book.Brightest Kind of Darkness has a wonderful premise. I was so excited to see how it would be executed because I just love YA books that are a little different to everything else out there. For me, the start was pretty slow but once I got in to it? I could not put it down. Really, I had to read the rest without leaving my seat as I just had to know what was going to happen. It really managed to grip me and keep my interest the whole way through.Inara Collins is a teenager with a unique gift. Every night, she dreams what's going to happen the following day. As you can imagine, that's probably not the most exciting way to go through life but when it's ripped away from Nara, she finds herself rather lost. Suddenly, she doesn't know what lies ahead of her each day, what's going to be in her exams or who's going to get hurt. I found it fascinating watching her trying to deal with this. Then of course, along comes they mysterious, tortured Ethan, who both complicates and helps things.Brightest Kind of Darkness explores the idea of Fate and whether we should be messing with it. Nara and Ethan have a lot of important decisions to make throughout the book and it really makes you question things yourself. The romance was also believable and not overly cheesy or clichéd which is always a bonus. In short: I want the next book! Now!

  • Marni
    2019-04-24 08:29

    4.5 stars! A big THANK YOU to the author for providing me a copy for review. I couldn't put this book down. I was more tired than my kids their first day of school because I knew if I stopped reading I wouldn't be able to sleep anyway because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.To know what was going to happen to you the day before, how cool would that be? To actually dream the next day, even cooler. Knowing if the boy you were checking out was going to talk to you, to know if your team was going to win or not, what halls to avoid, etc. To have this happen for years than almost as suddenly just stop. How confusing and at loss one would be to live the unknown like every other person. Than to meet a guy, one who makes your heart flutter, who is there like a knight in shining armor, the kind of guy who isn't like the others, who you want to know more about, who you are drawn to, than to find out that he's the reason your dreams have stopped. Why? If I told you, what fun would that be? Two young lovers, one dreams of the future, one dreams of darkness, one has the courage to stand up to Fate, one is there to provide strength. Who will be left standing?The story grabbed me from the first paragraph and never let go. I could feel the doubts, the heartaches, the need, the love, the pain, the coldness and the lightness. Some of the story reminded me of the movie Final Destination, but the author creates so much more,takes it that one step further that brings it from good to superb. I can't wait to read the second book in the series, Lucid.

  • Dani
    2019-05-05 11:26

    If you had the opportunity to change fate would you? Would you change the future, knowing that you’d be saving someone from heartache, pain, even death? Would you do it even if your well-intentioned actions had repercussions you couldn’t have foreseen? These are the questions Inara must ask herself every day – that she’s asked herself every day for the last nine years. When she was seven, Nara began having the dreams, realizing she was gifted, or cursed, with the ability to see her entire day before it even happened. Now she lives her life in a constant state of deja vu, both comforted and unsettled by the fact that she knows what is going to happen before it happens. For years Nara has, for the most part, let life run it’s course as intended due to a tragic event that occurred because of her well-meaning interference. But when she dreams of an attack on her high school that results in injury and fatality, she knows she can no longer stand idly by and does her best to change her vision. As a result, Nara becomes embroiled in a deadly and dangerous mystery that she desperately tries to unravel with the help of Ethan, the loner new guy at school.I loved Inara. She’s so likable, and – despite her obvious abnormalities – just so normal and easy to identify with. Because of her dad’s abandonment when she was just five, her mom’s workaholic-way of coping with his desertion, and the ever-present need to keep her precognitive dreams a secret, Inara is an extremely mature and discreet sixteen-year-old. She’s even-tempered, big-hearted, and a good friend. She’s not accustomed to the dangers she begins to encounter, but she proves to be very tough – especially mentally – and very protective of her friends and family and willing to do the right thing even if there are consequences. Inara doesn’t completely understand her gift, why she is the way she is, and she’s both comforted and extremely bored by the fact that nothing in life surprises her anymore.Until she changes the future.Until she meets Ethan, the intriguing loner she never saw coming.Now her life is a constant source of surprise as she begins to lose her dreams, and therefore her knowledge of what will be. A prospect she simultaneously finds thrilling and frightening.Mysterious. Aloof. Anti-social. Nara doesn’t know much about the guy whose locker is right next door to hers other than the stories the Blue Ridge High rumor mill is churning out. Reportedly kicked out of his last school for violently beating another boy unconscious, Ethan Harris presents conundrum for Nara. Who is he really? Is he dangerous? Can she trust him? And most troubling, he seems to know things about her. Things she’s purposefully kept hidden. And yet she’s strangely drawn to him.And she wasn’t the only one. P.T. Michelle, thank you for giving me another favorite book boy. Ethan is a survivor. Because of his past, he’s endured a lot of horror and tragedy and these experiences have given him a unique perspective and a confident maturity. Courageous and kind, he often finds himself defending those who cannot defend themselves. While the reader is given a chance to get to know Ethan, Michelle did a fantastic job of surrounding Ethan in a perpetual air of mystery. The questions encompassing his character and his moving back story provided him a lot of depth.The relationship that begins to develop between Nara and Ethan, well… let’s just say I love it. I thought the progression of their friendship to a romance was so sweet and lovely. I particularly loved the balance in their relationship. It’s somewhat typical in young adult paranormal romances for there to be a lopsided balance of power in romantic relationships. One person usually has some kind of special ability or a fundamental difference that gives them an edge over the other, in some way leaving one of them at a distinct disadvantage. While that type of romance can have an appeal, I found Nara and Ethan to be extremely refreshing, because Nara’s not the only one keeping secrets. But they also seem balanced in more basic, “human” terms. While Ethan is protective of Nara, he’s not overprotective. He respects Nara’s independence and her ability to make her own choices. He respects her decisions even if he doesn’t understand or completely agree with them. There’s no jealously, no pettiness, no games. They are two people who have an identity outside of each other, bonded by a shared sense of loneliness and the secrets they are protecting. It’s a refreshing and passionate relationship between two people brought together by fate… or were they?I don’t want to give anything away about the plot, but I will say that I found it very original and that it raised some interesting questions regarding fate and free will – questions that I’m hoping will be explored more extensively in the second book. Once I finished the book, I found myself extremely satisfied, while realizing that Michelle had left some pretty big questions and plot threads hanging until her next book. I love the fact that she played it so close to the vest, and didn’t show her whole hand in this first book, while still revealing enough to keep me incredibly intrigued and oddly satisfied… while, of course, still desperately needing to know more.Overall, from the tight character development, to the intriguing, well-done plot, to the compelling paranormal mystery, to the pulse-pounding romance, to the villain I never saw coming… Brightest Kind of Darkness encompasses everything I love in a good story and has earned a place on my favorites shelf.

  • Heather
    2019-04-23 14:30

    Brightest Kind of Darkness is the story of Nara, a girl who dreams her next days events before they happen, and a mysterious loner named Ethan. The events of the story lead Nara and Ethan to begin a budding friendship and eventually a romantic relationship. As their relationship grows and Nara's gift begins to fade, strange things begin to happen. The question is what will Ethan and Nara have left when this is all over. My opinion: this book is a must read for anyone who likes a good paranormal romance. This book delivers on so many levels. I am not a fan of purely romantic books. Plot must be present between the love scenes or what's the point? P.T. Michelle does a masterful job creating characters that compel you to keep reading. Her use of sensory imagery is absolutely beautiful. Nara and Ethan's budding relationship is also incredibly beautiful. Begin rant. I cannot stand it when two characters "fall in love" the second they meet and are ready to die for one another in the next scene. What's that all about? Instalove is not love it's instalust.Rant over. Ethan and Nara's relationship begins as a friendship based on common interests and an uncanny understanding of each other. As they share more and more of their lives and secrets, we see a very balanced and loving relationship develop. They have their little blips, as any relationship does, and they also have some serious obstacles to overcome but there is a serious commitment to each other's needs and well being...especially from Ethan. Enter my absolute adoration for our male lead. Ethan is fantastic. When did he win my heart? The second he calls Nara "Sunshine." Call me cheesy, but that's my husband's nickname for me and I literally had an "AWWWWW!!!" moment as I read the book. Ethan is charming and lovable and also very funny, however there is a depth to him that you would not see in typical teenage boys. The reasons for this are explain in text, so I won't spoil that for you. Suffice it to say he has a hard-won maturity. I really love how Nara's affection for him is something that blossoms like real life love does. He becomes the most beautiful person in the world to her...he doesn't start out that way. Not that she thinks him unattractive at the beginning but familiarity makes her see his beauty more deeply. Ethan is also an extremely protective, sacrificial leading man, who will do anything to keep Nara safe. But the most incredibly refreshing thing about this entire romance is their mutual need for each other and the pure vulnerability of their love. Most YA books have a heroine who is utterly infatuated with their male lead and if something happens to separate them, live is over. Let's just kill ourselves or become useless lumps of crap because Mr. Wonderful is acting like an idiot. I mean really, girls? Or we've got Mr. Wonderful over here who says all these perfectly beautiful things that were obviously written by a woman. I don't need a soap opera, I want a real romance here. Something that could ACTUALLY HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE. Ok so people dreaming their next day doesn't happen in real life but the romance feels genuine unlike many books I've read. I'm very much looking forward to Lucid. =)

  • Katherine
    2019-04-23 07:22

    I have often lamented that finding a quality book among the drifts of self-published e-books is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. I am happy to report that I have found one of those elusive needles—and it is crafted of solid gold (which is very impractical for a needle, but explains why it blended in with the hay so well.). I was turned onto this book by an interview and contest on Ilona Andrews blog, and as it was $.99 for the e-book I decided to take a flyer on it. I am SO glad that I did. It is books like this that give me hope that the end-product of and independently published work CAN be just as good as one that went through the publish-house procedure. And while it may be rarer, such gems are worth searching for.I inhaled Brightest Kind of Darkness in a single day because I simply could not put it down. Deceivingly simple in its underpinnings of a high school setting, this book weaves both light and shadows into a twisting plot that far from feeling contrived remains organic in its creation, and yet still leaves ample room for surprise twists and turns that left me guessing. Exploring a completely new take on paranormal fiction Ms. Michelle creates a truly layered story that, while firmly anchored in the young adult realm and time-scope, reaches beyond age and setting borders to be an exciting a touching tale for all ages. It is a superb example of originality in a genre that I feel is sometimes too bogged-down in recycled ideas and well-trod tropes. Many entries that have come out of the exploding young adult genre today are either trite in trying to capture the audience of a well-received book (Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, etc.) or so juvenile as to only really apply to their click market. Brightest Kind of Darkness is a bird of a very different feather. I loved getting to know the characters in this book. Full of both strength and vulnerability, I felt Ms. Michelle struck a good balance, making the characters feel real. The main protagonists in this book truly breathed for me. If I could give any criticism, it would be that the secondary characters in this story felt a bit flat. Very few of them do I feel scratched the surface of who they could be; however the story and main characters more than made up the slack. I hope that in further volumes I will get to see a bit more deeply into additional characters and see how they affect and interact with the intricate world that was created. This book had me on the edge of my seat with anticipation and enjoying every second of it. From the starting gate to the ending I can truly say I did not see coming…I wouldn’t change a thing. This series is going on my must-buy list, and I am eagerly anticipating the release of the next volume. I want to know what happens in this story and to be able to spend more time with the characters I have gotten to know and love. This is a five star book and a new author to keep an eye on in order to see a rising star in action.http://masquerader.harshmage.com/cate...

  • Kristi-The Book Faery
    2019-05-17 15:17

    My review will be accompanied with a Guest Post and giveaway on my blog the day after I post my review on my blog.Even though this looks like a review :o] It isn't! The one thing I can say about Brightest Kind of Darkness by debut author P.T. Michelle is that it rocked my Faery Wings! P.T. has written a plot so unlike any other in the genre; combine that with her unique narrative and skillful world and character building and you've got a ONE-SIT-READ! The Highest honor this reviewer ever gives.I read this fascinating book from front to back in one day and felt like crying when I was done because the book was over! I know that people have said this before but it is unbelievable that this quality of work has come from a Debut Author! On top of that, P.T. is a self-published author, independent, if you will, which makes the fact that Brightest Kind of Darkness has come so far remarkable. This imaginative awesome book along with it's equally imaginative and awesome author has shown that true talent just can't be kept down! And for that I am forever grateful because I was able to read Brightest Kind of Darkness, one of the most FanFaeryTastic books I've come across in a long time!The book captivated me with it's absolute originality but also with how closely I became invested in the characters-all of whom are so richly described that they remain real to me. The plot is interwoven so superbly with the richness of suspense, the sweetness of young love and the danger that the change in Nora's destiny that it blends flawlessly to provide a suspenseful and mysterious thrill ride along with all the trimmings I love: paranormal and paranormal romance and let us not forget! A swoon-worthy dude whose presence could be a bad thing or could be a good thing...Look for my review next week!!!!Review to come next week and I'll announce the review and the Guest Blog with Giveaway. Trust me, this is a book you do not want to miss! One of my top favorites and there it will stay!

  • Vroom
    2019-05-17 12:19

    I find it very hard to rate this book because the writing was decent but the story really bugged me. It's basically a girl who chooses a boy over her superpowers and her ability to save the world.I know a lot of that was resolved at the end, but the majority of the book concerned her precog ability, and her choice to live with him protecting her instead of being a strong independent character. Cassandra is bad enough. Cassandra passively handing over her strength to a boy she barely knew, was awful. It felt...Twilighty. Suddenly bad at school? Suddenly bad at sports? That's okay, because she has A Boyfriend. Golly.Add to that her completely disfunctional relationship with her best friend, who falls for a boy, ditches her friendship, and won't support her or listen to her advice. Then there's her father, who abandoned her and her mom. At no point does the story allow this tension to be resolved, essentially killing off the dad without providing closure. Her "Gran" (not her grandmother, her grand-aunt) was played for laughs, where the teen was the "savior" instead of Gran offering wisdom or support. Her flawed aunt and emotionally distant mother, as well, were totally misused to create unearned pathos.Emotionally, this story was a train wreck.Honestly, I don't care how cute the guy was given the rest of the story. I don't care that he saved a dog or grew a magic feather on his back. None of that made up for an unequal relationship that sucked the spirit from the protagonist both literally and figuratively.

  • Michelle, the Bookshelf StalkerQueen of the Undead
    2019-05-08 13:07

    This book would have received a much better rating if it had an ending. No ending, no real climax, it's a wait and see for book 2. Even with the no-ending-ending, I really enjoyed the story. It's a bit like the movie "Final Destination" but with more of an intriguing plot. Besides the ending, my only real gripe is the author wrote a YA book but the dialogue sounds a bit formal but overall, I liked the book.

  • Becky
    2019-05-07 11:21

    Okay. Recent controversies may have cropped up about authors and negative reviews, but this book was a two-star book for me, and I'm sticking to it. Which actually is kind of weird, because there were a few parts that I really liked. First, the good stuff. The concept itself is pretty cool, and there's a lot of tension building up in the first half of the book. Nara Collins is a teenage girl who consistently dreams of her future, and not just little things. We're talking EVERYTHING: goals scored in soccer games, phone calls from her estranged dad, the works. Consequently, Nara is a control freak. The book opens with her claiming to enjoy surprises (comparing it to "wearing my best friend’s favorite shirt"), but to be honest, her actions don't really back that up later in the book. Nara likes controlling her life, and who can blame her? If I could've seen the future in high school, I'd probably have aced all of my exams too. Her romantic interest, Ethan, is also actually pretty interesting background-wise. He's a loner, has his own complicated background, and seemingly knows something about Nara's ability. (view spoiler)[We eventually learn that he's able to somehow STEAL Nara's dreams from her, which is kinda weird and never really explained. He's also got some sort of psychic tattoo thing going on, which again isn't addressed, other than the fact that it's apparently hot and gives him the quintessential bad boy image. (hide spoiler)]Now, the not-so-good stuff: the writing. Ethan reads like an textbook example of damaged bad-boy 101. When he's not smirking, snarling, or angsting (all of which are actual terms used to describe him in the book, I have page numbers), he's protecting Nara from falling bookcases and the forces of fate. I get that the whole protective-guy thing is considered romantic to some people, and I really don't have a problem with it to an extent. But there's a fine line between protective and just plain paranoid. Nara can SEE THE FUTURE (view spoiler)[(when Ethan isn't stealing her dreams from her) (hide spoiler)]. Rather than calling on your old juvenile-delinquent buddies from another school to fight the guys who threatened her (which happens, yes), maybe the best solution would just be to back off and let the girl do her thing. I'm not totally clear if this is self-published or not. I initially assumed it was, but the cover touts the author as "award-winning" and I think the inside advertises more books written by her, so I'm not sure. Either way, the language in this book is clunky. Here are some examples:"You must speak of free will. I cannot tell you more. Hurry!" (Keep in mind this is Ethan, a teenaged boy, saying this.)Curling his lips inward, he continued with a determined snarl, “Nothing will happen to you!” Despite the uneven writing, I think I would have given this book a 3-star rating if there had been any actual rising action, falling action, or even a conclusion in the plot. As it is, the book just sort of keeps going until it stops, presumably leading into a sequel. Basically, reading this book didn't make me feel like I'd been cheated out of the $0.99 I spent on it, but I don't know that I can really recommend it to anyone. Save your money for Angelfall. Which, if you haven't read it yet, why are you wasting your time reading this review? Go. Read. I'll wait.

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-05-16 12:05

    Looking back, I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. It's kind of sappy, with poor world-building and one of those isolated-teen drama things going on where the two main characters are “special” and nobody understands them… I should have known all that from the pretentiously “deep” title, I suppose. I guess I wanted to find out about Nara's dreams, why they were happening and what was going on when she chose to intervene in events she foresaw.This next could be termed a spoiler, but it's central to what's wrong with the book. If you have an absolute intolerance for spoilers, then skip it. But it's not that big a spoiler and it's key to why this book failed me, so I encourage you to read this spoiler anyway.(view spoiler)[You never find out what the #%@!# is going on. Not in this book, at any rate. Why the visions? Who/what is Ethan? Why did her dad leave them? WTH is going on?!? Yeah, I repeat myself… it bears repeating. (hide spoiler)]Okay, I've got that out of my system, now. Seriously, if you can't answer at least some of the questions you pose in the first book, then you're just being a drama queen and need to get over yourself. And it doesn't help that (take this spoiler seriously, please, as it'll ruin the book for you to read this bit) (view spoiler)[you have no idea what's up with Fate as an antagonist, why he responds or doesn't respond to Nara or Ethan, and why it's bad to intervene. Seriously, is it bad? We still don't know at the end of the book! Also, why can’t Nara or Fate see Ethan? Why? Why? Why? (hide spoiler)] Phew. I think I was angrier than I thought at this book.Anyway, the book ends at the culmination of the romantic plot rather than anywhere coherent. Since the romantic plot ends more or less randomly (I mean, seriously, it was “over” in the first quarter of the book, there was no need to spin that one out so long) this comes across as a completely unnecessary prelude to the real story about Nara's dreams and Ethans troubles.And, oh yeah, sorry, one more ranty bit: Ethan is completely two-dimensional while we're at it. He's so hot! And chivalrous! And kind! And he rescues abused dogs! This is not quite the level of relationship stupid that is the Twilight series because Nara is at least a moral participant and doesn't really leave it all up to him and his nobility, but it's the next thing to it insofar as Ethan is Edward (oh crap, do they have the same initials?!? No? Oh, phew, was going to have to drop another star) without the sparkly vampire bits. It's just that Nara is marginally better drawn than Bella. Shudder. If I had realized that sooner, I'm pretty sure I'd have never made it all the way through the book...And yes, that’s a generous two stars—mostly for not being Twilight…

  • Andrea
    2019-05-21 09:32

    Sometimes, I get in book ruts. I feel like I've read the same thing time and again. So when I read the synopsis for Brightest Kind of Darkness, I was thrilled to have something new and intriguing to dig into. This book has a few valuable assets in it's favor. Starting with the main characters, Nara and Ethan. Separately, they are solid characters. Nara is amiable, resilient and athletic (definitely something I don't see in a lot of YA female characters). The story is told entirely through her point-of-view, so there is instant affinity towards her. Nara's new friend/classmate/potential boyfriend, Ethan, is an asset to the book as well. He's steadfast, reliable and had the prerequisite handsome and mysterious characteristics. From the start, it is clear Ethan has a troubled past, and a shaky, at best, present. To be with Nara as she peels the layers from his exterior was alternately cool and sad. The story becomes much more intriguing when Ethan and Nara begin to work together to uncover the truths behind their strange abilities, and how they tie together. I loved their partnership. The lead role alternated consistently between the two, lending a feeling of trust and mutual admiration. Nara never became domineering or unreasonable. Ethan never forced Nara to sit back and let him handle or control the situation. My one glitch in the story would be the slow revelations. I sort of felt like I was out of the loop in regards to what the big secret was for too long. A lot of the answers to the questions I was asking myself did come. But I found myself growing impatient in the meantime. All in all, I found Brightest Kind of Darkness to be a genuinely appealing book. Once again, I have to say that I loved the premise. Loved the fact that the story was different from a lot of the books out there. I found reading this book to be time well spent.Favorite Quote:"Ethan had this knack for leaving me breathless and teetering. Like a chair tilted on two legs, Iwas never sure if I was going to topple over or land on solid ground."* I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. * 

  • Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
    2019-04-25 09:33

    The story starts off with Nara calling to tip the police off to a bomb threat at her school. Nora knows about the threat because she dreamed it the night before. Every night Nara dreams the next day, helping her out in soccer and school work. And life is good until she thwarts the bomb plot and then the dreams just stop. Then Ethan, the new kid who is a loner, enters her life. As Ethan and Nara's relationship starts to grow, Nara learns that Ethan knows her secret. But Ethan has a troubled past and secrets of his own. As kids from their school start getting harmed, Nara and Ethan must put their heads together to stand up to Fate. Loved seeing the growing relationship between Nara and Ethan. So many books today have 2 characters so in love by the time they are say hello, you are left scratching your head. I enjoyed the fact the author took her time to let the characters develop something, making it feel more real. Ethan is definitely swoon worthy. I understand that with me saying this about a teen boy, it makes me a cougar. Well guess what? RAWR! Because I just loved him. The story is similar to the Final Destination movies, which I cannot watch because they scare me to much. But Brightest Kind of Darkness was much easier for me to handle and I was sucked in from the beginning. The storyline was so intense and interesting, I was never bored. I don't want to say much more about the plot in fear of giving too much away, but there are twists that even Nara didn’t see coming. This book ranks in the top 10 of one of my favorite YA reads this summer, and I am excited for the next book. Truly entertaining and romantic!

  • Nadine
    2019-05-11 10:03

    Ein Überraschungshit! Jede Nacht träumt Nara von den Ereignissen des folgenden Tages, so kennt sie Prüfungsfragen und weiss, in welche Ecke der Ball iin ihrem nächsten Spiel als Torhüterin gehen wird. Die Zukunft zu verändern, schlimme Dinge, die anderen zustossen werden abzuwenden, hat sie schon früh aufgegeben, aber dann träumt sie von einer Bombe in der Schule und weiß, sie muss eingreifen. Es funktioniert, sie kann das Schreckliche abwenden, doch das Schicksal ist ein ebenbürtiger Gegener und sie muss mit ansehen, wie eine Reihe von Unfällen den Mitschülern passieren, die wahrscheinlich durch die Bombe verletzt worden wären.Zusammen mit Steffi habe ich mich an diese Altlast auf dem Sub gemacht (das Ende vom Lied ist nun, dass wir zwar ein Buch heldenhaft „abgebaut“ habem, es uns aber so gut gefallen hat, dass wir die nächsten 3 Bände der Reihe nun auch lesen wollen...) und ich war von Anfang an positiv überrascht. Spannung, eine total schöne Liebesgeschichte und einige ziemlich gruselige Momente. Iich habe das Buch innerhalb eines Tages verschlungen. Einiges war vorherzusehen, aber es gibt einige Storylines, die bis zum Ende spannend geblieben sind. Freue mich schon auf die weiteren Teile! :-)

  • Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    2019-04-30 10:07

    Inara is a pretty typical high school girl. She plays soccer, crushes on guys from the football team, and has friends. But every night she dreams about exactly what is going to happen to her the next day. She's had these dreams since she was seven, and never really tried to counteract anything she saw in them-until she dreams of someone setting a bomb off at school. When she anonymously calls in the bomb threat and averts the danger to the school, strange things start to happen around her and she realizes that she diverted Fate. And he is pissed!This book was such an exciting page turner! I loved it! I was immediately hooked by this book's unique storyline and awesome characters! The suspense kept me guessing until the very end and I LOVED watching Nara and Ethan's relationship unfold. This was a very different type of YA book and was really entertaining! This is definately the type of story you will want to read over and over again!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-09 14:16

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk.)16-year-old Nara has a secret. Every night since she was 7 she has dreamed what would happen to her in the next 24 hours, in quite a lot of detail. Nara has used this information to help her on tests, and to become a really good soccer goalie!Usually Nara doesn’t use what she sees to change things, but when she dreams about a bomb at her high school she has to call in the threat and stop people from being killed. Unfortunately, after she does this her dreams suddenly stop!Her lack of dreams isn’t the only strange thing though, it seems like she’s also caught the attention of a new boy at school – Ethan, and he’s a little bit strange himself.Who is Ethan? What happened to Nara’s dreams? And will she ever get them back?This was an okay YA paranormal romance story, but it felt really long.Nara was an okay character she obviously thought that interfering with the way things were supposed to be was wrong, but she also couldn’t help herself from stepping in when she felt that people were going to end up hurt. As terrible as things were, she would probably have been best leaving well alone, when things happened that didn’t happen directly to her.Ethan was an okay character, and I didn’t guess what was going on with him. He was quite mysterious, and seemed to be a good match for Nara.The storyline in this book was okay, but the pacing was just so slow. We were given hints as to what was going on with Ethan, and hints as to what was going on with Nara, but didn’t get any answers until around 60% of the way in, and I just felt like the pace really dragged. I thought that we could have gotten to the real point of the story a lot quicker, which would have kept my interest a lot more. I did think that some interesting ideas were raised during the story, especially the dilemma which Nara faced concerning her dreams and Ethan, but it’s difficult to say more about this without dropping spoilers!The romance element of the story was okay, although there was plenty of stuff happening which messed with Nara and Ethan’s relationship. They did seem like quite a sweet couple though, and it was obvious that they cared for each other.The ending was also okay, although I’m not really sure that Nara has solved the problem, and there were a hell of a lot of questions that weren’t answered in this book. While we weren’t left with a cliff-hanger, we were left with a lot of unanswered questions, which would put me off recommending this as a standalone read. I think that really if you read this you’d better be prepared to read the other books in the series, or put up with not knowing the answers to some of this stuff which is disappointing.Overall; an okay YA paranormal romance.6.5 out of 10.

  • Jena
    2019-05-17 13:08

    I was absolutely blown away by the uniqueness and thrills of Brightest Kind Of Darkness. It was one of those books where I couldn't put it down until I finished (cough 4am cough).We start off with Nara Collins who every night dreams her entire next day. So that makes her the best soccer goalie, get great grades, and avoid things she may not want to see. Pretty neat, eh? It would be... until she dreams a bomb threat at her high school and she knows she must intervene. But, after that her dreams start disappearing and her friends are starting to get hurt. While struggling with that, loner boy, Ethan Harris actually starts to talk to her. Ethan and Nara mysteriously start to become completely drawn to each other and they may just be the key to each others darkness.After reading a book like this, sometimes I really wonder... why is this book an indie? Did the author decide to just be indie, did companies really not want to pick up this wonderful story? Whatever the answer, Brightest Kind Of Darkness is a brilliant read. I absolutely love the way she matched our two main characters with their unique abilities. The darkness of the story. The raw and real every day things that happen through out the story. Mean high school teens, friends, cheating, parties, special abilities, family issues, romance... it's all so perfectly weaved.I live for troubled boys. I swear I do. It's like hardwired into my brain. I absolutely adore boys who have such turmoil, who had a dark past, the ones who under all of that torture is a huge heart. I loved them way too much. I just want to take them and hold them and love them. And Ethan is one of those boys. With his bright blue eyes, mysterious ways, kind heart, and dark past. I loved getting to know him. I loved watching him and Nara together, trying to piece together their own puzzle.I also love the little animal aspect thrown in. I adore animals to the core. And tattoos, mmm I've been on a tattoo kick lately, so reading about them makes me kind of excited. Especially when they're on a sexy, blue eyed-boy ;).Brightest Kind Of Darkness is an entrancing read, that will have you begging to know what comes next in the story. I know I cannot wait for book2!

  • Once Upon a Twilight
    2019-05-13 08:08

    I don’t even know where to begin with this review. It was hard to write mostly because I wanted to spill every detail! Brightest Kind of Darkness is just an amazing story from page one. You are hooked by the tension of the opening scene and intrigued by the secret that lies behind that first phone call. The characters are relatable and not cliché. Even with the paranormal occurrences going on in the lives of Inara and Ethan you can’t help but think that their reactions to situations are genuine. The battle with their gifts/curses in such a mature way it’s almost like a natural progression for them. They deal plan and simple.The story itself grabs you and just won’t let go. I found it difficult to put this book down and was cursing my early morning meetings for having me pick sleep over reading! Once you see where the story is heading it throws in a twist or two just to keep you on your toes. This is a reoccurring theme by the way. P.T Michelle writes an intriguing story that captures you imagination and more importantly makes you care for her characters.Inara the girl who seems to have it all together and makes life seem so effortless and Ethan the boy who shuts the world out and would rather be an outcast then have to deal with the world. Both characters are trapped by their abilities and longing for someone to confide in. The sincerity that oozes off these two is one of the main reasons I loved this story. They care for each other and they need each other but there is no desperation in their feelings.I don’t want to give anything away since I want everyone to have the same enjoyable experience. Let’s just say that sometimes you can’t outrun fate so it’s better to face it head on.

  • Tamis
    2019-05-15 07:05

    OMG! Suelto suspiros de amor por este libro ♥Puedo decir que me encanto, desde el inicio al fin, la trama me parecio realmenete genial, y creo en el destino realmente y que no se debe intervenir. Ethan Woau! estoy profundamente enamorada de el :P fue un personaje realmente bueno de leer. Nara por primera vez no odie a la protagonista realmente me gusto.En fin el Libro essuper duper genial. Fue una lectura ligera, divertida, con misterio, romance etc...100% recomendable.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-06 11:03

    TLDR Recap:Sixteen year old Nara Collins has the unique ability to dream the events of the following day every night when she goes to bed. For the most part, she tries not to change the future in any drastic ways, but when she has a vision about a bombing at her school, she can’t ignore it. After preventing the tragedy from occurring, Nara’s visions start to fade, and she finds herself falling for the mysterious Ethan Harris, a loner with his own dark secrets. Nara has a feeling the bombing was only the beginning…but how can she stop more disasters from happening if she can no longer see the future? Brightest Kind of Darkness is a GraveTells must-read!Thoughts:On the outside, Nara is your average high school teenager. She hangs out with friends, plays for the school’s soccer team, and has the occasional crush on a cute guy. What people don’t know is that she lives every day twice. Each night Nara dreams of what will happen the next day. It’s a pretty convenient ability to have, but it also means that there are no surprises in Nara’s life. She’s learned the hard way that it’s a bad idea to mess with fate, so she tries not to alter any of the things she dreams about. Everything changes, though, when she goes to sleep one night and dreams about a bomb going off at her school. Nara knows she can’t stand by and do nothing, so she tips the police off about the danger at Blue Ridge High. Nara’s life spirals out of control immediately after that. Her visions start to go away, and since she relies on them so much, she’s left feeling cautious and shaken. Soon, students at the school start getting mysteriously injured, and Nara can’t help but wonder if Fate’s responsible.Nara also develops a deep connection with Ethan Harris, a loner who no one seems to know much about. Ethan understands Nara like no one else ever has, and the two form a bond that grows stronger and stronger as they spend more time together. I just loved the scenes between Nara and Ethan, since they were so sweet, yet full of sexual tension. Ethan’s charming, mature for his age, and overall just a really good guy, the kind of guy any girl would want for a boyfriend. He’s protective and strong, and he has his own inner demons to deal with. Nara knows he’s keeping secrets, and the closer the two grow, the more curious she is to discover the truth about his grim past.I liked that P.T. Michelle focused a lot on Nara’s relationships with all the other people in her life and not just on the one she has with Ethan. Her relationship with her mom is complicated and sad, but I’m glad the two of them worked to improve it. Her relationship with her dad is also sad, but in a different way, since he’s absent from her life. I’m looking forward to learning more about him and the reason he left when Nara was young. I didn’t really like Nara’s best friend- her treatment of Nara was kind of crappy- but she’s slowly growing on me. And I have to mention Nara’s Gran; that woman cracks me up. I loved how she was wise one second and crazy the next. I laughed when she wanted Nara’s help to cheat at Bingo at the retirement home. I hope we see a lot more of her in the next novel.The plot of the book was interesting and complex. In a way, the book reminded me of Final Destination because of how Nara has to fight Fate. Each time Nara changed the future, there were consequences, and that’s what a lot of this book is about. Brightest Kind of Darkness is a suspenseful, romantic book and it’s a great new addition to the YA genre. I highly recommend it!Memorable Quotes:The low bass in his voice and the protective way he clenched my jacket made me tingle in new places. I curled my fingers around his fist, totally attracted to his primal intensity. I didn’t think he saw it in himself, but Ethan exuded an amazing self-awareness and confidence that drew me in. I was the lead filings to his magnetic inner strength.Ethan followed me, folding his hand tighter around mine. A burst of heat shot across my cheeks, and I involuntarily swept my gaze along his bare chest and defined abs. The dragon tat only enhanced his earthiness and dark mysterious edges. Without even trying, he was devastatingly beautiful and dangerously seductive. Warmth flowed like melted chocolate sliding through my veins, its rich thickness slowing my ability to think.Brightest Kind of Darkness is an awesome first book to what’s sure to be an exciting new series. I’m definitely eager to read Lucid, the sequel. If you love YA paranormal romance books – especially the more mature ones – you need to check this novel out!Rating: 4.5 StarsOriginal review written for and posted on GraveTells here: http://goo.gl/GlJ08

  • Donna {Book Passion for Life}
    2019-05-19 09:17

    Ethan clasped my wrist and pulled me into his arms, holding me close. “I’ll always be here for you.”You know I first rated this book a four after finishing it but something didn’t sit right with me about just giving it a four rating. So I changed it to 4.5 and now, while I’m writing this review I still don’t think that’s enough. So yep now I’m rating it 5 and here’s why.The story follows Nara Collins, a sixteen year old girl, who dreams the events of the following day…..every night. Knowing what will happen the next day does have its advances, especially when Nara can aces tests and save every goal for her Soccer team. But things soon turn nasty when Nara prevents a bombing at her High School, she loses her ability to see the future and people at school are suddenly being injured. When Nara comes across Ethan, the school loner and outcast, Nara can’t help feel drawn to him especially with him being the only person who seems to understand her. As Nara and Ethan develop a friendship, sparks soon start flying but what they’re not prepared for, is the danger that is a suddenly surrounding them due to the connection they have. Soon they find out that Fate is real and can they stop people getting hurt without getting hurt in the process?Can I just say I loved this book? Wow! It’s one of them books that are completely compelling from start to finish and even now I’ve finished it, I need more! P.T Michelle certainly knows how to pack a thrilling and dangerous ride, one that gave me the chills and totally turned me into a bundle of nerves while reading it. Brightest Kind of Darkness is a unique story with no Vampires, Werewolves or Faeries in sight; the whole idea of trying to beat Fate is truly freshing and exciting. You honestly don’t know what will happen next, your left guessing and trying to figure things out but you can’t because P.T Michelle throws a few spanners in the works that leaves this story totally unpredictable. The characters are fantastic. Nara is a down to earth girl that is easy to love. She’s positive and strong and even though things are totally crazy in her life, she still manages to do the right thing by doing what she believes in. There were times I also felt for her. Her father left her and her mother at a very young age and that has clearly affected her. Now Ethan, I adore Ethan. Seriously, I want to marry him. He comes across as a trouble teen but as soon as Nara starts to get to know him, you see that it’s all a front. He’s a deep, loveable character and totally swoon worthy. I loved watching his and Nara’s relationship develop. It wasn’t rushed or forced but it felt natural and at a steady pace and the suspense between these two…oh my! Let’s just say I had a few butterflies in my stomach a few times especially when Ethan’s feelings for Nara showed, I loved how honest he was. Yep….he’s a total winner. The mystery that surrounds the story will definitely keep you on your toes. Just when you think you’ve finally got some answers, more questions appear and I am dying to know what will happen next. I’m going to assume Nara’s father will make an appearance in Book Two, well I hope so. I have a feeling he’s going to shed us some answers, either that or reveal a few startling secrets. Either way I’m looking forward to it. Overall, Brightest Kind of Darkness is a fresh, thrilling and compelling read. It’s almost got a Final Destination feel to the book but P.T does make this book her own. I can’t help but ask myself, why isn’t this book been picked up by a publisher? Publishers…..seriously you’re missing out. I so want this book sitting on my shelf and I for one am thankful this book was bought to my attention because like I said, it’s not one you want to miss out on.Thank You to P.T Michelle for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

  • Aryn
    2019-04-25 14:33

    Nara (legally Inara) has had a gift for most of her life. Well, she seems to consider it a gift, I'm not sure I would - it sounds terribly boring. Every night she dreams how her day will unfold in the coming hours, from beginning to end. Due to an event from when she was a child, she doesn't like to change the timeline because she can't see (or always understand) the fallout. That all changes when she dreams of her high school getting bombed; she cannot just sit back and watch, so she makes an anonymous tip to the police from a Wal-Mart. This good deed throws her life into chaos. Her powers seem to have mostly disappeared (except sporadically), and she doesn't know how to live her life in the real world without the precognition that's known for so long. Even though that was boring to her, this is terrifying.I think watching Nara trying to adjust to her powers being gone could have been a novel in and of itself. It's fascinating. It is really like she lost one of the major senses that she had used to understand her world. With it gone, she's thrown into utter confusion. Of course, she'd get used to it, but it's tantamount to someone losing their hearing or their sight; she's at a total loss when it disappears.While all of this is going on, Nara is also navigating high school. Her soccer team-mates are less than understanding when she stops blocking every single goal that comes her way. Her best friend starts dating a douchenozzle and pulls away from her. On top of this, she's falling for the new kid who is considered dangerous by almost everyone she knows.Here is my love interest rant: Ethan is taller than her, muscular, with long dark bangs and blue eyes. He has a mysterious past. He's been expelled from his last school. He doesn't have any friends in this new school. Her friends warn her about him continuously. He draws dark things in his notebook and is tattooed. Of course, you know he's just misunderstood. He had a reason to do whatever he did at his last school. And of course he falls madly and quickly for the heroine, doing whatever it takes to protect her. Because all heroines need protecting, obviously.Young Adult authors need to come up with a new love interest. Fucking pronto. You could transplant Ethan into any number of YA novels and nothing would need to be changed. He's the generic "bad boy." The problem is he's not a bad boy. He's a troubled kid with no distinguishing characteristics from other troubled kids written into YA in the history of the genre. I'd blame Twilight but really this problem preceded that piece of garbage. However, I must say that Ethan was so much like every love interest since Twilight that I really was afraid that the guy was a vampire. I would have stopped reading.Please, please, please, I beg of you, please start thinking of new male love interests for female heroines in Young Adult Literature! I'm on my hands and knees here. I like YA, but I'm sick of reading the same exact love story over and over again./love interest rantWhat is most interesting about this book is that even though it started a pretty basic YA fantasy, moved into annoying Twilight-zone, it ended in a very interesting Final Destination type of story-line. Fate plays into it and is less than pleased with Nara and Ethan. Everything is a domino effect in this novel, starting from the very beginning and it actually caught me off guard a little. I probably would have picked up on it sooner if I weren't so focused on how much Ethan better not be a fucking vampire, damnit.I ended up very much enjoying this novel. I was pleasantly surprised by how it ended, honestly. While nothing was really wrapped up (it the first in a trilogy) it was a unique sort of ending. The personification of Fate was really well done, in my opinion.

  • Joy (joyous reads)
    2019-04-26 07:32

    This is Final Destination less the gore; The Numbers by Rachel Ward less the dark themes - it was the marriage of both which made this book that much more appealing. If you're thinking that this book will be lacking in suspense and, or will be tame, think again. PT Michelle found a median in which she told this story without losing any of the thrilling elements found in both aforementioned works. The realistic romance, the mystery surrounding Nara's abilities and her constant meddling with fate made for some gripping read.I have this habit of reading multiple books simultaneously in the hopes that I'll find something so compelling that I wouldn't want to stop reading until I devoured the entire thing. I think I had about five on the go when I finally settled on this book. I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to read this.Nara can see disasters, mishaps, heartbreaks of the following day through her dreams. She has the power to help - change the course of fate for the people around her. But there is a hefty price she has to pay for her interference and Fate is determined to exact the proper cost. After she prevented one major disaster to happen, her power to see the future starts to fade. And then she meets Ethan - and the dreams stopped coming altogether. Ethan is like Nara's personal dream catcher, able to absorb her nightmares and dreams that usually plague her. Being a normal teenager again sounded so good in theory, but she'll soon learn that it's not at all what it's cracked up to be. Especially if Fate is determined to get exactly what it wanted all along - death among the people Nara saved...including hers. The best thing about this book is that the author waited until the bitter end for the book's revelations. You'd think I'd be annoyed by this because I'm a terminally impatient person. The thing is, she paced it so well that there was really no recourse but to leave her readers huffing and puffing to get to the last page. And in any case, it was easy to get lost into this book because of its cohesive plots and subplots. Before I knew it, I was already halfway through.For those who are in the lookout for swoon-worthy boys, well, acquaint yourself with Ethan; protective without overwhelming and a hero in his own right. The relationship between our main characters wasn't awkward nor did it suffer from the insta-luv syndrome. I adore these two.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-20 07:17

    Wow this book is so good! I don't read a lot of ebooks but this one really blew me away! It was a nice mix of paranormal with a Final Destination vibe. It really made me feel like if I was ever saved from a disaster, fate would find me *shiver*. I gotta say, P.T. Michelle is a phenomenal writer. She clearly knows how to successfully weave a story in a way that grabs the reader. Nara is a pretty typical teenager in a lot of ways. She plays soccer, she's not really popular but she has a good best friend, and she's an overall nice person. But there is something very different about Nara, she dreams about her future--or more specifically, her next day. For this reason, Nara does great with soccer, tests, and any obstacles that may get in her way. She has rarely found the need to change an event but then she dreams about a bomb going off in school and she is forced to act. She knows she can't sit back and let students die. After Nara stops the bombing her dreams stop. This turns her life upside down because she never realized how much she relied on that knowledge. Then she gets to know the dark, mysterious Ethan. He's a newer student and rumors have been flying about him already. People think he is dangerous and he does nothing to stop the talk. But Nara can't help but reach out to him. Ethan is the one there for her even after her best friend stops talking to her and the "mean girls" make her life miserable. He's the calm, silent presence at her side. And, of course, there connection is more than lust. They seem to be connected in a strange way. This is where the drama really kicked in and I got spooked! So many aspects of this story really surprised me. The chemistry between Nara and Ethan could have set my Kindle on fire! With very few words or actions they were able to speak volumes. They had that type of connection where each little touch gives you goose bumps. Sometimes Ethan would just speak a few words and I would blush like mad. Brightest Kind of Darkness brings up an interesting idea--can you run from fate? This book is full of twists and turns and it is impossible to not care about these characters. If you want a spooky paranormal tale with a sizzling romance inside, grab this book!I am already stalking P.T. to see when the next book in this series is coming out!