Title: Brightest Kind of Darkness
Author: P.T. Michelle
Series: Brightest Kind of Darkness, #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Date Published: June 27th, 2011
Source: ARC (Provided by Author)
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.
I’ll be honest. Sometimes I’m a bit leery when heading into a self-published novel. In my defense though, they can be a mixed bag. Some might not be a great story or they might not have very good (or any) editing. But this one was fantastic. I’m so happy that Patrice provided me with a review copy for this because I enjoyed it a lot!
I’m going to try to not give too much away in this review because part of what I enjoyed the most about reading this was the mystery and the discovery of pieces of the story along the way.
Brightest Kind of Darkness most reminds me of a mix between a toned down (not really horror) Final Destination and The Butterfly Effect. Nara is in the difficult situation where she can see certain things that are going to happen in her future. I can imagine it would be a really hard position to be in because you would feel like you’re seeing future events for a reason, but at the same time should you mess with fate? Or if you can see the future, is that part of fate and should you help to change the bad things?
So this book was a journey for Nara (and the reader) into these psychic powers she has, why, and how interfering can affect the future as a whole. It was really pretty interesting. The one down side would be that I felt like there were some times where we would hear the same internal questions being asked over and over again on the page. I totally get that if I were in that situation I would be asking myself certain questions time and time again. But at the same time, it got to be a little monotonous within the dialog.
But what I loved MOST about this book was Ethan, Ethan, Ethan! I could say his name a thousand times and it wouldn’t be enough. I absolutely adored Ethan. This boy is seriously the sweetest, most genuine, yet at the same time sexy and strong guy. I loved him. He’s so perfect (yet with his own problems too, so not TOO perfect if you know what I mean) and he quickly made it to my exclusive favorite males list.
Along with Ethan, I loved the relationship between him and Nara. It was so well done and sweet and gradual. I can’t tell you how many times I “awwed” at them as a couple. They’re definitely that couple that will make you a little bit jealous because they’re just so darn cute together.
But you know what I hated absolutely most about this book? It ended too soon! Seriously, the ending was such a cliffhanger. There’s so many more questions and so much more story that it will be impossible for me NOT to read the next one. I can’t wait though, that’s for sure.
Overall, this was a really good book. Downsides would be a little bit repetitive dialog at times and the ending was tear-your-hair out evil with it’s abruptness. I kept hitting the next page button on my Kindle hoping for more. lol But aside from those few things, I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of young adult urban fantasy that’s a little bit different, has some pretty interesting and a little bit chilling mystery to it, and of course a sexy boy toy you will love to pieces.
P.S. Did I mention this is just $0.99? That’s seriously a steal for such a good book. Also come back later today for an interview with Patrice and a chance to win it for yourself!