“Brightest Kind of Darkness is a great new series by author P.T. Michelle. There are some good, solid characters and a great story line and that makes for an engrossing read that I really enjoyed.
Sometimes I have a hard time connecting with the "boy/girl" leads of YA fiction, the characters too dependent upon each other to be good characters on their own. But Ethan and Nara? Fabulous characters independent of one another and I loved that! Ethan is an obviously troubled guy, in a tortured sort of way. Nara is strong and resilient, but it soon becomes obvious that she has some secrets of her own. The two of them together become a bit of a force to be reckoned with.
I loved the interaction between them. When one needed strength, the other was there. When situations arose, neither was dominate over the other. I liked that a lot because, too many times, it seems that one tries to take control, making the other submissive.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this story, with both sad moments and happy ones. One I started, I couldn't put it down!
Things to love about BKoD...
--The characters. Whether they were main or supporting, they were well developed and with stories of their own.
Things I wanted more of...
--Faster pace. It was a good story, but I got impatient sometimes waiting for the revelations and twists.
My recommendation: This is a great paranormal fantasy, YA series! ”
“Classic good against evil story, but with a new twist. This story is just wonderful- a refreshing take on an old plot.
This book has everything you could want in a story- mystery, wonder, suspense, romance, sports, courage, and trials that test friendships and family to their limits...what's not to love!?
I, for one, loved this book. Most of the stories out there these days are good vs. evil, in some way or another. What if the evil, is Fate itself? How would you fight Fate, especially when it's holding a personal grudge against you, and has become deadly dangerous? In this story, Nara and Ethan do.
The special gift Nara has is certainly an interesting one, and the mystery surrounding Ethan is intriguing and exciting- he certainly has more to him than we know about yet. I love their relationship and personal growth as the story progresses. They're both lost and lonely, and find that they truly need each other, more than either of them can imagine.
I can't wait to read the sequel, and find out more about each of these characters, and see what happens next, in their fight with Fate. I'd certainly recommend this book- it's exciting, and certainly leaves you wanting more!”
“I actually really enjoyed this book. I picked it up during the free Amazon promotion and read it it one sitting. I found some trite elements, as other reviewers have mentioned, but they were far from overwhelming and easy to overlook, because the story was just that engaging. It's difficult for authors to stand out or come up with a new angle or viewpoint, especially in the YA and paranormal/urban fantasy genres where the sheer number of publications is overwhelming enough for any reader. The author did a good job of keeping the pace moving and presenting a unique storyline. I'll definitely be continuing with the series.”Kelly Truelove wrote this review Sunday, March 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you liked the movies Final Destination....you'll love this series”Nikie B wrote this review Wednesday, January 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very confused about what Ethan is but I am still intrigued. ”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Tuesday, November 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow, what an original read! This was amazing, highly entertaining and mysterious.
Nara is a typical 16 year old, except for the fact that at night she dreams the events that will happen for the next day. One night she dreamt a bomb was in a school locker and who the culprit was. And for the first time Nara decided she was going to try to stop it from happening. She made an anonymous phone call to the police. Of course when she arrived at school the police were everywhere and the bomb found.
Since the bomb incident, everything has changed. On that fateful day another event happened that Nara didn't see coming. She met Ethan, the mysterious boy from school that nobody payed attention to and seemed oblivious to all. Ever since then, she hasn't been dreaming, so each day has been unpredictable or unknown to her.
Because Nara isn't dreaming, she isn't able to see how to save all the goals in her soccer matches. Enter Ethan! He helps Nara to play her games without using her dreams. Now Ethan and Nara are becoming closer and closer. Ethan has his own demons and seems to understand Nara better than she does herself. Can Nara get her dreams back? Stop her her school mates from getting hurt?
This is a great first book in the series and sort of reminds me of Final Destination. We get to know Nara and Ethan and how their relationship develops. How Nara manages to go through her daily routine from knowing every event to knowing nothing. This is fantastic and I can't put into words all the events that take place in this book. I highly recommend to all fantasy young adult readers. The next book in the series is Lucid and I can't wait to see what happens.”
“Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick and Dirty: A girl who can see what happens the next day through her dreams suddenly loses her dreams and people keep dying in her school.
Opening Sentence: For me, being surprised was like wearing my best friend’s shirt; cherished for its borrowed uniqueness.
Nara Collins has a special ability to see what happens the next day, but she’s only changed the future purposefully once. But when she dreams of someone bombing her high school, she has to become involved. After preventing the bombing, students start injuring themselves — only those who would have been hurt in the bombing. And she still has to shuffle out her feelings for Ethan. As her dreams fade with a growing relationship with Ethan, Nara finds that choices need to be made and Fate might not be on her side.
If you like surprising plot twists or a book that keeps you guessing, this is the book for you. I was constantly wondering “what can possibly happen next?” or “how in the world could they get out of this situation?” Although this book always kept me guessing, there were many slow spots throughout the book. The main driving force throughout the book was why Nara wasn’t having any more dreams, but I was still stuck on Nara’s background and the why’s and how’s of her powers. She’s had these dreams for a long time, but why hasn’t she wondered how she got them in the first place? Shouldn’t she be a bit more than curious about her psychic ability? It’s just a tad unrealistic (as realistic as you can get in a paranormal book).
The characters themselves were normal YA heroes/heroines. There’s the girl who always find herself in trouble and the sweet guy that has his own issues. But the details in the characters were very original. Each have their own special powers that aren’t usually seen in other paranormal books. It was nice to read a book without knowing to what extent the powers of the main characters (I thought the book had something to do with fallen angels because of the feathers on the cover).
The antagonist is probably my favorite part of the book. He’s someone I wouldn’t have guessed in the beginning. Someone who is always there, but never mentioned. Creating Fate as a person/thing is unconventional yet really effective. He’s an opponent that has equal amounts of power and still remains surreal. Sure he’s creeper and has control issues, but the actual descriptions of him and the way the author portrays him is perfect for the character.
This is an original but drawn out story that could become greater depending on where the author takes the plot in second book. The writing is a tad lengthy, but the action/drama shrouds the wordiness. The book comes with an air of mystery with a smidgeon of teenage angst creating an entertaining read; if you love suspense and romance this is the book for you.
I picked up the grungy handset and dialed.
“911 Operator. What’s the nature of your emergency?” an older woman’s gravelly voice shot across the line.
God what if I got it wrong somehow? Palm sweat soaked my gloves. “I–I want to report a potential threat to Blue Ridge High School.”
“Speak up!” the operator pitched higher.
Clearing my throat, I spoke again, my voice huskier. “I think someone is going to bomb Blue Ridge High today. A student who was recently expelled.”
Typing sounded at rapid speed. “Your name?” the woman demanded.
I hung up and ran on shaky legs to my car. I hated that I didn’t know what would happen next.
FTC Advisory: CreateSpace provided me with a copy of Brightest Kind of Darkness. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“** spoiler alert ** 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!”
“If you're a YA PNR lover but your bored with the mediocrity of the genre's recent additions this will restore your faith. Brightest Kind of darkness is a well crafted paranormal romance with a refreshing and original plot, I couldn't get enough.
Throughout the book there is a deep sense of mystery and otherworldliness, there were parts of the book that gave me chills and it wasn't from something in your face scary, just wrong. The story unraveled at a steady pace, with new surprises and developments around every corner. I kept thinking I had all the info but more crazy would happen. Ethan and Nara kept their wits about them pretty well considering, I'd have run screaming for the hills.
Nara has a lot of beleivability to her character, she is very "teen". A lot of times you get 30 year old mind in a 16 year olds body. It was great to see the value Nara puts on her family and her ties to them. She has a close relationship with her Aunt and actively tries to strengthen the bond with her mom through the entire story. No parents getting axed in the first chapter. Ethan is absolutely drool-worthy. He seems the typical tall, dark and broody boy with a shady past and I was pleasantly surprised by his sensitive streak,. He's very supportive of Nara and encourages her to take control of her life.
I was consumed by this book and hungry for more, I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment Lucid. 5 out of 5.
“She dreams about the next day the day before. She saves the HS from a bombing but then her power starts fading. She meets this guy and he understands her gift. This is a YA paranormal romance, even horror so for 14 and up.”Kathi wrote this review Thursday, February 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No