Thursday, February 23, 2012

Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle

Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle
Release Date: June 27, 2011

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 wasn't sure what to expect of this.  I know I loved the summary and thought it was probably be interesting, but everything I expected was so much more in the book.  Nara was such an awesome character.  Imagine knowing exactly what's going to happen when you wake up each morning and having to keep all those facts straight in your head.  Obviously she's smart and organized in order to do this without giving herself away.  And add that she's a caring individual whose going to want to influence things to protect people.  Who wouldn't try to change something if you knew you could prevent someone from getting hurt.

The story was very much like the Final Destination movies, but with some really unique aspects to it also.  Enter Ethan and things get even more interesting.  I figured, when I met him, that he was the obligatory cute guy whose going to find out what her personal issues are and help her work through them.  Sweet and predictable.  But no... the author threw in something unique in there that makes Ethan even more than that.  I was pleasantly surprised and had to throw my predictions out the window.

The two of these characters together was romantic and sweet, and intriguing.  Michelle has managed to create something rather unique and different here.  I loved her writing, the pacing, the characters, everything.  This one definitely sucked me in and held me until the end.  I'm so looking forward to the next one!



  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review of BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, Shannon. I'm thrilled you enjoyed Ethan and Nara's story.


  2. 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.


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