Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: Brightest Kind of Darkness by PT Michelle

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Brightest Kind of Darkness
P.T. Michelle
Released June 27th, 2011

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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 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.

Β *A copy was provided by Patrice Michelle for review purposes*
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 dΓ©ja-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.

5 Hot Espressos
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44 Responses to “Review: Brightest Kind of Darkness by PT Michelle”

  1. Cindy (Oodles of Books)

    This is the first time I hear of this and now I really want to! I love when books hook you in with just a few pages and I am excited to read more about Nora. This sounds really unique and pretty dark, just the way I like them. Great review πŸ™‚

  2. Karen

    I’m not sure I would have given this title a second glance but you have me interested now.
    “effortless reading, tying up of loose ends and an enchanting romance”
    Yes, that definitely makes me want to check this book out.

  3. Lauren M

    Oh, wow! I’m completely intrigued by the premise! Brightest Kind of Darkness sounds very unique. Glad to hear it was “fantabulous”! πŸ™‚

  4. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    I’ve been seeing great reviews of this one lately. I have it high high high on my tbr for very soon.

    And I’m EXTREMELY impressed with the cover. Rock on indie with an awesome cover! Can’t wait to read it.

    Great review!

  5. Evie

    OMG!!! This book sounds SO GOOD! Kind of reminds me of the old tv show about the guy who got tomorrow’s newspaper LOL. The plotline seems very unique and thrilling – adding it to my TBR!
    Fantastic review, hun! πŸ™‚

  6. Mimi Valentine

    WOW! This sounds like such an awesome book! I’m a YA reader who loves books with a darker paranormal storyline, a sweet romance, and lots of suspense, so your recommendation definitely feels like it’s for me! πŸ˜‰

    Awesome review, Giselle! I am DEFINITELY adding this one to my TBR list! πŸ™‚

  7. (: Isa :)

    Whoa! I read the summary and was like “nah, not for me”, but then I read your review and all the things I care about most were present in this novel. Yep. Adding it to the tbr pile. Great review!

  8. Giselle

    Wow thanks for the love guys! You all need to read this one you won’t regret it!

    @kara-karina: Yes! Ethan is a doll! I loved him!

    I’ll go check out all your reviews when you get them up! Can’t wait to hear what you thought of it!

  9. Rebecca

    I’m so glad you liked it! I did too. I haven’t yet posted the review, but it’s coming next week. I agree with almost everything you said! I too was really investigated with Nora and felt what she did and I love the uniqueness of this story. I was also hooked right in the beginning! The most negative I thought, was that it got a little slow in the middle, but it made up for a lot in the end. Great review. πŸ™‚

    Rebecca @ Kindle Fever

  10. Nina

    I loved this book too! The only thing I didn’t like is how much the ending left open, since it left me very anxiously awaiting the next book!:)

  11. Giselle

    @Rebecca: Oooh I’ll make sure to drop by!

    @Dani @ Refracted Light: πŸ˜€ Hope you like it as much as I did! I’ll keep an eye for your review! πŸ˜‰

    @Nina: I know! I can’t wait to read some more! That Fate dude is so creepy I’m really curious how they’re going to deal with him!

    Thanks for the comments lovelies! <3

  12. Kristan

    Oh man, my TBR just got longer. How could I not add a 5 hot espressos to my list?! Great review as always and congrats on the 1000 followers. Well deserved!

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

  13. Giselle

    @Kristan: Thanks! It’s a very exciting milestone! And yes definitely add this one to your list! Up on the top, there!

    Thanks for the compliments ladies!

  14. Amy

    I am going to read it as soon as I finish the book I am currently reading. I bought it almost 2 months ago and have been meaning to get to it. Great review like always.

  15. Amy

    This sounds like an awesome book! Very unique idea, I haven’t read or heard anything with a similar idea! Great review Giselle! Going to go add it to my TBR list now!! Congrats on 1000 followers!

    Amy @ Following The Reader

  16. Novels On The Run

    WOnderful review!! Yes the villain was a bit extra creepy. I loved it! Ethan is a mystery , it’s like he is evolving, I can’t put my finger on it yet, something is happening…:D