author: P. T. Michelle
series: Brightest Kind of Darkness #1
published: 24 December 2011
publisher: Limitless Ink Press
genre(s): fantasy, romance
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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.
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.
This is a great paranormal fantasy, YA series!