Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness #1) by PT Michelle

Brightest Kind of Darkness (#1) by PT Michelle

"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 just couldn't figure it out.....finally!....

I got this book through Amazon with a Christmas gift card, but you didn't see it in my Christmas video because I didn't get the books until later. I got this book because Reader's Live a Thousand Lives loved it (and we tend to have similar tastes), and the book's synopsis looked pretty interesting and original. I was impressed with the overall plot and the "darkness" of the events and characters.

Nara was a really great character to read. Usually authors have a hard time balancing the vulnerability of characters and stubbornness or strong will of them. It was really awesome to read a character who was feisty but not irrational or too weak. Nara was easily relatable and was just a "normal" teenager and not whiny or annoyingly popular. She was compelling and the way Michelle wrote her dreams and interactions with others were beautiful. The side-characters also felt like they were important to the story (with the whole fate coming after them), but didn't replace the part of the main character. The author was able to balance the importance of Nara and Ethan with the other characters so it didn't feel like there was too much stuff going on at once.

This book wasn't filled with action per say, but there was definitely a lot of suspense and had a lot of curve balls. I'm usually able to predict what the whole plot for the story is with the amount of  foreshadowing and "cryptic" stuff people say, but this book had me guessing at every chapter.  It wasn't that I didn't know what was going on, but PT Michelle did a great job keeping everything equally mysterious. The book was very addictive and I enjoyed the originality of the Fate and changing it, idea. It was very fascinating to me and makes me want to pick up the next one right now

The overall writing was smooth and easy to follow. The book could have been smaller or larger, but I think that any other size would have been either not explored the ideas enough or been too much. The romance was a great addition to the book, and was very lovely, but very emotional. The whole book was a roller coaster of awesomeness. So excited to read the next one!!!

4 out of 5 stars


P.S. I really liked "Midnight City" by M83 for this book. Don't know why...

View the book's Goodreads here.

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