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Brightest Kind of Darkness: Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

P.T. Michelle , Patrice Michelle
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews)

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Book Description

** Pick up the PREQUEL "ETHAN" absolutely FREE! **

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.

Author's note: The BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series is a YA/New Adult crossover series. This book is best suited for readers 14+. See P.T. Michelle's Amazon author page for a detailed listing of the books in the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series.


EXCERPT from BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS

Once we'd stowed my stuff in the back of my car, Ethan opened the car door and waited for me to get in. Even though I wanted to ask him so many questions, I was afraid to speak. It felt like we'd moved to a whole new level in our friendship, but I wasn't sure what that level was.

Every nerve ending urged me to hug him, to show my appreciation, but I was unsure. Would he pull away? I didn't need any more rejection in my life. "Thank you for being there," I said in an unsteady voice.

Ethan clasped my wrist and pulled me into his arms, holding me close. "I'll always be here for you."

I shuddered against his chest, mumbling into his flannel shirt. "You weren't at school and I didn't see you after practice. I thought for sure no one would hear me scream when those guys finally got their hands on--"

Warm fingers tilted my chin up. "I had something to do today, but I'd never leave you hanging. When I saw your stuff on the field and then I heard a guy yelling, 'She went this way,' in the woods..." he paused, tensing. "I freaked."

"You got to me just in time." I tried to smile but my lips trembled. "Who knew knights wore flannel shirts and Led Zeppelin tees?" I knew I sounded like a goof, but I didn't care. I wanted him to know how much his rescue meant to me.

Ethan leaned close and I closed my eyes as he lightly kissed my cheekbone, then my forehead. He had no idea that his gentle kiss had melted something inside me, how much I craved the physical connection. His warm lips lingered against my skin for a second before he took a step back and shoved his hands in his jean pockets.

"I'm no hero, Nara." His gaze narrowed briefly toward the woods. "Go home. I'll see you tomorrow."


Editorial Reviews

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4 1/2 STARS! "...a truly powerful plot that brings a freshness to the YA genre...starring a girl who knows what lies ahead and a boy who's trying to leave the past behind...an engrossing partnership formed from the dark and macabre, leading readers down a mystical path." ~ RT BOOK REVIEWS


Please note that
BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS is an Upper YA/ New Adult Crossover series meant for readers 16+.

From the Author

Brightest Kind of Darkness is novel length. This is the first book in the Brightest Kind of Darkness series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466447648
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Limitless Ink Press (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058J4KSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Intriguing October 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes, I get in book ruts. I feel like I've read the same thing time and again. So when I read the synopsis for Brightest Kind of Darkness, I was thrilled to have something new and intriguing to dig into.

This book has a few valuable assets in it's favor. Starting with the main characters, Nara and Ethan. Separately, they are solid characters. Nara is amiable, resilient and athletic (definitely something I don't see in a lot of YA female characters). The story is told entirely through her point-of-view, so there is instant affinity towards her.

Nara's new friend/classmate/potential boyfriend, Ethan, is an asset to the book as well. He's steadfast, reliable and had the prerequisite handsome and mysterious characteristics. From the start, it is clear Ethan has a troubled past, and a shaky, at best, present. To be with Nara as she peels the layers from his exterior was alternately cool and sad.

The story becomes much more intriguing when Ethan and Nara begin to work together to uncover the truths behind their strange abilities, and how they tie together. I loved their partnership. The lead role alternated consistently between the two, lending a feeling of trust and mutual admiration. Nara never became domineering or unreasonable. Ethan never forced Nara to sit back and let him handle or control the situation.

My one glitch in the story would be the slow revelations. I sort of felt like I was out of the loop in regards to what the big secret was for too long. A lot of the answers to the questions I was asking myself did come. But I found myself growing impatient in the meantime.

All in all, I found Brightest Kind of Darkness to be a genuinely appealing book. Once again, I have to say that I loved the premise.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential, but never really follows through. January 8, 2012
By R. Gile
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Okay. Recent controversies may have cropped up about authors and negative reviews, but this book was a two-star book for me, and I'm sticking to it. Which actually is kind of weird, because there were a few parts that I really liked.

First, the good stuff. The concept itself is pretty cool, and there's a lot of tension building up in the first half of the book. Nara Collins is a teenage girl who consistently dreams of her future, and not just little things. We're talking EVERYTHING: goals scored in soccer games, phone calls from her estranged dad, the works. Consequently, Nara is a control freak. The book opens with her claiming to enjoy surprises (comparing it to "wearing my best friend's favorite shirt"), but to be honest, her actions don't really back that up later in the book. Nara likes controlling her life, and who can blame her? If I could've seen the future in high school, I'd probably have aced all of my exams too.

Her romantic interest, Ethan, is also actually pretty interesting background-wise. He's a loner, has his own complicated background, and seemingly knows something about Nara's ability.

SPOILER:

[We eventually learn that he's able to somehow STEAL Nara's dreams from her, which is kinda weird and never really explained. He's also got some sort of psychic tattoo thing going on, which again isn't addressed, other than the fact that it's apparently hot and gives him the quintessential bad boy image.]

(The spoiling is done!)

Now, the not-so-good stuff: the writing. Ethan reads like an textbook example of damaged bad-boy 101.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original in a Sea of YA Paranormal November 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Nara lives each and every day twice. She lives them in her dreams before she ever lives in them in real life, so she always knows what to expect. It's predictable. It's monotonous. And it can be incredibly boring. When Nara dreams about a bomb going off at school, she knows that she has to stop it, or all that death will be on her hands. So, she calls in an anonymous tip about the bomb to stop it in time. Little does she know that that one action opened an inevitable Pandora's box for herself. People begin suffering from mysterious ailments, and the dangerous and rebellious Ethan seems to be the only one she can suddenly depend on when her powers suddenly stop. What's the cause of the change, and can Nara fix it in time?

I'm incredibly selective with the self-published books I choose to review these days, and it must be said that I've been entirely certain as of late that I've heard every spin on the paranormal young adult genre that there could possibly be. Brightest Kind of Darkness proved me wrong in the best possible way. The story was solid and strong, alive with fast-paced action, heart-pounding suspense and a plot that grips you from start to finish. Author P.T. Michelle has proven her merit with an incredibly well-written novel that's rife with tension, rich with full-bodied and relatable characters and a story that is so original that it's certain to make a name for itself in the genre.

I kid you not when I say that Brightest Kind of Darkness is one of the best reads I've had thus far this year. Nara was a true heroine - honest and brave, strong and fierce and incredibly passionate about life and holding fast to her gift. She wasn't popular, but she wasn't a loner. She was resilient, and she was kind; very much the type of person you would want to be friends with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The plot sounded absolutely amazing and that something I would really...
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Published 8 hours ago by BookAHolic
4.0 out of 5 stars Story well writen
Progression of story was well done. The details in many of the descriptives made it real.
Published 19 hours ago by Joyce Freeland
3.0 out of 5 stars Brightness and Darkness
A good try. I hope Ms. Micnelle keeps writing, but there are some serious she must look at : the flowery
language is a put-off. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Pauline Kaldelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, sweet story
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the book's quirkiness
This was such an enjoyable book to read during my Thanksgiving holiday. I really enjoyed the book's quirkiness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awe
Awe inspiring how love over comes everything and how literally opposite attracts . The story was nice and intriguing . I can't wait to read the next book
Published 1 month ago by J3nny
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This was a great read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great!
It was interesting but I don't think I'd get the sequel.
Published 1 month ago by Paula L Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I have enjoyed this book even though it is geared toward a younger audience. I found the writers style free of redundancy and the pace quick and intriguing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan A. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put down
Cool concept. Nice writing. I only wish it had a more definite ending.
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