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Brightest Kind of Darkness Paperback – December 24, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.
[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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brightest Kind of Darkness was an extremely well done story concept. The idea was exceptional and I loved the way the author managed to reveal details slowly, working things into... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brandi Kennedy / The Quarterly Book Review
This is one of the books I downloaded years ago and just got around to reading it. It is a YA Paranormal type story so it is not my favorite genre. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Love2Read
I thought this book was a great. It's a young adult book, but it still held me captive. I'm not a teen, but paranormal young adult books have become my guilty pleasure. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeannie Anderson
Well...this book was amazing!! So awesomein fact, i barely know where to start...
I cant really remember where i found this book, but it was my gateway to reading indie... Read more
She is a very strong girl for her age.she might want to rethink her friends.hope can find new friends dream take on the story line is different l liked.Published 8 months ago by Melinda Joann Sturtz
This is such an Amazing book, I can't wait to finish the series. I really have no dislikes, it's just the kind of book I enjoy reading!Published 8 months ago by Miranda
This was my first time reading anything by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were likable and the story Enjoyable. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mguidroz