Author: P.T. Michelle
Published: June 27th 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
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Caution: May contain spoilers
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.
~synopsis from Goodreads
I had been looking forward to reading this one since I first heard of it. Somehow, other books kept getting in the way. Then I won the sequel, Lucid, in a giveaway. So it got bumped up on the list. After I read the book, I couldn’t help but think ‘WHY in the world did I allow this one to be pushed aside?’ This book was more brilliant than I thought possible.
The premise of this story had a lot of potential. Sometimes authors can’t handle such a varied environment and circumstances. That was not the case here. P.T. Michelle was able to expand it in just the right way to make it intriguing and mysterious. I would read a chapter and inevitably read the next to see where she was going and what was happening.
Nara is an remarkable character. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Although she spent most of her life seeing what’s going to happen, she now finds herself lost when her ability disappears after the bomb threat. She relied on it for many reasons, and at times panic sets in. She wants the dreams back, but how? Why did they stop in the first place? On top of it all, her best friend is changing, making her more at a loss. And then there’s Ethan. He is one in a million. The relationship that builds between Ethan and Nara is extraordinary. I completely adored it.
I cannot, cannot, cannot emphasize enough how astounding Brightest Kind Of Darkness was. The way her world shaped as out of the ordinary things continued, you never knew what the results would be. Could she change what happens? Or is it inevitable? P.T. Michelle keeps you guessing, keeps you hoping, for the answer. I highly recommend this one to everyone. For the awesomeness of Nara, Ethan, and the intricate world they find themselves wrapped up in.
Exceptional: Stay up until at least 1 AM