on June 27th, 2011
Genres: Paranormal 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.
Could you imagine dreaming your whole day before it happens? The teenage me would have been like ” Heck Yeah !” Knowing ahead of time that your going to have a pop quiz, or maybe that you’ll wakeup late and suffer from the worlds worst bad hair day. Or that the boy you’ve been crushing on for, like, forever, is going to ask you out. The possibilities are endless but then there’s that bad side. What if you knew that something bad was going to happen? Would you ignore it and go about your day? Or would you step in and try to change what was to happen?
With Nara, that’s exactly what happens. Each night she dreams her next day, and when one night she dreams something terrible, she must step in and prevent it from happening. But when someone meddles with Fate, things happen. Once Nara changes what happens in her dream, things start to change. Like losing her ability to see the future. Then Nara meets Ethan, the mysterious new guy. And they have a connection like no other. But whats even better is that Ethan truly understands Nara, and that maybe, just maybe he’s just as different and unique as she is.
Sounds really unique and pretty amazing huh? I have read many YA Paranormal books, and have pretty much seen it all. But when it comes to Brightest Kind of Darkness, I have read nothing like it, nothing even remotely close to it. This book starts out with Nara, who is a stunning and refreshing character. On the one side she is the perfect teenage girl. No, I don’t mean she’s perfect, I mean that she is the average, normal teenage girl, who is full of insecurities, suffers bad hair days, crushes on the cutest boy in school and just wants to survive high school in one piece. But what makes her unique is that she is very down to earth, especially since she has the ability to see the future.
Does she let her gift go to her head? No, she just wants to be normal and adjusts to life with her gift. Untill she steps in and stops a disaster from happening, and starts to lose her gift. And then her world falls apart, without her gift, Nara is lost and must adjust without it. And the one thing she wants more than anything is for someone who understands her and what she’s going through. That maybe she’s not as crazy as she starting to think she is….
In comes Ethan…….Ethan is the dark, mysterious new guy at school. And at first Ethan and Nara live on opposite sides of the school sphere. Ethan is on the loner, bad boy side while Nara is in with the ” In crowd”. She’s all pep, and rah, rah ! And he’s all mysterious cool , always leaning against the lockers in the hall way guy and has the leather jacket, I’m made of sin and you know I’m a bad boy look. But soon things start happening . A glance here, a slight touch there. Then Ethan says hi and next thing you know they have this moment, one tiny moment. A look really, and it’s like they know there should be more. And it all goes on from there.
But it’s not all about the romance, there’s also the unknown. Like, why is Nara losing her power? And why does Ethan seem to know more than he should? And how Nara can’t seem to shake that feeling that Ethan is hiding something. Then there’s the bad stuff that’s been happening all around her.
So you say why is this book so deserving of five stars ? Well let’s start with the cover, once you read this book, I promise you will fully understand why this cover is so fitting and beautiful. And why it matches the novel so well. Then there’s the characters, and while the main ones are stunning, so are the secondary ones. P. T. Michelle gives you a full view into their lives, when normally you would only get a glimpse. As for the plot and world building… suspense, twists and turns, the beautiful history and scenes that she creates, all adds up to a extraordinary, dark, riveting novel. You will be rooting for Nara and Ethan the whole way and when you reach the end you’ll definitely be begging for more.