Review: Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle

Publication Date: June 27th, 2011
P.T. Michelle
Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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.

This is Final Destination less the gore; The Numbers by Rachel Ward less the dark themes – it was the marriage of both which made this book that much more appealing. If you’re thinking that this book will be lacking in suspense and, or will be tame, think again. PT Michelle found a median in which she told this story without losing any of the thrilling elements found in both aforementioned works. The realistic romance, the mystery surrounding Nara’s abilities and her constant meddling with fate made for some gripping read.

I have this habit of reading multiple books simultaneously in the hopes that I’ll find something so compelling that I wouldn’t want to stop reading until I devoured the entire thing. I think I had about five on the go when I finally settled on this book. I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read this.

Nara can see disasters, mishaps, heartbreaks of the following day through her dreams. She has the power to help – change the course of fate for the people around her. But there is a hefty price she has to pay for her interference and Fate is determined to exact the proper cost. After she prevented one major disaster to happen, her power to see the future starts to fade. And then she meets Ethan – and the dreams stopped coming altogether. Ethan is like Nara’s personal dream catcher, able to absorb her nightmares and dreams that usually plague her. Being a normal teenager again sounded so good in theory, but she’ll soon learn that it’s not at all what it’s cracked up to be. Especially if Fate is determined to get exactly what it wanted all along – death among the people Nara saved…including hers.

The best thing about this book is that the author waited until the bitter end for the book’s revelations. You’d think I’d be annoyed by this because I’m a terminally impatient person. The thing is, she paced it so well that there was really no recourse but to leave her readers huffing and puffing to get to the last page.  And in any case, it was easy to get lost into this book because of its cohesive plots and subplots. Before I knew it, I was already halfway through.

For those who are in the lookout for swoon-worthy boys, well, acquaint yourself with Ethan; protective without overwhelming and a hero in his own right. The relationship between our main characters wasn’t awkward nor did it suffer from the insta-luv syndrome. I adore these two.

Over all, this book wasn’t at all what I was expecting and it made my reading experience even more pleasurable. PT Michelle’s writing was straight-forward and was not bogged down with too much frills. I’m looking forward to reading more of Patrice Michelle/PT Michelle’s work!

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