Thursday 29 September 2011

A Review for Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T Michelle

Posted by Donna
Published Date: June 27th, 2011
Finished Date: September 28th, 2011
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle
Pages: Unknown
The Blurb from Goodreads: 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
The Review: 
Ethan clasped my wrist and pulled me into his arms, holding me close. “I’ll always be here for you.” 
You know I first rated this book a four after finishing it but something didn’t sit right with me about just giving it a four rating. So I changed it to 4.5 and now, while I’m writing this review I still don’t think that’s enough. So yep now I’m rating it 5 and here’s why. 

The story follows Nara Collins, a sixteen year old girl, who dreams the events of the following day…..every night. Knowing what will happen the next day does have its advances, especially when Nara can aces tests and save every goal for her Soccer team. But things soon turn nasty when Nara prevents a bombing at her High School, she loses her ability to see the future and people at school are suddenly being injured. 

When Nara comes across Ethan, the school loner and outcast, Nara can’t help feel drawn to him especially with him being the only person who seems to understand her. As Nara and Ethan develop a friendship, sparks soon start flying but what they’re not prepared for, is the danger that is a suddenly surrounding them due to the connection they have. Soon they find out that Fate is real and can they stop people getting hurt without getting hurt in the process? 

Can I just say I loved this book? Wow! It’s one of them books that are completely compelling from start to finish and even now I’ve finished it, I need more! P.T Michelle certainly knows how to pack a thrilling and dangerous ride, one that gave me the chills and totally turned me into a bundle of nerves while reading it. 

Brightest Kind of Darkness is a unique story with no Vampires, Werewolves or Faeries in sight; the whole idea of trying to beat Fate is truly freshing and exciting. You honestly don’t know what will happen next, your left guessing and trying to figure things out but you can’t because P.T Michelle throws a few spanners in the works that leaves this story totally unpredictable. 

The characters are fantastic. Nara is a down to earth girl that is easy to love. She’s positive and strong and even though things are totally crazy in her life, she still manages to do the right thing by doing what she believes in. There were times I also felt for her. Her father left her and her mother at a very young age and that has clearly affected her. Now Ethan, I adore Ethan. Seriously, I want to marry him. He comes across as a trouble teen but as soon as Nara starts to get to know him, you see that it’s all a front. He’s a deep, loveable character and totally swoon worthy. I loved watching his and Nara’s relationship develop. It wasn’t rushed or forced but it felt natural and at a steady pace and the suspense between these two…oh my! Let’s just say I had a few butterflies in my stomach a few times especially when Ethan’s feelings for Nara showed, I loved how honest he was. Yep….he’s a total winner. 

The mystery that surrounds the story will definitely keep you on your toes. Just when you think you’ve finally got some answers, more questions appear and I am dying to know what will happen next. I’m going to assume Nara’s father will make an appearance in Book Two, well I hope so. I have a feeling he’s going to shed us some answers, either that or reveal a few startling secrets. Either way I’m looking forward to it. 

Overall, Brightest Kind of Darkness is a fresh, thrilling and compelling read. It’s almost got a Final Destination feel to the book but P.T does make this book her own. I can’t help but ask myself, why isn’t this book been picked up by a publisher? Publishers…..seriously you’re missing out. I so want this book sitting on my shelf and I for one am thankful this book was bought to my attention because like I said, it’s not one you want to miss out on. 

Thank You to P.T Michelle for giving me the opportunity to review this book. 


Bex said...

I have to say that I absolutely love the cover of this one. I'm also surprised with some books that have been overlooked by publishers! There really are some wonderful ones out there. But I know some like to handle things themselves to.

Anyhooow, great review Donna! I'm glad it ended up being a five. I've also had a few of those ratings that rise when you really sit to think about it. You've made me extremely curious and now I badly want to give it a try myself!

Book Passion for Life said...

Thanks Bex. I completely know what you mean...some books are bloody awesome and there not picked up.

I hope you go and buy it :) A few people I know have bought it this morning because of my review/recommendation so I'm hoping to get more. I love being able to read Indie books and then help spread the word, even though published books are just as good...I feel like us bloggers help Indie author's that little bit more. :)

P.T. Michelle said...

Hi Donna!

Thank you so much for the amazing review! I feel honored that I made you change your mind about the rating by time the book was over...that means I did my job. YEY!


Lesley said...

Great review Donna, I haven't even heard of this but I want to pick it up now. I love how you guys highlight the new less well know authors as well as the big crowd pleasers.

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

Awesome review as always Donna! Can't wait to read this even more now!! (:

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