It’s always refreshing to read a paranormal romance that does not involve vampires, zombies, or witches (no matter how much I love them all). Instead of dealing with something poised to hex or bite her, P.T. Michelle’s Inara (Nara for short) deals with an unseen foe in Brightest Kind of Darkness: fate.
Dreaming her day the night before it happens has become a bit of a crutch for Nara. She uses her ability to see her future to become a star student and athlete, but when Nara begins to help the people she cares about, her ability to dream goes a little haywire. It’s never a good idea to mess with fate, especially if it can try to get you back. Luckily, Nara has a budding relationship with the local loner, sexy bad boy, and new student, Ethan. We find out very little about Ethan, but it is clear that there is something very special about him. Ethan understands Nara like no one else can and is able to help her deal with her power. But even with his help, will Nara might not be able to survive fates revenge.
The relationship between Nara and Ethan developed quickly, but felt real. It reminded me very strongly of Bella and Edward’s mutual attraction and quick jump into a relationship in Twilight. Like they say about finding love, “When you know, you just know.” The story is VERY different from Twilight, however, and the characters’ mutual devotion and quick jump into exclusivity are the only aspects that are similar.
Nara’s relationship with her family is not nearly as idyllic as her relationship with Ethan. Like many stories with children with special powers, Nara has an absentee, single parent. Her mom works and travels a lot, leaving Nara to fend for herself often and grow up quickly. This works in the story, especially since it allows Nara to come and go as she pleases most of the time, but I wish more families with stronger parents would be written.
In addition to her mother, Nara has an aunt who lives nearby and serves as the girl’s confidant. She is also the link between Nara and her father , who walked out on his family when Nara was younger.
P.T. Michelle did a great job of keeping the story suspenseful. Brightest Kind of Darkness is not the kind of novel that is easy to predict. Even when you kind of know what is going to happen next, something else happens from that event that changes the story. The ending is even a cliffhanger of sorts, making you run for Lucid to find out more. Her writing sucks you in from the first page and keeps you invested in the plot the entire time. It’s an excellent novel and I can’t wait to read its sequel!
Release Date: June 27, 2011
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Once Nara combines her prophetic ability with Ethan’s power to outsmart Fate at his own deadly cat-and-mouse game, she’s more determined than ever to help Ethan learn the meaning behind the raven sword tattoo that suddenly appeared on his back after their confrontation with Fate.
During her quest to uncover the tattoo’s secrets, Nara enlists the help of some new friends and discovers her own surprising connection to Ethan.
While Nara digs deeper into the mystery, her desire for answers leads her down a dangerous path full of powerful and ruthless enemies. Swept into an age-old battle, Nara quickly learns that keeping one’s enemies close can be a necessary evil, making an intangible enemy she can control far more preferable to the human enemies she can’t.
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P.T. Michelle is author of the young adult series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.
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