Young Adult, Romance, Horror
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.
Author's note: Brightest Kind of Darkness is a dark paranormal novel length YA full of mystery, adventure, romance, and even a touch of horror. It's best suited for ages 14 and up.
Author Site: ptmichelle.com
Self-Published novels don't get much better than this... (5 stars)
Every night Nara dreams what will happen to her the next day. Knowing what's coming beforehand has allowed her to be a great soccer player and student. When she forsees something bad happening she knows she shouldn't change things. It's backfired in the past. But when the next day will bring real danger she can't stand by and watch it happen.
When her gift begins to fade leaving her lost without a lifeline as people around her begin having bad things happen. Could Nara's interfering have been at fault? Then she meets Ethan, a handsome loner she instantly connects with. But he has a past plagued with his own problems and his proximity to those who keep having bad things happen might undo their growing relationship.
Two teens with very different lives connected by the big secret each is forced to hide from the world. It's not an unusual plot in young adult fiction. Yet Michelle manages to bring in originality and a subtle, lingering sense of doom that will keep you turning pages deep into the night. I honestly couldn't put this one down until I was dozing off reading.
Ethan and Nara are fascinating characters without being over-the-top or cliched. Seperately they each had qualities that made them enjoyable, they could have easily stood alone without the romantic element between them. I think that made the budding love that much more rich and likable. Occasionally I did want to beg them to stop mooning over one another and get back to the action but it suited the storyline so well, perfect for the target audience.
Exciting, atmospheric, action-packed, and intensely mysterious BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS is the best self-published work I have read to date. Michelle's writing is so good it was easy to lose myself in the pages and forget the time, something few books can do. I can hardly wait for the next book to be released and will definitely be adding Michelle (and her alter ego Patrice Michelle) to my list of authors to watch. I highly recommend this one if you enjoy Stacey Jay or Richelle Mead's writing styles and for fans of Jordan Dane's intensity.
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Notes: Review copy received from author.
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