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1.14.2013

Review: Ethan by P.T. Michelle

Ethan (Brightest Kind of Darkness #0.5) by P.T. Michelle
Young Adult, Supernatural
Ebook 99¢ (novella, SELFPUBLISHED)
Ethan Harris never thought monsters and darkness would consume his daily thoughts, but every night the same visions repeat in his dreams. He’s careful to project a semblance of normalcy, keeping the suffocating darkness locked inside. As much as he wishes he could focus on girls, sports, and cars like other seventeen-year-olds, nothing distracts him from his own demons or shines through. Until Nara Collins crosses his path. The blonde fascinates and intrigues him, giving him a measure of peace he’s never felt before.
When Ethan discovers there’s more to Nara than she allows others to see, that she might have a unique secret of her own, suddenly his world comes into focus.
Note: Ethan is a novella PREQUEL to Brightest Kind of Darkness. This story will give some of Ethan’s background and lead up until the day he and Nara talk for the first time about the bomb at their school. It's best suited for ages 14 and up.
Author Site: ptmichelle.com

This is how you do a prequel! (5 stars)

Haunted by horrifying visions by night and a ghostly voice by day, Ethan Harris wishes he could just be normal. To give his attention to the things every seventeen-year-old boy is motivated by. But sports and girls can't keep the darkness lurking within at bay. Music is his refuge until Nara Collins breezes into his world. A bright light in an otherwise troubling world, she proves to be more than meets the eye. It isn't long before he realizes he might not be the only one with a special secret in need of protection.

If you haven't started the Brightest Kind of Darkness series and want to get a feel for what to expect P.T. Michelle has done a fabulous job with this prequel. Her writing is truly exceptional amongst her self-published peers and I look forward to each new installment with rabid enthusiasm. For fans of the series ETHAN doesn't really enhance the ongoing plot but all of those mysterious things you've wanted to know about his past get touched on. I found the details regarding his relationship with his parents of particular help in understanding him more deeply.

Though short, a lot is packed into ETHAN and if you're a big softy like me make sure you have some tissues handy. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down and balled like a big ol' baby over one particularly emotionally gripping scene. The wait for DESTINY is going to be difficult.

Fans of the series, don't miss it! New to the series? This is a great place to start but could be read after the first two novels without conflict.



Notes: Review copy received via author.

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