Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness Series #1)

Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness Series #1)

by P.T. Michelle, Patrice Michelle


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466447646
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/24/2011
Series: Brightest Kind of Darkness Series , #1
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

P.T. Michelle is the author of the New adult contemporary romance series IN THE SHADOWS, the YA/New Adult crossover series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, and the romance series: BAD IN BOOTS, KENDRIAN VAMPIRES and SCIONS. She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. 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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Integrity_Consultants More than 1 year ago
I actually really enjoyed this book. I picked it up during the free Amazon promotion and read it it one sitting. I found some trite elements, as other reviewers have mentioned, but they were far from overwhelming and easy to overlook, because the story was just that engaging. It's difficult for authors to stand out or come up with a new angle or viewpoint, especially in the YA and paranormal/urban fantasy genres where the sheer number of publications is overwhelming enough for any reader. The author did a good job of keeping the pace moving and presenting a unique storyline. I'll definitely be continuing with the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how the relationship between nara and ethan is built up, and they dont just instantly "know they belong together", or whatever. They are actually friends first in this book. Overall this was a very good book and i cant wait for the next one!!
Beesha More than 1 year ago
When Nara goes to sleep at night she dreams her entire next day. What an awesome way to be prepared! I would honestly love to have that ability. But Nara sometimes hates it because she is bored. She lives the same day twice. Nothing is new to her. Until one day she stops dreaming her next day and she realizes how difficult it is to live through the day without being prepared. She has to study, she has to practice soccer because she has no clue where the ball will go, and she doesn't see the betrayal from a friend coming. Then she meets Ethan, the new guy in school. He is shy and doesn't talk much but has a bad reputation from his past school. I really enjoyed the slow build of their friendship to eventually more. It felt real and natural. No insta~love and no love triangles. Ethan still has a mystery surrounding him but he is very supportive of Nara and eventually very honest as well. He didn't drag everything out for a long length of time. They had some great butterfly worthy scenes. I'm very picky in my romances so I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed their relationship. Now onto the exciting drama. Nara never really tried to change her days unless something really bad happened to someone. When Nara tries to change things Fate comes in to correct them. Fate doesn't want Nara messing with his plans. The book then takes on kind of a Final Destination feel where Fate tries to inflict the damage on people that Nara stopped. But Nara wants to use her dreams for good. Why does she have this power if she can't use it? Ethan worries for Nara's safety if she continues to mess with Fate but maybe she can figure out a way to change it. Really looking forward to the sequel. "Imagine knowing you're going to have a bad hair day, or that you'll burn the toast for the eighty-zillionth time, or that Mount Everest will appear on the tip of your nose a half hour after lunch. That's when a ponytail, cereal and Benzoyl Peroxide come in handy." "But not touching you would be the hardest thing I've ever had to do."
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick and Dirty: A girl who can see what happens the next day through her dreams suddenly loses her dreams and people keep dying in her school.Opening Sentence: For me, being surprised was like wearing my best friend¿s shirt; cherished for its borrowed uniqueness.The Review:Nara Collins has a special ability to see what happens the next day, but she¿s only changed the future purposefully once. But when she dreams of someone bombing her high school, she has to become involved. After preventing the bombing, students start injuring themselves ¿ only those who would have been hurt in the bombing. And she still has to shuffle out her feelings for Ethan. As her dreams fade with a growing relationship with Ethan, Nara finds that choices need to be made and Fate might not be on her side.If you like surprising plot twists or a book that keeps you guessing, this is the book for you. I was constantly wondering ¿what can possibly happen next?¿ or ¿how in the world could they get out of this situation?¿ Although this book always kept me guessing, there were many slow spots throughout the book. The main driving force throughout the book was why Nara wasn¿t having any more dreams, but I was still stuck on Nara¿s background and the why¿s and how¿s of her powers. She¿s had these dreams for a long time, but why hasn¿t she wondered how she got them in the first place? Shouldn¿t she be a bit more than curious about her psychic ability? It¿s just a tad unrealistic (as realistic as you can get in a paranormal book).The characters themselves were normal YA heroes/heroines. There¿s the girl who always find herself in trouble and the sweet guy that has his own issues. But the details in the characters were very original. Each have their own special powers that aren¿t usually seen in other paranormal books. It was nice to read a book without knowing to what extent the powers of the main characters (I thought the book had something to do with fallen angels because of the feathers on the cover).The antagonist is probably my favorite part of the book. He¿s someone I wouldn¿t have guessed in the beginning. Someone who is always there, but never mentioned. Creating Fate as a person/thing is unconventional yet really effective. He¿s an opponent that has equal amounts of power and still remains surreal. Sure he¿s creeper and has control issues, but the actual descriptions of him and the way the author portrays him is perfect for the character.This is an original but drawn out story that could become greater depending on where the author takes the plot in second book. The writing is a tad lengthy, but the action/drama shrouds the wordiness. The book comes with an air of mystery with a smidgeon of teenage angst creating an entertaining read; if you love suspense and romance this is the book for you.Notable Scene:I picked up the grungy handset and dialed.¿911 Operator. What¿s the nature of your emergency?¿ an older woman¿s gravelly voice shot across the line.God what if I got it wrong somehow? Palm sweat soaked my gloves. ¿I¿I want to report a potential threat to Blue Ridge High School.¿¿Speak up!¿ the operator pitched higher.Clearing my throat, I spoke again, my voice huskier. ¿I think someone is going to bomb Blue Ridge High today. A student who was recently expelled.¿Typing sounded at rapid speed. ¿Your name?¿ the woman demanded.I hung up and ran on shaky legs to my car. I hated that I didn¿t know what would happen next.FTC Advisory: CreateSpace provided me with a copy of Brightest Kind of Darkness. No goody bags, sponsorships, ¿material connections,¿ or bribes were exchanged for my review.
YABReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Inara "Nara" Collins is different than most kids her age. She has dreams that show her what happens the following day. This helps her in many aspects of high school. She knows when there is going to be an embarrassing moment and how to avoid it. She is the star goalie for her soccer team because she already knows which way they are going to kick the ball. She knows the interactions she is going to have between her and her best-friend, Lainey O'Neil. This is monotonous and boring to her, and she wishes for a "surprising day" where she doesn't know what happens.Then she meets Ethan Harris. He is the strange new kid at her school. He doesn't interact with any of the students. The only interaction Nara has had with Ethan was during the hall when she almost ran into him. This changed the day she decided to interfere with what she saw in her dreams. She dreamed that there would be a bomb at the school. She alerted the school about the bomb and school was closed. Ethan actually talked to Nara while they were standing in the parking lot.Strange things start happening in Nara's life. She loses her dreams; students at the school are getting hurt; Nara sees things that are odd; Nara's father contacts her after walking out of her life when she was little; her relationship with Ethan intensifies... It is up to Nara to figure out what is happening and how Ethan plays into that.My Opinion:I LOVED this book! From the very start of the book when Nara made the 911 call about the bombing at the school to the very end, I was drawn into the story. The last ¿ of the book was a nail-biter. I couldn't put the book down. This book caused me to make up a new category, I'm Not Sure About.The CoverI think the cover is beautiful. Nara looks like how she is described in the book. I don't know where the red dress fits in with the story, but that is insignificant. I love the fall colors in the cover. The fact that Nara is in the woods goes along with a few points in the story.I like:¿Nara. I love Nara. She has these dreams and when she sees something catastrophic, she interferes with it. She is strong-willed. The passion that she has is admirable.¿Lainey. Nara's best friend. She gets caught up in the whole high school experience and this causes her and Nara's friendship to drift apart. Even still, she is a good person.¿Ethan. Everyone has their opinion of him in this book. Ethan's character is not fully revealed until later in the book. I'm not going to spoil it for you, just know I like him.¿Nara's mother. She is distant from Nara ever since her father walked out. It's obvious that she cares for Nara, she just doesn't know how to show it.¿ I love the interaction between all the characters in the book and how it was a real "high school" experience.I Did Not Like¿Miranda, Sophia, Jared and other various high school students. They act their age or younger. It is not very attractive.¿Other characters in the book. They are not meant to be liked. I won't tell who they are because I don't want to spoil it for you.¿Coach of the soccer team. The coach is easily swayed by members of the team.I'm Not Sure About¿Nara's father. You don't really get a sense of him in the book. The only thing that you really know is that he walked out on Nara and her mom when she was five. There are a few other details, but I¿ll let you read the book to discover them. Even still, I¿m not sure whether I like him or not. I'm sure he'll be more of a presence in the next book and I'll have a better opinion of him then.
danisnell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you had the opportunity to change fate would you? Would you change the future, knowing that you¿d be saving someone from heartache, pain, even death? Would you do it even if your well-intentioned actions had repercussions you couldn¿t have foreseen? These are the questions Inara must ask herself every day ¿ that she¿s asked herself every day for the last nine years. When she was seven, Nara began having the dreams, realizing she was gifted, or cursed, with the ability to see her entire day before it even happened. Now she lives her life in a constant state of deja vu, both comforted and unsettled by the fact that she knows what is going to happen before it happens. For years Nara has, for the most part, let life run it¿s course as intended due to a tragic event that occurred because of her well-meaning interference. But when she dreams of an attack on her high school that results in injury and fatality, she knows she can no longer stand idly by and does her best to change her vision. As a result, Nara becomes embroiled in a deadly and dangerous mystery that she desperately tries to unravel with the help of Ethan, the loner new guy at school. I loved Inara. She¿s so likable, and ¿ despite her obvious abnormalities ¿ just so normal and easy to identify with. Because of her dad¿s abandonment when she was just five, her mom¿s workaholic-way of coping with his desertion, and the ever-present need to keep her precognitive dreams a secret, Inara is an extremely mature and discreet sixteen-year-old. She¿s even-tempered, big-hearted, and a good friend. She¿s not accustomed to the dangers she begins to encounter, but she proves to be very tough ¿ especially mentally ¿ and very protective of her friends and family and willing to do the right thing even if there are consequences. Inara doesn¿t completely understand her gift, why she is the way she is, and she¿s both comforted and extremely bored by the fact that nothing in life surprises her anymore. Until she changes the future. Until she meets Ethan, the intriguing loner she never saw coming. Now her life is a constant source of surprise as she begins to lose her dreams, and therefore her knowledge of what will be. A prospect she simultaneously finds thrilling and frightening. Mysterious. Aloof. Anti-social. Nara doesn¿t know much about the guy whose locker is right next door to hers other than the stories the Blue Ridge High rumor mill is churning out. Reportedly kicked out of his last school for violently beating another boy unconscious, Ethan Harris presents conundrum for Nara. Who is he really? Is he dangerous? Can she trust him? And most troubling, he seems to know things about her. Things she¿s purposefully kept hidden. And yet she¿s strangely drawn to him. And she wasn¿t the only one. P.T. Michelle, thank you for giving me another favorite book boy. Ethan is a survivor. Because of his past, he¿s endured a lot of horror and tragedy and these experiences have given him a unique perspective and a confident maturity. Courageous and kind, he often finds himself defending those who cannot defend themselves. While the reader is given a chance to get to know Ethan, Michelle did a fantastic job of surrounding Ethan in a perpetual air of mystery. The questions encompassing his character and his moving back story provided him a lot of depth. The relationship that begins to develop between Nara and Ethan, well¿ let¿s just say I love it. I thought the progression of their friendship to a romance was so sweet and lovely. I particularly loved the balance in their relationship. It¿s somewhat typical in young adult paranormal romances for there to be a lopsided balance of power in romantic relationships. One person usually has some kind of special ability or a fundamental difference that gives them an edge over the other, in some way leaving one of them at a distinct disadvantage. While that type of romance can have an appeal, I found Nara and Ethan to be extremely refreshing, because Nar
lms8esmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brightest Kind of Darkness brought me out of my reading slump!! I had purchased this for my Nook simple touch, and as soon as I started reading, I was hooked!! Nara has had a special gift since she was 7, and now at 16 she tries to use her gift to help the people she sees in her dreams. This seems like a great plan until her dreams disappear. The mysterious new guy at school seems to know things about Nara, and Nara soon realizes that the new guy just might be a person with whom she can confide her secrets. P.T. Michelle does a marvelous job of keeping the suspense mysterious enough and the romance steamy enough to keep turning the pages. I'm ready to devour the next in the series. :O)
Tristan_Bruce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you're a YA PNR lover but your bored with the mediocrity of the genre's recent additions this will restore your faith. Brightest Kind of darkness is a well crafted paranormal romance with a refreshing and original plot, I couldn't get enough.Throughout the book there is a deep sense of mystery and otherworldliness, there were parts of the book that gave me chills and it wasn't from something in your face scary, just wrong. The story unraveled at a steady pace, with new surprises and developments around every corner. I kept thinking I had all the info but more crazy would happen. Ethan and Nara kept their wits about them pretty well considering, I'd have run screaming for the hills.Nara has a lot of beleivability to her character, she is very "teen". A lot of times you get 30 year old mind in a 16 year olds body. It was great to see the value Nara puts on her family and her ties to them. She has a close relationship with her Aunt and actively tries to strengthen the bond with her mom through the entire story. No parents getting axed in the first chapter. Ethan is absolutely drool-worthy. He seems the typical tall, dark and broody boy with a shady past and I was pleasantly surprised by his sensitive streak,. He's very supportive of Nara and encourages her to take control of her life.I was consumed by this book and hungry for more, I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment Lucid. 5 out of 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would pay for this series to become movies, they're all so good!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So different. In a good way. Never read anything like it. Finally. A new kind of story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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I am only twn and love booksike tsunami by robin stewart and the hunger gamea series by suzanne collins.tell me if i would like this book by titleing the review to: help me
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Im really trying to figure out where all these positive reviews are coming from....did we read the same book? The storyline itself and the plot was really good, its just that its very underdeveloped.. there are too many instances where the reader is just supposed to assume what is happening. Also the story often jumps between past and present situations without a clear, smooth, transition. Overall its a good story that just needs to be written by a different author. Insert either Amanda Hocking or Neal Shusterman as the author, and THEN you got a real book. lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. If you like mysteries then you should buy this book. This book keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of the free nook books and this was one of the best!
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I loved this book. Such a page turner. This is exactly the kind of book I was looking for, and couldn't wait to reach the end. I can hardly wait to read Ethan and get moneyto buy the next two books. Highly recommended for teens.
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Aurora_the_bookworm More than 1 year ago
I love this book series! I read Ethan the first book first and thought that was pretty good let me read the other one. So I do and now I finished and the ending to that book kind of made me want to cry and laugh at the same time. Nara and Ethan have a kind of chemistry with each other that makes you want to have what they have, but at the same time you feel sorry for all they have to go through. Ethan turns out to be such a nurturing soul once you see that all his rough exterior is just a front so he doesn't have to show who he is on the inside. I love the way he loves Nara though. It's so unconditional and when something bad happens to her it's almost as if his world falls apart. With Nara it's almost as if you can sense her strength, but she can't see it herself. Nara has a lot going on and I feel like Ethan is her anchor... her rock. I love that they have a lot in common and how Ethan teases Nara, but also knows she's his "sunshine" or "ray of light" *tehe book reference* Anzyway you really just have to read the book to understand *sigh* now on to the next one in the series (Lucid)....