Monday, 22 July 2013

Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness #1) by P.T. Michelle

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

 Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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16-year-old Nara has a secret. Every night since she was 7 she has dreamed what would happen to her in the next 24 hours, in quite a lot of detail. Nara has used this information to help her on tests, and to become a really good soccer goalie!

Usually Nara doesn’t use what she sees to change things, but when she dreams about a bomb at her high school she has to call in the threat and stop people from being killed. Unfortunately, after she does this her dreams suddenly stop!

Her lack of dreams isn’t the only strange thing though, it seems like she’s also caught the attention of a new boy at school – Ethan, and he’s a little bit strange himself.
Who is Ethan? What happened to Nara’s dreams? And will she ever get them back?

This was an okay YA paranormal romance story, but it felt really long.

Nara was an okay character she obviously thought that interfering with the way things were supposed to be was wrong, but she also couldn’t help herself from stepping in when she felt that people were going to end up hurt. As terrible as things were, she would probably have been best leaving well alone, when things happened that didn’t happen directly to her.
Ethan was an okay character, and I didn’t guess what was going on with him. He was quite mysterious, and seemed to be a good match for Nara.

The storyline in this book was okay, but the pacing was just so slow. We were given hints as to what was going on with Ethan, and hints as to what was going on with Nara, but didn’t get any answers until around 60% of the way in, and I just felt like the pace really dragged. I thought that we could have gotten to the real point of the story a lot quicker, which would have kept my interest a lot more. I did think that some interesting ideas were raised during the story, especially the dilemma which Nara faced concerning her dreams and Ethan, but it’s difficult to say more about this without dropping spoilers!

The romance element of the story was okay, although there was plenty of stuff happening which messed with Nara and Ethan’s relationship. They did seem like quite a sweet couple though, and it was obvious that they cared for each other.

The ending was also okay, although I’m not really sure that Nara has solved the problem, and there were a hell of a lot of questions that weren’t answered in this book. While we weren’t left with a cliff-hanger, we were left with a lot of unanswered questions, which would put me off recommending this as a standalone read. I think that really if you read this you’d better be prepared to read the other books in the series, or put up with not knowing the answers to some of this stuff which is disappointing.
Overall; an okay YA paranormal romance.
6.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. When a book feels really long I always take that as a bad sign because if you love a book enough, you wouldn't notice it its super long.