P.T. Michelle (Patrice Michelle)

Cover Copy: 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.

My Thoughts: BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS tells the story of Inara Collins, a girl with a serious case of deja vu. Every morning she wakes up having dreamed the events of her day and where most people would promptly forget their dreams, Nara remembers them. She lives out her days knowing exactly what’s going to happen.

I’ve had moments of deja vu, I’ve even had those deja vu moments and remembered them from my dreams, but Nara’s gift/curse would be something pretty difficult to live with. Imagine never having any surprises. Sometimes it might be nice to know what’s going to happen so you could prepare for it (like chemistry tests), but other times it would be horrible. You’d know every Christmas and birthday gift before you ever opened it.

Nara’s dreams were never a big problem, mostly just daily spoilers, until she dreams about a bomb inside the school. She decides to call in the tip, thus saving several students from death and harm. But at what cost has she crossed Fate? Soon she starts having dreams in which more and more students are injured. She continues to try to interfere to save the students from injury, but a mysterious force seems to be acting against her.

That dark force could be the new guy, Ethan Harris. He’s dark, mysterious, and he seems to have uncanny timing. But Nara’s instincts tell her she can trust him. Nara and Ethan even strike up a relationship, but soon Nara begins to suspect Ethan has something to do with her dreams disappearing. And Ethan does seem to be more than he’s letting on with a past he doesn’t want to talk about . . .

The book starts out a bit rocky in the opening pages, but it doesn’t take long to figure out what’s going on. The pacing is quick, the tension builds steadily. The romance is sweet but complicated by Nara’s trust-issues with Ethan. But mostly it was an enjoyable, engaging read. The bad guy turns out to be very bad. I can’t wait to read the sequel, LUCID.

BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS is perfect reading for fall. Put on a pair of boots, a warm sweater and settle down with a pumpkin spice latte on a fall afternoon with BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS.

Cover: The cover is gorgeous. I’ve always loved fall colours and pretty dresses.

Rating: A
Series: Brightest Kind of Darkness, #1
Publisher: Patrice Michelle, 2011
Acquired: Author

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