Day 28: Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle
Summary 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.
I sure have been making exceptions to my rules lately. Brightest Kind of Darkness is the second book in a row that has included some borderline insta-love in it, and yet again I, for reasons unknown to me, am not as bothered by it. BKoD is a pleasant, easy paranormal read, and though it includes some fantasy cliches (fantasy birds strike again!) for the most part it works really well.
Besides the near insta-love between Nara and Ethan my main issue with BKoD is the pacing. Sure, I had no problems breezing through this book which is always a good sign, but it felt like the characters were stuck on repeat. They had to encounter very similar situations in order to get to the next big reveal and then start all over again, after a while that can get a bit annoying. The writing itself is really well done, so if it wasn’t for this cyclical way of moving the plot along I think it would be just about perfect.
Enough about what I’m not as high on, let’s get into the characters! Nara grew on me. I wasn’t sure how I was going to handle her “my gift is a curse” bit, but after a while it was made pretty clear that it is indeed a legitimate drain on parts of her life so I cut her some slack. As the story progresses she gets a better idea of what her gift really means, and though it does seem like she really starts to depend heavily on Ethan (which I’m sure some readers would find highly frustrating), she does grow and become a stronger person. She no longer allows her gift to control her, but forces it to go the other way around, with some pretty freaky consequences.
Though the plot is done in the annoying cyclical fashion at times, it is actually quite intriguing. Facing one danger after another and dealing with the uncertainty of her gift creates a very compelling storyline. There is enough action, mixed with a good bit of romance, to keep it interesting, and when the plot isn’t winding back on itself the pacing and flow does work well.
I did enjoy Brightest Kind of Darkness overall and am looking forward to reading Lucid in the somewhat-near future. For any teens that enjoy fantasy, especially the paranormal variety, this is a good read. For those that want a bit of romance in there as well I’d also recommend this one. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 29!