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Brightest Kind of Darkness

(Brightest Kind of Darkness #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  6,982 ratings  ·  699 reviews
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 sudde
Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published June 27th 2011 by Patrice Michelle
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Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nara has a very unusual life. In fact, she lives every day twice. Once in her dreams, and again for real. Sounds awesome right? Wrong! It's boring in the purest sense of the word! Nara is completely over living her life in déja-vu. She only wants to be surprised for once. However, things change drastically when one day she interferes and stops a bomb from going off at school. Her dreams stop, then people start having strange injuries. What is the price of her meddling with Fate?

If there was any
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One thing that I enjoy about books is the way the plot flows. This plot not only flowed nicely, but grabbed the reader at every turn of the page. I have never been so bombarded by literary goodness that all I could do is eat popcorn, snuggle deeply with the book and hold on for the ride!

First off, the characters from the start are so great flawed in every good way that you can;'t help but be in there shoes. The characters are interesting, fresh, uniquely sculpted that the author makes you want t
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to AH by: erika badass
What if you could dream what you will experience the next day? Would you go out of your way to avoid stubbing your toe? Would you change events to save lives? Would you, could you, interfere? What are the repercussions if you do?

This is the dilemma facing Nara daily, until she meets the mysterious Ethan. With a touch, Nara’s dreams transfer to Ethan. Now Ethan sees what Nara will experience. It is very disconcerting for Nara not to be able to dream and the only way she can get her dreams back i
Midu Hadi
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA/fantasy fans
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Trisha Wolfe
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
O. M. G. I finished this book just yesterday, and my mouth is still in the shape of a perfect “o”. I don’t know how I’m going to review it without giving any spoilers. And trust me, you don’t want to know too much going in. The tension and climax at the end come from trying figuring out what is going on with Nara and hottie Ethan. And girls, Ethan IS smoldering.

One thing first. The cover alone made me want to read this. It's gorgeous! And for once, you actually can judge the story by the cover.
Okay. Recent controversies may have cropped up about authors and negative reviews, but this book was a two-star book for me, and I'm sticking to it. Which actually is kind of weird, because there were a few parts that I really liked.

First, the good stuff. The concept itself is pretty cool, and there's a lot of tension building up in the first half of the book. Nara Collins is a teenage girl who consistently dreams of her future, and not just little things. We're talking EVERYTHING: goals scored
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you imagine dreaming of your NEXT day? Nara does and she learned the hard way NOT to do anything to try to change the future. Until she dreams of a bomb and she knows she cannot ignore it. Is she tempting Fate? Should the future be an unknown, unchanged by the present, which by then would be the past? For every action, there is a reaction and Fate may not react too kindly.

When her “powers” begin to fade, Ethan comes into her life, dark, mysterious and “different.” Is there something about Et
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have often lamented that finding a quality book among the drifts of self-published e-books is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. I am happy to report that I have found one of those elusive needles—and it is crafted of solid gold (which is very impractical for a needle, but explains why it blended in with the hay so well.). I was turned onto this book by an interview and contest on Ilona Andrews blog, and as it was $.99 for the e-book I decided to take a flyer on it. I am SO glad that I di ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I loved this book! I needed something different and this is exactly what I was looking for.

The plot is similar to the movie Final Destination but without all the ickyness and scare tactics. I thought that the author did a wonderful job of incorporating new elements into the whole debate of if you know something bad is going to happen should you stop it or let nature take it’s course. At one point I even questioned my own beliefs and that in my opinion makes the author a very talented woman as I
First of all, I adore the cover of this book! It's what attracted me to it in the first place and made me eager to find out more. I really like the bright colours balancing out the darker colours- it's interesting! Much like this entire book.

Brightest Kind of Darkness has a wonderful premise. I was so excited to see how it would be executed because I just love YA books that are a little different to everything else out there. For me, the start was pretty slow but once I got in to it? I could not
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

A big THANK YOU to the author for providing me a copy for review. I couldn't put this book down. I was more tired than my kids their first day of school because I knew if I stopped reading I wouldn't be able to sleep anyway because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

To know what was going to happen to you the day before, how cool would that be? To actually dream the next day, even cooler. Knowing if the boy you were checking out was going to talk to you, to know if your te
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 be ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Brightest Kind of Darkness is the story of Nara, a girl who dreams her next days events before they happen, and a mysterious loner named Ethan. The events of the story lead Nara and Ethan to begin a budding friendship and eventually a romantic relationship. As their relationship grows and Nara's gift begins to fade, strange things begin to happen. The question is what will Ethan and Nara have left when this is all over.

My opinion: this book is a must read for anyone who likes a good paranormal
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Looking back, I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. It's kind of sappy, with poor world-building and one of those isolated-teen drama things going on where the two main characters are “special” and nobody understands them… I should have known all that from the pretentiously “deep” title, I suppose. I guess I wanted to find out about Nara's dreams, why they were happening and what was going on when she chose to intervene in events she foresaw.

This next could be termed a spoiler, but it
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My review will be accompanied with a Guest Post and giveaway on my blog the day after I post my review on my blog.

Even though this looks like a review :o] It isn't!

The one thing I can say about Brightest Kind of Darkness by debut author P.T. Michelle is that it rocked my Faery Wings! P.T. has written a plot so unlike any other in the genre; combine that with her unique narrative and skillful world and character building and you've got a ONE-SIT-READ! The Highest honor this reviewer ever gives.

Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
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This book would have received a much better rating if it had an ending. No ending, no real climax, it's a wait and see for book 2. Even with the no-ending-ending, I really enjoyed the story. It's a bit like the movie "Final Destination" but with more of an intriguing plot. Besides the ending, my only real gripe is the author wrote a YA book but the dialogue sounds a bit formal but overall, I liked the book.
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
The story starts off with Nara calling to tip the police off to a bomb threat at her school. Nora knows about the threat because she dreamed it the night before. Every night Nara dreams the next day, helping her out in soccer and school work. And life is good until she thwarts the bomb plot and then the dreams just stop. Then Ethan, the new kid who is a loner, enters her life. As Ethan and Nara's relationship starts to grow, Nara learns that Ethan knows her secret. But Ethan has a troubled past ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Inara is a pretty typical high school girl. She plays soccer, crushes on guys from the football team, and has friends. But every night she dreams about exactly what is going to happen to her the next day. She's had these dreams since she was seven, and never really tried to counteract anything she saw in them-until she dreams of someone setting a bomb off at school. When she anonymously calls in the bomb threat and averts the danger to the school, strange things start to happen around her and sh ...more
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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
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-boys
I was absolutely blown away by the uniqueness and thrills of Brightest Kind Of Darkness. It was one of those books where I couldn't put it down until I finished (cough 4am cough).

We start off with Nara Collins who every night dreams her entire next day. So that makes her the best soccer goalie, get great grades, and avoid things she may not want to see. Pretty neat, eh? It would be... until she dreams a bomb threat at her high school and she knows she must intervene. But, after that her dreams s
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don’t even know where to begin with this review. It was hard to write mostly because I wanted to spill every detail! Brightest Kind of Darkness is just an amazing story from page one. You are hooked by the tension of the opening scene and intrigued by the secret that lies behind that first phone call. The characters are relatable and not cliché. Even with the paranormal occurrences going on in the lives of Inara and Ethan you can’t help but think that their reactions to situations are genuine. ...more
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Ishnara has a gift of seeing the future in her dreams. When she stops a bomb that was about to detonate in her own Hugh school, her world is turned upside down. Her powers stop, she meets the new student Ethan who is seems like a bad boy but underneath that exterior, is a good person. Their relationship starts to gradually increase in

Nara is one character
Feb 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
TLDR Recap:

Sixteen year old Nara Collins has the unique ability to dream the events of the following day every night when she goes to bed. For the most part, she tries not to change the future in any drastic ways, but when she has a vision about a bombing at her school, she can’t ignore it. After preventing the tragedy from occurring, Nara’s visions start to fade, and she finds herself falling for the mysterious Ethan Harris, a loner with his own dark secrets. Nara has a feeling the bombing was
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Ethan clasped my wrist and pulled me into his arms, holding me close. “I’ll always be here for you.”

You know I first rated this book a four after finishing it but something didn’t sit right with me about just giving it a four rating. So I changed it to 4.5 and now, while I’m writing this review I still don’t think that’s enough. So yep now I’m rating it 5 and here’s why.

The story follows Nara Collins, a sixteen year old girl, who dreams the events of the following day…..every night. Knowing
Nara (legally Inara) has had a gift for most of her life. Well, she seems to consider it a gift, I'm not sure I would - it sounds terribly boring. Every night she dreams how her day will unfold in the coming hours, from beginning to end. Due to an event from when she was a child, she doesn't like to change the timeline because she can't see (or always understand) the fallout. That all changes when she dreams of her high school getting bombed; she cannot just sit back and watch, so she makes an a ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-kindle
This is Final Destination less the gore; The Numbers by Rachel Ward less the dark themes - it was the marriage of both which made this book that much more appealing. If you're thinking that this book will be lacking in suspense and, or will be tame, think again. PT Michelle found a median in which she told this story without losing any of the thrilling elements found in both aforementioned works. The realistic romance, the mystery surrounding Nara's abilities and her constant meddling with fate ...more
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book is so good! I don't read a lot of ebooks but this one really blew me away! It was a nice mix of paranormal with a Final Destination vibe. It really made me feel like if I was ever saved from a disaster, fate would find me *shiver*.

I gotta say, P.T. Michelle is a phenomenal writer. She clearly knows how to successfully weave a story in a way that grabs the reader. Nara is a pretty typical teenager in a lot of ways. She plays soccer, she's not really popular but she has a good best
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