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(Brightest Kind of Darkness #0.5)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,642 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Ethan Harris never thought monsters and darkness would consume his daily thoughts, but every night the same visions repeat in his dreams. He's careful to project a semblance of normalcy, keeping the suffocating darkness locked inside. As much as he wishes he could focus on girls, sports, and cars like other seventeen-year-olds, nothing distracts him from his own demons or ...more
Kindle Edition, 106 pages
Published January 12th 2013 by Limitless Ink Press (first published January 11th 2013)
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Magen Corrie
*I was sent this novella by the author in exchange for an honest review*

My Mini Review:

ETHAN was amazing! How can I put into words how much I just loved reading about Ethan? It's hard! It really is! This was a novella worth the wait. It placed me right into Ethan's world, giving me a glimpse into a character I just love. And boy, did I enjoy being in Ethan's head!

What I just loved most is that Ethan is a wonderful character, he really is. In LUCID you didn’t get to seem him a lot at all. Which
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Ethan has a hard time keeping the voices and the dark images from plaguing his mind and thoughts. That is until he meets Nara. Nara brings with her the smell of sunshine and flowers and Ethan finds she is all he can think about. And soon Ethan starts noticing things about her others seem to miss. What is it about that girl and will he chance rejection to know her more? You betcha he will.

ETHAN is a really short read…a mere 50 some odd pages long on my nook. Readers get a special peek into Ethan’
There were many more questions than answers in this; I don't know what to make of Ethan, he's a difficult chap to understand, but then his protective instincts and his gift with dogs made me want to learn more.
Reading on with the next part...
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3.5 out of 4
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: January 11, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Gift from the author
Part of a Series: Yes, 0.5, Brightest Kind of Darkness Series
Series Best Read In Order: Prequel can be read before or after Book 1
Steam Level: Chaste
Pet Peeves: Not a Self-Contained Story, Cliff-Hanger
Favorite Tropes: Male Point-of-View, Tattoo

Even though I
D Call
Rating: PG13 for language
Sex: none
Language: 3 F words, 9 Lord's name in vain, 15 S words
Violence: none
HEA or Cliffhanger: this is a between book
Do I need to read books before this one: yes
Would I read more of the series: yes

I want expecting to write a review on a prequel, but this book is too good. It adds depth to Ethan's history.

Comfort is fleeting; it means you depend on someone else to get you through. I've learned that pain, both emotional and physical, can be a necessary evil, a visceral
I decided to read Ethan before I decided whether or not to read the longer first book in the series. In hindsight, it might have been the wrong decision because reading this prequel put me off reading anything else in the series.

There was nothing wrong with the actual writing. It was a solid piece of writing, nicely put together and an attempt to build the character for the reader. This is why I think I might have been better reading the prequel once I got to know the characters in the present-b
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ethan was plagued by nightmares where he sucked other people's pain. If that was not enough his parents were convinced he was crazy and he left the house to live with his brother Samson. Ethan thought he had no hope. He thought he only brought darkness and negativity wherever he went. But, when he met Nara, she was light when he was dark, she was hope when all his hope was lost. She was trust when he was unreliable and she was still, when he was restless. Nara was everything he needed. He tried ...more
Joey Berube
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This prequel is written in Ethan's point-of-view and takes place mostly prior to the first book of the series. I'm a fan of the series having already read the first two books and so can't judge if this book reads well as a stand-alone or not, because knowledge of what is going to happen infused my reading of the chapters. I already loved Ethan, but I really gained a deeper understanding of his character and the way his mind and gifts work through this book. I found myself smiling and crying at a ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Thalia by: The "Free" Label
Read the review on my blog:
M. A. Hickman
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the whole "Brightest kind of darkness" series and Ethan was no different. It was a great waynto get a better understanding as to whomEthan is. I am just waiting on the next book to come out. ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this for free on my kindle, and read it to see if I wanted to read the first book in the series -- I did! I liked Ethan's voice and found him to be an interesting character. ...more
Ann L.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Paranormal Adult Readers
Recommended to Ann by: Amazon
This a prequel to the "Brightest Kind of Darkness" series, but it's best read after you read the first book to the series. I recommend following that order because this particular novella talks about some things that go along with the first book. Ethan is narrating his story of what is going on with him before he meets Nara and what he thinks about her when he sees her for the first time, and what he sees in her that she doesn't even realize she has and does, and so that's enlightening because I ...more
⭐Barbara S⭐
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal

Ethan (Brightest Kind of Darkness, #0.5)

Speechless 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This prequel is written in Ethan's point-of-view, it is interesting and exciting but short

Ethan is not an ordinary boy he sees visions,
fights terrible dreams, helps those who need help

Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself, Marcus, even if the way you choose to do things is different from everyone else. It doesn’t make you any less. It just makes you unique. Never compromise your exceptionalness.”

I liked the scene with the littl
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pretty well done

I enjoyed this little snippet of Ethan’s story. One thing that I noticed is that when you read the book you have to think about the situations in the book in a new way. It’s not just a fantasy read, but rather there is an underlying thing or message with each event or vision, etc.

I tried to explain how my thinking pattern worked for this book without spoilers, but you just have to read the book to figure out what I’m talking about.

This novella should be read after brightest kind
This was the beginning of a series and it was a very short introduction but let me tell you in these few pages Ethan Harris has the reader along with him every step of the way. This teenager is carrying more than his fair share of the worlds weight on his weary shoulders and yet he still has a draw to him that the darkness inside cannot overshadow.

There is one scene in particular that nearly broke me on his behalf and several that made me cry but for sure he will not be forgotten soon even thoug
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read "Brightest Kind of Darkness," saw that there was a prequel and that it was a free Kindle download, so I read this novella. I really liked 'Ethan,' the character, and I'm so glad I read this before reading the previously named book. It lays a good foundation for understanding what is going on. ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was good. And I want more.
Who is Ethan and what are his demons?
What’s the darkness that talks to him?
Who is Nara and what is she hiding? How does she move the way she does?
What connection do they have to each other?
Will Ethan’s parents come around?
Will Samson figure out what’s going on with Ethan?
Who is Adder?

Very happy I stumbled across this one :)
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started with this book so with that being said it didn’t really WOW me. I do have ant to know what happens and why certain things are happening. However, I’m not going to die if I don’t get around to reading it like I feel with some of my books!
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This insight to Ethan's life was pretty intriguing, but the story was so short, I didn't know if I should add it to my reading list since about 15% of the book was excerpts from latter books in the series. ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to the series! Really enjoyed getting to know Ethan's background. I look forward to reading the series! ...more
Barbara Beauchamp
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

Good but should of read first
I love there story can't wait to read more.
Dreams are scary sometimes but wow
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really really short. Good. Short.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
What a great way to get to know Ethan! I’m increasingly intrigued by his nature. So mysterious!
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great to get the back story to Ethan
Georgina Lacayo
I'm reminded why I fell in love with Brightest Kind of Darkness. Can't wait to finish this series. I hope it doesn't flail like Lucid. ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Ethan!

Ethan is for sure one of my top 10 book boyfriends!!! How can you not love an incredible, selfless, giving, misunderstood guy?!?
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. In this book we got to know Ethan a little more.
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