Release Date: June 2011
Pages: 364 pages
Source & Format: Bought; Kindle e-book
Series: Brightest Kind of Darkness #1
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Summary (from Amazon)
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.
Thoughts on Brightest Kind of Darkness
I just don't even know what to say about this book. I bought it super-cheap on Amazon, which I'm quickly learning isn't always the best decision. The book cover says the author is an "Award Winning Author," but I'm pretty sure this was self-published so I'm unsure what kind of awards we're talking about here.
It took me almost two weeks to finish this book. For some people, that wouldn't mean much. For me, that's a long time to finish a really easy book. I just could not get into this book. I kept forcing myself to read just a little bit more, hoping that I'd become more involved in the story. Unfortunately, that never happened.
I don't really know why I was so disconnected from this book. The writing isn't terrible and neither are the characters. The plot even sounded interesting - a girl who dreams the events of the following day. I do think it needed some editing. In my opinion, large portions of this book were really unnecessary. I can't put my finger on what exactly bothered me so much about this book, but it definitely fell short for me.
I'm not a huge fan of paranormal-type books, which may be part of the reason I didn't care for this book. I also think it had something to do with the fact that there were a lot of ideas introduced that were just left as loose ends. And I was a little confused about what was going on at times.
I don't want to imply I hated this book. Honestly, I fell more into the "blah" category. I could have stopped reading and not thought twice about it, but I didn't feel like I had to stop reading. Because I didn't care for it, I wouldn't recommend it. But, according to Goodreads and Amazon, a lot of people really loved this book. So I'd recommend seeing what other people say about this book if you're still interested.
"Ethan had this knack for leaving me breathless and teetering. Like a chair tilted on two legs, I was never sure if I was going to topple over or land on solid ground."