Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle + GIVEAWAY

Source: Received eBook copy from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Summary:

Nara knows what will happen today.  She dreamed her day the night before.  It helps knowing what the questions on the test in trig will be.  It helps knowing where the shots on goal will be especially when you're the goalie.  It helps to know to avoid certain streets on the way to school so you won't be late.  What doesn't help is knowing that someone is going to set off a bomb at school the next day.  Nara normally tries to avoid acting on the bad things.  She tried once and well that didn't go so well but this time she has to try.  Her actions set loose a chain of events she could never have counted on.  For one she looses her gift, what's up with that?  How can she survive not knowing what's going to happen.  For another, she meets this loaner guy that captures her heart.  His smile melts her heart and it's only for her.  Oh and then there's the little matter of ticking fate off.  Yeah, that can't be good.

My Thoughts:

4 stars - a great read

Questions.  Lots and lots of questions.  That's the theme of this book for me.  It had me asking lots and lots of questions.  Why?  Well, it's because I didn't have a clue where this book was going!  I read so much that I frequently can anticipate from every little clue that gets left among the pages.   Not this time and WOW was that a NICE experience.  It hasn't happened for a very long time.  Now there were lots of clues and I kept trying to piece them together but it was a not go.  LOVED that about this book.

So the world that P.T. creates is unique in the paranormal world.  There were no vampires or werewolves.  No witches or reapers.  What there was was fate.  I've never read a book like this.  Since I had no other experience to base it off of, I was able to enjoy the creation of very interesting lure.  Ravens and feathers.  The color black.  Darkness in varying degrees.  Loved the image from the title and how it's woven into the book.  Nicely done.

I liked how Nara and Ethan's gifts were different yet related and how they weren't sure about them so they were guessing all the time.  Anyone who could have explained wasn't around to help them.  This drew the two together in a way that created a binding relationship even when they weren't together.  I loved how they eased the stress of their gifts for each other.  Truly a partnership where both contribute and need each other.  It is the best kind of relationship.

My favorite character is Ethan.  I loved how Ethan's story was shrouded in mystery.  He isn't sure where or how his gift (or he would say curse) came about.  He has a painful past where those that loved him have repeatedly let him down.  He is tortured with this gift and he has persevered.  He hasn't lost his humanity.  He cares deeply for Nara.  He's so cute about it.  I just want to hug him.

Nara is great too.  She's strong and determined.  Her life has been painful with her father leaving when she was eight.  That event left some lasting scares.  She's broken when it comes to trust and love.  Totally understandable.  So she holds back some.  Very real.

Now the plot.  Well as I said, I was reading blind here.  I enjoyed that.  There were lots of little events that the characters went through leading up to the end.  It's very much like a roller coaster ride.  There are still a lot of questions about this story.  The ending was a bit quick but I still liked it.  Lots of loose ends that still need to be wrapped up which I'm hoping for answers in book 2 or 3.   And for sure I want to read the next one.

Looking for something different?  Like paranormal romance?  Then this is a great choice.  Check it out.

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*** GIVEAWAY ***

P.T. has graciously offered to give a StuckInBooks followers an eBook copy of BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS.  Nice, huh?   Just fill out the rafflecopter below.  International if you can accept an eBook copy. Ends 12/14/11.

Watch for a FABULOUS Character interview with Ethan coming very soon!


  1. i've really been seeing/hearing great things about this book. and the cover is really super pretty. :)

  2. Great review Valerie! I really loved this one I also loved the surprises. I also rarely can't figure out a plot. Glad you liked it too! :)

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  3. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read this book for a couple of months now, but for some reason The Book Depository doesn't have it... (and as I live in Holland, this is my main book supply mechanism)
    Glad you liked it so much!

  4. Hi Valerie,

    Just wanted to thank you again for the lovely review! I'm so glad you loved Ethan and Nara's story. :)


  5. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC Darlene
    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! The book sounds wonderful!

    GFC Gena Robertson