Release Date: December 24, 2011
Publisher: Patrice Michelle
Series: Brightest Kind of Darkness
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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 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.
Nothing surprises Nara. She's seen it all before – in her dreams, which makes her live in a constant state of déjà vu. Every night she has a dreams about her entire day before it happens. Because of the consequences of something that happen years ago, Nara chooses not to intervene and lets fate take it's course. But that isn't an option after her recent dream. She has to prevent an attack at her high school with fatal results and hope that she can live with the consequences.
I really enjoyed this book and how different it is to anything I've read. Nara is loyal, even when I think she shouldn't be, but I get the feeling Nara is use to putting everyone and their feelings before her own. She also loves to play football (soccer) – a great change from the more times than not cheerleader role with a female protagonist interested in a physical activity in high school.
She's drawn to the new guy, Ethan. A loner, who was kicked out of his last school and spends his time sitting in the back of the classroom drawing disturbing images in a notepad. He starts hanging out with Nara and is there for her when she has trouble with her best friend and teammates. There is a lot more to him. That more is what makes him a misfit and a great match for Nara in a way that lets her confide in him like she can't we anybody else.
Brightest Kind of Darkness combines the unsettling feeling, thrill and suspense of Final Destination with a great romance. The plot is fast-paced and the ending left me with lots of questions I'm looking forward to finding out the answers to in the sequel.