Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: Ethan (Brightest Kind of Darkness #0.5) by P.T. Michelle

  • Publisher: Patrice Michelle
  • Publication date: 1/12/2013
  • Source: eBook provided by the author for review
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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 shines through.

Until Nara Collins crosses his path. The blonde fascinates and intrigues him, giving him a measure of peace he’s never felt before.

When Ethan discovers there’s more to Nara than she allows others to see, that she might have a unique secret of her own, suddenly his world comes into focus.

Note: Ethan is a novella PREQUEL to Brightest Kind of Darkness. This story will give some of Ethan’s background and lead up until the day he tells Nara there’s a bomb in the school.

My Thoughts

I have really been enjoying this series, and I love Ethan, so I was so excited to hear that he was getting his own novella! This takes place before Brightest Kind of Darkness and we get to know a little bit about Ethan and how he got to be there. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the series, or a fantastic addition if you have read any of it. You do not have to read this to enjoy the series. I just love getting any extra I can when I really love a series and the characters.

This starts off right before Ethan starts his new school, where he meets Nara. We get to see things from his perspective as he first notices Nara and becomes intrigued by her, slowly leading up to when they actually finally meet. He knows that there is something special, different about her and for some reason when he thinks of her or sees her, his inner demons go away. I loved how perceptive he was to the people around him and what they are saying and thinking, and how protective he gets over Nara even before they have said a word to each other. He is also the only one who sees the difference in her because he pays attention when others are just kind of there.

The other thing that I really liked about this was getting to kind of see what is going on with his parents, though most of that is still a mystery that I was hoping we would find out in this. He has a lot of anger towards his parents, and they seem to think they can buy his happiness. He doesn't want their money though. I also really liked seeing more of him and his brother and their interactions. Sampson is a really great brother to him and is very non judgmental and caring. I don't really think we learned all that much in this, but it was fun to get to read a little from Ethan's POV.


 

16 comments:

  1. It was so much fun getting to be in Ethan's head. I really enjoyed it :) Loved your review!

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the Book Crazed Girl

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    1. Yes, I loved being in his head, I just wish we had learned a little more.

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  2. I like reading Ethan's story. For me, it s was too short, but still gave me the answer I wanted to hear,.

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    1. It was short, but I really enjoyed being in his head.

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  3. I always love these novellas when they actually add something to the overall story--I think my favorite is the Tod one from the Soul Screamers series. :) I need to read this series--I remember how much you like it and I've seen so many other raves, too.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. This series is wonderful. Ohh Reaper is a fantastic novella. I loved Tod's story.

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  4. How have I not heard about this novella????? I love this series! *scurries off to buy*

    I'd love to see their first meeting from his perspective, and while it's too bad this doesn't contribute more to the story it still sounds like a fun read. Excellent review!

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    1. It just came out so it's very new. We get a little bit more about the story, but not much.

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  5. Oh! I just read this too. I really enjoyed getting to know Ethan in the days leading up to meeting Nara. I immediately went back & read ch 1 of BKoD. Can't wait for Destiny!

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  6. I haven't heard of this but looks interesting!

    Old follower!
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  7. I have had the the first one for awhile (well, full novel) but haven't had a chance to read it yet. It sounds like a series I need to read soon though!

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  8. I need to read this one! Love this series.

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  9. OOH I've been hearing such awesome things about this series I'll have to check it out as soon as possible! Ethan sounds like a really interesting character and I love those kinds of books that lead up to when the two protagonists actually meet! :D And Ethan sounds like a really broken character! Awesome review Amy!

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  10. I love this novella as well! After being a bit confused about what was going on with Ethan after Lucid, I enjoyed getting to know him a little better. Especially understanding the darkness that haunts Ethan despite how good his heart is. It seems like PT Michelle purposefully didn't want to spoil information in BKoD or Lucid. I guess that's why, besides getting a better feeling for Ethan, we did not learn a lot more about this series.

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  11. I've not heard of this series before! Must have been daydreaming when it came out. Sounds fab; great review :)

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  12. I'm really excited about reading this one. I love Ethan. Nice review hun.

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