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