Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness, #1) - P.T. Michelle,  Patrice Michelle Nara (legally Inara) has had a gift for most of her life. Well, she seems to consider it a gift, I'm not sure I would - it sounds terribly boring. Every night she dreams how her day will unfold in the coming hours, from beginning to end. Due to an event from when she was a child, she doesn't like to change the timeline because she can't see (or always understand) the fallout. That all changes when she dreams of her high school getting bombed; she cannot just sit back and watch, so she makes an anonymous tip to the police from a Wal-Mart. This good deed throws her life into chaos. Her powers seem to have mostly disappeared (except sporadically), and she doesn't know how to live her life in the real world without the precognition that's known for so long. Even though that was boring to her, this is terrifying.

I think watching Nara trying to adjust to her powers being gone could have been a novel in and of itself. It's fascinating. It is really like she lost one of the major senses that she had used to understand her world. With it gone, she's thrown into utter confusion. Of course, she'd get used to it, but it's tantamount to someone losing their hearing or their sight; she's at a total loss when it disappears.

While all of this is going on, Nara is also navigating high school. Her soccer team-mates are less than understanding when she stops blocking every single goal that comes her way. Her best friend starts dating a douchenozzle and pulls away from her. On top of this, she's falling for the new kid who is considered dangerous by almost everyone she knows.

Here is my love interest rant: Ethan is taller than her, muscular, with long dark bangs and blue eyes. He has a mysterious past. He's been expelled from his last school. He doesn't have any friends in this new school. Her friends warn her about him continuously. He draws dark things in his notebook and is tattooed. Of course, you know he's just misunderstood. He had a reason to do whatever he did at his last school. And of course he falls madly and quickly for the heroine, doing whatever it takes to protect her. Because all heroines need protecting, obviously.

Young Adult authors need to come up with a new love interest. Fucking pronto. You could transplant Ethan into any number of YA novels and nothing would need to be changed. He's the generic "bad boy." The problem is he's not a bad boy. He's a troubled kid with no distinguishing characteristics from other troubled kids written into YA in the history of the genre. I'd blame Twilight but really this problem preceded that piece of garbage. However, I must say that Ethan was so much like every love interest since Twilight that I really was afraid that the guy was a vampire. I would have stopped reading.

Please, please, please, I beg of you, please start thinking of new male love interests for female heroines in Young Adult Literature! I'm on my hands and knees here. I like YA, but I'm sick of reading the same exact love story over and over again.
/love interest rant

What is most interesting about this book is that even though it started a pretty basic YA fantasy, moved into annoying Twilight-zone, it ended in a very interesting Final Destination type of story-line. Fate plays into it and is less than pleased with Nara and Ethan. Everything is a domino effect in this novel, starting from the very beginning and it actually caught me off guard a little. I probably would have picked up on it sooner if I weren't so focused on how much Ethan better not be a fucking vampire, damnit.

I ended up very much enjoying this novel. I was pleasantly surprised by how it ended, honestly. While nothing was really wrapped up (it the first in a trilogy) it was a unique sort of ending. The personification of Fate was really well done, in my opinion.