Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Review: Lucid (Brightest Kind of Darkness #2) by: P.T. Michelle

Release Date: July 9, 2012
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"Once Nara combines her prophetic ability with Ethan’s power to outsmart Fate at his own deadly cat-and-mouse game, she’s more determined than ever to help Ethan learn the meaning behind the raven sword tattoo that suddenly appeared on his back after their confrontation with Fate.
During her quest to uncover the tattoo’s secrets, Nara enlists the help of some new friends and discovers her own surprising connection to Ethan.
While Nara digs deeper into the mystery, her desire for answers leads her down a dangerous path full of powerful and ruthless enemies. Swept into an age-old battle, Nara quickly learns that keeping one’s enemies close can be a necessary evil, making an intangible enemy she can control far more preferable to the human enemies she can’t."



My Thoughts:

Lucid is a wonderful follow up to Brightest Kind of Darkness. The story keeps you guessing and the plot moves along at a nice pace. However, Lucid did not grab me the way Brightest Kind of Darkness did. I was invested in the story and eager to know what was going to happen, but when I put the book down there was no overwhelming desire to pick it back up. Maybe I was just in a weird mood, but Brightest Kind of Darkness was a book I just could not put down where I did not get that feeling with Lucid. I am attributing this to the lack of Ethan.

I loved Ethan in Brightest Kind of Darkness, so when he wasn’t really in Lucid I was a bit upset. I really missed having his character around and I missed his interactions with Nara. Sadly, Ethan does not show up until the end, but when he does show up it is great. While I adore Ethan, I did want to punch him a little bit in this book. While he was off, it is obvious he was up to something. Did he share with Nara? Of course not, why would he do that. I mean he only expects Nara to share everything with him and gets mad when she doesn’t, but he is still holding back. It seemed like a bit of a double standard to me. Aside from this though, I still really like his character and I am hoping he is much more prevalent in the next book.

Nara goes through some changes in Lucid and I think they are for the better. She becomes kinda kickass and I loved that. She learns to fight and defend herself. I also liked the way she dealt with Ethan’s absence. She was upset and clearly missed him; however she didn’t focus on that. Nara found ways to distract herself and found her own ways to stay close to him. A lot of her distraction comes with the help of the new Welsh transfer student Drystan. While Drystan was not Ethan, I liked him a lot. He is funny and witty and has a swoon worthy accent. However, he too had his moments where he grated on my nerves. He was determined to make Nara trust him so she would share her secrets with him. My question is; why did he need to know? Someone can trust you without telling you every single deep dark secret they have. Trust is a two way street; Drystan wants Nara to trust him, but he should also trust her to tell him what she feels is right for her. Sometimes people like to keep things personal. Also, not all secrets are hers to share, like Ethan’s for instance. Now I just need to take a quick second to talk about Nara’s BFF Lainey. Lainey can be incredibly annoying. She can be incredibly self-centered, especially in the beginning of the book. She drove me nuts, but she does make up for it in the end.

Lucid has numerous interwoven plot lines. Fate is still around but now there is someone or something else out there that is interested in Nara and Ethan’s connection to the ravens. These people are willing to go to extreme lengths to figure this out and get to them. I found the raven plot line to be incredibly interesting, but I was left with a lot of questions about it and I am looking forward to learning more about that in the next book. The one downside to the plot was that I was able to guess some of the ending, where with Brightest Kind of Darkness I could not guess anything.

My favorite part about Lucid is that it leaves all the angst behind. I mean, of course it has a tiny presence, but it is not overwhelming. Also, there is no love triangle. At least I didn’t feel like there was one, although I think some people could argue this point. There is someone else interested in Nara, but it is clearly one sided, so I don’t consider it a triangle. If you want to consider it a triangle, well then there are much worse ones out there, this one is good. I am hoping this stays this way and that the next book does not introduce one, because I am so fickle with love triangles.

All in all, Lucid is a good read. It has a great paranormal story, one that has not been done before and despite the relationship being long distance there is still a very romantic aspect to it. Fans of BKoD, you will not be disappointed with this one.


7 comments:

  1. Great review! I have been seeing this series quite a lot lately and I really want to start it soon. It sounds really good! I like that there isn't really any angst or a triangle involved.

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  2. I didn't read this undoubtedly awesome and perfect review because I fear the spoilers, I know you understand. I did, however, read the last 3 sentences, saw you liked it, looked up the first book in the series on Goodreads, and have added it to my TBR list! Thank you for introducing me to this series, I hope I can get to it soon, gosh I am going to have to start working the corners in order to pay for all the books I want...I am going to need sugar, dough, and oil...churro carts make loads of money right?

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    1. Churro cart is deff the way to go! I'm glad you added this to your TBR, I think you'll enjoy it. Ethan is yum!

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  3. I missed Ethan, too, and felt frustrated. I definitely felt like the end gave me some payoff in the Ethan/romance department. ;-)

    I'm glad you enjoyed this. I'm really excited for book three. Great review!

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    1. Yea, the end definitely makes up for the lack of him elsewhere! I'm hoping for lots more Ethan in book 3.

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  4. I agree, Lucid didn't have what BKoD did. It was still a great read, but didn't have that WOW factor! I am very ready to have the 3rd book, and some more Ethan!! :)
    I also really loved Nara and Ethan’s connection to the ravens! I find that a cool aspect of the story and very interesting!

    Great review Teresa!! As always!!! :D

    Magen Corrie

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    1. Glad to see we agree... again. I'm hoping book 3 is better and I think it will be, because Ethan will be back and then all should be well... theoretically.

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