17 October 2012

Wee Book Reviews: Brightest Kind of Darkness & Lucid


 

The romance in the Brightest Kind of Darkness was nothing new. Tortured, mysterious, misunderstood, tattooed bad boy meets good girl with a "gift". Meh. But the story line and special "gift" was reallllly good and fresh. Turns out Nara dreams her next day. But when Nara starts using her gift to help change the future she angers Fate. Now Fate's after her and she's being tormented by something she can't see. Brightest Kind of Darkness kept me on the edge of my seat. No one was safe. It was the perfect amount of spooky and mysterious. 4 stars.

Lucid suffers from the sophomore slump and has a bit of a Twilighty love triangle. It's not badly written. It does introduce more elements, mystery, and questions. It just doesn't feel full and satisfying. I am so sick of love triangles and girls I want to slap because they had an entire book to figure things out and should now be tougher and smarter by now. So this one ended up feeling drawn out, took me a bit more effort to complete, and left me feeling thirsty. 3 stars

Well?: Will I be reading the third book? Yes. I am so knee deep in the mystery that I really want to know what happens. Plus, the powers part is very original and call me an optimist but I believe P.T. Michelle is going to make up Lucid to me with book three.

Wrappings: I love both covers. They're striking, very fall, and fit the stories perfectly.


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82 comments :

  1. The story line sounds really cool, minus the lame love aspect. I too am so sick I could puke of lame Twilighty love triangles. Well written Hunger Gamesy triangles I can handle, but the whole letting your life be consumed by a boy thing is way old. Anyway, thanks for the great review, I am intrigued enough by the other parts of this story to check the series out.

    -Kate the Book Buff
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    1. Right? Gag me ;)

      YES good point. I liked it in Hunger Games.

      Thank you so much for coming by!

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  2. Those covers are definitely gorgeous! But another love triangle and an MC that you want to slap some sense into? Sounds a bit too irritating....

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    1. She was great in book one but yah in book two I wanted her to smarten up :)

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  3. The covers are gorgeous. I am disappointed to hear this is a series, sigh. Do you think I will enjoy the first as a stand alone without the need to read on?

    I'm glad to have read the review on these together, thanks Juju.

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    1. Aren't they? :)

      OMG right? I get allll excited when I find stand alones these days. :)

      Very good question....I think you should try it. It gives a resolution to the immediate problem but leaves other parts of the mystery open. Does that help? It's affordable too so it won't hurt the pocketbook.

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  4. Oh my gosh, love triangles. Ew, I'll pass. The story sounds really good, though so perhaps I'll give on the first one... You sneaky woman Ms. Juju!

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  5. Dreams her next day? How interesting...sorta reminds me of THE BOOK OF TOMORROW just with a twist. Love when the elements of a book are balanced....opens it up to a wider audience and makes it more enjoyable all at once. Agreed on the covers as well....hopefully book three follows suit there but perhaps picks up the slack book 2 left behind. Great review!

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    1. I never finished that one :) Does that happen? Wowwww.

      Amen! I hoping too :)

      Thanks sweetie.

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  6. Oh, the sophomore slumps...I hate it when triangles throw characters off- personality and all I think. Still I'm very curious about this series, so maybe I will pick it up!

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  7. I'm getting a bit tired of the love triangles and girls that take forever to have their 'duh moment'. But I do like the premise of this book and the covers are beautiful and eye-catching. The suspense of it all keeps drawing me in - I will have to take a peek at these during some downtime soon! Thanks for a great review and rec!

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    1. Yah I feel ya. I get annoyed with them.

      I do hope you check them out :)

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  8. I like the idea of dreaming your next day...very cool! I've never head of either of these books, but I'll have to look into them. I love the covers- perfect for this time of year!

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    1. Right? I thought so too. Book one opens strong too! She dreams something she can't let happen (a bombing).

      :)

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  9. Oh both of those covers are beautiful! I would buy them just for that alone :-)

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  10. I LOVED Brightest Kind of Darkness SOOOO much! I haven't had the chance to read Lucid yet though!!!!!

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    1. It was reallly good :)
      I look forward to your thoughts on Lucid.

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  11. Sounds like pretty good reads. I like both the covers, too. I think its because of the autumn colors ~ I love fall!

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    1. Right? I love reading cold weather things in the fall and winter.

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  12. Meh. Probably not for me. Thanks for the review!

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  13. Love triangles and cliffhangers. I'm so over them all.

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    1. Oooo girl you're going to love them then! :) And like I said, I have high hopes for three and book one is reallly good.

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  14. I love the covers too - there's something about the lighting.

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  15. haven't heard of these yet! but yes, the photography on the covers is so ethereal.

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    1. Right? Good word for them.

      Thanks for coming by :)

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  16. You know your review of the first book is the first review I've read where I had any kind of understanding of what the book is about. I have this on my Nook and you are convincing me to get to it soon. And the covers are beautiful. Love the fall themes.

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    1. Yay! Awesome. That makes my day.

      I hope you like it. :)

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  17. Well, it's too bad that you weren't in love with these, but a love triangle AND an immature/TSTL protagonist?! Two of my biggest pet peeves! So I probably wouldn't enjoy these either. But the mystery sounds well done!

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    1. I feel ya ;)

      She's not immature but I wanted her to get with it and step up ya know? :)

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  18. I loooved Brightest Kind of Darkness and was so eager to love Lucid. But, yea, I agree with alot of your review. I enjoyed it, but definitely didn't love it, didn't like how much information was still left out. I did like Drystan, but I actually never thought of him as a love interest for Nara, so I guess that's why the triangle didn't bother me. One thing though---Ethan wasn't in it much, but when he was I just did not like him at all! Way too intense and possessive.

    Great review, Juju!

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    1. Right? So glad I'm not alone. :)
      'Cause I realllllly like BKOD.

      Lucid gave me such a New Moon feel. Ethan disappears, Drystan steps in and he's is so sweet and hot and better for her (ala Jacob). Then Ethan comes back and he's all dark and too much.

      I didn't like him when he came back either.
      The dark doesn't bother me but what's with the weirdness and lies?
      Either way, I have faith for three.
      How about you?

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  19. I don't think this series is for me but I will admit to sticking with a series just because I needed to know what happened even though overall I just thought it was "meh". The third book could surprise you and knock it out of the park!

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    1. That's what I'm hoping. I'm hoping the third is on par with the first. I have faith. :)

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  20. Not sure if I would read these......BUT...those covers are soooo pretty, they feel just like fall...:)

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    1. They are and they take place when the weather is cold too :)

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  21. I have both of these...to my surprise...and I will read them and probably the third one, too...sigh!

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  22. They look and sound good. I'm not a huge fan of love triangles, I only love them when they are super good & I can't choose between the two guys. ;)

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    1. Me neither ;)

      Well this is one we're it's hard to choose between the boys. They're both hot, care for her, and treat her well.

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  23. The reply didn't work for me under my name but wanted to say thank you for pointing out the price, I downloaded for 99c :-)

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  24. Blurgh. That is my only response to love triangles at this point. It sounds like her gift and the plot makes it unique, and I may have to give the first one a try (plus, I like the cover for it!) :)

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    1. I feel ya! I'm that way.

      :)

      It does :) I think you would like it.

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  25. These books sound really intruging, Juju! Ugh! Don't you just hate all those love triangles! Enough "team" scenarios already methinks. ;-D

    Thanks for the reviews - and those covers are lovely!

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    1. Yes. I feel like, enough already with those.
      Amen!

      Thank you for popping by :)

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  26. She angers Fate? Cool...you just gave me the shivers..the good kind...I think..lol ;)

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  27. I think I will suspend judgment about picking up this series or not until I hear what you have to say about the third book.

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  28. You're right, the "gift" part and the story line definitely seem fresh. I think I'll have to try this one. Despite the missteps of the second novel, this series as a whole sounds like a winner. I hope you're satisfied with the third book.

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  29. Your thoughts on the second book are why I tend to stay away from YA. So smart in book 1 and then dumb in book 2. Really? The covers are gorgeous and the different use of powers are intriguing.

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    1. I know :) you're right. A danger of the territory. But then something like Grave Mercy comes along and blows me away and makes me happy I read YA.

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  30. I loved your reviews and I would definitely agree with you on love triangles. Authors need to start staying away from those. The covers of both of these books are absolutely incredible! :)

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  31. I bought the first book but I have yet to crack it open. Thanks for your mini reviews on both books! :)

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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  32. Some times an author can make an overused trope work so that's good but the love triangle is one I just can't get past anymore. I am so sick of it. lol

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    1. I know. It's a tough pill because we've dealt with it so much. ;)

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  33. "I am so sick of love triangles and girls I want to slap because they had an entire book to figure things out and should now be tougher and smarter by now."

    SAME JUJU! I've heard such great things about the first book and I'm a HUGE sucker for a bad boy, so I'm really looking forward to Brightest Kind of Darkness. I'm now wary of Lucid given the aforementioned love triangle, so I think I'll wait until book 3 is out to see what you think of that one, and then I can read all three in quick succession:)

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  34. Wow...those are some gorgeous covers and just in time for fall! :)

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  35. Like everyone else, LOVE the autumn covers. Perfect for a cozy day in front of the fire. :0)

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  36. Oh wow! Yes, that premise does sound interesting. I guess that's why they say you shouldn't tempt fate. I hope book three brings the boom!

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  37. Love the covers! It's a shame the second one wasn't as good, hopefully the third one will be.

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  38. awww, too bad this one wasn't as good. fantastic fall covers though!!

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  39. I love the covers! They seem more adult then YA, is it adult? Either way I'll be interested to hear how the third turns out to see if she can pull it all together in the end. I'm definitely intrigued. Loved the double review!

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