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This is an alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00B0FJBQI.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-This is an alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00B0FJBQI.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 and Nara talk for the first time....

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  • Magen Corrie
    2018-10-14 22:58

    *I was sent this novella by the author in exchange for an honest review* My Mini Review:ETHAN was amazing! How can I put into words how much I just loved reading about Ethan? It's hard! It really is! This was a novella worth the wait. It placed me right into Ethan's world, giving me a glimpse into a character I just love. And boy, did I enjoy being in Ethan's head! What I just loved most is that Ethan is a wonderful character, he really is. In LUCID you didn’t get to seem him a lot at all. Which was very sad, so, the novella, in a way, quenched my thirst for some more Ethan. If you know what I mean!! Anyways, this novella shows and proves just what an amazing guy he is. We get to see his many sides, and who he was before he met Nara, and just how much she really did ‘save’ him in a way.She’s the bright light shining in my periphery, edging out the creeping darkness.ETHAN takes place right before he starts at Nara’s school. Ethan is trying hard to adjust, and the keep his ‘nightmares’ at bay. But nothing seems to work. With his parents still being people who give him the cold shoulder, and his brother, Samson, trying to help but not really understanding, Ethan feels like he is all on his own. He tries and finds ways to keep the ‘voices’ away, some things seem to help, but only temporarily. And let's not forget the very strange things that begin to happen to him, which puts Ethan on the edge. However, when Ethan does finally starts school, there he notices a girl who for some reason quiets the voices that haunt his every step. She makes his darkness disappear, if only for a while. Intrigued, Ethan begins noticing Nara more and more, but as he watches her, he also notices something is different. Nara isn’t what she seems. And he wants nothing more to get to know her, and for her to know him, the real him.She’s sweetness sitting on the tip of my tongue, waiting for me to swallow.If you haven’t started P.T. Michelle’s BKoD series, I think you should at least give it a try! She created this world filled with mystery, depth, emotion, wonder characters and a world that is beyond belief. It has become a series I just adore!!P.T. Michelle did wonderful, and this is a great novella for the series. It allows the readers and fans to see and experience more of the BKoD series. To get a greater understanding of the world Michelle created. It's a world I love getting lost in. It is also helping me with the wait for DESTINY! Which I am even more excited about now!ETHAN was nicely paced, with simple but wonderful detail, and it gives insight into the brilliant and amazing character, Ethan. I experienced every emotion he did, seen everything he did, and came to understand him even more. I also did some major fan-girling :)If you are a fan of this series, pick up this novella as soon as you can!!!

  • Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
    2018-10-14 16:48

    Ethan has a hard time keeping the voices and the dark images from plaguing his mind and thoughts. That is until he meets Nara. Nara brings with her the smell of sunshine and flowers and Ethan finds she is all he can think about. And soon Ethan starts noticing things about her others seem to miss. What is it about that girl and will he chance rejection to know her more? You betcha he will.ETHAN is a really short read…a mere 50 some odd pages long on my nook. Readers get a special peek into Ethan’s life before him and Nara; before BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS. I just loved being able to see him before we were introduced to him in BKofD but felt there was a part or two that was a bit slow. I know that is kind of weird since it is a short story, but it was to me. However, I do adore me some Ethan, so I will take whatever I can get and over look the small stuff. ETHAN is a great addition to a fabulous series. If you have read the series…pick it up today and get a better look at Ethan before you fell in love with him in BKofD. Haven’t read the series yet? No problem. I think you should at least read BKofD first so you can appreciate this one a little more when you read it. Because when I read the last few sentences I had the biggest smile on my face.

  • Jacqueline
    2018-10-25 21:03

    There were many more questions than answers in this; I don't know what to make of Ethan, he's a difficult chap to understand, but then his protective instincts and his gift with dogs made me want to learn more. Reading on with the next part...

  • Jess the Romanceaholic
    2018-10-17 00:05

    This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.Expected Release Date: January 11, 2013Publisher: Self-PublishedImprint: N/AAuthor’s Website: http://www.ptmichelle.com/My Source for This Book: Gift from the authorPart of a Series: Yes, 0.5, Brightest Kind of Darkness SeriesSeries Best Read In Order: Prequel can be read before or after Book 1Steam Level: ChastePet Peeves: Not a Self-Contained Story, Cliff-HangerFavorite Tropes: Male Point-of-View, TattooEven though I've read Brightest Kind of Darkness, it's been a long time, and a lot of books in between, and so while I remembered that I enjoyed the book, I honestly didn't remember the specifics of what it was about. As such, I read Ethan almost as a newcomer to the series, and so the only real drawback to this novella was the cliff-hanger ending. This was a rather minor point, since I knew going into it that it ended at a specific point, but I do think newcomers to the series should be aware that this is not a self-contained story in and of itself.Overall, I loved getting Ethan's point of view, as well as a taste of his back story.  While I would have been a bit disappointed at the lack of actual "romance" in the book had I not already read BKOD, I did enjoy seeing Nara through Ethan's eyes.While Ethan can be read either before or after reading Brightest Kind of Darkness, I think I would personally recommend reading this second. However, the good news is that at the time of this review, Brightest Kind of Darkness is free* on Kindle. I honestly have no idea how long it will be available at that promotional price, but I reviewed that story when it first came out and gave it 4.5/5 Stars (WHICH YOU CAN READ BY CLICKING HERE), and would highly recommend picking it up while it's still available on this promotion. 4/5 Stars, and recommended for any fan of the series.*Always check the price of any book before purchasing it. ;)

  • Nic
    2018-10-16 21:47

    Minor Spoilers!!I was lucky enough to be given a free copy for an honest review.I have realized, while reading ETHAN, that we hardly knew Ethan before the novella came out. Ethan, the swoon-worthy love-interest to Nara in the Brightest Kind of Darkness and Lucid. I have read both novels, but you honestly do not need to read them first before this one.ETHAN gives a bit of a glimpse into Ethan world; gives you a general idea how things are for him, away/before Nara.I read this in an hour and a half. During that time, I realized that the Ethan we saw in BKoD was just a shade of what you see in ETHAN. Don't get me wrong, you do see plenty of him there, yet quite a little in LUCID, but in ETHAN, YOU GET TO SEE IN HIS MIND. Can I tell you one of the things I like most of ETHAN? The voice was what I hoped, though a bit descriptive, it sounded like a guy's voice, although you'd hear more cussing from my brothers, but it wasn't too girly, which I really loved because I've noticed that some authors make their male lead sound a bit too much like a girl's, a bit too emotional, which Ms. Michelle thankfully did not do.Ethan. I love that guy. I had no idea that he'd watched Nara before they met, and I think that is so sweet, that he seems to be watching over her.He's a bit of a loner, as we see in BKoD, but you can finally understand a bit of the loneliness that runs much deeper in ETHAN. It's quite sad to see it, especially the part with his parents.But his brother?? Ahh I love him! We see such a small glimpse of him, it would be soo cool if we could get know him so much more! Nudge nudge, wink wink, Ms. Michelle! :) ha ha!Overall, if you want understand Ethan a bit more, you should definitely read this.I really can't wait for the third book of the series, especially after hearing that it delves deeper in to the world of Ethan. Love love love, for the dude. He is actually one of the few bad-boys yet not as*h*les you get in in the YA/NA category.

  • Andrea
    2018-10-27 21:45

    Ethan is an excellent addition to the gorgeous, brilliant Brightest Kind of Darkness series by P.T. Michelle. Though it is set in the weeks leading up to book one in the series, I would definitely recommend reading it after Brightest Kind of Darkness. Then again, this revealing look at the tortured Ethan may be just enough to lure new readers in. Since the moment I truly got to know him, I have adored Ethan. He is smart, strong, brave, honorable, and incredibly wonderful to Nara. This book made me so sad for him. Reading the other books, we know Ethan's had a rough time, but this novella really brings how hard things have been into sharp focus. My favorite part of reading Ethan was that I know where the story is going. I was looking for little clues ~ the ravens, the nightmares, the radiance of Nara. I loved seeing Ethan become quickly and assuredly enchanted by Nara, and though I knew what was going to happen, I found myself holding my breath when they finally made a connection. Michelle did a brilliant job of weaving small details between Ethan and Brightest Kind of Darkness together, and as soon as I finished Ethan, I immediately went back and read Chapter One of BKoD. Beware, this will make you want to read the series all over again, and leave you anxiously awaiting book four, Destiny.Favorite Quote:Even behind her shades, the moment Nara's eyes lock with mine is indescribable. I feel the rushing heat of her stare and think about dreams being nothing but air--and realize that to have her look at me like this and really see me is true sustenance. She's sweetness sitting on the tip of my tongue, waiting for me to swallow. My mouth starts to water. Hell yeah, she's worth the risk of rejection. A thousand times worth it.

  • chucklesthescot
    2018-10-26 21:53

    I decided to read Ethan before I decided whether or not to read the longer first book in the series. In hindsight, it might have been the wrong decision because reading this prequel put me off reading anything else in the series.There was nothing wrong with the actual writing. It was a solid piece of writing, nicely put together and an attempt to build the character for the reader. This is why I think I might have been better reading the prequel once I got to know the characters in the present-because I really disliked the Ethan that we were introduced to here. I just found him to be whiny and annoying, spending all his time hanging about in pubs and with gangs, moaning about being accused of lawbreaking just because his friends were criminals. Oh my heart bleeds! Ethan is pretty much a tosser and his friends are asshats so it didn't take long to lose interest in his story.Even with a personality transplant, I wouldn't be interested in reading more about Ethan's woes.

  • Gayatri Somaiya
    2018-10-24 18:03

    Ethan was plagued by nightmares where he sucked other people's pain. If that was not enough his parents were convinced he was crazy and he left the house to live with his brother Samson. Ethan thought he had no hope. He thought he only brought darkness and negativity wherever he went. But, when he met Nara, she was light when he was dark, she was hope when all his hope was lost. She was trust when he was unreliable and she was still, when he was restless. Nara was everything he needed. He tried to convince himself that he was no good for her. This book was a short novella on the days leading up to Ethan meeting Nara, the troubles he faced. A little more of who Ethan was. It was a good insight into the person we all knew and loved in The Brightest Kind of Darkness but never really got to understand.If you love Ethan like I do this was an amazing book :)

  • Joey Berube
    2018-11-03 18:10

    This prequel is written in Ethan's point-of-view and takes place mostly prior to the first book of the series. I'm a fan of the series having already read the first two books and so can't judge if this book reads well as a stand-alone or not, because knowledge of what is going to happen infused my reading of the chapters. I already loved Ethan, but I really gained a deeper understanding of his character and the way his mind and gifts work through this book. I found myself smiling and crying at a few points in the book, and I love when a book can pull out those strong emotional reactions. Overall, if you are already a fan of the series, this prequel is a must read! If you aren't already reading this series, then you should be!

  • M. A. Hickman
    2018-11-01 17:51

    I love the whole "Brightest kind of darkness" series and Ethan was no different. It was a great waynto get a better understanding as to whomEthan is. I am just waiting on the next book to come out.

  • Lotta
    2018-10-27 19:57

    Got this for free on my kindle, and read it to see if I wanted to read the first book in the series -- I did! I liked Ethan's voice and found him to be an interesting character.

  • Thalia
    2018-10-22 20:47

    Read the review on my blog:http://thaliasbooks.tumblr.com/post/7...

  • Ann L.
    2018-11-05 20:50

    This a prequel to the "Brightest Kind of Darkness" series, but it's best read after you read the first book to the series. I recommend following that order because this particular novella talks about some things that go along with the first book. Ethan is narrating his story of what is going on with him before he meets Nara and what he thinks about her when he sees her for the first time, and what he sees in her that she doesn't even realize she has and does, and so that's enlightening because I didn't even know about certain intuitive abilities she has until after reading this novella. It's a free book, along with the first book in the series, so grab yours today. I'm going to continue reading this series, because there's definitely some cool things happening in it, and a supernatural, paranormal mystery wrapped up in both Ethan and Nara's lives. There's a whole background story that I just know will unravel itself in the upcoming novels, so I'm looking forward to it.

  • Emily
    2018-10-20 20:57

    I wanted to read "Brightest Kind of Darkness," saw that there was a prequel and that it was a free Kindle download, so I read this novella. I really liked 'Ethan,' the character, and I'm so glad I read this before reading the previously named book. It lays a good foundation for understanding what is going on.

  • Barbara Beauchamp
    2018-10-30 18:03

    GoodGood but should of read first I love there story can't wait to read more. Dreams are scary sometimes but wow

  • Indie Wish List
    2018-10-13 21:59

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  • Georgia
    2018-11-10 20:53

    A great introduction to the series! Really enjoyed getting to know Ethan's background. I look forward to reading the series!

  • Asheley
    2018-10-28 21:02

    This excerpt is taken from my review on Into the Hall of Books. Read more here: http://www.intothehallofbooks.com/201...In both Brightest Kind of Darkness and its follow-up, Lucid, the story has been told from Nara's point of view. Nara is a wonderful character and I like her very much - I believe that most people probably do - but it is certainly true that Ethan is intriguing and has some amazing qualities. After two books, I feel like we've only begun to scratch the surface of what Ethan is capable of with all of his amazing and mysterious abilities as they reveal themselves one by one. BUT...it is really nice to be able to go backwards in time just a little bit and see what he was like just before Nara Collins came into his life. Before Brightest Kind of Darkness: Ethan Harris is plagued with dreams - not sweet, peaceful dreams. He's haunted by awful nightmares, visions, and voices that won't go away and feel frighteningly real to him. Ethan feels distanced from his old friends and has practically no relationship with his parents, as they cannot and do not even try to understand the things that their son has been going through. Heck, Ethan can't even understand what he's been going through! He keeps everyone a safe distance away - arms length, at least - except for his brother. Ethan came to live with his brother a while ago and although it isn't the most common arrangement for a high school-aged young man, it seems to be working out well for Ethan. Despite all of the inner turmoil surrounding Ethan's never-ending nightmares and the voices he hears, he is an incredibly loving and compassionate guy. One example of this is the way in which he has a soft spot for animals. When Ethan happens upon a dog that has been injured by some mischievous trouble-making young boys, he takes the dog to a nearby animal shelter and finds comfort there within minutes. The staff of the shelter recognizes his ease around the needy animals and quickly offers him a spot with the volunteer staff, and Ethan thrives in this environment. The author did a great job giving readers a feel for Ethan's personality before he ever met Nara in her previous books, but she now does an equally great job of letting us know how much Nara makes an impact on Ethan when she walks into his life. After he sees her for the first time, Ethan is immediately attracted to her - not only to her looks but to her cheery disposition and her bright smile. His feelings run deeper than just attraction, though, because Ethan feels somehow drawn to her. He feels a sense of comfort around her. Ethan cannot seem to stop thinking about her, but it is never in a creepy way at all. It seems that just being in close proximity her - in class, down the hall - calms Ethan and makes him forget the awful stuff he is dealing with, the visions that plague him, the dreams that haunt him. She makes his day brighter and cancels out all of the unpleasant stuff he has to deal with. Nara makes Ethan feel better and he wants to know her more. At the end of this story, the transition into the first book is amazingly seamless. Once Ethan decides he wants to know her more and an opportunity presents itself, he takes it. From there, Ethan makes the easy move into the story that becomes Brightest Kind of Darkness. ******************************************************I'm excited to know a little more about Ethan Harris - like exactly what he's seeing in his head, what he's hearing. I am familiar with how he has told Nara this information before, but I loved hearing Ethan talk of the vivid nightmares and the voices that plague him from his own point-of-view. Even more than that, I loved the glimpse into his personality - getting to know the Ethan that feels compassion for people and animals that are in need and for people who are less fortunate than himself. This made Ethan feel even more fully developed as a character than he already did. There has been a lot of mystery surrounding Ethan thus far and knowing a little more about him makes me happy. I'm very excited to see where P.T. Michelle takes the series from this point. Ethan by P.T. Michelle is a great prequel to this series. Readers do not need the information contained in this novella before they begin this series - in fact, I personally read both Brightest Kind of Darkness and Lucid before reading Ethan. However, it is there for the reading and it is great for having more insight into Ethan's thought processes and his reasons for some of his behaviors. I recommend Ethan to fans of novellas/prequels and anyone reading the Brightest Kind of Darkness series.

  • Krista
    2018-10-28 19:52

    I was less than impressed. I liked the original book, but not this novella.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-17 17:03

    I was given a free copy of ETHAN from the author in exchange for an honest review of it. :)Let me just start out by saying BKoD is one of my favorite YA reads! Having read both Brightest Kind of Darkness (BKoD #1) and Lucid (BKoD #2), this novella was a perfect addition.While I believe this novella should definitely be read after reading Brightest Kind of Darkness (BKoD #1) Or even Lucid (BKoD #2), I feel that if someone were to read it before any of the other books that it doesn't give too much away to ruin the others.This novella revolves around Ethan Harris, our leading guy in this fascinating series. He is quite elusive and mysterious in the first book and you can't help but want to know more about his character. The beginning of ETHAN takes place the weeks prior to the initial bomb threat at Blue Ridge Highschool, which is the set up for book one, Brightest Kind of Darkness.In ETHAN, we get to delve a little deeper into this curiously intriguing character and learn many things about him that help explain just who he is. From the guys he associated with at Central, the school which he is transferring from, to understanding more of the family dynamic (or lack thereof really ) with his parents. His strong bond with his brother is also highlighted a little more, giving us a more of a backstory with the relationship between the two and how much of an important, almost parental persona his brother takes on at times.We also come to see the first time Ethan notices Nara and how her presences affects him and calms/quiets some of the dark issues that surround our leading guy. While our oblivious Nara is going about her (mostly) normal days, Ethan is plagued with startling thoughts and feelings and images that only Nara unknowingly soothes. Ethan eventually picks up on some of Nara's peculiar abilities that no one else seems to notice. This mixed with Nara's infectious being draws Ethan to want to know her more. Yet frightened of the rejection of even friendship, Ethan falls behind admiring Nara from a distance yet making sure no harm comes to her from others.Overall I found this to be a fantastic prequel to set up the events for Brightest Kind of Darkness. I love being given insight to Ethan's character and history and what influences that have lead him to become the person that he is. The novella cohesively brings together answers to any questions that readers might have had in the first book regarding Ethan, while elaborating on some topics that may have been briefly spoken about in the first book.I loved it and I will be anxiously awaiting DESTINY!

  • Lauren
    2018-10-15 22:53

    Rating: 4.5 starsBecause Brightest Kind of Darkness and Lucid are both written from Nara's point of view, we've only ever seen Ethan from her perspective. Ethan has an edginess about him that Nara senses but never quite grasps, and it was difficult to fully understand what that meant without getting inside of his head for ourselves. After doing just that in Ethan, the novella that bears his name, I feel like I'm able to see him much more clearly. Now I am an even bigger fan of Ethan than I was before. Ethan is the definition of a tortured soul. He is haunted by frightening nightmares that are beginning to seem real; he has started developing abilities that he cannot explain; and he is estranged from his parents, who haven't even tried to understand what is happening to him. He doesn't like to let anyone close to him, because he can't even explain to himself all the crazy things going on in his head. Physical contact with people also make him uncomfortable, so he has closed himself off to nearly everyone around him. But Ethan is an observer who is emotionally in tune with the world around him, although he tries to stay invisible from it. He is also deeply compassionate and not afraid to help those in need, whether it be humans or animals. There is one particular scene in this novella that happens at the animal shelter where Ethan volunteers, that had me in tears, because of the depth of his compassion. Ethan also gives us a glimpse at how he sees Nara. It is immediately clear that there is something more than attraction that connects them, and I am eager to find out more about what that means for Nara in Destiny, the third book in the series. Despite the questions I still have about Ethan, and the darkness that he believes surrounds him, it is obvious how good his heart is. Ethan is a fantastic edition to the Brightest Kind of Darkness series, and can be read before you start the series, or at any point during it. Don't miss this look into Ethan's mind and heart. Cliffhanger Scale: Series prequel. Events take place before, and lead up to the start of Brightest Kind of Darkness.Love Triangle Factor: None Find this and other reviews at Love is not a triangle

  • Annie
    2018-10-23 21:52

    This book was received by the author in exchange for an honest review.I absolutely adored Brightest Kind of Darkness, and it was even the first book I reviewed on the blog, so it holds a super special place in my heart. (See review here!) I’ve always wanted to get inside Ethan’s head, so when I realized an Ethan prequel was to be released, I felt my prayers had been answered!In this novella, we get a sense of Ethan’s life before he meets Nara. He has his vivid, frightening nightmares every single night, and he has recently been expelled by his high school. He begins to work at an animal shelter, using his deep connection with animals. When he starts school, he sees Nara and he feels an overwhelming sense of calmness he has never felt before. He’s beyond intrigued by Nara and vows to get to know her.Ethan is kind of a loner. He has had a horrible home life, and he lives with his brother. He is the epitome of misunderstood. All he wants in his life is to be loved for who he is and nothing more. He may come off as a jerk to everyone around him, but he has a heart of gold. It was so sweet seeing his interactions with the animals. I saw a new side of Ethan that really put him in a new light. When he saw Nara, he felt the darkness leave him and her brightness fill him. It was so sweet watching him get all protective of her when he hadn’t even said a word to her.I loved hearing Ethan’s thoughts, and I think it really added to my love for this series! We already had Ethan’s story from what he tells Nara in BKoD, but it was a different experience actually hearing his thoughts.Ethan was definitely a quick read, and it enhanced to my love of the BKoD series and of Ethan. This is definitely a unique series, and P.T. proved that in this novella!Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: The way I’ve begun to feel about Nara scares me. After only a few days, I sense the moment she enters the room. I don’t even have to look up. It doesn’t matter that a roomful of people separate us, I’m suddenly more alert and my heart starts racing. She still calms me, but in a peaceful, clearing my head kind of way.Rating: 4.5/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)

  • Katherine
    2018-11-12 23:10

    This review also posted at A Bookish CompulsionLast year I was blown away with my first taste of this series in Brightest Kind of Darkness; Ethan gave me an even greater view into one of my favorite characters and I can wholeheartedly say the depth of my love for these characters has only grown. After finishing BKoD, a top five pick for 2012, one of the things that remained lingering in the back of my mind was the fact that I wished I knew more about Ethan. He was my kind of hero and by the end of the book I was as thoroughly in love with him as Nara, and couldn’t wait to know more. In this short installment I was granted my wish, and loved every minute of it. Ms. Michelle wove a compelling picture, adding in elements of both his personality and experience I would have never known adding greater depth and breadth to a soul I already loved. This story made me appreciate the characters I had already been introduced to all the more, while still leaving me wanting to explore deeper into these complex and compelling characters, a talent which will see me lining up for the coming Destiny, book three in the BKoD series, and anything else Ms. Michelle would like to grace us with.I have a hard time knowing how well this book would read cold, without having read at least Brightest Kind of Darkness if not also Lucid in this series as I have already read and loved both books. I am confident however that anyone choosing to give this series a go will be more than satisfied and enjoy this greater-depth look at a heroic character, learning more ins and outs of what makes him tick without in any way spoiling the mystery and anticipation building around Ethan, Nara and their gifts as the series progresses.I give this story a happy five stars, with eager anticipation for forthcoming works.

  • B.A. Wilson
    2018-11-04 21:51

    The writing and editing on this novella are strong. I think I screwed up though. I need a Male POV short story for a book board game challenge, and I picked this up on Amazon. Though I believe it is a 0.5 novel, I think it is one that is probably easier to appreciate after you've read the first novel. I might have set it down in the beginning, if it hadn't been for the challenge, because I was just so confused. There were a lot of characters randomly introduced, but it never followed up on any of them. It is less of a story with a plot and a resolution and more of an introduction to Ethan's life. A lot of strange things were happening with him, but it was all a huge mystery. I never really could understand or get an explanation for any of it, and I think that is because that is all addressed in the first novel. Here's the good news: By the time I finished, despite being confused and at times a bit frustrated, I had actually developed a real interest in both Ethan and Nara. It might be enough that I will go on and read the first book at some point. I have not decided yet, but again, I believe I read these out of the order they were written in (despite their numbering), which makes it partly my fault. Only so much info can be included in a novella, and typically, they enhance the main story or add some character development. I should have expect it to be a bit random or hard to follow, since I didn't have the background from the original novels. My advice to you? Don't read this first. Start with the first full novel, and see what you think about that before trying this novella.

  • Marni
    2018-11-06 00:00

    First I wish to thank the author P.T. Michelle for providing me a copy to read for an honest review. I fell in love with the series when I first read Brightest Kind of Darkness in September 2012. Ethan is a prequel to that book, but I would suggest reading it after BKOD. This prequel gives you a bit more info on Ethan and how he came to meet Nora. But a lot of the info you get from the BKOD book itself. It seemed to repeat a lot of the same issues/ideas, but was a good refresher for me. It just seems to tense up the reading, not letting it just flow.The author loses some of her direction with the upper level vocabulary used. For some bits it turned me off a little, and if she had used the word viscerally, or any of its forms, one more time I would have screamed. The scene with Ethan and Buddy was touching. The tears were streaming down my cheeks. The author captured the feelings perfectly. This reminded me of why I loved BKOD so much. P.T. Michelle, when she just lets it roll, can put you right into the book and you feel what the characters are feeling. If you are a new reader, I highly suggest reading Brightest Kind of Darkeness first, than this one, than onto Lucid. For those that have read BKOD but haven't gone further in the series, this will bring back things you may have forgotten and set you up to continue on. Also, for those that have read along with the series, stay tuned for Destiny scheduled for release on March 31, 2013!

  • Rhianna
    2018-11-04 20:05

    This is how you do a prequel!Haunted by horrifying visions by night and a ghostly voice by day, Ethan Harris wishes he could just be normal. To give his attention to the things every seventeen-year-old boy is motivated by. But sports and girls can't keep the darkness lurking within at bay. Music is his refuge until Nara Collins breezes into his world. A bright light in an otherwise troubling world, she proves to be more than meets the eye. It isn't long before he realizes he might not be the only one with a special secret in need of protection.If you haven't started the Brightest Kind of Darkness series and want to get a feel for what to expect P.T. Michelle has done a fabulous job with this prequel. Her writing is truly exceptional amongst her self-published peers and I look forward to each new installment with rabid enthusiasm. For fans of the series ETHAN doesn't really enhance the ongoing plot but all of those mysterious things you've wanted to know about his past get touched on. I found the details regarding his relationship with his parents of particular help in understanding him more deeply. Though short, a lot is packed into ETHAN and if you're a big softy like me make sure you have some tissues handy. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down and balled like a big ol' baby over one particularly emotionally gripping scene. The wait for DESTINY is going to be difficult.Fans of the series, don't miss it! New to the series? This is a great place to start but could be read after the first two novels without conflict.Notes: Review copy received via author.

  • Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
    2018-10-21 20:12

    The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets ReviewsEthan Harris is haunted by incredibly vivid violent dreams and a voice that speaks to him of dark things. He struggles to maintain a normal façade, keeping all his secrets at any cost and it works fine until he sees Nara Collins. For reasons he cannot understand, her mere presents calms his darker sides and though he knows he can never allow himself to be close to her, he is too fascinated to stop watching and obsessing over her. The more he watches, the more he realizes that there is more to Nara then meets the eye and it makes it that much harder to fight his attraction to her. Like most prequels, this makes me really want to read the first book in the series which I have had sitting on my kindle for quite some time. I’ll have to make more of an effort to find the time to read it. Ethan was a very interesting leading man, with his darkness and his affinity for animals, dogs especially. It’s obvious his life has been far from easy and I just want to see things improve for him. Nara is a bit of a mystery since we only see her via Ethan’s perspective and they don’t actually speak until the very end of this shockingly short novella, but if the synopsis of the next book is any indication, she will be a fascinating character as well.This has successfully done its job of whetting my appetite for more and I definitely plan on starting the next novel as soon as possible!****Thank you to All Night Reads for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****

  • Teresa Mary Rose
    2018-10-26 18:53

    More Reviews Here: Readers Live A Thousand LivesOh my Ethan! I did not think I could love Ethan any more, but I was completely wrong! I just loved getting inside his head and seeing what it is really like to be him. This novella gives you real insight into his character and starts to break down the walls we have when viewing him through Nara’s eyes. I think we all know that Ethan is a dark character, but I don’t think we could ever fully grasp just how dark of a character he really is. He is not a bad guy, not at all, but like I said he is dark. Ethan struggles with a lot and his life is far from easy. Between the horrifying dreams, practically nonexistent relationship with his parents, living with a brother who cares but just doesn’t fully understand, and having to pretend to be normal is a lot to take in and deal with. Speaking of his dreams, we are finally able to experience what they are really like. They are more horrifying than we were ever led to believe. Ethan can really feel the dreams and they affect him more deeply than I ever imagined. All in all, Ethan is a fantastic prequel novella. It really helps you to understand his character and you finally see why he acted the way he did in Lucid. I loved seeing the events that led up to Ethan and Nara’s first interaction. I loved seeing Nara become Ethan’s only source of lightness in his very dark world. I just loved it all really. Fans of this series, you need to read this.

  • Nicole
    2018-10-27 23:12

    I got this novella in a giveaway from the author for a honest review, so that's what I'm going to do. I love the Brightest Kind of Darkness series... but most of all I love Ethan! So I was very upset when the second book wasn't Ethan filled! I hoped that this novella will give me my Ethan fix that the second one didn't give me... stupid Drystan! :p.I loved being in Ethan's mind since so many things go on up there, it was a shock to really see all of the darkness he is surrounded in. I'm shocked he isn't a complete nut case cause most people would be if they had to deal with all of the craziness. While we get to see more of Ethan's supernatural problems we also get to see all the extra challenges his family puts on Ethan. I mean really you can't remember your own sons birthday! I teared up over many parts of this book because of the thing Ethan sees and does. For Ethan to think he's not good just because of all the darkness that surrounds is heartbreaking. I just wanted to give him a hug and show him all the good hes done. While seeing a new side to Ethan we get to follow him as he has his first sight of Nara, who I am very proud of for not falling for the stupid brit or scott whatever he is. We get to see how Nara clears away the darkness and gives Ethan hope that maybe he can get rid off it for good. Nara is Ethan's sunshine and when you get to see his feeling progress for her its amazing and heart warming. If you love this series as much as I do you should read this because it clears up a lot of mysteries surrounding Ethan.

  • Isabella
    2018-11-12 20:58

    Never had I heard of The Brigthest Kind of Darkness series. That is, until I requested 'Ethan' on NetGalley.I read this book in one sitting, first because it had expired, so I had to act fast. But along the way, the main reason became that it was good. Really, really good!Because I don't know Ethan, I don't know if I have misunderstood something. If so, I am really sorry for pointing this out as a flaw.But a thing I noticed about 'Ethan' was that it is built up by a series of good deeds, which he seemingly finds so natural he doesn't give it a second thought. It makes him kind of a Gary Sue for me, although I forgot it along the way. Apart from that Ethan is an interesting character, and I like that his obsession with Nara has nothing to do with her looks, neither him feeling insta-in-love about her, but simply because her very presence takes away his nightmares. I relate greatly to his connection with animals, because I have something that really resembles it, and that made up for a part of the Gary Sue thing for me, that, that ability actually was real.There is not much to say about the plot, mostly because there isn't really much of one, but that doesn't matter, because this book isn't that long anyway, and the small events are enough to keep the reader entertained. All in all a great read, and it has opened my eyes to the Brightest Kind of Darkness series, which I will definitely read very soon!4,5 stars (Rounded down to 4)