Self-Published in July 2012|328 pages
Where I Got It: Nook Store
Series: Brightest Kind Of Darkness #2
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Goodreads Summary: 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.
I recently finished Lucid, the sequel to The Brightest Kind Of Darkness, and I can honestly say that I really liked it! This series is definitely unique, and I love seeing Nara’s abilities. Especially when paired with Ethan’s, who, sadly, is not as present in Lucid as he was in BKoD.
Still, I was glad when Ethan did make an appearance towards the end of the book, and I really want to know what he’s been up to. Because it’s clear that something is going on with Ethan, especially because of how he didn’t want Nara’s help with researching ravens and Ethan’s mysterious tattoo. And how he evaded her questions about what was going on.
I also liked that Nara was trying to help Ethan out, and that led to a mysterious group of people trying to figure out what she knows about ravens. Because there is some connection between Ethan, Nara and ravens, and I am really curious as to what it is.
We also don’t see a lot of Nara’s aunt Sage, who is such a great character. Of course, her absence is because she’s trying to hunt down Nara’s dad. We do learn why he left Nara and her mom so long ago. And I love Nara’s aunt Corda, who is actually pretty important, because Nara gets a journal that her grandmother kept, so there are some things Nara learns about her family. I’m hoping we see more of that, because I really liked it.
I loved seeing Nara deal with Fate, who is still around, but in a different way. Still, we didn’t see as much of Fate, but I have the feeling he might have more of an appearance in the next couple of books.
As much as I liked Lucid, I didn’t like it nearly as much as BKoD. I’m not sure if it’s because we don’t see a lot of Ethan and Nara struggling to deal with not having her dreams, but I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I thought it would.
There’s also something randomly nit-picky: I do think it’s a little weird that Nara’s name is Inara, but she goes by Nara. But if the biggest complaint I have is Inara going by Nara, I think we’re doing pretty good.
I really liked Lucid, but not as much as Brightest Kind Of Darkness. Still, I thought it was a really good follow-up to BKoD and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Lucid gets 4 stars.