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Dark Visions: The Strange Power (Dark Visions #1)

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Eyes that saw what was not meant to be seen. Kaitlyn Fairchild was frightened by her uncanny talent, by the prophetic drawings that isolated her at school. Until she was invited to California, to attend the Zetes Institute with four other psychically gifted students, in return for a college scholarship. It was a chance to begin again, to belong; a great adventure, with the ...more
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Published April 20th 2010 by Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged (first published December 1st 1994)
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Sarah
I've lost count of how many times I've read this book so far, and it's still a great read. I can't wait for the romance storyline to kick in though, even if it is a love triangle!



8 out of 10
Petra Sýkorová
Tak docela nechápu, proč je tolik protěžovaná série Upíří deníky, protože právě díky upírům nemá L.J.zrovna dobré jméno. Přitom právě série jako je Temné vize nebo Tajný kruh ukazují, že Smith psát umí a že její hrdinky nejsou jenom hloupoučké panenky zmítané krutostí osudu.

Kaitlyn se narodila s určitým darem. Má zvláštní oči a častokrát nakreslí to, co se později vyplní. Nutno podotknout, že jde spíše o špatné situace. Kait totiž předvídá smrt lidí. A právě díky této vlastnosti se stala vyvrhel
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Connie
Feb 01, 2016 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Source: I own a bind up this book.
Cost: Free gift

Title: The Strange Power
Series: The Dark Visions #1
Author: L.J. Smith
Overall Rating: 4 stars

This might be the only bind up of LJ Smith's that I haven't read yet, and this beginning book was so good that I'm wondering why it's taken me so long to get round to them!

Part of me expected a witch related book, and at first that's what I thought I was getting. The opening line of this book is literally, "You don't invite the local witch to par
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Kath
Nov 04, 2011 Kath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kdo tuto autorku už odsoudil, zkuste to ještě přehodnotit, protože po přečtení této knihy si možná řeknete, že L. J. umí psát i dokonce dobré knihy. :)
Teryna90
I'm going to give a full review once I finish the whole series. I'm actually going to review the full box set, since I can't stand this book cover. Isn't Kate supposed to be Red!?!! The girl on the cover is blond. And is that Rob on the cover... he get's a cover???

Gabriel!!!
Vendula
Nov 17, 2011 Vendula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No né. :) Opravdové překvapení! :)
Říkají to všichni, řeknu to i já.. nesuďte L.J. Smith podle Upířích deníků!!
Willinda
Dec 03, 2011 Willinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, i-own, rc
3,5
Když vám teď řeknu, že L. J. Smith napsala opravdu dobrou knihu, která dokonce dává smysl a jejíž hlavní hrdinka není psychicky labilní, nevolejte mi hned záchranku, prosím.

Bylo, nebylo, za sedmero horami a sedmero řekami, žila, byla Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn není jako ostatní děvčata jejího věku. Je totiž zvláštní - umí moc krásně kreslit. Jednou za čas se ale stane, že nenakreslí to, co nechtěla ona, ale nějaký její šestý smysl jí vedl ruku. A co ty kresby znamenají? Na to vždy přijde, až když se to
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Sašenka
Dec 10, 2011 Sašenka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, magic, paranormal
Prvé dojmy: som zvedavá ako to bude pokračovať...

Celkové dojmy
Po tom, čo som prečítala štyri diely Upírskych denníkov od L.J. Smith, povedala som, že už od nej nechcem nič čítať. (Recenziu na všetky štyri diely naraz si môžete prečítať tu). No potom ako som čítala mnohé pochvalné recenzie na túto knihu, tak som sa rozhodla svoje slovo porušiť a dať autorke ešte jednu šancu. A neľutovala som. Síce to nie je majstrovské dielo, ktoré by sa malo nejako zapísať do dejín, ale je to čitateľné, napínavé
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Keertana
Rating: 2.5 Stars

My introduction to L.J. Smith started with her Forbidden Game Series – a trilogy which immediately hooked me in and forced me to fall in love with it – so color me surprised to find another one of her trilogies, Dark Visions, to be strangely lacking in comparison. Perhaps it’s not fair for me to notice these egregiously obvious differences not only in the writing style, but in the character development as well, but I was disappointed.

Kaitlyn Fairchild has always been different
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Laura
Feb 05, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I can honestly say that I spent a good while pondering what to rate this book. As a YA novel, it was great; the book is well paced, character development is decent, and the plot is full of mystery & suspense, with a dash of supernatural and teen romance. An exceptional mixture, all spun around a girl with the ability to draw the future, Kaitlyn Fairchild.

Kaitlyn takes the opportunity to obtain a free college scholarship in return for having her prophetic powers tested at the
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Debra
Nov 12, 2015 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: projecttbr-2015
For a more detailed review, check out my review below:

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Debs :-)
Federica
Oct 31, 2011 Federica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
un libro di L.J. Smith lo si riconosce subito: una ragazza incontra un bellissimo ragazzo e se ne innamora perdutamente a prima vista, poi c'è il solito ragazzo misterioso e con un cattivo carattere. lei si innamora di lui segretamente ma si mette con il ragazzo buono. forse cambia la cornice che la Smith fa intorno a questo ma alla fine la storia centrale è sempre la stessa. almeno, questo è ciò che penso io.
Anna Pavlíčková
Jan 20, 2013 Anna Pavlíčková rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, 2013
Tohle je první kniha od L.J. Smith, co jsem četla, a musím říct, že měla úžasný nápad. Všechno bylo tak dokonale promyšlené a zvraty, které se objevily, nebyly nijak nucené. Zkrátka pohodová kniha!
Char
Jan 23, 2015 Char rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Moira
Jul 09, 2015 Moira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: čj
Nechci autorku nijak špinit, ale její Upíří deníky u mě nemají zrovna nejlepší jméno. K Odhalení jsem přistupovala bez nějakých větších očekávání. Proto mě překvapilo, jak moc mě kniha bavila a celkově byla dobře zpracovaná.

Temné vize: Odhalení znovu naťukávají již několikrát zpracováne téma: paranormální schopnosti a jejich zkoumání. Smithová se však udržela celkem obstojně, dokázala příběh obléct do takového kabátu, aby jste neměli pocit, že toto "už jste někde slyšeli". Dějová linie není z ne
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Em-em
May 09, 2011 Em-em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaitlyn Fairchild has always been treated as the odd on in her school and in the town where she was living because of her ability to see the future. But things changed when she was offered by an institute to participate in a study about psychic abilities. She is set to live with four other psychic teenagers. However, things turned out to be different when they got to the institute; the institute turned out to be different from what they have expected. now they are faced with the challenge of unm ...more
Sakinah
Dec 27, 2014 Sakinah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Between 4 to 4.5 stars

Thank God that I have this big volume with the three books inside it.

I loved this book it was more like introduction for the five kids and their powers in my eyes. Still it was intriguing with fast base.

I hope the series will end beautifully. I don't think I will finish the other two parts before the year ends but I will try.
Abbie
Jan 17, 2016 Abbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read these were 8 years ago, and while it was still a really good read, I didn't enjoy it quite so much the second time around.

The second and third books in the series were so much better than the first though, so hopefully I'll enjoy them the same.
Carrie
Feb 25, 2015 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2015 Reading Challenge

- A book by a female author
- A mystery or thriller
- A book at the bottom of your to-read list
- A trilogy (#1 of 3)
- A book with a love triangle
- A book set in high school
- A book with magic

I'm only re-reading this trilogy to finally finish it. I started this series way back in middle school but never got around to reading the last book. It took so long to find the third book that I needed to re-read the first two and just never did. This is very much YA reading. I have fou
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Melissa
I enjoyed but didn't LOVE this book. The plot was quite suspenseful, which was nice, but I sort of felt like it went way too fast. Like I would have appreciated a bit more build-up of detail about the characters, setting, etc. (view spoiler) ...more
Veronika
Dec 02, 2015 Veronika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, favorites
4,5 stars

I LOOOOVEEEED this one.
In the beginning I was very sceptical - because of the book cover. I thought that it was too overequipped - the face, the pattern near the spine, the font.. All of them were so different that I was afraid of thats inside.
But... It was amaziiiiing!!!!!! When I was reading it I found out that the end-of-the-chapter part was so unexpected, thrilling and exciting that I almost couldnt go to sleep without reading a few more pages :D I loved the story line, the differe
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GoodGlory
A friend from work let me borrow this book. And I immediately seized the opportunity. I mean It's L.J Smith, one of my favourite authors. The original The Vampire Diaries-not the books based on the cw tv network, but original those were some damned good books! The writing style, even though it was from the view point of a teenager sounded kind of old school and I really liked that. So the writing style for The strange power was kind of the same, I felt myself forgetting that it was from the view ...more
Khara
Feb 07, 2016 Khara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Decent idea, 5 teens with psychic abilities and a research group offering to give them a better life.
In return for being used in a research study they're promised money scholarships and a better life.
Of course there's something sinister going on behind the scenes..
Like The Vampire Diaries, also by L.J.Smith there's 2 hot guys and a girl in between.
Rob innocent and kind, the other a criminal bad boy named Gabriel.
My problem with this triangle? Kaitlyn, who was pretty much antisocial an
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Amanda
Mar 30, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-omnibus
I have this series as the Omnibus and I have been needing to read it for many years now. As usual, with any LJ Smith book, The Strange Power was a quick but decent read. It kept me interested and I hated putting it down. LJ Smith's books are always rather short, but that was typical of a YA book back when I was actually a young adult. These were written in the mid 90's but I never feel like I'm reading something from the mid 90's. The only thing missing from today is the technology but I never r ...more
Neliss
Aug 01, 2014 Neliss rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012, in-slovak
Recenzia na blogu: http://the-bookland.blogspot.sk/2012/...

Kniha sa rýchlo a príjemne čítala, zároveň je však nesmierne jednoduchá a nedostala sa mi pod kožu. Takže jej patria lepšie tri hviezdičky & po pokračovaní zrejme tak skoro nesiahnem, ak vôbec...
(Btw - Zvláštna sila je oveľa lepšia ako Upírske denníky, ktorými je L.J. taká známa.)
Nadine
Feb 28, 2015 Nadine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Visionen der Nacht von Lisa J. Smith Erstmal finde ich es Klasse das es ziemlich groß geschrieben ist und nicht immer diese Minischriften!
Die Geschichte war nicht schlecht, Kaitlyn ist anders sie ist eine Hellseherin und wird überall ausgeschlossen. Durch ein Zufall wird sie ausgesucht mit anderen Jugendlichen die eine Gabe haben in einen Institut zu leben und dort ihre Gabe zu kontrollieren.
Dort gibt es dann eine Gruppe Kai, Gabriel, Rob, Lewis und Anna , die Jugendlichen Freunden sichauch an,
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Su
Feb 16, 2014 Su rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Su by: Lei
The only thing I liked about this book was the ending. The rest? Not so much. It had all the elements that I usually enjoyed in YA paranormal mysteries--especially the psychic powers--but it never pick up as I expected it to. It was boring and I couldn't relate to any of the characters. The heroine, Kaitlyn, was the worst! Bossy Ms. Know-it-all who behaved as if the whole world revolved around her. But in reality, she was quite gullible and kinda stupid. Even though I said the ending was the onl ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 14, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kaitlyn has the ability to draw things that will happen in the future. There are others like her with different abilities and they are all brought together with the claim that, if they go through some tests, they will get full college scholarships.

Trust no one. Their promises are worthless. They learn a lot about the experiment people and one other, very strange person, Kaitlyn meets at an airport.

Learning these things, though, does not guarantee they will live long enough to do anything with th
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Anndy
Mar 05, 2012 Anndy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youn-adult, fantasy
túto "pidi"-knížku čítam už týždeň...asi po troch stranách!!!
asi to vzdám, lebo sa len mučím...:-(
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L.J. SMITH, Lisa Jane Smith, is the New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in th
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“By the way'[Gabriel] said,' everyone else had better keep out of here. After you spend so much time in lockup, you get to like your space. You get kind of territorial. I wouldn't want anybody to get hurt.' ... Gabriel gave [Kaitlyn] a long, measuring look. Then he flashed a brilliant, unsettling smile. 'You can come in any time you like” 90 likes
“Good night, Gabriel.' [Kaitlyn] said
You jerk
[Gabriel] widened his eyes. 'Don't you want to stay? It's a big bed.”
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