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Dark Visions (Dark Visions #1-3)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  32,668 Ratings  ·  1,017 Reviews
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider in her small hometown. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait's not a witch: She's a psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accepts an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can have a fresh start and study with other psy ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published July 15th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published 1991)
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Aishwarya I read it when I was in middle school. So i would say it is appropriate for 12 and older.

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Mar 24, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2014 Merna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this three years ago, but I suddenly have the urge to reread it, and that doesn't happen quite often with books I've read.
Now that I think about it, I feel as if I should give this 5 stars. The pure enjoyment that I felt reading this was immense.

I read Dark Visions some time ago. I dived into the book of L.J. Smith (author of vampire diaries), not expecting by far anything, since I borrowed the book from the library to
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Re-Read with Heather, Inge and Lynn..... July 15, 2014!

I have these three books in one but they deserve their own reviews, I think, ergo:

The Strange Power

This is the series introduction -- du'h! -- and it sets us up with our MC, Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn is a witch, she sees things before they happen, and an outsider because she's different. And what's different is scary...

Different is pretty rad! And yes, sometimes scary, as we learn. Kaitlyn is invited to attend a school for others like herself --
Jul 12, 2010 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 30, 2009 Tatiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romancelandia
L.J. Smith really has great imagination and excellent writing skills to back it up. If the Forbidden Game trilogy was about the Shadow World of dreams, this trilogy is about psychic abilities.

Once again, L.J. assembles a cast of fascinating teenage characters who are written so well, you feel like you know them. They develop and grow throughout the books, and this is what I love so much about Smith's books.

The story is fast-paced, entertaining, and captivating. I am very happy this trilogy is
Buddy read with Karly *The Vampire Ninja*, Lynn, and Heather.

Now that I’ve re-read the series, it pains me to say I didn’t love Dark Visions as much as I did five years ago. That is to say, I still really liked the story overall as well as Gabriel – Gabriel – but it didn’t blow me away like before. That has nothing to do with it being a re-read, because I actually didn’t remember anything. That’s the beauty of having horrible memory – you can read books again and again and always find new things
Jul 20, 2012 Stormmyy.. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing!! The unique plot with extraodinary characters is one thingt that sets this book apart from the rest of the ever frequent fantasy books out right now. Dark Visions tell the story of a girl named Kaitlyn Fairchild who is born with the ability to draw the future. In a sheer suprise she finds herself being admitted into a institute specifically created to study and research those of her kind. Left to join the institute she finds herself making real friends for the first time in ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Mckenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone tired of vampires
One of my favorite books EVER.


So I found that I was getting tired of all the vampire romance books. I never really liked those insta-love books (that doesn't happen in life.) Sorry Stephanie Meyer, I only read your books because of Jacob.

Anyways, I loved Gabriel. I didn't like Rob. Kaitlyn kind of had the insta-love thing going on with him. Don't hold it against here though, it was just because she had never liked a guy before. She kind of worshipped him, called him and
Zarish Fatima
This book was interesting. But certainly not my piece of cake. I read it mostly to finish it. Can't say i enjoyed it much.

Firstly: The main character Katilyn she feel in love a bit too quickly. Seriously "i love you" came so fast i was shocked. So relationship built up was poor, between all the characters.
Rob and Gaberial hated each other which was the most baseless thing in this book to keep up till the end. The hate on Gaberial side was built upon jealousy and envy and Rob side because he th
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
Reread with Karly, Inge, and Lynn! 7/15/14

Here's some big news: I love this series! No, I never did a school project based on it, but that doesn't mean my love for it isn't valid.

My Cast:
Lewis. He gets so little love. (view spoiler)


Rob. Does anyone care about Rob? This blond model I just happened to have a picture of on my computer will do.

Kaitlyn. I like K
Jul 13, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like throwing things or people who like sappy dialogue (and to you, why?)
Recommended to Julie by: Amazon
God, this book took me forever to finish.

The first two books were okay, but they were kind of slow and not interesting enough to rate past three stars. See, what knocked it down to two stars was the third book.

I do like L.J. Smith. At least I think I do. I loved The Forbidden Game Trilogy and The Vampire Diaries is just about my favorite TV show (that kind of counts, right?). It's just that Dark Visions was not her best work.

What really turned me off about this series was the sappiness of the di
I don't think I can win reading L.J Smith books. This is only my second time "attempting" to read her work and so far, it's not working.

While Dark Visions was better then Vampire Diaries, I still found myself easily and overly annoyed.
Smith has a strong simplicity in her dialog and writing skills that leave it lacking without any real spark. I wanted enthusiasm, more detail, in-depth characters, specially for these characters, and it just wasn't delivered.
I think this is what bothers me the most
life's a fairy tale
Dec 14, 2011 life's a fairy tale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This book had so much potential! And I was thisclose to liking it! Instead, it ended up being okay. There were a couple of main things I just couldn't get over...

The good points:

The story really develops and keeps you wanting more. You don't want to put the book down because there's a lot of action. The relationship with Kait and Gabriel definitely has its moments. It's the only relationship in the book that really develops to a point that makes sense/is believable.

The not-so-good:

In the begi
Final rating 4 stars

Buddy read with Inge, Heather, and Karly. :)

The Strange Power. 3 stars

A good intro to the trilogy, but definitely my least favorite of the three. I couldn't stand the insta love between Rob and Kait. They basically knew each other for a few days and apparently they are soulmates. -____- I get that its L J Smith, but its still irritating beyond belief. Back when I was a preteen I would have gave this five stars and my review would be all, ' OMG BEST BOOKS EVA! GABRIEL IS SOOO
Jul 19, 2009 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Visions is another book which includes 3 stories: The Strange Power, The Possessed, and The Passion. As I have found Smith's books to be hot and cold, I was nervous about this one, but was determined to read it anyways as the subject matter interested me. And... I was pleasantly suprised to find that I loved it. By that, I mean the stories interested me so much that I couldn't put it down due to having to see how things worked out in the end. Trust me when I say no one could be more suprise ...more
Sep 26, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multiple-reads, 2009
I can't lie - I was really into LJ Smith when I was in middle school. I think I found some Night World books in a used bookstore and went crazy from there. And then, sadly, I was packing for college and, seriously underestimating the power of nostalgia and importance of comfort reading, packed them all up and gave them to Goodwill. All of them! Night World, Dark Visions, Forbidden Game, Secret Circle! Everything! How foolish.

Fast forward a few years, and picture my (really embarrassing) exciteme
Veronica Morfi
Jun 23, 2011 Veronica Morfi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I have to review each book separately...

The Strange Power: Introduces us to all the main characters and the Institution where, Kaitlyn and every other psychic is going to spend the next year. After a few days the discover that not everything is what it seems. The book is really nice, I loved all the characters and the whole Institute life.

The Possessed: This is the second book and my least favourite. The characters are always on the run, but nothing really seems to happen. They are movin
Nov 22, 2011 Myvampfiction rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
review by Saluki

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

The “Dark Visions” series by L.J. Smith is comprised of three books, “Strange Power,” “The Possessed,” and “The Passion”. In these books, a totally different type of vampire is explored: a psychic vampire. These vampires aren’t out for blood, instead they crave energy. However, their bite can be every bit as deadly as vampires that drink blood.

Kaitlyn Fairchild is a misfit. She has strange blue eyes and the ability to predict the future through
Talulah Mankiller
Psychic boarding school goes horribly, horribly wrong!

Seriously, people. Haven’t y’all ever read Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall? If you have psychic powers and someone offers you a scholarship, RUN FOR THE FUCKING HILLS!

Ahem. It never goes well. It’s always part of some government experiment/corporate money-making scheme/WHO THE FUCK CARES, JUST FUCKING RUN ALREADY. Really. By this point, accepting an invitation to attend one of these schools is like running UPstairs in a horror movie: everyone
Jul 03, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-4.5 really. I really liked this book and almost loved it, but the only thing keeping me from this was that I didn't feel as attached to the characters as I would have liked. The only people I really felt for were Kait and Gabriel. Not even Rob, who was Kait's love up until the end. And that's not really a spoiler just because it's so obvious. I really enjoyed the concept of psychics though and how, as the cover says, not all vampires are out for blood. Apparently, energy is a very powerful thi ...more
Jordan K Bell
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I bought this book on a whim back in 2011 because it has a gorgeous cover and it was only with 2 dollars and didn't realize that it is actually a trilogy that compressed in one book.

And I am really glad that I ended up buying it. Its just A MARVELLOUS book.

Rating this 3 books separately would be not fair. I gave everyone of them 4/5 but overall if I look at it as one book with three part it definitely deserves 5 splendid stars.

I don't know why I didn't see many goodread's friend reading this.
Apr 15, 2015 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Strange Power are books 1-3 in the Dark Visions series by L.J. Smith .
The Strange Power, The Possessed, and The Passion make up this collection.

I enjoyed the MC Kaitlyn who can draw pictures future events as a psychic having precognitions. She’s offered an opportunity at an institute along with four other psychics of differing abilities. Kaitlyn’s team includes Rob Kessler, the healer; Anna Whiteraven who can control animals like Rottweilers; Louis Cho can move objects with his mind; and Ga
3 stars

This was a reward re-read for me as I discovered my great sentiment for this book at the beginning of March and decided that I will let myself re-read it if I accomplished my reading goal for the month. And I'm so glad I did!

Okay, so the truth is, this book is not great. I mostly enjoyed it because of the fact that I remembered reading it and being excited about it when I was 12. The plot is predictable and full of holes and the characters are blunt and shallow - I mean you can't expect
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Danielle Klier
In the book Dark Visions by L.J. Smith a girl named Kaitlyn, who can see the future through her drawings is bullied constantly at school for her abilities. One day she is invited to attend a school that with not only help her control her abilities, but also she will get to live in a house filled with others like her. Soon after getting to the school, she realizes something is very wrong, but you will have to read the book to find out what happens!

I though this was a very good book. It took me ab
Jan 25, 2014 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wasted-ink
Why??? That's the question I'll ask myself every time I look over at my bookshelf. Why did I buy this book? Why did I read this book??

I was tricked, lured in by 5 Star ratings from my Goodreads friends... & I swear, I was this-close to liking it! I mean, I like L.J. Smith... at least I think I do - The Vampire Diaries is probably one of my favorite TV show & that's pretty much the same thing, right?
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I think it was the writing that I didn't like, not so much the story - oh! & the cha
Darcy Stewart
Jan 29, 2010 Darcy Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strange Power
This is a very good book. The the vampire in this book ix very different. He doesn't suck blood, he sucks energy. All of the characters are very interesting. The book involves plenty of evil. The students really start to notice something terribly wrong. The book ends in a nice clip hanger. I couldn't put this book done. This is the first L.J. Smith novel I have read. I really think a lot of people will like this. I certainly recommend this to everyone. Kaitlyn is a nice girl that te
Mar 03, 2010 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was suprised at how much I enjoyed this book, it was better than I thought.

The story is about Kaitlyn who is a psychic, she can see the future by drawing what will happen. Tired of being an outcast she decides to go to an institute for psychic teens where she is joined by four others. Kaitlyn builds friendships and learns about her skills. She is also drawn to two guys Rob sweet and gentle and Gabriel aggressive and mysterious. But not everything is what it seems and trust begins to fall and t
Halinor Everdeen Cipriano
I've read a whole Christmas turkey sized load of reviews that say the protagonist in this scummy excuse for a book has depth and a unique, macho character that sets her apart from the other fourteen million heroins who supposedly are the epitome of bravery courage and goodness knows what other load of bull! None of the characters besides Gabriel Wolfe had any depth or development intensifying since the get go... And yes Kaitlyn we do know that you were mistreated for your strange (yet exceedingl ...more
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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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