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Chasing Power

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  965 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla's life.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. S
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Bloomsbury
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SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
Bell, Book & Candle | Chasing Power Review

I was over the moon when I finally bought this book, mostly because I've wanted to read this for quite some time now. Something about people with superpowers makes me giddy inside; like Marvel and DC comic book characters. But first let me ask, how cool us this cover? Its eye capturing I'll say.

"Okay Danny, now that we're best buds, how do you know who I am? Have you been stalking me? Because that's not what best friends do" - Kayla

As I was saying, I lov
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I just finished reading this title. Full review to come.

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the
Rashika (is tired)
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Actual Rating 3.5

This book can be easily surmised as fun. Admittedly though, I am a tad disappointed after having my mind blown by The Lost earlier this year. This book doesn’t even begin to compare on the level The Lost sets but considering the two books actually aren’t that similar, I don’t think it would be fair to compare them.

The major selling point of this book is adventure, it’s why it’s so fun. I mean these kids are trying to find
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
Short Review:

I mainly picked this up because it's written by the same author as Drink, Slay, Love and i really loved that book.

I did finish this in one sitting but mainly because i had nothing else to do.

There was some confusing parts, like how come the Voodoo Queen can vanish on her way out but not on her way in? That made no sense.

There is crazy insta-love involved and it was cheesy in parts.

The plot was nice, a little too drawn out, but overall nice.

The ending was wayyy too neat thou!! Autho
Colleen Houck
I was asked to officially blurb this book so here it is...

CHASING POWER took me on a magical rollercoaster ride through dusty tombs and ancient catacombs at such breakneck speeds, the only thing I could do was tightly grip the safety bar and hope I made it through to the other side. Part Indiana Jones, part Jumper, the heroes travel faster than the speed of light but even that isn’t quick enough for them to escape the treachery, mystery, and danger waiting around every corner.
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Entertaining story that was full of adventure, romance, and suspense. I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun YA sci-fi novel.

Opening Sentence: Razor blade.

The Review:

Kayla is not your average sixteen-year-old girl. Sure, she likes to hang out with her best friend, go to the beach, and check out cute boys like any other girl her age does. But she also likes to steal and she has a special power that makes i
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
After reading Sarah's novel Lost earlier this year I just knew that I needed to try something else of her's. Being an avid lover of all things YA I knew her latest release would be a good place to start.

I do have to admit first thing, it took me some time to warm up to the characters and to the storyline. While I love all things paranormal and witchy, this just moved rather slow in the first 20% and I almost gave up on it. There were so many great reviews for it however that I choose to tough i
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review from my blog:

I was super excited to get my hands on an ARC of this book. As a fan of the TV show Heroes and everything X-Men, I'm really into reading books with characters that have supernatural powers. In Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst, the main character Kayla, has telekinetic powers and lives in Santa Barbara, California. Due to family problems, she needs to use her powers to become a master thief and help ensure financial security for herself and her mom. Her mother, Moonbeam, disa
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Beth Durst's CHASING POWER is a fun, exciting and fast-paced read. It takes readers and its characters on a wonderful adventure across the country and the globe in pursuit of hidden artifacts. It delivers danger, thrills, magic and a bit of romance in its action-packed pages. It has characters who are likable, interesting and quirky, others who are untrustworthy and mysterious, and still others who are detestable and deadly. It's a story that will keep readers entertained from start to fin ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, fantasy, youngadult
You know, whenever I'm asked what super power I'd like to have, I say, "Flight!" But Durst makes a very strong case for telekinesis here. I've never seen it used in quite this way, either. Kayla's power is beautifully controlled, and beautifully defined, if that makes sense. She can't delicately pick a flower AND lift a car over her head, there are rules and limits. But, of course, I expect exquisitely crafted fantasy from Sarah Beth Durst, that's what she DOES. She also adds a very cool family ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it
See this review also at: YA Midnight Reads

I’ve read this book a little bit ago and remember enjoying it, but now when it comes to writing this review right now I can’t remember really much about the book. I suppose that’s something to note about Chasing Power, though it’s a whole lot of adventurous fun it’s not particularly impactful nor memorable.

At first my reaction to this book wasn’t entirely positive as I found myself not getting into the book for a solid 20 percent. However when Kayla mee
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: requested, ebook
Four and a half stars.

I was so excited when author Sarah Beth Durst contacted me to review Chasing Power. I've read her works in the past and really enjoyed them, so I seized the chance to read another one of her creations. I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

I'll start by talking about the cover. I actually really like it. It's simple but it's striking, and it kind of puts me in mind of the City of Ember cover. I especially like the coloring of the author's name on the top. It
J. Greene
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm sorry to say it, but this book just wasn't all that great. It wasn't really bad but it wasn't that great. Why? The characters. They were all so lackluster and blah that I don't know how I managed to make it through the book--because I just did not care. I didn't care about the journey. I didn't care about the "drama." I definitely didn't care about the romance. I just didn't care.

For one, the MC, she's interesting in a whole being able to move things with her mind, and being a shoplifter--an
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
One of life's greatest mysteries is how an author like Sarah Beth Durst can write a plethora of books, and yet, each one is unique and vastly different from the others. This woman never ceases to amaze me.

Let me just begin by saying one of the things I LOVE about Sarah Beth Durst's books is the protagonists. They are always clever, strong-willed young women. This is a writer that empowers girls. It's wonderful. Kayla in Chasing Power was another strong female lead in a long list of kick-butt he
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received an arc of this book from the publisher through a goodreads first-reads giveaway.

Chasing Power is a fun, fast paced story. It centers around Kayla,a sixteen year old girl with the power to move things with her mind. she uses her power to be a master shoplifter.....until a boy named Daniel catches her stealing. Now she has to help him save his mom, who has been kidnapped, or he'll spill her secret. Kayla agrees to help Daniel, but neither of them knows just how big a role she will play
Laura (Booksforbreakfast)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I thought the writing was awesome and for once, a character that was brave and didn’t annoy me! It’s a miracle! ;) This book left me wanting more and I couldn’t believe the story was over.

I loved the characters, each had their own personalities and I enjoyed seeing them engage with one another. The voodoo/witchcraft aspect was also amazing and I found myself unable to put the book down. The writing flowed nicely and was easy to read.

The only thing I didn’t love a
Jan 17, 2014 marked it as to-read
The cover for this fantastic sounding novel is out! Can't wait!

Jan 17, 2013 added it
Mind Over Magic!!!!!!!!!
Michelle Wrona
*1.5 star rating*

DNF @ 70 pages

When I read this book I was hoping for something more daring and different. FORGET about the gorgeous cover, this was one of the biggest disappointments of the year for me, since I expected so much better. I've heard so many things about Sarah Beth Durst's books, and this was a true sign that I will never speak of or want to see any of her books ever again.

I've put off writing this review for a few weeks now, and I've just kept on re-scheduling it over and
Nicole Wang
Aug 29, 2014 added it
Shelves: dnf
I've adored 2/2 Durst books I've read so I was more than excited to read Chasing Power. Sarah Beth Durst was amazing, but I think this one either fell prey to my major book slump or it just wasn't as fabulous as her other books.
I had so many complaints for this one that, if the rest of the book had continued like this, it probably would've developed into a 0 or .5 star read. There were just so many things that made absolutely no sense or were just ridiculous that I couldn't take it. I DNF'd it a
Brook Gassman
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Chasing Power
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Genre: Adventure, romance, superpowers, YA/teen
Age Group: 12+
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla's life.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master sho
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Sarah Beth Durst is a great author; I’m pretty much guaranteed to enjoy any book she writes. Chasing Power was no exception.

This story had all the right elements – great characters, fun action scenes, and strong friendships to go along with family ties. Let me just say that I’m so happy that there’s no slow gradual burn of our characters figuring out their powers. They are fully cognizant of them and know how to use them – of course that doesn’t preclude them from developing or refinin
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I picked up an ARC of Chasing Power at ALA '14.

First things first, the cover. While it is visually stunning, it does not match the book at all. The title does. The lightbulb, not so much. There is no mention of lightbulbs or electricity (like I thought there would be) or anything that would justify having a lightbulb on the cover. The closest I can get as to why it's there is the book is called Chasing Power and a lightbulb needs power. Yea, I know, not a great reason.

Moving on from the cover. A
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
It took me a chapter or two to get into this book, but it was a great adventure afterward. I really enjoyed the main character, Kayla's, relationship with her mother, and getting to see how it changed over the course of the book. It was great to see Kayla herself change throughout the book as well, and really come into a sense of confidence. She was great at feigning confidence in the beginning, but seemed to grow into her own skin (and power) as the story goes on. There are also some great para ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural, powers
When i first read the blurb, I thought to myself, OMG this sounds interesting. A girl who has super powers. But she doesnt use them for good. Instead, she's using them to steal. Why? and since she sounds like a badass, why would she help another person willingly? I was filled with anticipation. I wanted a heroine whom I didn't quite like but yet forced to love. However 1/3 into the book and i'm like mehhhhh
Its.... disappointing.At least it has been up til now.Kayla, our heroine, isn't some badas
Life in picturesque Santa Barbara is hardly perfect for sixteen-year-old Kayla. After spending most of her childhood on the run, all Kayla wants is to settle down to a quiet, normal life free of fear and paranoia. But settling isn't in the cards for her and her magic-wielding mother, Moonbeam. After Kayla's father shockingly killed her older sister Amanda when Kayla was a young girl, Kayla and Moonbeam struck out on their own. They cut all old ties, assumed false names, and lead quiet lives to r ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I enjoyed Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst immensely! The main story is centered on Kayla, a 16 year old who is telekinetic and Daniel who can teleport. The story isn’t just about ‘mind’ power but has an amazing storyline that rivals any adventure series or movie, although, there’s plenty of magic and a sweet romance to be had, too. There’s a convoluted plot with surprise twists that kept this novel fresh and interesting.

There is a quest to rescue Daniels mother who has been kidnapped and he en
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from CHASING POWER, especially after reading the summary. The female lead is a thief and the male lead blackmails her into helping him on a quest. Not exactly the sort of thing I usually jump into reading. Still, I chose it for review and gave it a shot. Turned out to be a very good decision.

Kayla wasn’t an easy character to like at first; she has plenty of hard edges and I’ll admit that I became pretty quickly irritated wi
Kathy Martin
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
CHASING POWER was an excellent story with a wonderful main character. Kayla and her mother fled from her father when she was eight. After a time of flight, homelessness, and uncertainty, they found their way to Santa Barbara. Kayla's mother told her they ran because her father had killed her older sister Amanda and her mother was afraid that he would kill Kayla next. Kayla was born being able to use telekinesis and she has honed her skills by becoming a great shoplifter. She is eager to add some ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst The book starts off with a girl that has a telekinetic power and her best friend hanging out and abusing her power by stealing. Her secret is not just her power but the fact that her father wants to kill her. So when she meets Daniel she sets out on an adventure she didn't expect, finds out what she really wants in life and meets the challenge of whatever is thrown at her.Sara Beth Durst usually gives us some great standalones in the YA genre. Usually you have s ...more
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Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of over twenty fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults, including Spark, Drink Slay Love, and The Queens of Renthia series. She won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her child ...more

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