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The Strange Power

(Dark Visions #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,598 ratings  ·  239 reviews
They said she had evil eyes...

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
Paperback, 230 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Simon Pulse
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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

2020 -
Dear me this is cheesy in places! (view spoiler)
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Hum. Not entirely convinced I liked this book.

This story is about a bunch of teenagers that have psychic powers and have always been bullied and isolated because of it. By miracle, a rich and old man takes interest in them and select them to be part of an experiment supposed to help them better understand their powers, he also generously offers them a scholarship to a really nice school and set funds aside for them to go to College. They have to move away from home and settle in California
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just re-read this for Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror):
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I.... kind of loved this book? Weirdly prescient as to Silicon Valley and bullshit corporations, spooky, weird, FBI-psyops stuff, and a character who is basically Goth Mr Burns. I ENJOYED IT I TELL YOU.

I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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 its 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
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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???

Apr 04, 2017 marked it as maybe-tbr
Shelves: dnf
You know a book is bad when you go into it with very low expectations and you can't even finish the mere 250 pages it contains.....yeah. That's how bad this book was
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Chelsea Moreen
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-not-buying
2.5 stars. I definitely didn't hate this book but it had a very l.j.smith annoying insta love and an annoying immature main character. The rest of the book was great and i will read the rest of the bind-up.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: projecttbr-2015
For a more detailed review, check out my review below:

Debra's Book Cafe

Debs :-)
Asghar Abbas
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it

The whole thing felt like a rehashing of her previous books , especially the Vampire Diaries .
Although the MC's witchy eyes reminded me of Alexandra Daddario.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I looooooved L.J. Smith books in middle and high school and have been wanting to revisit some of them for a while. I've re-read both the Secret Circle trilogy and the Forbidden Game trilogy within the last decade, but probably haven't read Dark Visions since high school. I found myself balking at some of the character descriptions (repeated references to Lewis's "almond shaped eyes") and I found Katilyn more annoying from my adult perspective than I did as a teenager, but overall still an ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The Vampire Diaries will always be one of my favorite book series and because of that Lisa will always have a place in my heart but I think maybe it's very different to read L.J Smith when you have fifteen than To read her when you have twenty four or maybe this one wasn't of her best because I found it very lacking.

The plot was very promising but I found the execution being very poor. Kait pissed the fuck out of me most of the time because she was so dumb and naive and please don't even get me
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I did not really enjoy. The plot and conflict was apparent within pages but yet the characters were oblivious. They acted much too childish for their age and many times I wanted to teleport into their world and give them a good slap of sense. Dont even get me started on the romance, it was abhorable and lacked much development. ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun to reread books from childhood!
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018
Overall, this was pretty bland, but it was an easy read, and I'm slightly interested in the sequel, so I *might* continue.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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May 09, 2011 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 ...more
I'm a huge fan of L.J Smith and when I saw this book at the library I thought I should give it a go. I'm glad I did because it was really good. For the most part, it was something different because it involved psychics which was different to the usual vampires, werewolves and witches that are so common in supernatural stories.
I liked all of the characters except maybe Rob. He just seemed to annoy me a little bit. By the end of this book I was hoping that Kaitlyn and Gabriel would end up
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books, gift
Rating: 4.5/5

Cover: 2/5 - Not a fan of the photography or color scheme.

Ah L.J Smith... Always always ALWAYS up for one of her novels. It's been so long since I had read The Night World series that when I saw on my bookshelf that I hadn't read this I knew I had to.

Sure, some of the stuff in the story was expected like the fact that these kids have powers and well they trust in people they shouldn't but in the end the villains lose HOWEVER I still loved this book and I can not wait to read the

Deepa Paikar
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am not sure about my ratings...There must be something between OK and "Didn't like"
In my view the concepty was pretty good but I didn't like the whole story...Yes it was fast butalso slow, there was nothing great happening...the characters were also good but the villain was too straight forward and may I say stupid with no style at all.
I LIKED THE CONCEPT but plese move on , do something ...
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Kathy Davie
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Whoa...this was different. And good! Five teens are drawn together due to their abilities only to discover they've been duped. The adventure begins..>!
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Minus one star for the love triangle, but overall a solid read. The main character, Kait, is pretty logical and sympathetic, and I enjoy her voice for most of the book. Her power makes her a great point of view character, and, my god, she has agency. So much agency that I forgot this was written in the 90s. She made decisions! And they had rewards and consequences! It's amazing!

The plot moved forward at a nice, even pace thanks to that agency, because the characters actually went to go find
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-retro
2.5 Rating

This is filled with all of my favorite eye-rolling YA tropes!

1. A beautiful heroine with mysterious powers. (Kaitlyn, an artist with the ability to draw the future.)
2. Two good looking and intriguing guys AKA the potential love interests, (Rob, the gentle healer who is nauseatingly perfect, and Gabriel, the mysterious jackass, I mean, bad boy telepath / "psychic vampire")
3. Two sidekicks who are lovable, but rather unimportant. (Anna & Lewis)
4. Kaitlyn's super cliche feelings of
Tazzie Dee
In the small town of Thoroughfare lives the strange girl with the witchy eyes, Ms. Kaitlyn Fairchild. But Kaitlyn is not a witch. Shes psychic! Kaitlyn gets an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute where she can learn to harness her powers along with four other gifted teens (Anna, Lewis, Rob & Gabriel). However, when she gets there Kaitlyn starts to get these weird visions. And she is also giving a warning to get out. Kaitlyn knows she cant trust everyone who works at the Institute. But ...more
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