The Strange Power
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 ...more
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8 out of 10
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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 ...more
I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror.
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 ...more
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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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...
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.
The second and third books in the series were so much better than the first though, so hopefully I'll enjoy them the same.
The plot moved forward at a nice, even pace thanks to that agency, because the characters actually went to go find ...more
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 ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA fantasy love triangle, one werewolf boy. [s]||4||15||Dec 04, 2019 08:54PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Young adult fantasy, powered/gifted teens, possible female author, NOT darkest powers, possible trilogy but definite series. [s]||3||46||Oct 08, 2018 08:54PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Book about psychic teenagers sent to a "boarding school" where they are forced to commit crime [s]||5||132||Jan 14, 2011 01:39AM|
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 ...more
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[Gabriel] widened his eyes. 'Don't you want to stay? It's a big bed.”