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Dark Visions

(Dark Visions #1-3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  36,540 ratings  ·  1,103 reviews

Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait's not a witch: she's psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accepts an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can study with other psychic teens and have a fresh start.

As Kaitlyn learns to hone her abili
Paperback, Omnibus, 732 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1991)
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Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 consume time. And time
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
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 --
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
life's a fairy tale
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
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
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, multiple-reads
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
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
Veronica Morfi
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Alex Bennett
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

Let's first say that I love LJ Smith. I will read anything and everything she ever writes. Her stories and characters all take me on a ride I never want to leave. The Strange Power wasn't too far away from that feeling, but it was a small letdown from what I was expecting.

The book takes off really quick, but not tons of plot takes place in this book. After they get to the Institute, not loads happens, which kinda let me down. Of course they have testing (abusing scientific
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oh God, I can't believe I actually own this!

L.J Smith has long been a Paranormal YA author and I thought I should give her a try. I could've read her vampire diaries series but I hated the show too much to even try to read the damn book, so that's how I picked up Dark Visions. The premise wasn't interesting but the cover was. Stupid me, fooled by the pretty cover.
Dark visions had potential. It could've been an amazing book with the crazy Mr. Zetes and greedy for fame Joyce. I actually found the
Darcy Stewart
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Talulah Mankiller
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 19, 2009 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
Jordan K Bell
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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L J. Smith’s version of psychic YA story, Dark Visions contents three books: The Strange Power, The Possessed, The Passion. Basically it’s a story of good psychic teenagers with special abilities fighting the evil boss who wanted to use their abilities to make ton of money. AGAIN there’s a love triangle in the book but this one is OK, most of the main characters are also likable.

The only problem I have with the story is when those ‘bad’ psychic kids(who help the evil boss) show up, they were pr
Jim Karagkounis
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Plot: 3/5 stars
Writing: 1/5 stars
Pace: 4/5 stars
Characters: 3/5 stars
Overall: 2.75/5 stars
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
“She stood slim and proud as some medieval witch princess against the dawn.” (p.536)

This book has been staring at me for years, taunting me. I’ve tried reading it before but I couldn’t make myself read past the first book. Luckily after four years I’ve finally forced myself to read it cover to cover.

Summary: This series followed Kaitlyn, Gabriel, Rob, Anna and Lewis, a group of psychic teenagers that were gathered in the Zetes Institute so that they could learn to control their powers. Howe
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Books by L.J. Smith are a hit and miss for me. I love her Night World and Secret Circle series but didn't care much for her Vampire Diaries even though they are her most popular books right now. The last series I read of hers was so-so for me as well. But despite that, there was no reluctance from me in picking this book up because it's thematically different. The book focuses on teenagers with psychic abilities rather than your usual run-off-the-mill vampire-werewolves-faeries plot lines. It wa ...more
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Kaitlyn has always been considered an outsider at her school and is known as a witch because of her strange drawings. When she gets the urge to draw she never knows what she will produce but her pictures always give a warning about something that will happen in the future. When she is offered a place at an institute for gifted psychics she jumps at the chance to go to California and hopes to find out more about her gifts. Life at the institute isn't what she was expecting though. She makes 4 new ...more
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