Tuesday, 14 October 2014

ARC Review: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst


Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Pages: 366 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
Received from: Publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.

But her summer plans change when she's caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel's kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive... or survive.


Chasing Power is a novel about family, friendships, secrets, and of course, finding your true self. It was a wonderful book to read!

The story is about Kayla, a girl who possesses telekinesis and uses it to save her mother and herself from her father who is hunting them. She is a master of stealing, but is one day caught by a boy named Daniel, who has a special ability as well. The story revolves around their journey to find Daniel's mom (who mysteriously disappears before the beginning of the novel), and how their adventures take them all over the world, yet somehow to the people Kayla and her mom have been trying to avoid for years.

I loved the concept for the story, and found it well paced. I liked Kayla's character for the most part, but at some points found her a little dramatic. But what I did like about her is that she is a strong, independent, and intelligent character that will do things for the greater good. But in the end, I felt like the secondary characters were the best- my favourite was Selena, Kayla's best friend.

Although I found certain parts slow, the plot was really good. There was SO MUCH family drama, but I like how it added onto the characters struggles and development as well. This was a great book and a great read!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars!

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