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Review: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

ChasingPowerCover_HiResTitle: Chasing Power

Author: Sarah Beth Durst

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 376 Pages

ISBN-10: 0802737552 (Bloomsbury)

ISBN-13: 978-0802737557 (Bloomsbury)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

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.

Excerpt: Yes

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 it really easy for her to never get caught. For her whole life she has had the ability to move things with her mind which makes picking pockets very easy. For the last few years she has perfected the art of stealing and she has never been caught until now.

Daniel is a stranger that suddenly appears in Kayla’s life demanding that she help him find his kidnapped mother. He happens to know her secret and he threatens to expose her if she refuses to help him. Daniel’s mother is an anthropologist and she has spent her life working on a special project that got her kidnapped. To save her Daniel must find some ancient stones that supposedly have magical powers and he needs Kayla’s help. Daniel also happens to have a special talent, which is the ability to teleport anywhere in the world. Together Kayla and Daniel travel the world in hopes of saving Daniel’s mother before it is too late.

Kayla was a spunky girl with lots of attitude which I completely adored. She is funny and always seems to have a comeback for everything, which made her a very entertaining character. But she is also a very compassionate person, and even though she is a thief she still generally tries to be a good person. I think one of my favorite things about Kayla was the unique relationship she had with her mother. In many ways their relationship reminded me of Lorelei and Rory Gilmore’s. Of course there were some major differences but their bond was very similar. They were so close and for the most part they were completely honest with each other. Overall, I thought that Kayla was a really fun character and I was glad I got to read her story.

Daniel was a swoon worthy boy. With his good looks and shy personality he was hard not to like even though he was blackmailing Kayla. The thing I liked most about him was that he surprised me. He didn’t end up being what I originally expected from him and I enjoyed that. He is a good person and he was perfect for Kayla. They evened each other out and while there wasn’t much romance, the little there was were adorable. I loved watching them get to know each other and thought they made a great couple.

Chasing Power was a fast paced adventure that had engaging characters, cute romance, and great action. My favorite part of the story was all the different settings that were explored throughout the story. Because Daniel can teleport, he and Kayla travel all over the world and I found that really interesting. Durst did a really great job describing each setting to where I felt like I was there with the characters. The plot also had some great surprises that I wasn’t expecting and that is always a huge plus for me. Durst has such beautiful writing and she really knows how to weave together an entertaining story. While I haven’t read many books by Durst, this was by far my favorite from her. This was a very quick read for me and I really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a great adventure with cute romance.

Notable Scene:

Before she could react, he clamped a hand on her shoulder, and State Street vanished.

Dark. Light. Blue sky. She felt her knees buckle, and a pair of strong arms hauled her backward. She pitched back and landed hard on her butt. She was on a slope—a slope composed of red tiles. Like a roof.

Exactly like a roof.

She was on a freaking roof.

The boy sat calmly besides her.

She was even with the tops of palm trees. The leaves tickled the lip of the roof. Below was State Street, bustling exactly the way she left it, minus her and Daniel. “What—“

FTC Advisory:  Bloomsbury provided me with a copy of Chasing Power.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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  1. kim { Book Swoon }No Gravatar

    I just picked Chasing Power recently. I love the sound of Daniel’s ability to teleport, which sounds like a fun read with the travel locations. I’ve read Conjured by Durst as well and thought it was pretty amazing. Glad you enjoyed it!

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