Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dark Visions by L.J. Smith

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: YA
Rating: 4/5
Source: Bought

Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider in her small hometown. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait's not a witch: She's a psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accepts an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can have a fresh start and study with other psychic teens.
Learning to hone her abilities with four other gifted students, Kait discovers the intensity of her power -- and the joy of having true friends. But those friendships quickly become complicated when Kait finds herself torn between two irresistible guys. Rob is kind and athletic, and heals people with his good energy. Gabriel is aggressive and mysterious, a telepath concealing his true nature as a psychic vampire, feeding off of others' life energy. Together, Rob and Gabriel's opposing forces threaten the group's stability.
Then one of the experiments traps the five teens in a psychic link. A link that threatens their sanity and their lives. And Kaitlyn must decide whom to trust...and whom to love.

After falling in love with the TV show THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, I was eager to read DARK VISIONS by L.J Smith and see her books. The writing was not complicated and the book would go by in a breeze. The chapters were very long though and I have a habit that I enjoy stopping before a new chapter begins, but it took forever here for a new chapter to begin.

Kaitlin was a fun character with unique abilities. All her life she was made fun of for looking like a witch and now she finally found a hoe where she feels safe and better, only to find out secrets in it. The book did get slow at times and I found myself skimming through all the detail that was taking away from the story. But this story does have a love triangle and I've noticed all of L.J Smith's stories do (hence THE VAMPIRE DIARIES).

I really liked how Simon Pulse combined all the books in the trilogy into one since it makes it easier to carrie around one large book rather than three individual books. The cover chosen is very mysterious, yet simple. There's not much going on and doesn't give away anything since all the books are combined together.

Overall, if you're a fa of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES T.V. show or have read other L.J Smith books, give this one a try since it was a great read.

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