Thursday, January 19, 2012

Book #8: The Strange Power

Title: The Strange Power (Book #1 of the Dark Visions series)

Author: L.J. Smith

Date started reading: Jan. 19, 2012
Date finished reading: Jan. 20, 2012

Publish date: Originally 1994, omnibus edition published in 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-8956-1
Number of pages: 252 in The Strange Power, 732 in omnibus edition with all three books

Official summary: "Is the first book in the trilogy. In this we first see Kaitlyn Fairchild: the resident witch in her school. Kait doesn’t deliberately practice witchcraft, but every so often she gets the urge to draw. The problem is that the pictures are mysterious and macabre . . . and they always end up coming true before Kaitlyn can figure out what they mean. Given the chance to transfer to the Zetes Institute, a small boardinghouse school populated only by teens like Kait, with strange powers, Kaitlyn jumps at the chance. But neither the Institute nor Dr. Zetes is what they seem..." (

How I obtained the book: Bought for $4.99 from used book store. This was a publisher's remainder book, so it wasn't actually a used book

Memorable quotes:
  • "You don't invite the local witch to parties. No matter how beautiful she is."

My commentary: I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book. I merely bought it because it was written by L.J. Smith, and I like some of her other books. I didn't love this book, but I didn't dislike it either. It's sort of an "ehh" type of feeling about it. It is a weird coincidence that the last book I read (Shatter Me) included a teenager with a "special ability" to basically suck the life force out of people and who ends up in a place for other people with different "special abilities," and then I read this book which is all about a home for teenagers with strange physic abilities. One basically sucks the life force out of people by accident when he physically connects with someone (sound familiar?), and another channels life force to heal people.

Buy on Dark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The Passion

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