Book Review: Chasing Power

Author: Sarah Beth Durst

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Page/Format: 368, Advance Reader’s Copy

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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.


I picked up an ARC of Chasing Power at ALA ’14.

First things first, the cover. While it is visually stunning, it does not match the book at all. The title does. The lightbulb, not so much. There is no mention of lightbulbs or electricity (like I thought there would be) or anything that would justify having a lightbulb on the cover. The closest I can get as to why it’s there is the book is called Chasing Power and a lightbulb needs power. Yea, I know, not a great reason.

Moving on from the cover. After a rocky start, I really enjoyed this book. It brought together many things I loved and some things I’ve studied in college. The characters, Kayla and Daniel, take you on a wild rollercoaster around different parts of Latin America and their strange family problems.

When I got the book, the only thing I knew was what was written on the back cover. My summary is vastly different than the summary that is on goodreads and what will probably be written on the actual copies of the book.

I went in knowing about Kayla and her telekinetic powers, I knew nothing about Daniel expect that he catches her. I was pleasantly surprised when he had a special gift as well. The two of them are a wonderful team together, telekinetic and teleportation. Super cool.

Kayla is a telekinetic thief living with her mother, Moonbeam, in Santa Barbara when we meet her. She spends her days with her best friend, Selena, who is brilliant and frequently helped out K & D on their quest. Daniel is a teleporting boy with a kidnapped mother.

Daniel seeks out Kayla and gets her to help him go out on a quest to find two of three magical stones that could help him get his mother back. Their quest leads them on an adventure through parts of Mexico, Latin America, and South America. There talk of different world leaders and different important archaeological sites (many I knew from my Prehistory and Archaeology of the Mayan).

Along the way, Kayla discovers herself and the life she wants to live. The two also discover secrets from the past about their families, who are intertwined.

This book is an adventure book. A book about troubled families. A book about discovering yourself. A book about love. It has a little bit of something for everyone.

While the beginning of the book was a slow start for me, I really started to like it once K & D’s journey started. I found myself laughing with them and worrying for them. The things that surprised them, surprised me. It felt like I was going on this journey with them.

I ended this book with a smile on my face, which is always a good sign. I’m recommending it to all my adventure loving book friends. 4/5 from me. (:

About lauraannmeester

Book & cat lover. I write book reviews. I usually read YA, but I've branched out to middle grade and NA as well. Occasionally, you'll catch me reading an adult book. (:
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2 Responses to Book Review: Chasing Power

  1. Emma Snow says:

    I don’t think I got this! It sounds really good! Great review. Laura! You’re a natural! I miss you!

    P.S. I really need to reply to you on FB. I suck.

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