Chasing Powerby Sarah Beth Durst (Website)
Published by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Bloomsbury USA Childrens on 2014-10-14
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Fantasy & Magic, Juvenile Nonfiction, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
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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.
This is one of these times when I read the synopsis and knew I needed to read this book! I love superpower stories and Chasing Power sounded like a great big Adventure!
Jumper meets Indiana Jones meets X-Men
Did you see the movie “Jumper”? If not, then you should as it’s so much fun about a Boy who can teleport all around the world, if yes and if you also loved the idea, then Chasing Power is your book! And mix this with an Adventure Indiana Jones style and you have such a great and amazing story! In Chasing Power we meet two kids that have super powers, Kayla can do telekinesis and move things around with her mind and Daniel can teleport! And when Daniels Mom gets kidnapped, Daniel finds Kayla as she’s the only one who can help him rescue her.
And in order to rescue her, they must join a race to find some ancient and super powerful stones that could change the world! This race will ear them to ancient maya temples and they will have to face lots of dangers!
So much fun right?
Family Secrets, Magic and memorable characters!
The powers are actually supposed to come from Magic, but exactly why Daniel and Kayla have these powers is one secret that lays deep into the past and it’s on them to figure out. So Chasing Power does not just resolve around rescuing Daniels mother, but also figuring out the connection between Daniel and Kayla and some deep buried family secrets that come with quite a few surprises!
Seriously, it’s been such a fun story and I could totally see this played out like a great movie! I adored Kayla, her loyalty her love for her eccentric mom and the bond with her best friend, who definitely was a highlight for me! The only character which could have been flashed out a little more was Daniel – I still feel like I don’t know him enough and I wished he would have been more focused on. But despite that, there are some great characters to be found in this book! I feel like the ending dragged out a little too long and could have been dealt with a little more spectacular
Chasing Power Sarah Beth Durst is a fun and adventurous standalone story that was so much fun to read! I loved the mix of telekinetic and teleportation powers with some Indiana Jones like Adventures all around the world!