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

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by L. J. Smith
 

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GIFTED AND CURSED

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

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GIFTED AND CURSED

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416989561
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Series:
Dark Visions Series
Edition description:
Bind-Up
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
215,827
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.93(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Dark Visions


  • You don’t invite the local witch to parties. No matter how beautiful she is. That was the basic problem.

    I don’t care, Kaitlyn thought. I don’t need anyone.

    She was sitting in history class, listening to Marcy Huang and Pam Sasseen plan a party for that weekend. She couldn’t help but hear them. Mr. Flynn’s gentle, apologetic voice was no competition for their excited whispers. Kait was listening, pretending not to listen, and fiercely wishing she could get away. She couldn’t, so she doodled on the blue-lined page of her history notebook.

    She was full of contradictory feelings. She hated Pam and Marcy, and wanted them to die, or at least to have some gory accident that left them utterly broken and defeated and miserable. At the same time there was a terrible longing inside her. If they would only let her in—it wasn’t as if she insisted on being the most popular, the most admired, girl at school. She’d settle for a place in the group that was securely her own. They could shake their heads and say, “Oh, that Kaitlyn—she’s odd, but what would we do without her?” And that would be fine, as long as she was a part.

    But it wouldn’t happen, ever. Marcy would never think of inviting Kaitlyn to her party because she wouldn’t think of doing something that had never been done before. No one ever invited the witch; no one thought that Kaitlyn, the lovely, spooky girl with the strange eyes, would want to go.

    And I don’t care, Kaitlyn thought, her reflections coming around full circle. This is my last year. One semester to go. After that, I’m out of high school and I hope I never see anyone from this place again.

    But that was the other problem, of course. In a little town like Thoroughfare she was bound to see them, and their parents, every day for the next year. And the year after that, and the year after that. . . .

    There was no escape. If she could have gone away to college, it might have been different. But she’d screwed up her art scholarship . . . and anyway, there was her father. He needed her—and there wasn’t any money. Dad needed her. It was junior college or nothing.

    The years stretched out in front of Kaitlyn, bleak as the Ohio winter outside the window, filled with endless cold classrooms. Endless sitting and listening to girls planning parties that she wasn’t invited to. Endless exclusion. Endless aching and wishing that she were a witch so she could put the most hideous, painful, debilitating curse on all of them.

    All the while she was thinking, she was doodling. Or rather her hand was doodling—her brain didn’t seem to be involved at all. Now she looked down and for the first time saw what she’d drawn.

    A spiderweb.

    But what was strange was what was underneath the web, so close it was almost touching. A pair of eyes.

    Wide, round, heavy-lashed eyes. Bambi eyes. The eyes of a child.

    As Kaitlyn stared at it, she suddenly felt dizzy, as if she were falling. As if the picture were opening to let her in. It was a horrible sensation—and a familiar one. It happened every time she drew one of those pictures, the kind they called her a witch for.

    The kind that came true.

    She pulled herself back with a jerk. There was a sick, sinking feeling inside her.

    Oh, please, no, she thought. Not today—and not here, not at school. It’s just a doodle; it doesn’t mean anything.

    Please let it be just a doodle.

    But she could feel her body bracing, ignoring her mind, going ice-cold in order to meet what was coming.

    A child. She’d drawn a child’s eyes, so some child was in danger.

    But what child? Staring at the space under the eyes, Kait felt a tugging, almost a twitch, in her hand. Her fingers telling her the shape that needed to go there. Little half circle, with smaller curves at the edges. A snub nose. Large circle, filled in solid. A mouth, open in fear or surprise or pain. Big curve to indicate a round chin.

    A series of long wriggles for hair—and then the itch, the urge, the need in Kait’s hand ebbed away.

    She let out her breath.

    That was all. The child in the picture must be a girl, with all that hair. Wavy hair. A pretty little girl with wavy hair and a spiderweb on top of her face.

    Something was going to happen, involving a child and a spider. But where—and to what child? And when?

    Today? Next week? Next year?

    It wasn’t enough.

    It never was. That was the most terrible part of Kaitlyn’s terrible gift. Her drawings were always accurate—they always, always came true. She always ended up seeing in real life what she’d drawn on paper.

    But not in time.

    Right now, what could she do? Run through town with a megaphone telling all kids to beware of spiders? Go down to the elementary school looking for girls with wavy hair?

    Even if she tried to tell them, they’d run away from her. As if Kaitlyn brought on the things she drew. As if she made them happen instead of just predicting them.

    The lines of the picture were getting crooked. Kaitlyn blinked to straighten them. The one thing she wouldn’t do was cry—because Kaitlyn never cried.

    Never. Not once, not since her mother had died when Kait was eight. Since then, Kait had learned how to make the tears go inside.

    There was a disturbance at the front of the room. Mr. Flynn’s voice, usually so soft and melodious that students could comfortably go to sleep to it, had stopped.

    Chris Barnable, a boy who worked sixth period as a student aide, had brought a piece of pink paper. A call slip.

    Kaitlyn watched Mr. Flynn take it, read it, then look mildly at the class, wrinkling his nose to push his glasses back up.

    “Kaitlyn, the office wants you.”

    Kaitlyn was already reaching for her books. She kept her back very straight, her head very high, as she walked up the aisle to take the slip. KAITLYN FAIRCHILD TO THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE—AT ONCE! it read. Somehow when the “at once” box was checked, the whole slip assumed an air of urgency and malice.

    “In trouble again?” a voice from the first row asked snidely. Kaitlyn couldn’t tell who it was, and she wouldn’t turn around to look. She went out the door with Chris.

    In trouble again, yes, she thought as she walked down the stairs to the main office. What did they have on her this time? Those excuses “signed by her father” last fall?

    Kaitlyn missed a lot of school, because there were times when she just couldn’t stand it. Whenever it got too bad, she went down Piqua Road to where the farms were, and drew. Nobody bothered her there.

    “I’m sorry you’re in trouble,” Chris Barnable said as they reached the office. “I mean . . . I’m sorry if you’re in trouble.”

    Kaitlyn glanced at him sharply. He was an okay-looking guy: shiny hair, soft eyes—a lot like Hello Sailor, the cocker spaniel she’d had years ago. Still, she wasn’t fooled for a minute.

    Boys—boys were no good. Kait knew exactly why they were nice to her. She’d inherited her mother’s creamy Irish skin and autumn-fire hair. She’d inherited her mother’s supple, willow-slim figure.

    But her eyes were her own, and just now she used them without mercy. She turned an icy gaze on Chris, looking at him in a way she was usually careful to avoid. She looked him straight in the face.

    He went white.

    It was typical of the way people around here reacted when they had to meet Kaitlyn’s eyes. No one else had eyes like Kaitlyn. They were smoky blue, and at the outside of each iris, as well as in the middle, were darker rings.

    Her father said they were beautiful and that Kaitlyn had been marked by the fairies. But other people said other things. Ever since she could remember, Kaitlyn had heard the whispers—that she had strange eyes, evil eyes. Eyes that saw what wasn’t meant to be seen.

    Sometimes, like now, Kaitlyn used them as a weapon. She stared at Chris Barnable until the poor jerk actually stepped backward. Then she lowered her lashes demurely and walked into the office.

    It gave her only a sick, momentary feeling of triumph. Scaring cocker spaniels was hardly an achievement. But Kaitlyn was too frightened and miserable herself to care. A secretary waved her toward the principal’s office, and Kaitlyn steeled herself. She opened the door.

    Ms. McCasslan, the principal, was there—but she wasn’t alone. Sitting beside the desk was a tanned, trim young woman with short blond hair.

    “Congratulations,” the blond woman said, coming out of the chair with one quick, graceful movement.

    Kaitlyn stood motionless, head high. She didn’t know what to think. But all at once she had a rush of feeling, like a premonition.

    This is it. What you’ve been waiting for.

    She hadn’t known she was waiting for anything.

    Of course you have. And this is it.

    The next few minutes are going to change your life.

    “I’m Joyce,” the blond woman said. “Joyce Piper. Don’t you remember me?”

  • Meet the Author

    L.J. Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the Night World and Vampire Diaries series. She has written over twenty-five books and lives in California.

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    Dark Visions 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 481 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I first read these books like 8 years ago. I've reread them many times over since. Far better than her Vampire Diaries series and even better than Night World. You will love all the characters -- Dark and brooding Gabriel, sweet and noble Rob, and indecisive and strong Kaitlyn. You'll probably laugh, cry, and not be able to put down the books until you finished. This isn't a vampire story - it's about psychic teenagers brought together at a group home for studies. There is a form of "psychic vampire" but you still get your heart melting bad boy. Just brilliant and completely original for her times. Pre-order it so you save the buck, it is so worth it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Okay I am only in sixth grade and i absoulutely loveeee this book! I borrowed it from a friend who also read this book and we both loved it! It's definately a must read. First of all, the whole story line is way awesome. I don't really like reading these kind of books, but trust me, its worth reading. The characters are very well described and everyone has their own personality and power. The love triangle between Kaitlyn, Rob, and Gabriel is a lot like Twilight's (not trying to compare the two books because they are VERY different, just the love triangle). This book is full of adventure, romance, fantasy, and anything you imagine. It's the BEST book ever! I got so annoyed at Kaitlyn because she couldn't decide who she loved because supposedly she loved them both (just like twilight). Which explains why L.J. Smith is a very good writer and really describes everything really well. Although Gabriel is my fave in the book, I think Rob is best for Kait because I can tell he really loves her, and theres more detail between them. Just read the book, and you'll understand :)
    JovieS More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous wrote a great review on this series. One of L.J. Smith's finest trilogies. The story to me, is a combination of John Farris's "The Fury" (sadly, out of print I think) & the new "House of Night Series" by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. The story is about five psychic teenagers (different powers of course) who are recruited to a privileged school for study, with the promise of a full scholarship to any college they desire. But the individuals who run the school have far more darker designs to make the kids into psychic-soldiers to do their bidding. Great story & great characters! Give it a chance when it gets re-issued. =D
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I wish this book never had an ending so i could continue to read. It has to be one of my favorite books. It has the supernatural twist with a bit of romance, and a ton of suspence. Exactly what i love in a book.
    EverBloom98 More than 1 year ago
    I really loved this book and could not put it down. You will not regret it!
    kolekiko More than 1 year ago
    This book is thrilling and you don't want to put this book down. The characters are really well descriptive and its really romantic (for all those romantics out there). Its a book you would want to read over and over and over again. Its a book to recommending to your friends. This book takes you on an adventure and it shows the relationships between the characters, both romantic and not so romantic ones, and you will remember what happens in the book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was an amazing story. It has a great plot and really hooked me in. I loved the characters expecially Gabriel. I recommend this to anyone who loves supernatural books. It doesn't have vampires, if you're tired of that like me, and it has adventure, romance, suspence, and mystery. It had so many twists I was so amazing.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was amazig and romantic and lovely! There should be another
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    As many of the people before me said it is a great book! Unlike vampire diaries l.j smith did the right thing and ended the story early after 3 books! Great read and i would highly recommend this for everyone!!!!!
    Tralaune Long More than 1 year ago
    I absolutely loved every single word of the book...the relationship between characters was awesome and i love the passion in the book!......I hope there is more because i could not put it down!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    L.J. Smith, you have absolutely done it this time. This is just a complete MASTERPIECE of work. Everything is done is so much detail. And everything (Plot, Characters, Setting (s)) is just done absolutely PERFECTLY? This is my favorite book of all time. No. Doubt. About. It. This is an absolute spectacular must read. Keep up the wonderful work, L.J.. :-D
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I was really torn in this book between loving it and hating it. I really couldn't figure out what I thought, overall, of the book. Did it keep my interest? Yes. And it was certainly long enough for my liking. I tried to read L.J. Smith's other books, the Night World series, but I really didn't like that they were short stories. And this one sounded great so I gave it a try. Overall, I really didn't like the main character, Kaitlyn, but I loved Gabriel. I loved that Smith switched to his point of view every once and a while. I would've loved if he was the narrator of the whole book. Reason being, Kait was insensitive and obnoxious, which was even more apparent when we entered Gabe's life. I wanted to hit her on the head, she was so dense and mean to him. I also need to say how Extremely similar this book is to the Summoning (and the Awakening, its sequel). They both started off with a girl narrator who enters a home made specifically for kids that are "special". The women who run the home come off as nice, but strict, making them eat healthy foods. The kids are all kind in the home but one dangerous boy, who catches her eye, but he in return, doesn't want her company. She's intrigued by the boy, and she feels a senstitive side of him and help shim throughout the book. The home they are staying in turns out to be corrupt and the kids lash out against it. The girl gets tired of the dark, mean boy so she goes for the other way cuter boy, who takes her up quickly. The kids run away, live on the streets, get caught, and eventually defeat the system for good. The girl falls for the dark, mean boy who suddenly turns very nice when she finds out he loves her. Anyway, (so sorry for the long comparison) I'm sure I gave too much away right there. So I didn't ever have a great feeling about Rob but I liked Anna and Lewis. The other thing is, throughout the book, I would go from loving Gabe to hating him, to loving him, and feeling sorry for him, to hating him again. It seemed like when i liked him, she didnt like him, and when i didnt like him, she liked him. Totally messed up. And same with Rob, I hated him, then warmed up to him. I also had a constant dislike for Kaitlyn, I though her power sucked. I mean, drawing, then having to decipher it? Yeah, real fun. Why not just drain 'em like Gabe, or heal them like Rob? Another point that made Kait look so dense is her situation with Gabe. I mean, isn't it obvious that he had feelings(I'm trying not to give it away...) but it really killed me to see him open up, and she had nothing in return. And lastly, I didn't like the ending. Extremely predicable. From the first ten seconds when Kait meets the kids, you know who's going to end up with who. And Smith hinted it! She literally said, Kait wondered if [blank and blank] would ever be together. And look, it did! Wow, shocker. So extremely predictable book all the way through. I felt very sorry for Gabe during the book, and I hated Kait. Then almost near the end, I disliked Gabe, loved Kait. Then Kait gives in, and I just didn't like them all. Lol. So, I think I'm going to give up on Smith's writing. Sorry for the long review, I'm sure no one will read it. So, yeah, rating: 3 1/2 stars, it wasn't good enought for 4, but not bad enough for 3.
    Elizabeth1228 More than 1 year ago
    It's a good just for fun book. It's good to fill your time and is very entertaining. It's not my favorite L.J. Smith book but it's worth reading.
    book-lover-tls More than 1 year ago
    i am reading this book, well, not THIS book, but the individual books right now, and they are pretty good. in my opinion, they're not as good as the vampire diaries series and the night world series, but still a good read. it seems to me, in every book besides nightworld, the main character(a girl) falls in love with two guys, and has trouble choosing. sometimes, it's the obvious choice, but in this book, it took to the very last 50 or so pages to find out who she's going to be with. good book, and can't wait to read more from L.J.Smith
    bookfreak67 More than 1 year ago
    I can say that Dark Visions Series will keep you reading! i read this in spring break and the series is so good its scary! L.J Smith is one of my favorite authors all her books are awesome! I havent read one i dont like! this series was a book that keeps you on edge and its funny! almost any one can read this book! i'm so glad it came back into print! i really like the cover to!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    One of my favorite books!:)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Best book ever!!!
    Mika_H More than 1 year ago
    I absolutely loved this book. It contains fantasy, a bit of action, suspense, and a dash of romance. I must admit, I formed a bit of a crush for Gabriel, one of the main characters in the book. He puts up a "bad boy" font and is sarcastic to protect himself from pain because of things he inured in the past, but he is truly is kind on the inside. If you have read and enjoyed Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrument series, you will fall in love with Dark Visions. TEAM GABRIEL!!! (Sorry for the twilight reference...)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    A love story that will keep you wondering who will Kaitlyn choose. I got this book quickly and once I got it I read it. A definite page turner, and a must read. If you like Vampire's and Psychic then this book is for you. L. J. Smith's writing keeps you wondering what's going to happen next and this book defiantly does that. Great book must read.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Get it now!!!!!
    Tonya77 More than 1 year ago
    well i havent read it yet getting ready to start it. got it on my nook the site here says the book is 752 pages but yet its really only 460. i read these short books way to fast. i need something longer thats why i bought it because of it showing that it was a longer book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Even tho i really did not like main character Kate i did love the whole book. It did kind of remind me of the Twilight series but i luv both books so i didnt mind :) team rob haha
    cindylb More than 1 year ago
    Good book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is the most incredible book I have read in my entire life!!!!!!!!!! Words can't even desrcibe how amazing this book is and I wish that this was a long series. I was so happy I finished the book but I was mad because it ended, it is not something you want to end. I have read some of her other books but they weren't in any competion with this one, this was over the top rediculously amazing its not fair. I love how original she is and I can't wait until I get my hands on her books that i haven't read yet. This is something you will never put down until its over and then you will want to read it again. I highly recommend this book because you will not be disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Absolutely luvved