Sixteen-year-old Kayla was born with the ability to move things with her mind-things like credit cards and buttons on cash registers-and she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again . . . which would mean grave danger for them both.
When she's caught stealing by a boy named Daniel-a boy with the ability to teleport-he needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. 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.
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
SARAH BETH DURST is the author of the young adult novels Conjured, Vessel, Drink Slay Love, Enchanted Ivy, and Ice, as well as the middle grade novels Into the Wild and Out of the Wild. Sarah lives with her husband and children in Stony Brook, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kayla had planned to spend her summer lazing about the beach in Santa Barbara with her best friend Selena and occasionally stealing things here and there to keep her mind sharp. After all, a sharp mind is very important when you can use it to move things. Her plans for the summer are effectively derailed when a boy named Daniel appears out of nowhere. Literally. Because Daniel has a power of his own--the ability to teleport anywhere instantly. Threatened with blackmail, Kayla agrees to help Daniel steal a set of three ancient artifacts to help Daniel rescue his kidnapped mother. As Daniel and Kayla travel around the world to collect the artifacts, Kayla soon realizes that the secrets she has been keeping, the kidnapping, and the artifacts may all connect back to each other--and to her own family--in a shocking act of betrayal that could change everything in Chasing Power (2014) by Sarah Beth Durst. While Kayla is a willful and often impulsive character, she is also an honest one who is willing to own up to her mistakes. Kayla's own rash behavior is balanced well by best friend Selena who offers a down-to-earth foil to Kayla's magical powers. Kayla's mother is another a great addition to this story with her own charms--both magical and otherwise. Chasing Power is a streamlined blend of magic, romance and page-turning action. This story is part urban fantasy and part treasure hunt in a satisfying blend of adventure and suspense. Possible Pairings: White Cat by Holly Black, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Rampant by Diana Peterfreund, The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin, Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde, The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff *A copy of this book was acquired for review consideration from the publisher at BEA 2014*
Chasing Power was a solid 3.5-3.75 star read for me; the characters were hilarious though a tad exaggerated, the plot was thoroughly interesting, and there were plenty of twists that I didn’t see coming. I did have my problems with this book but overall, it left me feeling satisfied. First up, this book is all about a motley bunch of weirdoes which appealed to my weirdo loving heart from the start; our main character is Kayla, a telekinetic who secretly uses her powers behind her mom’s back. Next up is Selena, Kayla’s best friend, who is loud and proud and awesome, she is the computer of the operation. Daniel is the mysterious boy who shows up and maybe sort of blackmails Kayla into helping him; he is also “special” with the gift of teleportation. Finally, there’s Moonbeam, good old mom with a few secrets up her magical sleeves. All of these characters are on the exaggerated side which I enjoyed (I wouldn’t have enjoyed this in a contemporary but I enjoyed it for this book) but then the unthinkable happens…. The characters did things that were… out of character. Oh my heart! I just need for characters to be well-developed and then to stick to whom the author made them to be and that wasn’t always the case for Chasing Power. My heart still hurts a little. The plot was probably my favorite part of this book; it started off right away and there was plenty to keep me hooked. Daniel’s mother is kidnapped and the only way to retrieve her is to collect two stones located in various places around the world. You know what that vaguely sounds like? People, it sounds like National Treasure! I LOVE National Treasure! It was a really fun journey to find the stone and a few extras along the way. I honestly didn’t see over half of the plot twists coming and that’s my favorite way to read a book, I had to put it down and freak out a few times. This plot was on point! Aside from the things that I liked, there were some things that I didn’t love so much (like the characters acting out of character). The weirdest thing about this book is that it’s written in third person when it shouldn’t be, it made everything confusing and it made the book difficult to read at times. It is also possible that people could think that this book is boring and drags on, I didn’t think that until the ending… I barely got through it.
Chasing Power is an exciting and adventure-filled standalone novel, a tale filled with magical abilities with the sites of the world as it's setting. Like a scavenger hunt only with ancient items that need to be found, it's a life and death situation where to lose is to gamble on one of our main protagonist Mum's life. Kayla is a sixteen-year old girl who has a gift, she has telekinesis and has used her ability to steal, money, jewelery whatever she feels like, she takes what she can and saves it for the moment she and her Mum are on the run again, from her abusive Father, Moonbeam who we know as Kayla's Mum, doesn't know that she uses her ability, she has in fact forbidden her from using her telekinesis even in the safety of her own home, one day she gets caught by Daniel a boy who has an ability of his own, he can teleport and he desperately needs Kayla's help to rescue his kidnapped Mum, so after being blackmailed by him she agrees to help and it's here where the action starts. There's never a dull moment, danger seems to be around every corner, and then there's a bit of romance thrown in as well between Kayla and Daniel. This was the first book that I've ever read of Sarah Beth Durst, while I do own other books of hers I've yet to have the opportunity to pick them up, however after reading and loving this book I'll be sure to put them higher up on my tbr pile. Sarah has created an extremely enjoyable tale, with engaging characters and a plot that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat. Highly recommended.