Review: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

October 13, 2014 Review 0

Review: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth DurstChasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on October 14, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Some sexual content
Reviewed by: Libbie
4 Stars

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 wasn’t sure what to expect from CHASING POWER, especially after reading the summary. The female lead is a thief and the male lead blackmails her into helping him on a quest. Not exactly the sort of thing I usually jump into reading. Still, I chose it for review and gave it a shot. Turned out to be a very good decision.

Kayla wasn’t an easy character to like at first; she has plenty of hard edges and I’ll admit that I became pretty quickly irritated with the continual references to her mother as “Moonbeam.” My heart broke for Daniel several times as he worried and struggled, and I admired his dedication – no matter how it drove me mad when he pushed himself too hard. Kayla’s best friend, Selena, though, felt like little more than a safe haven/exposition device than anything else. Not that she wasn’t enjoyable, but I didn’t connect with her on any real level as much as I did with the others.

The real shining star of CHASING POWER though is the intricacies of the plot. It’s a very well developed story, an interesting use of magic and power, and involves two generations of people being dangerously impulsive with magic and the consequences that causes. Plus, there are some seriously jaw-dropping plot twists that I never saw coming. One point that didn’t sit well is the Return of the King-esque ending that seemed to be a series of “last chapters” strung together. Every time I finished one, I was surprised to see another chapter when I turned the page.

CHASING POWER seems to be a complete stand-alone story, though there are a few loose ends that could indicate a sequel or continuation. If and when that happens, sign me up.

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