NetGalley Review: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

Bloomsbury To Be Published Oct. 14, 2014 368 Pages
To Be Published Oct. 14, 2014
368 Pages

Kayla plans on spending the summer in Santa Barbara with her best friend enjoying the beach and stealing whatever she wants. Because Kayla was born with the ability to move things with her mind, stealing is easy for her and she steals to save money just in case her father, who killed her sister, comes to find Kayla and her mother.

But when a boy named Daniel catches her stealing, he blackmails her to get her help in finding her mother. However, Daniel has a trick of his own . .  he can teleport to any location in the world.

With no choice but to help him, Kayla embarks on a dangerous journey, digging up secrets and learning forgiveness.  

I like Ms. Sarah. I read her book Ice which was a retold fairy tale with a twist and enjoyed her style. (Click here for review). So I was excited to read this one.

I was not disappointed at all and actually a bit surprised with the route she choose to go to in regards to the plot.

Kayla is an extremely like-able character. She has a really good relationship with her mother, which isn’t as common as you think in YA novels. Her best friend is wonderful. There is no why are you my friend feelings or any kind of pity or resentment. The two love each other and are honest to a certain extend. Ms. Sarah did something to their relationship I thought was unnecessary and didn’t understand why it was there but it didn’t kill the story.

I didn’t like Daniel. He starts off as this hard ass trying to do what it takes to find his mother but he’s a punk. He gives up about three times in the book when things get rough and it is up to Kayla to inspire him to keep going. He also was pretty much useless when crap happens.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED the plot of the story. I liked how there was diversity within the book. However, the diversity was very limited because the author kept descriptions very neutral. You also don’t what the characters really look like.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It stalled some and I did put it down but when it came back up it was wonderful. 3.5 Pickles

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