Book Review: Chasing Power

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Book Review: Chasing PowerChasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst
Published by Bloomsbury USA on October 14th 2014
Pages: 376

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.

thoughtChasing Power is really different. So different, that at first, I really did not think I was going to finish it. The story starts off a little slow. Introducing Kayla and her powers. Kayla has the power of telekinesis, the ability to move things with her mind. When we first meet Kayla, she is on lifting spree. She even takes pride in being able to steal things from shops. With her rich best friend and partner in crime, Selena, in tow, Kayla almost makes a game out of stealing. She has no remorse for her actions, and for me, that was a little bit of a problem. Early on, I had the hardest time finding something about her to like, to relate to. It wasn’t until the back story was revealed that I finally began to at least understand Kayla a little bit.

You see, Kayla and her mother, Moonbeam, live their lives under the grid as much as they can. Years ago, Kayla and her mother ran from everything they knew, everything they had to escape Kayla’s father after he killed Kayla’s older sister. Since that day, Kayla and her mother have lived in an almost constant fear of being found by him. But Kayla has an escape plan. One that relies on a power she doesn’t know why she has.

At this point, I think I have just about read and loved every book Sarah Beth Durst has come up with. Chasing Power is no different. Although, I was on the fence early on, once the action and plot started to unfold, it was game on. I was hooked and had to see how all of this would play out.

Chasing Power has so many layers to it. A crazy family back story. Special powers. Magic mixed in with a thousands of years old artifact hunt. While Chasing Power could of ended up a hot mess of way too much going on, it all works. It all ties in together perfectly, and gives readers on heck of a ride.

One thing that I have always loved about Sarah Beth Durst’s writing is her romantic layer. No insta-love. No triangles. It is a complex, and often very complicated, love that makes you feel good inside. For Kayla and Daniel, it was not always an easy path. With family secrets, lies, and omissions standing in their way, let’s just say there are a ton of ups and downs to this relationship. I loved every rocky moment.


Chasing Power began with a bit of a rocky start, but ended with a bang. For me, it seems Sarah Beth Durst can do no wrong. Loved this one.

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