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Chasing Power

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Chasing Power

When Kayla was very young, her mother discovered that she and her sister, Amanda, had the power of telekinesis. However, when Amanda was killed, (her mother, Moonbeam, refuses to talk about the details of her daughter’s death) Kayla and her Moonbeam fled, and Kayla was forbidden from ever using her powers again.
 
Astounding twists and turns, great dialogue and fabulous characters.
 
But she did. Kayla used telekinesis to steal trinkets and jewelry to keep Moonbeam and herself afloat.  To keep from getting caught, she used distractions and careful movements, and she didn’t retrieve the stolen item until she was way out of reach of the security cameras.  But she was not careful enough.
When she was stealing a diamond ring, a boy named Daniel caught her and blackmailed her into helping to save his kidnapped mother from unknown hands.  Daniel is a teleporter, and together, Kayla and Daniel teleport all over the world to find clues to find his lost mother.  
 
With astounding twists and turns, great dialogue and fabulous characters, this book lead me into Egyptian Tombs and ancient Spanish temples. It drove me into a telekinetic’s mind, from the amazing stunts Kayla could pull to the terrible sacrifices a telekinetic would have to make.  
 
This book also made me think about safety.  Throughout the book, Moonbeam was always trying to keep Kayla safe by never allowing her to use her powers and keeping a stern eye on her.  At one point, she was so scared for Kayla’s safety that she built a force field around the house and trapped Kayla there.  Finally, after obeying her mother for so long, Kayla came to the same conclusion that Julius Caesar did about bravery: “Cowards die many times before their deaths, [t]he valiant never taste of death but once.”  In the end, if Kayla hadn’t disobeyed her mother, she would have missed possibly her greatest opportunity to better her life.  There is a fine line between safety and cowardice. 
 
Kayla chose to chase danger, making the book action-packed and fun to read.  It also reminded me to chase my power, like she did, by seizing new opportunities and realizing that tough obstacles are not invincible. 

Reviewed by Maya B., Teen Board Member on October 24, 2014

Chasing Power
by Sarah Beth Durst

  • Publication Date: October 14, 2014
  • Genres: Supernatural, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
  • ISBN-10: 0802737552
  • ISBN-13: 9780802737557