Author: LJ Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: September 3, 2009
Series: Dark Visions Series
GIFTED AND CURSED
Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait's not a witch: she's psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accepts an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can study with other psychic teens and have a fresh start.
As Kaitlyn learns to hone her abilities with four other gifted students, she starts to discover the intensity of her power - and the joy of having true friends. But those friendships quickly become complicated when Kait finds herself torn between two irresistible guys. Rob is a healer - kind and gentle, he's surrounded by good energy, while Gabriel is aggressive and mysterious - a telepath concealing his true nature.
Together, Rob and Gabriel's opposing forces start to threaten the group's stability, and when an experiment traps the five teens in a psychic link - a link that threatens their sanity and their lives - Kaitlyn must decide who to trust and who to love...
First off, if you've ever read an LJ Smith book, you know how great her writing is. And The Dark Visions series is no exception. When you start the book you meet Kaitlyn Fairchild who has be isolated, as those around her consider her a freak, but things take a turn when she's told that there are others like her and that the Zetes Institue can help her harness her powers: little does she know that things are about to take a turn for the ugly. Through out this fast paced book, you are introduced to Kaitlyn's psychic peers who, like her, have been written off as freaks. As the book(s) progress though, there is a lot of romance and action: two of my favorite things in books. The books also explore a lot of different settings that are real and vividly described. Also Dark Visions is very similar to Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers Series, and I would recommend Dark Visions to any Darkest Powers fan.
Overall this book earns a well deserved 5/5 for great writing, value (as you get the whole series in a fantastic bind up), and being a altogether great read that leaves you hoping for a sequel.
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