Dark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The Passion by L.J. SmithDark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The Passion by L.J. Smith

Dark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The Passion

byL.J. Smith

Paperback | September 8, 2009

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GIFTED AND CURSED

Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider in her small hometown. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait's not a witch: She's a psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accepts an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can have a fresh start and study with other psychic teens.

Learning to hone her abilities with four other gifted students, Kait discovers 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 kind and athletic, and heals people with his good energy. Gabriel is aggressive and mysterious, a telepath concealing his true nature as a psychic vampire, feeding off of others' life energy. Together, Rob and Gabriel's opposing forces threaten the group's stability.

Then one of the experiments traps the five teens in a psychic link. A link that threatens their sanity and their lives. And Kaitlyn must decide whom to trust...and whom to love.
L. J. (Lisa Jane) Smith is an American author. Her books are aimed at Young adult literature and combine a myriad of genres including horror, science fiction/fantasy and romance. So far, she has written three trilogies, one series, one quartet and two companion novels. She lives in a house in the Bay Area of northern California with on...
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Title:Dark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The PassionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.9 inPublished:September 8, 2009Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best Theres better series out there #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Waste Your Time Honestly I don't think I even made it through the book, the main character is such a Mary-Sue she could give Bella Swan a run for her money, the love interests are irritating and pointless, just like the love triangle and the romance in general. Honestly, save yourself the time and read something else.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed It A really enjoyable trilogy. Fun, but predictable.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good I was expecting a cliche story about love triangles and super powers in teens but this book was surprisingly interesting although it was fairly predictable at times.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from L J Smith This author knows how to write. The book is big but such an easy read.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fav book I can read this one over and over and never get bored
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Visions Best book ever. I have the paperback version and i love it!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth it. . In my honest opinion, this book was terrible. From the washed up romance of "which boy should I choose?" to the over-all perfectness of the main character, I was disappointed. Each page was predictable, I was able to tell exactly what would happen before I turned the page. You could tell exactly when Gabriel, the emo kid, was going to show up and save Kaitlyn because she is a pathetic excuse for a main character. She makes so many bad decisions, (falling for a sociopath, not shutting up when she needs to, getting the group into situations that could have been avoided) that just ruined any quality, not to mention how beautiful all the characters were. This book was maybe 70% Romance, 15% plot and 5% synonyms for attractive. . The whole time, I felt as though Anna was there to ease the sexual tension between Kait and the others, and to make Kaitlyn look better. Because Kaitlyn needed a strong man to rush in and save her, the only way to make her seem like a stronger female lead was to put in a more useless female character. Anna, despite being described as beautiful, doesn't attract the attention of any of the males until the end, when Kaitlyn chooses Gabriel over Rob in a scene that made me want to cry out urine in the corner. Finally, Rob takes Anna as the second choice, only because Kaitlyn chooses Gabriel. The other thing is Kaitlyn seems to feel as though she has control over Rob, and acts as though she chooses whether Rob and Anna have a relationship. I found that very possessive of both of them, and rather creepy. Since Anna is so submissive, even though she liked Rob, she "respects Kaitlyn's prior claim". Kaitlyn HAD no prior claim! Rob was fair game to both! Kaitlyn does NOT have the right to decide this, and basically tosses Anna the scraps. And because Anna is a submissive female role inferior to even Kaitlyn, she swallows the whole thing, not even complaining that Rob still has Kaitlyns lipstick all over his face. Something stupid as well was how quickly Gabriel accepted Kaitlyn. He rejected the others, and talked to her. Unexplained and stupid. Bleh. . Also, why are all the protagonists beautiful?! They quickly gain high status amongst a high school environment on their FIRST DAY. High School is a very judgy environment, you aren't going to be accepted THAT fast. The other thing about the school is that nothing is described. Do they meet anyone? Who are their teachers? What classes do they take? Did no one speak to them? How did they gain high status?! This made no sense. ...I feel as though I've already torn up the love triangle in this story. It seriously reminded me of Twilight, where the beautiful female lead has trouble choosing between a nice, tanned guy, and a cold icy guy who have a rivalry with each other. Though in all fairness, this book came out before Twilight, so I'm just not going to go there. . Overall this story didn't have much plot, and it seemed as though Ms. Smith realized that, and threw in some garbage consisting of about forty pages in which she turns a seemingly nice old man into a power-hungry villain. Not a good idea, it needs proper pacing. . To conclude, I do NOT recomend this book.I didn't like anything about it, because it was all rubbush. Don't read this if you want something decent
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are reprinted books...not knock offs Just so everyone knows, these books were written WAY before any of the Twilight books, I read them when I was 11 and I'm 26 now so safe to say they have been out for more than 15 years...so please stop comparing these to Twilight! They're great books and she's an amazing author!
Date published: 2011-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MASTER PIECE! What an amazing book! the adventure was so detailed that we can imagine our self's in the book. i was glad that glad that the L.J. Smith kept the perfect romance for the ending. i was so happy when Gabriel and Kaitlin finally had there moment of love in the end. in conclusion, this is not a book that u'd want to miss :)
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not that amazing i would give this book a 2.5. it was alright, i just thought that most of it was pathetic and some situations were "overreacting" if you understand what i mean. it was ok.
Date published: 2010-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I have the older copy of this book second hand and I've read it several times now. I mostly read it because I love Gabriel haha. It's a very easy read and the writing is not exactly genius but the story is really very original. I also love the ending! I definitely recommend this book (or should I say these three books...)
Date published: 2010-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling and Different! If one could start a review with one word, the word I would choose for this collection is: WOW!!! If I could have given it a 10, instead of a 5, I would have. Having read other L.J. Smith books, I was expecting a captivating story, well developed characters, intrigue, fantasy and unrivaled villainy - what I got was SO MUCH MORE! The cover really belies the story. "not all vampires are out for blood..." Frankly, I was expecting just another vampire story. But it has absolutely nothing to do with vampires at all! The basis of this story is actually much more real. A group of highly psychic teens with "strange" gifts are collected by a kindly old man to help them train and develop their skill. All this under the guise of scientific research. What lies in store is nothing short of spectacular! I would love to tell you more, but you'll have to read it to believe it. Despite the realistic setting, you'll feel as though you must have been transported to another world. I simply could not put this down. This version includes all three stories: The Strange Power, The Possessed and The Passion. Like others who've reviewed this, when it was over, I wished there was more to come.
Date published: 2010-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Just An Other Vampire Story :) First, I thought I would read on of those Twilight book copies, but than I saw that the story was totally different (in a good way!). I liked the story and characters. This book is pretty easy to read, but it's interesting and mysterious. You should read it :)
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING i loved this book i read it once and then read it right after i fineshed it was amazing and i really hope the auther decides to make a second book i want to see more of what happens with kait and gabriel loved this book best one i ever read and hope there is a second one !
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!! this is a GREAT book i seriously loved Gabriel!!! i wish there was a sequel!!! cant wait to read another L.J. smith book!!!
Date published: 2010-04-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It Never Got Better After all the positive comments and reviews, I was really hoping this book would blow my mind. The only thing it blew was my money. I tried so hard to keep reading, but it just didnt seem to get better; if anything, it got worse. There was nothing that I really liked about this book, so half-way through, I gave up. I wasn't a fan of the characters, storyline, writing style, etc. It seemed rather mediocre in comparison to other teen novels/series I've been reading lately.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How does L.J Smith do it? I dont know how she can write so many awesome books!! I loved this book. I wish there was a sequal to it! XD
Date published: 2010-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!! I absolutely love this book!! And I say love because im reading it for the second time in a row!!! I didnt want to finish it so I tried procrastinating on it but it was too good to put down!! It made me sad, and happy and I totally love gabriels character!!! Loved every word of this book!! It was awesome!!! :)
Date published: 2010-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All I can say is "WOW" This book is an amazing read. First off, one good thing about this book is it is not like all the other supernaturel books and twilight.... but it has that thrilling suspense and excitement (and yes there are relationship) that will keep Twilight fans and other supernaturel fans begging for more. I find that this book should be good for everyone... There is tons of suspense and antaganists and protaganists do not neccesairly stay on the side that they were originally on... I found this book to be amazing, and will definatly be re-reading it... that is once I get it back from my line of friends waiting to read it... :) To sum it up in a sentance, this book is definatly worth it.
Date published: 2009-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is NOT another "Twilight" knock-off Just let me make one thing clear before you pick up the book or ove look it because of the book jacket: This series is NOT another Twilight knockoff. Just in case the people out there who're resistant to get on or don't like the Twilight band wagon, let me start by making it perfectly clear this book won't go against your sensibilities in that regard. This series is brilliant in its own right, with something there for everyone, regardless of their opinion towards Meyer's writing. This story centres around a group of young psychics who travel to California to be subjects for research surrounding their abilities. When things turn sinister, they go on the lamb and attempt to find help to stop the evil that's brewing in the Sunshine State. A wonderful read that fills me with joy to see reprinted since I missed the boat on buying it back in the mid-90's when it first came out.
Date published: 2009-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was really good I wasn't expecting much from this book. Only because it didn't sound all THAT interesting from the back. I picked it up because it was a good deal and had heard good things about the author. I finished reading this book a few days ago and I can't tell you how much I actually liked it. I haven't had a book that I really got excited about reading at night for a while but this definitely got me. I always like a bit of romance and am a sucker for a book with some sort of fantasy or paranormal or powers and this gave me it. It is different from the usual "vampires" that you find everyone being crazed about these days (including me :S ) but it a very good way. I would recommend this to anyone who likes this type of thing. I am GLAD I bough it!
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Visions I have been looking forward to this book being released for months as I like all the books in this series and I thoughly enjoyed this one. The suspence and drama in the book made it worth the wait for it.
Date published: 2009-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!! Dark Visions was such a great book, I absolutely loved the plot, along with the amazing characters; You have Kaitlyn, the girl with haunting, yet beautiful eyes and autumn-fire hair..everyone thinks she's a witch, but she's no witch, just a psychic...who can draw the future. Everyone at school doesn't dare to look at her, people think she's strange, Kaitlyn just wants to fit in, and now she has the chance. She is given the opportunity to go to the Zetes Institute, where she will be tested, and live with four other gifted students....Rob, the guy with golden, wavy hair, and amber eyes, who has a remarkable gift of healing people. There's Anna, the sweet, pretty girl with long dark hair, who can communicate with animals. Lewis, the cute, nice guy who has an awesome power, psychokinesis (mind over matter)..like opening locks with his mind, making a compass needle deflect..And then there's Gabriel...the mysterious, dangerous guy who's startling handsome, with dark hair and dark eyes, but with a slightly pale face. Gabriel's a telepath...the ability to drain one person's energy in an instant..killing them. Gabriel isn't what he seems...and when an experiment traps them all in an unbreakable psychic link they learn more about each other, and what really The Zetes Institute has planned. Throughout this thrilling adventure, these five teens must save themselves, before it's too late..Kaitlyn has to decide whom she can trust, while the daunting desicion of whom to love tares her apart... I could NOT put this book down, each page leaves you dieing to know what happens next..there were so many times where I snuck a peek near the back of the book...the suspense is crazy!! The romance was unbelievable....and so unpredictable, it'll leave you hooked. I recommend this book to anyone who loves Paranormal fantasy/romance, brilliant characters, along with a suspenseful plot...I loved this novel, and I can't wait to read more of L.J Smith's books..
Date published: 2009-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great I really enjoyed this book. L.J. Smith is a wonderful author and this book is no exception. Definitely a must read.
Date published: 2009-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but predictable.... Take 1 Part Darkest powers series, 1 part Secret Circle , and add a bit of the Night world series, and top it off with psychic powers you get TADDA Dark Visions. I guess with so many stories out there in this genre there is bound to be overlapping. the nice thing is that LJ Smith is a good writer. Even though I could predict then, I caught myself sneaking peeks at the back because I was into the story. I would definately recomend it if you enjoyed any of the above series'
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from L.J Smith i have always been a fan of her book so when i heard of this one i had to get it i am half way in and i love it one of the best books i have read in the last year
Date published: 2009-09-01

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Dark Visions CHAPTER 1 You don’t invite the local witch to parties. No matter how beautiful she is. That was the basic problem. I don’t care, Kaitlyn thought. I don’t need anyone. She was sitting in history class, listening to Marcy Huang and Pam Sasseen plan a party for that weekend. She couldn’t help but hear them. Mr. Flynn’s gentle, apologetic voice was no competition for their excited whispers. Kait was listening, pretending not to listen, and fiercely wishing she could get away. She couldn’t, so she doodled on the blue-lined page of her history notebook. She was full of contradictory feelings. She hated Pam and Marcy, and wanted them to die, or at least to have some gory accident that left them utterly broken and defeated and miserable. At the same time there was a terrible longing inside her. If they would only let her in—it wasn’t as if she insisted on being the most popular, the most admired, girl at school. She’d settle for a place in the group that was securely her own. They could shake their heads and say, “Oh, that Kaitlyn—she’s odd, but what would we do without her?” And that would be fine, as long as she was a part. But it wouldn’t happen, ever. Marcy would never think of inviting Kaitlyn to her party because she wouldn’t think of doing something that had never been done before. No one ever invited the witch; no one thought that Kaitlyn, the lovely, spooky girl with the strange eyes, would want to go. And I don’t care, Kaitlyn thought, her reflections coming around full circle. This is my last year. One semester to go. After that, I’m out of high school and I hope I never see anyone from this place again. But that was the other problem, of course. In a little town like Thoroughfare she was bound to see them, and their parents, every day for the next year. And the year after that, and the year after that. . . . There was no escape. If she could have gone away to college, it might have been different. But she’d screwed up her art scholarship . . . and anyway, there was her father. He needed her—and there wasn’t any money. Dad needed her. It was junior college or nothing. The years stretched out in front of Kaitlyn, bleak as the Ohio winter outside the window, filled with endless cold classrooms. Endless sitting and listening to girls planning parties that she wasn’t invited to. Endless exclusion. Endless aching and wishing that she were a witch so she could put the most hideous, painful, debilitating curse on all of them. All the while she was thinking, she was doodling. Or rather her hand was doodling—her brain didn’t seem to be involved at all. Now she looked down and for the first time saw what she’d drawn. A spiderweb. But what was strange was what was underneath the web, so close it was almost touching. A pair of eyes. Wide, round, heavy-lashed eyes. Bambi eyes. The eyes of a child. As Kaitlyn stared at it, she suddenly felt dizzy, as if she were falling. As if the picture were opening to let her in. It was a horrible sensation—and a familiar one. It happened every time she drew one of those pictures, the kind they called her a witch for. The kind that came true. She pulled herself back with a jerk. There was a sick, sinking feeling inside her. Oh, please, no, she thought. Not today—and not here, not at school. It’s just a doodle; it doesn’t mean anything. Please let it be just a doodle. But she could feel her body bracing, ignoring her mind, going ice-cold in order to meet what was coming. A child. She’d drawn a child’s eyes, so some child was in danger. But what child? Staring at the space under the eyes, Kait felt a tugging, almost a twitch, in her hand. Her fingers telling her the shape that needed to go there. Little half circle, with smaller curves at the edges. A snub nose. Large circle, filled in solid. A mouth, open in fear or surprise or pain. Big curve to indicate a round chin. A series of long wriggles for hair—and then the itch, the urge, the need in Kait’s hand ebbed away. She let out her breath. That was all. The child in the picture must be a girl, with all that hair. Wavy hair. A pretty little girl with wavy hair and a spiderweb on top of her face. Something was going to happen, involving a child and a spider. But where—and to what child? And when? Today? Next week? Next year? It wasn’t enough. It never was. That was the most terrible part of Kaitlyn’s terrible gift. Her drawings were always accurate—they always, always came true. She always ended up seeing in real life what she’d drawn on paper. But not in time. Right now, what could she do? Run through town with a megaphone telling all kids to beware of spiders? Go down to the elementary school looking for girls with wavy hair? Even if she tried to tell them, they’d run away from her. As if Kaitlyn brought on the things she drew. As if she made them happen instead of just predicting them. The lines of the picture were getting crooked. Kaitlyn blinked to straighten them. The one thing she wouldn’t do was cry—because Kaitlyn never cried. Never. Not once, not since her mother had died when Kait was eight. Since then, Kait had learned how to make the tears go inside. There was a disturbance at the front of the room. Mr. Flynn’s voice, usually so soft and melodious that students could comfortably go to sleep to it, had stopped. Chris Barnable, a boy who worked sixth period as a student aide, had brought a piece of pink paper. A call slip. Kaitlyn watched Mr. Flynn take it, read it, then look mildly at the class, wrinkling his nose to push his glasses back up. “Kaitlyn, the office wants you.” Kaitlyn was already reaching for her books. She kept her back very straight, her head very high, as she walked up the aisle to take the slip. KAITLYN FAIRCHILD TO THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE—AT ONCE! it read. Somehow when the “at once” box was checked, the whole slip assumed an air of urgency and malice. “In trouble again?” a voice from the first row asked snidely. Kaitlyn couldn’t tell who it was, and she wouldn’t turn around to look. She went out the door with Chris. In trouble again, yes, she thought as she walked down the stairs to the main office. What did they have on her this time? Those excuses “signed by her father” last fall? Kaitlyn missed a lot of school, because there were times when she just couldn’t stand it. Whenever it got too bad, she went down Piqua Road to where the farms were, and drew. Nobody bothered her there. “I’m sorry you’re in trouble,” Chris Barnable said as they reached the office. “I mean . . . I’m sorry if you’re in trouble.” Kaitlyn glanced at him sharply. He was an okay-looking guy: shiny hair, soft eyes—a lot like Hello Sailor, the cocker spaniel she’d had years ago. Still, she wasn’t fooled for a minute. Boys—boys were no good. Kait knew exactly why they were nice to her. She’d inherited her mother’s creamy Irish skin and autumn-fire hair. She’d inherited her mother’s supple, willow-slim figure. But her eyes were her own, and just now she used them without mercy. She turned an icy gaze on Chris, looking at him in a way she was usually careful to avoid. She looked him straight in the face. He went white. It was typical of the way people around here reacted when they had to meet Kaitlyn’s eyes. No one else had eyes like Kaitlyn. They were smoky blue, and at the outside of each iris, as well as in the middle, were darker rings. Her father said they were beautiful and that Kaitlyn had been marked by the fairies. But other people said other things. Ever since she could remember, Kaitlyn had heard the whispers—that she had strange eyes, evil eyes. Eyes that saw what wasn’t meant to be seen. Sometimes, like now, Kaitlyn used them as a weapon. She stared at Chris Barnable until the poor jerk actually stepped backward. Then she lowered her lashes demurely and walked into the office. It gave her only a sick, momentary feeling of triumph. Scaring cocker spaniels was hardly an achievement. But Kaitlyn was too frightened and miserable herself to care. A secretary waved her toward the principal’s office, and Kaitlyn steeled herself. She opened the door. Ms. McCasslan, the principal, was there—but she wasn’t alone. Sitting beside the desk was a tanned, trim young woman with short blond hair. “Congratulations,” the blond woman said, coming out of the chair with one quick, graceful movement. Kaitlyn stood motionless, head high. She didn’t know what to think. But all at once she had a rush of feeling, like a premonition. This is it. What you’ve been waiting for. She hadn’t known she was waiting for anything. Of course you have. And this is it. The next few minutes are going to change your life. “I’m Joyce,” the blond woman said. “Joyce Piper. Don’t you remember me?”