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

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

A whole lot more boy drama than teen psychic thriller.

Book L. J. Smith Fantasy 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Fast Paced

This paced YA read, there are A LOT of characters, so you have to work to keep up. I was disappointed that i had to wait so long for the finale to come out and ended up dropping the series before complete.
age 12+

Great :)

I've owned this book since I was probably an 8th grader. I re-read it every few years. The characters are cool and enjoyable. The plot is different. The villain is creepy, though not scary.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (15):

It's hard to figure out what makes this a bestseller. It's probably just because the author wrote The Vampire Diaries and the three-in-one set is a bargain at $9.99. Sure, the ideas are intriguing -- and when the five psychics get mind-linked, that's a fun touch -- but the writing isn't worth 700+ pages of anyone's time.

If you're in it for the romance, yeah, Kait gets whomever she decides to go after. But Rob is such a wooden character that he makes Gabriel much more appealing by comparison; it's no wonder which way Kait's head turns. If you're in it for the fantasy, there are many better options out there, none of them centering on a hokey crystal.

Book Details

  • Author: L. J. Smith
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: September 8, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 752
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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