ARC Review: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

Title: Chasing Power
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Series: N/A
**I received a copy of this book through NetGalley which does not affect my review**

Kayla and her mother, Moonbeam, have been hiding for years from her father. Living in fear Moonbeam has stressed how important it is for the two of them to remain invisible. But Kayla cannot give up the one thing that makes her special: her telekinesis. When Kayla is caught using her ability by Daniel, she discovers she isn’t the only one with a unique power. Daniel is a teleporter and he’s seen just what Kayla is capable of and will use this knowledge to blackmail her into helping him rescue his mother. The search for Daniel’s mother is more dangerous than either realizes and will bring Kayla face-to face with the man who murdered her sister: her father.

“She glanced over her shoulder. He must have known a shortcut. She didn’t stay to ask. Pivoting again she ran back to State Street. She’d flag down a cop and claim–He appeared in front of her. Just appeared. One second, not there. And then…

Before she could react, he clamped a hand on her shoulder and State Street vanished.”

Kayla has spent her whole life afraid that one day her father will find her and her mother. But where her mother has gone to extremes to become someone she isn’t in order to hide, Kayla has embraced the telekinesis that makes her unique. Without her mother’s knowledge, she’s been spending her summer practicing thievery. She’s sprightly, smart-mouthed, and the more her mother wants to protect her, the more determined she is to prove that she can take care of herself. This, of course, gets Kayla into a lot of trouble, but her tenacity is what makes her brave. The more she learns about Daniel and his quest to find his mother, the more it becomes her own mission.

As Kayla and Daniel travel through South and Central America (which I thought was the real highlight of this book), looking for three mythical stones that will lead them to whomever kidnapped Daniel’s mother, they discover the enemy will do anything to obtain these powerful artifacts. Kayla and Daniel are facing a villain that at times felt too ambiguous and while it is supposed to add mystery to the book, I think that by introducing the antagonist sooner, the book would have felt more balanced. Daniel’s character did not feel fully developed when compared to other characters and I think a duel POV would have helped with this problem.

Sarah Beth Durst’s Chasing Power is a light, fast-paced read that at times felt too light to really pull me in.

Rating: 2/5


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