Book Review: ‘Dark Visions’ by L.J. Smith

Chloe Moore, Opinion and Variety Editor

For those of you who love her Vampire Diaries series, Nightworld or Secret Circle series, here is another thrilling book from author L.J. Smith.  Dark Visions is a book that will draw you deeper and deeper into its twisting and enticing plot and one that won’t let you go until long after you’ve finished it.

The story starts by introducing the readers to the local “witch” of a small town. Actually, the “witch” is Kaitlyn Fairchild, who draws the future. Literally. When she gets the urge to draw, you can be sure of only one thing: her drawing will come true.                                                                                      Being called the freak of her hometown is no fun, so when the offer is placed, Kaitlyn jumps at the chance to go to the Zetes Institute, a place for kids with special abilities like her. Once there, she makes friends with the other four teens in the Institute. And just as she starts to feel comfortable, she has a strange encounter with one of the staff that leaves her suspicious and wary of the Institute.

As she tries to figure out what is going on in the Institute, her and her friends get trapped in a psychic link (I won’t tell you what that is, you’ll have to find out for yourself). Finally, when some of the horrifying truth is dug out of the Institute, the five linked teenagers make a run for it.

The rest of the book is all about their adventures in the discovery of the full truth, and their endeavors to end the evil they have uncovered. And to add to the whole inveigling mystery, twisting and wonderfully complicated plot, the betrayals and lies, the drama and terror, Kaitlyn now finds herself torn between two guys.

Two guys who will have you completely torn, too. First there is Rob, who is light and innocent and sweet, and who cares for Kaitlyn unconditionally. Then there is deep, mysterious bad-boy Gabriel who will have your heart beating double-time.

 All this and much more is why this book is so extremely addictive. Before you know it, you will be entangled in its web of mystery and intrigue. I definitely recommend this book to L.J. Smith fans, and to people who love paranormal romances, but who are a little sick of the same old stories about vampires. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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