Dark Visions (Dark Visions, #1-3) by L.J. Smith

Dark Visions (Dark Visions, #1-3)

GIFTED AND CURSEDKaitlyn 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 ...

Details Dark Visions (Dark Visions, #1-3)

TitleDark Visions (Dark Visions, #1-3)
Release DateSep 3rd, 2009
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Reviews Dark Visions (Dark Visions, #1-3)

  • Kim
    2 1/2 stars. This 1/2 stars thing is becoming a trend in my reviews.I don't want to give it 2 stars because the book kept me entertained. I don't want to give it 3 stars because it had too many flaws.First of all: the main character, Kaitlyn: she raises the bar for all Mary Sues out there. She is the epitome of Mary Suedom. She's different from everybody else. A witch. An outcast who was so 'ugly' kids dared each other to run up to her and touch ...
  • Merna
    I read this three years ago, but I suddenly have the urge to reread it, and that doesn't happen quite often with books I've read. Now that I think about it, I feel as if I should give this 5 stars. The pure enjoyment that I felt reading this was immense.-----------------------------------------------I read Dark Visions some time ago. I dived into the book of L.J. Smith (author of vampire diaries), not expecting by far anything, since I borrowed t...
  • Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    Re-Read with Heather, Inge and Lynn..... July 15, 2014!I have these three books in one but they deserve their own reviews, I think, ergo: The Strange Power This is the series introduction -- du'h! -- and it sets us up with our MC, Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn is a witch, she sees things before they happen, and an outsider because she's different. And what's different is scary...Different is pretty rad! And yes, sometimes scary, as we learn. Kaitlyn is invi...
  • Emma
    This book was a sure winner as I loved the Night World Series.Kaitlyn/Kait has psychic powers, she has precognitions and premonitions but she can only see them, and draw them, she can't stop them from happening as she can't control it. She has never been accepted in her home town but soon she is at an Institute with four other psychics learning to control their abilities, or at least they think that is what they are doing. Little do they know tha...
  • Tatiana
    L.J. Smith really has great imagination and excellent writing skills to back it up. If the Forbidden Game trilogy was about the Shadow World of dreams, this trilogy is about psychic abilities. Once again, L.J. assembles a cast of fascinating teenage characters who are written so well, you feel like you know them. They develop and grow throughout the books, and this is what I love so much about Smith's books. The story is fast-paced, entertaining,...
  • Inge
    Buddy read with Karly *The Vampire Ninja*, ☣Lynn☣, and Heather.Now that I’ve re-read the series, it pains me to say I didn’t love Dark Visions as much as I did five years ago. That is to say, I still really liked the story overall as well as Gabriel – Gabriel – but it didn’t blow me away like before. That has nothing to do with it being a re-read, because I actually didn’t remember anything. That’s the beauty of having horrible ...
  • Mckenna
    One of my favorite books EVER. ***CONTAINS SPOILERS***So I found that I was getting tired of all the vampire romance books. I never really liked those insta-love books (that doesn't happen in life.) Sorry Stephanie Meyer, I only read your books because of Jacob. Anyways, I loved Gabriel. I didn't like Rob. Kaitlyn kind of had the insta-love thing going on with him. Don't hold it against here though, it was just because she had never liked a guy b...
  • life's a fairy tale
    This book had so much potential! And I was thisclose to liking it! Instead, it ended up being okay. There were a couple of main things I just couldn't get over... The good points: The story really develops and keeps you wanting more. You don't want to put the book down because there's a lot of action. The relationship with Kait and Gabriel definitely has its moments. It's the only relationship in the book that really develops to a point that make...
  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    Reread with Karly, Inge, and Lynn! 7/15/14Here's some big news: I love this series! No, I never did a school project based on it, but that doesn't mean my love for it isn't valid.My Cast:Lewis. He gets so little love. (view spoiler)[I wish he'd ended up with Anna. Their relationship probably would have had a much better foundation that hers with Rob. (hide spoiler)]Anna.Rob. Does anyone care about Rob? This blond model I just happened to have a p...
  • Stormmyy..
    This book is amazing!! The unique plot with extraodinary characters is one thingt that sets this book apart from the rest of the ever frequent fantasy books out right now. Dark Visions tell the story of a girl named Kaitlyn Fairchild who is born with the ability to draw the future. In a sheer suprise she finds herself being admitted into a institute specifically created to study and research those of her kind. Left to join the institute she finds...
  • Zarish Fatima
    This book was interesting. But certainly not my piece of cake. I read it mostly to finish it. Can't say i enjoyed it much. Firstly: The main character Katilyn she feel in love a bit too quickly. Seriously "i love you" came so fast i was shocked. So relationship built up was poor, between all the characters. Rob and Gaberial hated each other which was the most baseless thing in this book to keep up till the end. The hate on Gaberial side was built...
  • Julie
    God, this book took me forever to finish.The first two books were okay, but they were kind of slow and not interesting enough to rate past three stars. See, what knocked it down to two stars was the third book.I do like L.J. Smith. At least I think I do. I loved The Forbidden Game Trilogy and The Vampire Diaries is just about my favorite TV show (that kind of counts, right?). It's just that Dark Visions was not her best work.What really turned me...
  • ☣Lynn☣
    Final rating 4 starsBuddy read with Inge, Heather, and Karly. :) The Strange Power. 3 starsA good intro to the trilogy, but definitely my least favorite of the three. I couldn't stand the insta love between Rob and Kait. They basically knew each other for a few days and apparently they are soulmates. -____- I get that its L J Smith, but its still irritating beyond belief. Back when I was a preteen I would have gave this five stars and my review w...
  • Erin
    I can't lie - I was really into LJ Smith when I was in middle school. I think I found some Night World books in a used bookstore and went crazy from there. And then, sadly, I was packing for college and, seriously underestimating the power of nostalgia and importance of comfort reading, packed them all up and gave them to Goodwill. All of them! Night World, Dark Visions, Forbidden Game, Secret Circle! Everything! How foolish.Fast forward a few ye...
  • ~Tina~
    I don't think I can win reading L.J Smith books. This is only my second time "attempting" to read her work and so far, it's not working.While Dark Visions was better then Vampire Diaries, I still found myself easily and overly annoyed.Smith has a strong simplicity in her dialog and writing skills that leave it lacking without any real spark. I wanted enthusiasm, more detail, in-depth characters, specially for these characters, and it just wasn't ...
  • Veronica Morfi
    I think I have to review each book separately...The Strange Power: Introduces us to all the main characters and the Institution where, Kaitlyn and every other psychic is going to spend the next year. After a few days the discover that not everything is what it seems. The book is really nice, I loved all the characters and the whole Institute life.The Possessed: This is the second book and my least favourite. The characters are always on the run, ...
  • Sakinah
    I bought this book on a whim back in 2011 because it has a gorgeous cover and it was only with 2 dollars and didn't realize that it is actually a trilogy that compressed in one book. And I am really glad that I ended up buying it. Its just A MARVELLOUS book. Rating this 3 books separately would be not fair. I gave everyone of them 4/5 but overall if I look at it as one book with three part it definitely deserves 5 splendid stars. I don't know why...
  • Myvampfiction
    review by Saluki*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*The “Dark Visions” series by L.J. Smith is comprised of three books, “Strange Power,” “The Possessed,” and “The Passion”. In these books, a totally different type of vampire is explored: a psychic vampire. These vampires aren’t out for blood, instead they crave energy. However, their bite can be every bit as deadly as vampires that drink blood.Kaitlyn Fairchild is a misfit. She ...
  • Alex Bennett
    ~~~THE STRANGE POWER~~~Let's first say that I love LJ Smith. I will read anything and everything she ever writes. Her stories and characters all take me on a ride I never want to leave. The Strange Power wasn't too far away from that feeling, but it was a small letdown from what I was expecting.The book takes off really quick, but not tons of plot takes place in this book. After they get to the Institute, not loads happens, which kinda let me dow...
  • Lauren
    Why??? That's the question I'll ask myself every time I look over at my bookshelf. Why did I buy this book? Why did I read this book?? I was tricked, lured in by 5 Star ratings from my Goodreads friends... & I swear, I was this-close to liking it! I mean, I like L.J. Smith... at least I think I do - The Vampire Diaries is probably one of my favorite TV show & that's pretty much the same thing, right? I think it was the writing that I didn't like,...
  • Nicole
    4-4.5 really. I really liked this book and almost loved it, but the only thing keeping me from this was that I didn't feel as attached to the characters as I would have liked. The only people I really felt for were Kait and Gabriel. Not even Rob, who was Kait's love up until the end. And that's not really a spoiler just because it's so obvious. I really enjoyed the concept of psychics though and how, as the cover says, not all vampires are out fo...
  • Raafia
    Oh God, I can't believe I actually own this!L.J Smith has long been a Paranormal YA author and I thought I should give her a try. I could've read her vampire diaries series but I hated the show too much to even try to read the damn book, so that's how I picked up Dark Visions. The premise wasn't interesting but the cover was. Stupid me, fooled by the pretty cover.Dark visions had potential. It could've been an amazing book with the crazy Mr. Zete...
  • Darcy Stewart
    Strange PowerThis is a very good book. The the vampire in this book ix very different. He doesn't suck blood, he sucks energy. All of the characters are very interesting. The book involves plenty of evil. The students really start to notice something terribly wrong. The book ends in a nice clip hanger. I couldn't put this book done. This is the first L.J. Smith novel I have read. I really think a lot of people will like this. I certainly recommen...
  • Talulah Mankiller
    Psychic boarding school goes horribly, horribly wrong!Seriously, people. Haven’t y’all ever read Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall? If you have psychic powers and someone offers you a scholarship, RUN FOR THE FUCKING HILLS!Ahem. It never goes well. It’s always part of some government experiment/corporate money-making scheme/WHO THE FUCK CARES, JUST FUCKING RUN ALREADY. Really. By this point, accepting an invitation to attend one of these sch...
  • K
    Dark Visions is another book which includes 3 stories: The Strange Power, The Possessed, and The Passion. As I have found Smith's books to be hot and cold, I was nervous about this one, but was determined to read it anyways as the subject matter interested me. And... I was pleasantly suprised to find that I loved it. By that, I mean the stories interested me so much that I couldn't put it down due to having to see how things worked out in the end...
  • Jordan K Bell
    Excellent book. Perfect for a nice escape from reality, a nice because it wasn't another vampire book. A bit lacking in character and relationship development. We never get to see the viewpoint of 2 of the 5 main characters, so motives and ties are a bit unclear. The other point that I didn't think matched up was Kaitlyn's relationship wit LeShan. Her only contact with him in two books is him attacking her, then suddenly in the third he's no long...
  • Jim Karagkounis
    Plot: 3/5 starsWriting: 1/5 starsPace: 4/5 starsCharacters: 3/5 starsOverall: 2.75/5 stars
  • AZVP
    “She stood slim and proud as some medieval witch princess against the dawn.” (p.536) This book has been staring at me for years, taunting me. I’ve tried reading it before but I couldn’t make myself read past the first book. Luckily after four years I’ve finally forced myself to read it cover to cover. Summary: This series followed Kaitlyn, Gabriel, Rob, Anna and Lewis, a group of psychic teenagers that were gathered in the Zetes Instit...
  • Milly
    Books by L.J. Smith are a hit and miss for me. I love her Night World and Secret Circle series but didn't care much for her Vampire Diaries even though they are her most popular books right now. The last series I read of hers was so-so for me as well. But despite that, there was no reluctance from me in picking this book up because it's thematically different. The book focuses on teenagers with psychic abilities rather than your usual run-off-the...
  • Sarah
    Kaitlyn has always been considered an outsider at her school and is known as a witch because of her strange drawings. When she gets the urge to draw she never knows what she will produce but her pictures always give a warning about something that will happen in the future. When she is offered a place at an institute for gifted psychics she jumps at the chance to go to California and hopes to find out more about her gifts. Life at the institute is...