POWERS by Deborah Lynn Jacobs


Age Range: 14 & up
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Two teenagers make sparks fly . . . really! Gwen has dreams that foretell the future, including the arrival of a dangerous boy to town. Adrian, the new boy, hears people thinking and can make them obey by using the voice. After they touch, supernatural electricity expands both their Powers. Gwen begins to have waking visions, mostly of tragedies about to unfold. The two feel a charge between them, but is it plainly sexual or is it the hypnotically enticing Power, which makes them literally glow when they’re connected? Emotions riding the current between them include fury and aggression as well as curiosity and lust. Discomfiting questions—Is he the psychic vampire she thinks he is? What’s his role in the deaths of people whose souls nourish his Power? Is she manipulating him for newspaper stories?—will unsettle readers and reveal humanly flawed aspects of both seductive characters. Jacobs writes Gwen’s chapters in past tense and Adrian’s in present, which is distracting; otherwise, a bewitchingly pulpy and enjoyable fast read. (Fantasy. YA)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-59643-112-1
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2006