Power Within (The Lazarus Children #1) by C.L. Causer

Charlotte 'Charlie' Gordon wants nothing more, than to be a normal girl. But having a near death accident as a child, she finds out that she has powers. After accidentally electrocuting her sister and blowing up her mother's kitchen, she suppresses her powers for ten years. Unknowing that there are more people like her out there. A lot more.

That is until a secret group of them try and hunt her down because of her unusual abilities. Forcing her family into hiding, she goes on the run. Having to learn about her powers and her past, she meets many new friends along the way. But you can't run forever. She learns that someone has betrayed her to the very people she is running from
(from goodreads.com)

Charlie has been trying to keep a grip on her powers that she has had for about 7 years now. But lately her powers are getting out of control and she does not know how to control them. When she finds out that some people are after her and an attempt made to kidnap her powers become too scary for her to handle alone and decides to make a visit home. She never wanted any powers, just wants to be normal.
Charlie is a good main character because she is selfless, she wants others to be safe and not hurt anybody, even the people that want to hurt her.
There are a lot of different side characters that are brought into the story. Ranging from her college friends to family and the "bad guys". All very interesting as well.
The story has a good balance between the action and the unraveling of the plot, or down time. The best part of the writing is the dialogue. I love when books have great dialogue because I feel that is a good way to get to know the characters, how they interact with others instead of always inside their heads all the time. Also a good balance between narrative and dialogue.
Overall it was a good, fast read and I was surprised to see the kindle version selling for only $1. That is a great deal.

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