The Sixth Power

Rated 4.30/5 based on 10 reviews
She knows about her special gifts, but she can't control them. Others know too. They want the genetic research and formulas her brother hid in her mind before they killed him. Tania's family and friends can help her, but only if she can learn the secret to using her special power. More

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About Carol Nicolas

Carol Nicolas, a native of Canada, has a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University. A teacher, mother of five, world traveler, and fan of sci-fi/fantasy books and films, she and her husband relocated from Southern California to the mountains of Utah. She enjoys listening to many types of music, from classical to rock and pop to Celtic.

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Review by: Bayan Basri on Aug. 25, 2013 :
book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a great story with elements you've already heard of and completely new aspects that make this book unique and fresh.
Tania is a great heroine. She isn't perfect. She needs help and training from other more experiences people like her, and she acknowledges that. She keeps her emotions in check and stays strong for the majority of the book but she does have moments of weakness which make her all the more human. What I liked most about her is that she doesn't rely on anyone to solve her problems, and that although she's affected by her mother's and brother's deaths, she doesn't let that get her down and she isn't scared of taking down the murderers even though they're after her.

Dan is also a great male lead. He's sweet, thoughtful and protective. He helps Tania with her problems while trying to take care of his little sister Becky. He didn't put any pressure on Tania to heal his sister and he didn't resent her about not being able to on her first try. He did have his secrets though, things I didn't expect, but they didn't affect the main plot.

Dan and Tania's relationship is light and sweet. They help each other through everything they're going through. But although their relationship progressed really fast, Tania didn't have Dan all through the story because they both had their commitments in different places, so they both had space from each other which made them appreciate each other even more, and Tania could learn about her powers and learn to develop them without the comfort of Dan. She had to have it hard before everything could get easier. Plus, he's be a delicious distraction. *wink**wink*

I loved that most of the secondary characters had a part in the book. The author didn't introduce a character only so they can never be heard of again after that.

The mystery and the suspense was great. Every now and then you'll get a reveal or an appearance from one of the baddies, so you definitely won't get bored reading this.

The build up to the climax was so great, That I could actually feel the impending doom coming. The climax was worth the wait, but after all the action there's a bit of a time skip that irked me. I wanted to know what happened immediately after the big face off. I kept going back checking if I missed a chapter.

The ending leaves place for a possible sequel, which I do hope happens but it's likely this is a standalone. Like I said, I hope this book gets a sequel because I really want to know more about the things that happened right at the end.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books on April 24, 2013 :
I really liked this book. Loved the paranormal/sci-fi aspects of it. It was kindof a mix of both, has the genetics playing into it, but these "Gifted" ones are born that way, not made, so that is where I feel the paranormal part of witches powers etc.

Anyway, over all its about good vs. evil, and Knowledge is very powerful, and the evil El Calavera is the books main antagonist, he believes that one of the most powerful discoveries that can change the world is hidden in the mind of Tania Westing, hidden there by her murdered genius brother. Tania is a high school senior and will be off to college soon. She discovers over time the gift she has is to heal, and its rare, but she is untrained, due to her father's interfering with her mother's family. (he is in denial)

Things were pretty normal for Tania until she heals a friend, and then right after meets another group of Gifted people, one of those being the hot Dan MaClean. We get some nice sweet swoon scenes with them. She has come to realize her life is in grave danger, and it gets really exciting from there on.

I really enjoyed the sweet romance of Tania and Dan. It was not those insta love kinds. They did have that paranormal connection thing going, but they took it slow. He lived in Arizona and her in San Diego, so she meets him over the spring break as they visit her parent's hometown, and where she will go to college. Anyway, they have to take it slow anyway, long distance, with some visits; it's really sweet, and I like to see the slower building type of romance in this YA book.

I do not want to spoil anything, so won't say much more.

I think anyone who likes the paranormal/sci-fi (just a bit) will like this book. I really got hooked pretty quickly, and stayed that way.
5 out of 5 stars. Give it a try.
Oh, and best thing is, no huge cliffhanger! Yay, I mean its left to be able to go on for sure, but its not like an unbearable thing.

I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.

See my blog post for an excerpt and book trailer, at Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
Here is direct link
(reviewed 85 days after purchase)
Review by: Danielle Forrest on April 12, 2013 :
This story intrigues from the very beginning, with Tania's brother sneaking in and saying his goodbyes. You know something bad is going to happen. You can feel the emotion, the tension, as he says his final farewell, constantly cognizant of the enemies that lurk.

This story is like one of those Russian dolls - you take off a layer, only to find another beneath it. Each layer peels away, revealing more clues, more hints, until everything is made clear. The mysteries in this book will keep you guessing and reading just to know - where did Tom put the formula?

And it isn't just the mystery that keeps you reading on. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, never quite letting the tension, the suspense, the danger ease.

One thing that surprised me about this book was how much I laughed and smiled through it. I was fully expecting the novel to be dark - and it was. But the author was just as good at bringing lighthearted moments just when you, the reader, needed them most.

I only had three complaints about the book. 1) In the past, a character in the book was arrested for statutory rape. However, according to Arizona law (Arizona 13-1405), statutory rape is "Sexual conduct with a minor to engage in sexual intercourse with someone under age 18." That means, since one party was 16 and one party was 14, both would be guilty of statutory rape and the parents wouldn't be able to bring charges against the boy without consequently bringing charges against their daughter as well. 2) I've worked in restaurants before and restaurants never let employees go on break at 12:30pm, right in the middle of lunch rush. Not to mention, restaurants routinely work on five-six hour shifts. This because they don't have to give breaks to minors and it breaks the average restaurant's day into two shifts. A "double shift" is generally 8-10 hours. 3) At one point, she mentions flash drives being hidden in object far too thin to hold them. This took me out of the story momentarily.

All in all, this was a good book, a good read, that kept me engaged with the characters, the plot, and the mystery straight to the end.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
Review by: sally dickson on March 11, 2013 :
I want to add that I think The Sixth Power should have at least 5 stars!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: sally dickson on March 11, 2013 : (no rating)
I loved the "Sixth Power" by Carol Nicolas.I hated to stop reading. The Characters were real to me,and I felt I was there in the homes, street scenes, the casino, etc. There was a great message about good vs.evil, yet not at all " preachy". The powers the characters possessed were believable. The book is both suspenseful,and uplifting. Looking forward to her next book. sally Dickson
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Elizabeth Hurlburt on March 2, 2013 :
The beginning was sort of overwhelming with a lot of stuff thrown at you with no explanations, and then after that the book moved very slowly for a stretch. Once I got about halfway through I enjoyed it a lot more and rushed to finish it so I could find out what happened to everyone. Overall it was pretty good.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
Review by: Slawka Grabowska on March 1, 2013 :
I am surprised by how much i've liked it. It is YA and some romantic scenes more or less in the middle of the book were irritating me with their naive touch but the rest is absolutely perfect. And i love the Epilogue that perfectly opens way for the next part!
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
Review by: LaGina Reese on March 1, 2013 :
I didnt think it was gonna be my cup of tea being labels as a YA/teen book but I have to say I will not let these labels turn me away from a book again.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
Review by: Patricia Scholes on Feb. 20, 2013 :
Her first act of healing occurred when she was very young. The butterfly had a broken wing, and she knew that it needed a special touch from her, and so in her tiny hands, the little girl cupped the butterfly and healed it.
Immediately her mother swung on her, angry, afraid, cautioning her to never use her gift again. But she does not answer the single most important question: why? How can doing something that is so right be something that terrifies her mother?
That first story about Tania is a flashback. By the time the story opens, Tania’s older brother is dead and her mother no longer in the picture. What has happened? Does her brother’s death have anything to do with her unusual gift of healing? It would not seem possible, but this is one of the many questions that weave through the story of Tania and her.
Each page brings us closer and closer to the answers Tania seeks, and even closer to the ones who would twist her gift into something too horrible to imagine.
When we first meet her, she is protected by her community in a run-down part of the city which might seem like the least safest place to be. But a series of events take Tania to another place where secrets such as hers are not considered terrifying, but are considered gifts of power.
As the story continues, she finds others with a wide variety of powers, her gift of healing being one of the rarest. But her brother’s, the Sixth Power, is the most rare of all.
This book is an excellent read that kept me turning pages well into the night. It deserves five stars.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Lori Howe on Feb. 9, 2013 :
It's labeled YA/Teen, but don't let that fool you. It's a terrific story and the premise if engaging. Believeable and engages your imagination ~ and the Lord of The Rings references are a fun addition - I know people who reference LOTR in conversations - along with other popular books and movies. Can't wait to see more from this author!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Lori Howe on Feb. 9, 2013 :
It's labeled YA/Teen, but don't let that fool you. It's a terrific story and the premise if engaging. Believeable and engages your imagination ~ and the Lord of The Rings references are a fun addition - I know people who reference LOTR in conversations - along with other popular books and movies. Can't wait to see more from this author!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
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