Friday, August 27, 2010

Delcroix Academy, Book One: The Candidates by Inara Scott

Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that's not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia's mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just...happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, believing this way she can suppress her powers and keep them hidden.

But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia's days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats' kids and child geniuses--not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she's special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome.

And then there's her mysterious new friend Jack, who can't stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn't convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her "gift" than they're letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it...But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy (

Want something to fill that *insert boarding school YA series title here* void? This is it. This book has hottie boys, an interesting heroine, special powers and is only getting started!

Warning: the excessive use of the word hottie may be used.

There are two hotties: Hottie number 1 is Cam. He's cute and sweet but he's seems very susceptible to following orders. Hottie number 2 is Jack. He's cute and dangerous and connects with Dancia.

Dancia has a good sense of humor but I think she is going for the wrong guy, despite appearances. I really like that she is so protective over the ones she loves. She is only fourteen so I have to forgive her for being naive and for doing things like following Cam around like a puppy because I am sure I was the same when I was 14!

The special powers that Scott has created are intriguing. I want to learn more. I was a little disappointed by the end of the book because I felt like there was so much more that could have been included in the book. It seemed like it was just heating up when it ended.

This is Scott's debut novel and I am excited to see what's next with Delcroix Academy book two: The Watchers. It will be out August 2011.

Overall: 4/5

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