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Delcroix Academy: The Candidates by Inara Scott

September 20th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Requested from the publisher

Publication date: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Hyperion Books

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from 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, belieiving this way she can supress 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.

First off isn’t this cover gorgeous?  It was what first caught my attention and then the book blurb made me really want to read this book.  There are the basic ingredients that make me enjoy a good YA book-the love triangle.  There is the hot, most popular guy on campus, Cam, who appears to take an interest in the socially awkward Dancia.  Then there is the rebel, bad boy, Jack, who has a heart of gold and is always looking out for Dancia.  Who will she choose?  Can she really trust their interest?  I’ll have to admit that through out the book I was routing for Jack.  Why do girls always fall for the golden boy?  Yes Cam appears sweet and caring but I love when the tough guys fall hard and turn out to be sweethearts.

In addition the supporting characters are just as enjoyable.   I love Dancia’s grandmother.  She is the perfect combination of sweet naiveness and the wise old grandma.  Dancia has two close friends who are hilarious and we get a small glimpse of what their powers may be.  How these might manifest and how big a part they will play remains to be seen.

The third ingredient that I look for is the action.  The action just gets started in this book and leaves you wanting more.  You have cars crashing, sink holes opening, invisible walls and more.  I did not want to put this one down.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. Ladybug

    I think this book sounds just fab and I want to read it :D I like sweet and kind grandmother’s in books, that might be because I’ve always been so fond of my own grandmother’s.

    Great review :)

  2. Pam

    Getting to it soon thanks for letting me borrow it!

  3. Jan von Harz

    I really want this book, and loved your review. It sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing

  4. brandileigh2003

    I had a hard time choosing between the guys, but in the end I think I am rooting for Jack. Thanks for the review, I really enjoyed this one.

    Visiting from Saturday Situation!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. dsuzuki

    Hope you enjoy it Jan!
    Brandileigh-it is hard when both guys seem really sweet. Will have to read the next book to see if it helps choosing between the two.

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