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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Review: The Candidates

Title: The Candidates
Series: Delcroix Academy # 1
Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy
Author: Inara Scott
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: August 24, 2010
Book: ARC recieved from Joni at Paragraph Books

"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."

WOW! This book has just amazed me. From the very beginning it was mysterious, keeping all the secrets, from me demanding me to read on to discover the truth. At first, when I started this book I was a little skeptical. I kept thinking that maybe I might get bored with it, but it soon proved me wrong.

Dancia is scared. Scared for her life as well as others. Always living under the radar, never doing anything to draw attention to herself, she finds it impossible that she has gotten a full ride into the Delcroix Academy. There she finds friends, love and most importantly herself. I love Dancia. Her character was one I admired right away for her selflessness. She always thought of others before herself, and always thought of different ways to do things.

The love interest in this book was maddening! I mean, two great completely cute boys and even I couldn't decide who to side with. Jack or Cam? Jack or Cam? The attraction she held with both of them was great. The drama, plot and the way the whole story paned out was perfect.  The ending for me was just right. With all the went on, it was a good touch.

Now for the secret. It was not at all what I was expecting although I was kind of right. The paranormal touch to it was one I seen before, so I wasn't as impressed. But the writing of the book, kept me well in the dark and always looking for more. I  am definitely looking forward to read the next book.

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I'm excited to read this one! Glad you liked it :D

  2. I think this one looks good. I like books where the protagonist is fearful of themselves and what they are capable of... makes for a great read.

    Great review!

  3. I actually saw this in the bookstore yesterday.

  4. I really enjoyed this one, and like you I was torn between the guys, but I think I am rooting more for Jack.
    I can't wait for the next one.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. This book sounds great! I love how the love triangle seems to be one that keeps readers guessing for once. All too often it is SO obvious who the protagonist will end up with, which is fine sometimes, but usually just aggravatingly boring. Adding THE CANDIDATES to my TBR list!

  6. Yup! A lot of review I've seen for this book have said the same things! I'm kind of tired of love triangles, but this one sounds exciting.


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