Author: Inara Scott
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Hyperion Book CH
Special Notes: SeriesDelcroix Academy #1---ARC review
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.My Thoughts:
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.
Anyone who knows me, knows I looooooove Kelley Armstrong's Young Adult Darkest Powers series. Why is that important to know for this review you might ask. Well, because THE CANDIDATES has that same feel of excitement to it as Ms. Armstrong's series, which is AWESOME. The main character (MC) for this novel is a young, comparatively speaking, protagonist compared to most Young Adult series novels. This MC is a freshman, so she definitely has room to grow as a character and really take us on detailed journey.
Danica is so believable. She has such a big heart, and expresses that by caring for her grandmother and helping Jack, a boy everyone thinks is bad news. Together Danica and Jack show a lot of curiosity about what is truly going on at the Delcroix Academy, and Jack seems determined to figure it out. Jack drew me in immediately, just like he did Danica. Seriously, you can't help but to like him. He's totally got the bad boy thing working for him.
There is another guy, an older guy, Cam, who is also interested in our MC. He's the "it" guy around Delcroix that all the girls swoon for. And I'll admit it, he is totally gah-gah worthy. Cam is smooth, and even thought Danica feels like she's a nobody, he still pursues her, which adds mystery to the story.
So if you like Young Adult Novels with superpowers, love trifectas, and a lovable MC, this one's for you.