Monday, October 17, 2011

Delcroix Academy — The Candidates

The Candidates: Delcroix Academy by Inara Scott
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Pages: 293
Keywords: boarding school, telekinesis, magic
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)

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 people, believing this way she can suppress her powers and keep them hidden. But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy 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 her 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. 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 undertand how to use it...but not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy. 

I received this book a long time ago and grabbed it for my pile that came to school with me because the premise sounded so good. And it was pretty fascinating. I really loved the basic concept. I'm loving the different supernatural turns in books now — super sick of vampires, werewolves, etc. So the fact that Dancia was pseudo-telekinetic was pretty cool. I wanted a little more explanation of where her power came from, since there really wasn't any at all, but maybe that will be resolved in the second book. After all, Dancia only really explores her power after she gets to Delcroix, (and because of spoilers, I won't say anything else) but she can't really know that much yet, I don't believe. 

I loved the friends that Dancia made at Delcroix. They were Hennie and Esther, and I absolutely adored them. I was back and forth on how I felt about Jack. He really cares for Dancia, and wants her friendship and her trust so badly. However, he is very paranoid about being followed, and at times, it was a little excessive how paranoid he was. But overall, I really liked his character. Though he did something at the end that was really hypocritical and just pissed me off, quite frankly. I'm also not quite sure how I feel about Cam, who is the hottest boy in school mentioned in the summary. That's what I really liked about this book. It still has me guessing, wanting to read the next one to figure out how I really feel about all these people.

The only person I feel sure about is Dancia herself. While confused and trying to figure everything out, she was kind of annoying. She was mean to her friends and to Jack. Yes, sometimes she just wanted to be left alone, but I still didn't really like that. She also stereotyped a lot of people when she first got to the school, and later on, they turned out to be perfectly nice to her. Yes, it really can be attributed to the fact that her whole life, she's been avoiding relationships. But still, it just made me sad. 

This was a relatively good book. It made me want to read the second one. After finishing this, I read several mixed reviews of the novel, and I was really surprised to learn that people seriously didn't like it. I did not think that at all. This was definitely a worthwhile read, and I read it in about 2 days. So it is also very easy to get through if you're looking for a quick read. 

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