Tuesday, August 10, 2010

YA review: The Candidates

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.  (summary from Goodreads)

My thoughts...This book is a solid start to an exciting new young adult series.  While it does take place at a boarding school, this is not your typical story.  The main characters have extraordinary abilities.  The main character Dancia is whisked away to this elite school, without realizing she is not alone in her talents.  She is a believable character.  Dancia is not the most popular girl rolling in money and fancy clothes.  She comes from the other side of the tracks.  Her vulnerability makes her real.  I immediately fell for the bad boy in this story.  Despite everyone looking down on him, Jack has an incredibly strong character.  He is street smart, original, brave, and unafraid of standing up for himself and his friends.  The other characters in the story leave you wondering if they are trustworthy or honest.  Even at the conclusion of the book, I still had doubts about the credibility of some of the people 

The plot of The Candidates offers something for everyone.  A PG rated love triangle, mystery, magic, and page turning suspense fill the pages.  Scott's writing draws the reader in on within the first chapter.  She is developing a fascinating world that I can't wait to learn more about.

For more information, visit Inara Scott at her website.  The Candidates hits bookstores in August 2010.  Follow this link to preorder your copy.

If you liked The Candidates, you may also enjoy...
1. Minder by Kate Kaynak
2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
3. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

ooo sounds good!

I want!

Tara SG (25 Hour Books) said...

I'm glad you liked this! I saw it in one of your previous posts, but I was waiting to add it to my TBR list until seeing your review. It's added now! Thanks!

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