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Review - The Candidates - Inara Scott

The Candidates by Inara Scott
Published by Hyperion Books on 24th August 2010

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

I really enjoyed this book. It was a brilliant introduction to what looks like another series I will be addicted to.

The story centers around Dancia a seemingly average girl who has been recruited to attend an exclusive private school for geniuses. The story follows her first term in the school adjusting to life in a school which she feels she doesn't fit into (as she isn't talented enough) makes friends and finds out about the real reasons why she has been recruited to the school - because of her telepathic powers.

The thing I loved most about the book was that from the very first chapter you are hooked. The school appears to be very normal but you know in your head (and in Dancia's) that something isn't quite right.

I loved Dancia as a character. She is lovable in all of her teenage ways, being a bit self conscious and awkward and is a fab little character in her own right. I loved the fact that she finally gets to make friends (after avoiding doing so previously in her life) with Hennie and Esther, who are both written and funny lovely girls who I would have wanted to be my friend if I were still 14. I quite liked Jack and his bad boy ways and hope that we see more of him, but I was not keen on Cam - just too smarmy for my liking. On a final characters note - I want a Grandma like Dancia's! She was a lovely old lady.

The final part of the book is where you finally start to find out what is going on and what the academy is actually about. I won't say in any detail about that except to say that it poses a huge amount of questions which I am dying to have answered in the next books.

An awesome start to a series I am eager to read through!


Aleksandra said…
Great review! I really want to read this one :)