Book Review: Delcroix Academy Book One: The Candidates by: Inara Scott


Disney Hyperion

Publish Date:
August 24, 2010

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You've been recruited.

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 understand how to use it...But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.

Review: Dancia's spent all of her life trying to blend in and be easily forgettable. She lives with her Grandma, who she helps take care of, as she's the only family she has left. But when recruiters from Delcroix Academy show up on her doorstep, she doesn't want to leave her shelter of anonymity. Through some persuasion, she accepts and begins a whole new chapter of her life. The two guys in her new life, Cam and Jack, are pulling her emotions in too many directions and she needs to figure out what is going on in order to save herself and the people she's grown to care about.

I loved this book - great concept, great writing, great characters. You get pulled in from the first word and are sorry to put the book down when the last page turns. I hope Ms. Scott keeps up the wonderful work!! Dancia feels bad about using her power, even when it's for a good reason - she feels like it's out of control and so is she. The relationships were so real, it felt like I was at the academy right alongside Dancia, Jack, Hennie, Esther, and Cam.

Delcroix Academy Series: The Candidates (1), The Marked (2)


  1. This sounds right up my alley...and I love how you reviewed it! Great job :)

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