Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Candidates by Inara Scott

The Candidates
(Delcroix Academy #1)
by Inara Scott
Summary from Goodreads:

"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."


This book felt X-men-ish with all the Delcroix agenda and the talents of its students. It was very intriguing to read… at first. 

I have to admit that I expected more from this book. With having discernable characters and a nice plot to begin with, it fell short for me. It was mainly focused on information about what Delcroix is. I get the idea of trying to let the reader understand the background and history of it all but it was a little too much for me. 

The characters were okay, but some of their personalities were a bit predictable and it was obvious that the author was scheming on a love triangle between Cam, Dancia and Jack, but I like how it’s going on. I just hope it won’t be like the Edward-Bella-Jacob kind of relationship when it progresses. 

Moving on, I found the pace was a little too slow. I don’t like it when mysteries and questions get to be repeatedly mentioned in several chapters and reading this book had every question on Dancia’s mind repeated more than I can bear. 

It’s not worth the wait anymore if all that happens is anticipate on when it would actually all be revealed then end up with just a smidge of the entire content, leaving the rest to be discovered on the next book. Cliffhangers are good to keep a reader going, but this is like a film that suddenly got cut exactly when the climax is happening. 

I won’t deny that I do want to read the next book. I want to find out what happens of course, but I do wish that it would be worth the wait. 

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