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Delcroix Academy: The Candidates by Inara Scott

Published by Hyperion Teen

Ages/Pages: Young Adult/304

Publishers Summary: 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.
When recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy offer her a full scholarship, Dancia fears her days of living under the radar may be over. But Delcroix is a school for diplomats’ kids and child geniuses — 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 Delcroix, and he wants Dancia to help him figure out what…But neither Jack or
Dancia could have imagined what’s really going on behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.

Danica is your typical teen with average grades and a relatively normal home life; there’s truly nothing remarkable about her. At least that’s how it appears to the majority of her peers at Danville Middle School, she’s someone everyone knows, but no one knows anything about. Which is exactly how she’d like to keep things. Unfortunately for her she’s been picked up on the radar by a rather large and high profile private school for gifted teens, the Delcroix Academy. Before she knows it, she’ s been swept into the world Delcroix and has let her guard down enough to welcome friends and even a couple of potential boyfriends into the picture. Delcroix Academy is precisely the place Danica was hoping to avoid in efforts to conceal her hidden gift and by so doing prevent further damage to those around her.

The Candidates is the first in a series of books by Inara Scott that revolve around Delcroix Academy, a school for “gifted” teens. Each student excels at one thing (like math or sports), but is generally pretty well-rounded. For a reason that Danica is unaware of the school has sought her out and would like nothing more than the seemingly average teen to join their ranks. When I initially started  reading The Candidates my thoughts were turned to my love of The X-Men and the school for gifted students. Delcroix wasn’t far from this, though in all fairness, the majority of the kids were just average teens with a knack for some subject or another. The book didn’t start delving into the “gift” Danica has until closer to the end of the book, but to be completely honest…that was just fine with me.

Most of the book delved into the characters and the relationships between each of them. Danica was a fantastic character. Someone completely realistic, and despite the fact that she has powers “a gift” she seems like a typical teenage girl. Of course, with the addition of her powers and a new school to attend come all of the jitters as well as self-preservation techniques she’s built up over the last few years. She strives to stay isolated, keeping a “safe” distance from those around her in an effort not to harm anyone unintentionally. But on her first day at Delcroix she ruins every hope she had of staying on this path by befriending not one, but numerous friends. My favorites of course being Hennie, Esther, Cam and Jack. Their interaction and Danica’s struggle with who to trust, including herself, and the choices to be made were wonderful.

Delcroix Academy: The Candidates was an immensely enjoyable read; with quite a bit of action and mystery I honestly never felt the need to put the book down. Inara Scott has set the stage for a fantastic new Young Adult series and I can hardly wait for the second in the series, The Watchers, to be released. I’m eager to see where Danica, Cam and Jack all end up and how she will decide where it is she truly belongs. A brilliant beginning to a great new series!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 12 and up. A bright beginning to a great new YA series! Readers of paranormal, science fiction, action and more will love Inara Scott’s new novel.

As you know I was able to host a giveaway for a copy of Delcroix Academy: The Candidates thanks to the publisher, Hyperion Children’s. Thank you! The winner of the contest was:

Savannah from The Reading Girl (:


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  2. Gina says:

    Wow…I love the fact that her power is tied to those in distress….she’s trying to HELP them unlike a lot of others…that’s admirable! I can definitely see how it brought to mind the X-MEN (great series too). Oh, and congratulations to the winner! *throws confetti* Happy reading!

  3. I’m reading this right now so I’m going to save your review and come back and read it when I’m done with the book 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed this one too. I cannot wait for the next book.

  5. I really liked it 🙂 Great review btw 🙂 I need to work on mine now 🙂

    What did you think of her choice at the end?
    Were you rooting for the other gentleman too?

  6. Sofia says:

    I love your site!! What pretty artwork, too!!! Am wondering if you would take a look-see at my new blog? I am reviewing Young Adult books from a Christian standpoint.

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