Monday, October 4, 2010

ARC Review: The Candidates by Inara Scott

Title: The Candidates
Series: Delcroix Academy #1
Author: Inara Scott
Available: Now
Reading Level: Young Adult

4 out of 5 Stars

Description 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.

My thoughts:

Dancia is not your normal girl. She has the ability to make things happen just by thinking about them. She spends most of her time trying to blend in, but Dancia is suddenly front and center as a hero after what was supposed to be a routine trip to the hospital with her grandmother. This also causes her to be noticed by the prestigious Delcroix Academy. When she’s offered a full scholarship she knows she can’t refuse. It’s at Delcroix that she meets the charming Cam and troubling Jack. Jack thinks the school is up to something more, and Dancia wants to believe he’s just paranoid. Unfortunately, the accusations Jack has made start to become impossible for Dancia to deny. 

I have to admit I was a little worried going into this one because the ARC I received was under 300 pages. I haven’t had the best luck with shorter books recently, but The Candidates really impressed me. The author was able to give readers a well paced and detailed plot in a few hundred pages. An excellent start to this series. 

I like how different it is than other books I’ve recently read. It is a fresh take on the paranormal/boarding school theme. I also enjoyed Dancia’s sweetness, and naivety. She loves her grandma, and seems perfectly content with her life even if it involves secondhand clothing, and the inability to afford a cell phone. Even with her special powers she was a believable character, and one I’m sure many girls will relate to. I’m finding this one hard to review without adding what could be considered spoilers. I’ll just say I’m a big fan of anything involving people with special powers, and that I had trouble putting this one down because I was eager to discover the meaning behind the title. I wasn’t disappointed and can’t wait for more.

I also applaud the author for creating a great book for teens without falling back on profanity and random sex scenes to fill the pages. It left more room for character growth and world building. With that said I’m not opposed to Young Adult books with sex or profanity, but lately it is feeling forced into plots where it doesn’t really fit. Alas, that is a topic for another post ;)

I’d consider this a very clean read. Language and content would be safe for even the youngest teen. I can see it appealing to both guys and girls. This is a series I’ll continue without a doubt, and share with my 5th grader.

Inara Scott on the web:

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Buy from Amazon:

The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, Book 1)

*Received from Around the World Tours


  1. Great review. I really am looking forward reading this one. It sounds really good.

  2. Amen on the part about not using random sex just to fill the pages!

  3. The more reviews I see for this the more I want to read it!

    I know what you mean about not having luck with shorter books lately, I'm glad this one exceeded your expectations.

  4. Thanks for the review. This sounds like it would be a great book for my little sister. Me, I cringe any time I read the words 'paranormal boarding school'because it has become so clique. But there are a few that have surprised and impressed me.