The Candidates

I don’t know why I like books about high schools so much, especially high schools where the students have magical abilities.  I hated high school when I was in it, and I always felt like I didn’t fit in.  Maybe I just like the idea of going to a school where you can be yourself, don’t have to hide who you truly are, and can still fit in…kind of like Xavier’s school in X-Men.  The school in my latest read, The Candidates, is kind of like Xavier’s school, but it’s a little more complicated.  At Delcroix Academy, some kids are your average, run-of-the-mill geniuses, but others, like Dancia Lewis, have special “gifts,” powers that they neither understand nor know how to harness.  And how can Delcroix Academy help them with this?  Well, the answer may be a little complicated…

Dancia Lewis first became aware of her power when someone she cared about was threatened.  Bad things happen when the people she loves are in danger, and Dancia is scared of what she is really capable of.  Her solution?  Don’t get close to anyone.  And it works for a while…until she is invited to attend the mysterious Delcroix Academy.  Delcroix is not your typical high school.  Everyone knows you must be invited to attend, and that usually only happens to geniuses or ridiculously wealthy people.  Dancia is poor.  Why would they want her at Delcroix?  Could they know her secret?  Could they possibly know about the powers she’s never told anyone about?

When Dancia enters the gates of Delcroix, her life immediately changes.  She’s got friends for the first time in years, she’s caught the eye of the most popular guy in school, Cam, and she’s growing closer to the resident bad boy, Jack.  Dancia is still afraid to use her powers and tries her best to avoid them, but that may not be possible, especially when she learns that Jack has his own powers that are just as dangerous as hers.

Dancia is confused, and she doesn’t know what to do.  It doesn’t help that she has feelings for both Cam and Jack.  Cam is seemingly the perfect guy, and she doesn’t understand why in the world he would be interested in her.  Jack is mysterious, misunderstood, and emotionally broken, and part of Dancia wants to be the one to save him from himself.  How can she reconcile her feelings for these two totally different guys?

When the truth about Delcroix Academy becomes clear to Dancia, her life becomes even more complicated.  What will she do with what she’s discovered?  Who can she trust?  Why is everyone so convinced that Jack is a danger to her and beyond saving?  Is Delcroix really all about helping her understand her powers, or is something more sinister going on?  Read The Candidates, book one in the Delcroix Academy series by Inara Scott, to discover the answers to these questions and many more.  Just like Dancia, you’ll be surprised at what you find.

I truly enjoyed stepping into the world of Delcroix Academy.  The Candidates was a great first book in what promises to be a captivating new series.  The characters are flawed, but readers will root for them to overcome their many obstacles.  I look forward to reading the next book, The Watchers, which should be out sometime this year.  For more information on Inara Scott and her books, please visit http://www.inarascott.com/.  Enjoy!

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