The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, book 1) by Inara Scott – book cover, description, publication history. My review of Delcroix Academy: The Candidates. A bright beginning to a great new YA series! Readers of paranormal, science fiction, action. : The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, Book 1): light edge wear to jacket and boards; Dancia Lewis has a secret: whenever she sees a person.

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This is the story of Dancia, a simple minded girl from a small town who gets invited or recruited into one of the best camdidates schools for gifted students called Delcroix Academy. However, Dancia isn’t as simple as she looks and neither is she as mediocre as she assumes herself to be.

She has a special power, a acadrmy she tries to candldates and lives like a loner because of the same. This is because according to her, her power does more bad than good like hurting people even wh.

This is because according to her, her power does more bad than good like hurting people even when she is trying to help the other’s. She has only her Grandmother with whom she is living in delcrooix small town of Danville. She does take the hard decision to attend Delcroix academy after Mr Judan, the school’s Chief recruiter along with Cameron a. As we live Dacia’s life with her at Delcroix, we can sense delcrpix awe hte her confusion as to why she is chosen because she doesn’t fit. We can actually relate to that feeling of not belonging and not fitting in.

The mystery deepens as Jack plants doubt in her mind about the school and its principles. The author quite successfully spins a web of mystery that keeps you want to go on reading the book.

There are not many twists and turns but you still want to keep on reading. It is a simple, straight story delivered in a straight forward way without any pretensions. The end was kind of expected. I guess the author did leave some scope for the second book as there is no finality in the first book’s ending. Though I did like the book, it was nothing new; a girl with some powers, a school serving as a backdrop and a love triangle. It was a simple, good read. Though I would definitely try the second book.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Delcrix See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview aacdemy The Candidates by Inara Scott. Dancia Lewis has a secret problem: Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does all she can to avoid getting close to anyone, hoping to suppress her powers and stay under the radar.

But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy offer her a scholarship, she Dancia Lewis has a secret problem: But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy offer her a scholarship, she accepts. After all, it’s a school for diplomats’ kids and prodigies, not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. This captivating debut, the first in a series, puts a paranormal twist on deocroix school. Hardcoverpages.

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The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, book 1) by Inara Scott

Jan 01, Vinaya rated it did not like it Shelves: You know how you sometimes read a blurb, and it gets you so excited, you just have to go right out and buy the book? For some people it’s covers, for me, it’s blurbs. And yes, I am the kind of person who sometimes flips to the last page to know what happens, so sue me! DisneyHyperion did a great job with the cover and the blurb for this book, which is good, because there a Unfortunately, my New Year reading began with Inara Scott’s The Candidates, the first book in the Delcroix Academy series.

DisneyHyperion did a great job with the cover and the blurb for this book, which is good, because there ain’t nothing between the covers worth selling. The Candidates revolves around Dancia Lewis, who thinks she is plain, ordinary and not very interesting, except for the fact that around her, strange things begin to to happen to people who try to harm her loved ones. Surprise, surprise, without her knowledge, Dancia is immensely powerful, and the mysterious recruiters for the posh Delcroix Academy are all ready and willing to exploit it.

Dancia, of course, is too worried about her tangled love-life to care about what her powers mean and how to learn to use them. Yes, in yet another cliche in a book filled with them, Dancia is torn between her best friend, the rebellious loner and the popular jock with the mysterious motives she cannot fathom.

As all this sarcasm may have told you, I didn’t like this book. It’s formulaic, unconvincing and drags heavily in parts. But worst of all, I hated, hated, absolutely hated Dancia. She’s supposed to be a fourteen-to-fifteen-year-old, but she thinks and acts much older.

Book Report: The Candidates (Delcroix Academy) by Inara Scott – Books & Tea

And not in a good way. I can understand the premise of someone being afraid of their own power. In fact, it’s a great plotline to work with, and can really make the reader sympathize with the heroine. Unfortunately, Inara Scott fails to hit the right chords with Dancia. Dancia’s fears over the use of her power make her seem wishy-washy. She hit some boy over the head with a branch when she was a kid, canvidates so now she hates her power?

I mean, come on. If she were the strong, tough, kick-ass girl everyone in this novel assumes she is, wouldn’t she at least be curious enough to explore the limits of her power before shutting it out? Wouldn’t she want to know how and why her power relcroix rather than acting like an ostrich? And don’t even get me started on her friendships. Jack, poor Jack, who was the only halfway decent character in the novel, was still a victim of Inara Scoot’s inability to create strong characters.

Jack is a street kid, an abandoned, suspicious loner who looks out for number 1. The fact that he finds himself out-of-place at Delcroix and befriends the only other misfit, Dancia, is something I have no issues with. However, when Dancia abandons him, avoiding talking to him and being an awful friend in general, does he cut himself off? No, like a true masochist, he follows her around and talks to her and hangs out with her qcademy if nothing is amiss. Have some pride, boy! And why does the great Dancia Lewis ostracize her so-called best friend anyway?


Why, because the boy she’s crushing on told her delcfoix Yes, hard though this may be to believe, Dancia the Brave puts her blind infatuation before her best friend.

And we’re supposed to like this girl?!

And that brings me to pet peeve number three If the author’s intention was to create an unlikeable character who shares no chemistry with the female protagonist, well, she’s done a bang-up job. Cameron, who’s creepy and suspicious-sounding from the first, apparently has the power of persuasion, and yet, somehow, Dancia is not even remotely suspicious when he persuades her that he actually likes her and isn’t just hanging around with her because it’s his job. And yes, he’s another of the morons who thinks this unlikely heroine is strong and attractive.

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When Jack leaves her some books that may hold the secret to her powers and the Watchers, does she decide to gather all the knowledge she can about her new life? No, she refuses to face reality, as usual, buries her head in the sand, and returns the books to Delcroix.

Way to be smart and tough and attractive. Dancia’s relationship with Cameron reminds me vaguely of Hush Hush.

Except in Hush Hush, it’s the heroine who’s suspicious of her love interest, whereas in this book, its the reader who’s suspicious of the heroine’s love interest. Dancia, on the other hand, is so blindly infatuated with Cam, she is willing to forgive candjdates his lies, his concealment of his power and hers, his warnings against her best friend, his encouragement for her to spend more time with his ex-girlfriend, etc, etc. And it sounds like the second installment in the series is going to be worse.

Having rejected Jack and refused to listen to his warnings the first time around, is she going to make peace with her chosen path? No, it looks like she’s setting out in search of Jack so she can make his life more miserable and involve herself in a love triangle despite her complete lack of chemistry with either one of the male protagonists.

I think I would rather kill myself than read The Watchers, but in the event that I’m persuaded to change my mind, you acaddemy look forward to another rant later in the year.

View all 9 comments. This review accademy been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Contains mild spoilers, but this book and its plot are so stupid it doesn’t really matter whether I spoil it or not. The only way to enjoy this mess is by having a bleeding conjunctivitis in both eyes. I would barricade myself inside myepic fantasy cabin never to come out again.

I would dig a 10 feet ditch and fill it with hydrochloric acid in case some Harlequin YA failure decides to sneak inside my cabin. Come to think of it, I may also put a huge gorilla to guard the back yard. Make that two gorillas. Plain and simply put:

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