4 stars · fiction · romance · science fiction · series · young adult

The Candidates by Inara Scott

The Candidates

Author: Inara Scott

Pages: [hardcover] 293

Delcroix Academy #1

Memorable Quote: I blinked and tried to focus on what he had just said. My heart slowed abruptly. Apparently he hadn’t pulled me aside to ask me to be his one true love.

Favorite Characters:
Hennie & Jack


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, believing this way she can suppress 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.


I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, ranging from gushing recommendations to people telling me to never pick it up. Of course I had to read it and decide for myself, although I was marginally disappointed. It was an alright read, though not as good as the summary and amazing cover made it seem like it would be.

Dancia was an okay character, who was easily overshadowed by more minor roles. Her two friends, Ester and Hennie, each have something interesting about them that really drew my attention, whereas Dancia really only has her powers to set her apart, and nothing more definitely than that. Jack had to be my favorite character, because I loved seeing his reactions to everything throughout the book, seeing how he changed with what was happening. He really held it together for me.

The plot was generally pleasing, with enough mysteriousness to keep me hooked and I wanted to know how different things were going to turn out. It did lag a bit in parts, and I’m just hoping that in the sequel, now that most of the things I’ve been looking forward to have been cleared up, there can be more action, more interest. The last few scenes in the book were some of the best, I think. Hopefully that means the next will be a continuation of that.

I give The Candidates 3.5/5 stars. It was an okay read that I probably won’t pick up again, but I’ll continue with the series to see how it will go. Hopefully I’ll start to like it more, but only time will tell.

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