Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Candidates: Delcroix Academy Review

Delcroix Academy, Book One:: The Candidates

Product Description

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 Take: Erecting a school for the gifted students then watching them, creating barriers they must overcome, and testing them to see if their gifts eventually emerge into something stronger. The beginning was strong as Dancia was wined and dined by the prestigious school and felt insecure, knowing her only gift is a curse she has to keep hidden.

And then the love triangle.  The most popular boy in school who is totally hot and seems to really be into her and the asocial outcast who figures things out really fast because he's just smart like that. But big time trouble.

Like many books aching to become a trilogy, the story dragged in the middle.  Not much happened besides Dancia trying to harness her control, hating her roommate, hanging out with Cam, befriending Jack and forgetting to develop her own sense of self and personality.

Good news is that I have hope for book II.

3 and half stars.


CountessLaurie said...

But more importantly, how do you pronounce her name.

It wasn't until like book four that I realized I was saying Hermoine wrong all the time ...

Violet said...

Glad to hear that you have hope for the second book in this series. The premise of this series intrigues me and reminds me a little of X-Men because of the prestigious boarding school for teens who demonstrate super-human abilities. I'm always curious to see what unique spin an author will put on a love triangle to help set it apart from the million other love triangles that also happen to feature insecure heroines who somehow find themselves courted by the most popular guy in school and the bad boy outcast. Thanks for sharing your review! :)