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The Candidates (Delcroix Academy Series #1)

The Candidates (Delcroix Academy Series #1)

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by Inara Scott

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Dancia Lewis has a secret problem: whenever she sees someone threaten a person she cares about, it's a disaster. Cars skid. Structures collapse. 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


Dancia Lewis has a secret problem: whenever she sees someone threaten a person she cares about, it's a disaster. Cars skid. Structures collapse. 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 accepts. After all, it's a school for diplomats' kids and prodigies, not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. Or is it?

This captivating debut, the first in a series, puts a paranormal twist on private school.

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Publishers Weekly
Debut author Scott launches the Delcroix Academy series with this light paranormal romance. Dancia has always kept a low profile, avoiding anything that might bring attention to her secret: whenever she witnesses injustice, a protective instinct kicks in and she’s able to take out the threat (knocking out a gunman or blowing out the tires on a car pursuing a boy). Now Dancia is being recruited to the freshmen class of Delcroix Academy, an exclusive boarding school for geniuses. A mediocre student, Dancia can’t understand why they want her, but Cam, a junior helping with her recruitment, persuades her to attend, and Dancia starts a new life and begins to come out of her shell. Dancia’s crush on Cam grows, as does her relationship with brooding Jack, who suspects there is a conspiracy at Delcroix. Dancia eventually discovers the truth about Delcroix, but the unresolved “telekinetic girl caught between good soldier and edgy rebel” love triangle (which, along with the academy setting, may feel familiar to X-Men fans) and Dancia’s determination to use her power for good pave the way for later books. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)
VOYA - Marlyn Beebe
Dancia Lewis has lived in Danville, Washington all her life. Her parents died when she was four, and she's lived with her grandmother ever since. Dancia has a secret "power" which manifests when someone she cares for is being threatened. It is not something she can control; things just happen, like cars driving into poles or buildings collapsing. Because of this, she takes great pains to be invisible, wearing non-descript clothing, not making friends, and striving to be exceptionally average. Thus, Dancia is taken by surprise when a recruiting team from the nearby exclusive and expensive Delcroix Academy shows up on her doorstep one day, offering her a full scholarship. She is reluctant at first (who will take care of her grandmother?), but eventually agrees, partially out of sheer curiosity as to why they'd want her. Once she gets there, she's even more curious. Unlike her, all the other students have a special talent or skill on which their curriculum focuses, while she takes ordinary classes. Why are there such strict rules about where they can go on the campus? And what is with the military-type training exercises? Does she really want to know? With a nudge from her mysterious fellow-student Jack, she determines to find out what is really going on at Delcroix. This book is designed to appeal to younger teens, and could easily be turned into a movie or television series. Reviewer: Marlyn Beebe
Caroline McCoy
Dancia isn't the top student, the best athlete, or the most talented artist. She doesn't mind that her drab clothing and unpopularity make her invisible, because the alternative could be dangerous. Dancia has powers she doesn't know how to handle. When she sees someone in trouble—car crashes, people falling—Dancia imagines unusual things happening to save them, and suddenly, they happen. Letting people into her life, she fears, will only make matters worse. When Dancia accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Delcroix Academy, she fears she won't be able to maintain her low profile for long. Will her new teachers find out about her gift? Can she risk making friends and keep her powers at bay? Teen readers will enjoy uncovering the mysteries behind Delcroix Academy in Inara Scott's The Candidates. Though Delcroix is fictional, Dancia's struggles to find truth, identity, and friendship inside its gates are engaging and real. Reviewer: Caroline McCoy
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Dancia works hard at being nondescript because of her supernatural powers: not too smart, not too pretty, not too friendly. So when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up at her house the summer before her freshmen year of high school and offer a full scholarship, she is sure that there has been some kind of mistake. Once at the academy, the teen begins to make friends and let people in to her life, including two equally interesting but very different young men. While this should be a good thing, Dancia can't help but worry; caring too much causes trouble. When she feels threatened, her protective instincts kick in and things happen that she can't control, like windows breaking and things collapsing, and sometimes people getting hurt. At Delcroix, Dancia realizes she is not alone with her powers and that a program can help her to control and strengthen her talents. Unfortunately, while great for Dancia, not everyone whom she has grown close to feels the same way. While nothing about Scott's premise is especially groundbreaking, the plot is quick and gratifying, and Dancia is much more empowered than the female protagonists in some other popular supernatural thrillers.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA

Product Details

Publication date:
Delcroix Academy Series , #1
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.06(h) x 1.03(d)
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Inara Scott lives in Portland. She is currently hard at work on the next book in the Delcroix Academy series.

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The Candidates (Delcroix Academy Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book!!! I just wish the main character had chosen the other guy. Thats the only reason i couldn't give it 5 stars. I mean seriously, Cam lied to her through the whole book!!! This will make more semse once you read it. Which I definately recommend!
Maiast More than 1 year ago
I read this book first to see if it would be appropriate for my almost 12 year-old daughter, and found myself totally enthralled! The writing is wonderful, and it's a great story with all the elements kids (and adults!) appreciate: a romance triangle, paranormal powers, a spooky boarding school, and the struggle between good and evil. But what sets this book apart are the wonderful REAL characters. The main character, Dancia, is such a perfect early teen girl - she suffers from insecurity, loves her grandmother, shuts herself off from others when she is overwhelmed, is swayed by charm and good looks, and has a strong moral compass that she is desperate to read correctly. I so appreciate that the subject matter remains fairly innocent, and was thrilled to give my daughter a green light for her to read it, too. It was a great introduction for my daughter to this exciting genre (she loved it!), and I can't wait for book two!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked jack wayyyyy better than cam!!!come dancia never let go! ughhhhh jack was perfect and cam was a phony and liar and basically her own personal stalker!! JACK COME BACK!! OVERALL LOVED THIS BOOKK!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this book! Once I got started reading it I couldn't put it down. I am anxiously antispating the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a fine read but the names are mostly weird and cumbersome to read (Dancia, Henny, Walter, Judan, etc) and you want her to pick the other guy.
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chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
The Candidates is one of the novels that I have been dying to read for such a long time that when I finally got the chance to read it I had been expecting so much. And already, I am happy to tell you all that the novel gave me everything I wanted and more! I will admit that because of the blurb that tells you only a brief bit of information I was slightly taking a shot in the dark, but after starting the fast paced prologue, I knew that The Candidates and I would be best friends (see what I did there?). Anyhow, the novel is based around the life of the main character, Dancia Lewis, an ordinary girl with extraordinary abilities, who is about to start her freshman year of high school. But! Dancia ends up finding herself at the elite Delcroix Academy, a boarding school for students that are geniuses and will benefit the world in the future. The only issue with Dancia going there is that she isn’t as extraordinary as a genius (which is the truth), what Dancia can do is much better. Dancia has an “ability” that only occurs in moments on great danger. That alone had me transfixed. Secondly, the novel constantly had me generating questions: Why is Jack so paranoid? Are the big gates that protect Delcroix Academy really meant to “Keep the bad guys out? Or keep us in?” (A good quote said by Jack during the novel and becomes a recurring sentence). Are the students at Delcroix being monitored 24/7? Will Dancia figure out that she might not be the only superhumanly gifted student at the school? I’m not giving you guys the answers *winky face*. Thirdly, I loved the characters. From Dancia’s best friends: Esther and Hennie, to the two leading males in the novel: Jack and Cam. I loved them all for many reasons: One of them including the fact that the characters were all in an age group similar to my own and so I found the situations that the characters were going through very believable (i.e. First kisses, dating, high school, homework, being watched because you may be a danger to society, etc.). Not to mention the fact that there is also a bit of a love triangle between Dancia, Jack and Cameron. I personally found Jack irresistible. He’s the bad boy, unafraid to bend the rules and has a tragic life story that built him into a strong character. And he’s a bit obsessed in love with Dancia. Cameron is basically the exact opposite of everything that Jack is. He’s the school golden boy and everything he does seems unquestionable… but are his actions really so innocent? Fans of The Darkest Powers Trilogy and Dark Visions will surely enjoy The Candidates or even somebody who just wants a bit of sci-fi, mystery and romance all fit into one book. You can take my word for it *thumbs up*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay but wasn't anything amazing.
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Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
This was a great book to read over Christmas. It wasn't that long and it wasn't gloomy. It was an interesting mystery. First it took place at a boarding school for "special" kids. Blend into the woodwork Dancia is not sure why she's at the Delcroix Academy. But everyone seems to think she belongs there. And for the first time in her life, she's got friends. I loved the friends. Two very solid, very thoughtful and good friends. Hennie and Esther, unique names for some very unique but loyal friends. No real mean girls in this one except for Dancia's roommate, Catherine. Not Cathy or Cat. Catherine. Yeah she's uptight. But she's more of a control freak and lonely than anything else. That was my impression anyway. The school is unique. The selection of courses is vast and electives are varied-until you find what you're "special" at, you take all kinds of things. Dancia finds that she is not" special" in public speaking nor pottery. But she is good at attracting the attention of the resident bad boy, Jack who keeps telling her there is some kind of conspiracy going on at the school. The locked gates bother him. They, the kids at the school, are told it's to keep anyone undesirable out, but Jack thinks it's to keep them in and he shows Dancia some pretty good evidence that makes her question what she's been told. But she's also got the attention of the hottest guy on campus, the boy that came to her house to recruit her to come to Delcroix. He goes out of his way to pay attention to her and make her feel special. Now, as I read it, I had my doubts. Dancia is 15 and he's probably 17. What does a junior want with a 9th grader? I was suspect of his motives and what he wanted from her (not that!). But Dancia, being 15, doesn't question his attention to her. She thinks Cam's attraction to her is believable. When I told my husband about this part he nicknamed him Scam and I can't get past calling him that. Anyway, Dancia has to sort out who to believe and who can be trusted and the answer is surprising. And what Delcroix is really all about, besides producing senators, and famous painters and actors and ambassadors, is well, one of my favorite things- something paranormal. This was a quick read but left a lot to think about. I'm glad there is another book coming out soon so I can see what else goes on at Delcroix! Oh and Dancia finds out what she's "special" at. This book is appropriate for older MG and any YA reader who like paranormal reads with romance.Heather
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This book keeps you on end and keeps you reading all night! This book was not what i expected but i was pleasantly surprised! Definietely one of my favorites.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
I was impressed and surprised as to how quickly I fell in love with this novel. 'The Candidates' had me on my toes throwing guesses left and right, and still I would be stuck in mystery. The hidden secrecy of the school is what peaked my interest most. Who doesn't enjoy a little sleuthing! 'The Candidates' by Inara Scott also reminded me of 'The House of Night' series mixed with the X-men. Whereby the students have special abilities and all attend a school specified in housing them, however, the students attending The Delcroix Academy don't even know they have any abilities at all. Ms Inara Scott has a great writing style because I was empathetic to each character. Especially with the relationship Dancia has with her grandmother, who by the way is so fraken awesome, and the raw friendship that Dancia has with Jack. Dancia is such an interesting character. I could not find any flaws to her, even though I disagree in the choice she made in the ending. I totally understand why Dancia did what she did. It was also a great way to set up for the sequel. But the ending is such a killer because I'm dying to read Book 2. I can't say much without giving away the juicy tid bits, but I can TOTALLY say that this is a MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down.
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sandypllm More than 1 year ago
Really good book. I couldn't put this book down once I got to the half way point! Can not wait to read the next one.
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Reviewed by: Cassandra Hernandez The story feels lagging I think because much was spent on the mystery of Delcroix Academy instaad of the characters. So it's easy to say that The Candidates is a good ride that has to take its time to conclude so you see its thrilling suspense and supernatural elements. I just love books in paranormal genres so this doesn't let down at all.
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