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All of her life, Dancia Lewis has wanted to use her powers for good. And now that she's learned the truth about Delcroix Academy-and herself-she may just get the chance. But being part of Delcroix's top secret Program isn't anything like Dancia expected. She has to ask herself: what happens to the Talented kids who refuse to pledge their loyalty to the Program? And why did her friend Jack run away rather than join? Dancia's adorable boyfriend Cam insists they need the help of every Talented student to defend ...
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Overview

All of her life, Dancia Lewis has wanted to use her powers for good. And now that she's learned the truth about Delcroix Academy-and herself-she may just get the chance. But being part of Delcroix's top secret Program isn't anything like Dancia expected. She has to ask herself: what happens to the Talented kids who refuse to pledge their loyalty to the Program? And why did her friend Jack run away rather than join? Dancia's adorable boyfriend Cam insists they need the help of every Talented student to defend Delcroix from dangerous enemies outside their gates. But Dancia has to wonder: what if Delcroix's most frightening enemies come from within?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
After years of being an outcast, Dancia Lewis finally belongs. Delacroix Academy may look like just a fancy prep school to outsiders, but Dancia now knows it's the training ground for the Program, a peacekeeping organization created by those with special powers; powers like Dancia's ability to manipulate gravity. It does not hurt that Cam Sanders, Dancia's handsome new boyfriend, also is one of the Program's strongest supporters. However, even as Dancia starts to feel she's making progress toward using her powers, she cannot help but question some of what she learns. If the Program is so beneficial, why are they continually targeted by rival groups? Is the Program really about keeping people safe...or seizing power? Scott's novel follows a familiar story line of a girl discovering her talents and deciding how much to trust her instructors, with the added hurdle of choosing between ?good guy' Cam and ?bad boy' Jack, a friend who was previously kicked out of the Program. While some parts are predictable, the story is kept fresh by its supporting characters, including Dancia's cantankerous roommate, mysterious grandma, and school friends beginning to discover their own talents. Fans of magic-school series and teen fantasy likely will appreciate Scott's tale for its crisp action, institutional secrets, and unfolding mystery. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
VOYA - Jamie Hansen
Dancia Lewis is a very special young woman—she has the ability to manipulate the force of gravity. In this sequel to The Candidates (Hyperion, 2010/VOYA December 2010), Dancia, recruited by prestigious Delcroix Academy for those with paranormal powers, has become the only freshman initiated into the school's elite program, where she is sure the teachers and other students will help her learn to control her gift. Supported by popular Cameron Sanders, mentor and boyfriend, she will even be able to ignore her growing doubts about the school, the teachers, and the head recruiter, enigmatic Mr. Judan. Delcroix trains their cadres of extraordinarily talented young people to combat crime, disease, poverty, and ignorance, but their efforts are being thwarted by the Irin, gifted teens who have rejected the program. When Dancia's friend Jack joins the Irin, the teen must decide whether to follow him and give up the program or submit to Cam's influence and remain at Delcroix. Scott offers her readers nothing especially fresh or imaginative in telling Dancia's story, borrowing themes and plot threads from a variety of familiar young adult genres. Skillful writing can make even time-honored plots seem brand new, but here the reader faces pedestrian prose and sluggish narrative, as well as uninspiring, or positively dislikeable, characters. The Marked should deliver paranormal thrills and heady romance but unfortunately misses its target. Add this novel to library collections only where the first title in the series was popular. Reviewer: Jamie Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Despite her ability to manipulate Earth's elements, Dancia Lewis is nervous about committing herself to the top-secret Program at Delcroix Academy, a special school for teens with otherworldly abilities, but her boyfriend, Cam, assures her that it's the right decision. Despite his confidence in her and the fact that she has been told that she has "the potential to someday move mountains," Dancia is anxious about her lack of control, especially since she unintentionally caused a "natural disaster" in her neighborhood. She soon learns there's more to the Program than meets the eye when an old friend emerges from the shadows. Jack, who was himself once part of the Program, is now a member of a gang hoping to take down his former school. He tries to tell Dancia the truth behind its "promotion of peace and stability throughout the world" ethos. While the teen attempts to put her doubts out of her mind, Cam gets deeper into the Program's underground activities and begins to have his own questions about what they're being taught. This intriguing adventure maps the identity development of a freshman who hasn't reached the point of believing in herself.—Kathryn Kennedy Ivill, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Kirkus Reviews
The intrigue deepens at Delcroix Academy in volume two of the Talents Trilogy (The Candidates, 2010). Dancia Lewis has always been different, not surprising for a girl with a potential Level Three talent for manipulating forces of nature. But even among her gifted peers at Delcroix Academy, Dancia doesn't quite fit in. She not only has one of the greatest powers the school has ever seen but also the street smarts to realize that there is something more to the Program and its Chief Recruiter, Mr. Judan, than meets the eye. Though Dancia is working hard to learn to control her powers, she's increasingly distracted by her mounting suspicions. Why did her best friend Jack choose to live a life on the run rather than commit to the Program? How much does her boyfriend Cam really know about Mr. Judan and the secret operations he oversees? This outing is likely to please fans of the series. Dancia is a likable heroine, and it's fun to watch as she comes into her own, both harnessing her powers and gaining the confidence to stand up for what's right even in the face of danger. Though there is far too little of Jack, diminishing the potential for a truly juicy love triangle, there's plenty to keep readers entertained. Still, not likely to win new fans to the series. (Supernatural mystery. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423116370
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: Delcroix Academy Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Inara Scott (www.inarascott.net) made her YA debut with The Talents. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    How many pgs

    Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    I wonder what will happen next.

    Enjoyed it. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    :)

    Love

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

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    5 STARS

    Having the opportunity in reading this sequel gave me such elation that I heard a choir burst into song, birds chirping, and I KNEW then the meaning of life! Okay, not so much the last part, but I was really excited in getting back into the story of Dancia.
    The Watchers jumps right back into where 'The Candidates' Book #1 left off. Inara Scott introduces more characters and explores in depth with the relationship of Dancia and Cam. I so wanted Jack for her. But while you read further into the story you'll be surprised by not rooting for either hottie (Jack/Cam) because a new guy comes along. My feelings were confused with Barrett though because he is a great guy, but at times he acted more like a big brother looking out for Dancia than a guy who is interested in becoming more than friends.
    This time around 'The Watchers' has more twists, action, added scenes away from the school, and the characters who you thought you knew from the beginning, end up having you see them in a new light. And you can take that statement both in the positive and negative way.
    Dancia grows up tremendously, but maintains her modesty with her powers. Which still makes her my favorite character cause of it. She's grown to be more vocal and exercises her powers more freely than before. I cried at least once or twice and I am not ashamed in admitting it! Once again, Inara Scott has reeled in another fan.
    The Delcroix Academy series has become one of my favorites and I can surely say I will take part in the masses who will be setting up lawn chairs in the ticket lines if ever this series becomes a movie!

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    Great book!

    I love this series. Since the first book, it has left me nothing but wanting to read more into the series and into the characters. Ms. Scott created such a unique world that it totally blew me away!

    The plot line of this book is what left me hanging with my mouth wide open. There were many unexpected surprises and some major changes! I was not expecting them and it took my heart. I love that Ms. Scott kept the reader on their toes never letting up on the action.

    I love the mysterious of the book and the notion that the enemy is close than what they think. Every piece of information kept the reader entertain and well fed. My eyes kept scanning the pages faster and faster just wanting more. I think Ms. Scott did a great job in writing the sequel. Sometimes the sequel don't live up to the hype but this one did. Let me tell you it did!

    The love interest in more complicated as ever but sooooo good! I mean, the things that Danica went through, she really had to make some decisions. The decisions weren't easy but I have a feeling it will all change again in the next book.

    The Marked is a great book! So much action, drama, excitement in reading the book that you too are fighting. The tides are turning quickly and Danica must make her choice. What choice will she make next? I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    Better than book 1- a must read

    The Watchers is a sequel and I strongly recommend that you read book one, Delcroix Academy, before starting The Watchers.

    I have a secret to admit. I don't usually like to read sequels, well not until the third book has been released anyway. I find that I am let down because I have too high of expectations maybe? That being said, it was a complete and delightful surprise when I read The Watchers by Inara Scott.

    I thought The Watchers, book two in the Delcroix series was BETTER than book one! Book two is exciting and fast paced. We get to see Dancia's powers grow and with stronger abilities her confidence grows too. She is learning to control her powers and not let them control her. There is more fighting, mystery and kissing in book two. The characters are well developed, stronger and sassier, including Dancia and that surprised me. Dancia is turning into a remarkable young woman who is going to lay the smack down on the bad guy. . . if only she can figure out who the bad guy really is.

    I appreciated that not all of the students knew they had powers. Inara Scott's writing amplifies how the teens are feeling alone and insecure. What it teaches the reader is that we all feel this way at some point in our lives. And for this reason, The Watchers is a relatable story.

    Who do I recommend this book for? Readers that liked Kelly Armstrongs The Darkest Powers trilogy and X Men will most likely enjoy The Watchers.

    Would I buy The Watchers? Yes I would. It is going to be added to list of books I recommend for teen readers.

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