Sunday, January 29, 2012

Book Review- The Candidates

(From Goodreads) 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.
I found this at my library a long time ago and while waiting to be picked up, I sat down and started to read this book. Well I didn't get to finish the book and so the next time I went, I borrowed it. 
After recently reading Legacies, I found this book not very original. I've seen this theme a lot. Orphan somehow gets to go to a mysterious selective academy which turns out to be a school where all the students have some kind of power. It's getting old. 
Anyways, the book was pretty interesting. I didn't like the characters all that much, they annoyed the crap out of me most of the time. Especially Jack which according to other reviews, most people like him the most. And then there's Cam, the hottie and I'm-so-perfect dude. He was okay, but he annoyed me sometimes too. 
To me, Danica wasn't all that great of a heroine. Oh yes, we could relate to her, but after a while she bugged me. One of the things that bugged me most was her relationship with Jack. She basically ignores him because she has this crush on Cam and he thinks that Jack isn't a good person. But then Jack starts to follow her and stuff. And in the end, he gets really scary. 
All of the girls in this story were either really shallow or those annoying chatterbox girls. 
The plot itself was good, it had mystery in it and the story ends with enough loose strings that you may want to read the next book. I'm curious to see what this academy is really like, if there is something dangerous about it, and what happens to Jack. 
But even so, I don't think I'll read the next book. It was a good book, but I'm just not really excited to read the next one. I'm more willing to read A Million Suns by Beth Revis or Truth by Julia Karr. 
Goodreads: The Candidates
Website: Inara Scott

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