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School for Psychics

(School for Psychics #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,174 ratings  ·  593 reviews
An entrancing new series starring a funny, impulsive, and sometimes self-congratulatory young woman who discovers she has psychic abilities—and then must decide whether she will use her skills for good or…not.

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. Yes she’s resourceful, bright, and scrappy. But she can also read people with uncanny precision. What she does
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Simon Schuster
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Jenny Lee I'm only 60 pages in and it's got an kind of X-Men-ish vibe. Early 20's ( not so much teenagers, but not yet established adults ) ( mostly with troubl…moreI'm only 60 pages in and it's got an kind of X-Men-ish vibe. Early 20's ( not so much teenagers, but not yet established adults ) ( mostly with trouble with the law ) are being scouted and recruited for a school for psychics to be trained to control their abilities and be moved into different branches of law enforcement / the government. I don't know much more than that yet, but it doesn't seem AS fantastical as the young adult books I've been reading lately. (less)
Lauren I just received an advanced copy in the mail, it just says that "K.C. Archer is a pseudonym". …moreI just received an advanced copy in the mail, it just says that "K.C. Archer is a pseudonym". (less)

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Will Byrnes
Welcome to the troposphere.

Twenty-something Las Vegan (nothing to do with her diet) Theodora Delaney Cannon (Teddy) is in a bit of a bind. Seems she owes a Russian mobster two fifty large and he means to collect, even if it means going after her parents. Teddy is trying to do what she does best, reading gamblers en route to relieving them of their cash at the tables. But even that is a challenge, as she has been banned from every casino on the strip. Heavily disguised, she challenges the odds
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
2.5 stars. Hey, it's another school for magically-gifted youngsters! (or young adults anyway, though they act more like teenagers.)


Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Theodora “Teddy” Cannon is hiding her short black hair and slight build under a long blonde wig, weighted underwear that adds thirty pounds, and cheap flashy clothing. It’s all in an effort to fool the security personnel and facial recognition software at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. There she plans to parlay her $5,000 bankr
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
2.5 stars

The book begins as Teddy Cannon is gambling in Vegas. She is in disguise as she has been banned from most casinos. She doesn't count cards or cheat, but she does have an ability to "read" people. She knows what they are going to do and can make her moves accordingly. She owes a lot of money and needs to make it back so that she can pay off her debts and start over.

What Teddy sees as an "ability" is proof that she is "psychic". She is approached at the casino and offered a chance to wor
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Ok... so I was super intrigued by the premise of this book. Psychics?! I'm in... but wow this book was not what I was hoping or expecting at all.

Teddy our main character has a gift of being able to "read" people. She is offered a place in School of Psychics with others like herself that have different special abilities. I did not like Teddy whatsoever... felt like I was kind of reading a YA novel but Teddy was super immature to my liking but she's supposed to be an adult? But, haha I guess we al
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
School for Psychics by K.C. Archer is the first book in the new School for Psychics urban fantasy series. The main character in this series is Teddy Cannon, a twenty something college dropout who has gotten herself deeply in debt in her hometown of Las Vegas.

Teddy has been banned from every casino on the Vegas strip for “cheating” which she claims to have never actually done. You see Teddy has a sense for people and a weird habit of being able to read them so in order to pay off her massive debt
Sherwood Smith
Jan 30, 2018 added it
Shelves: fantasy, sf
I inhaled this book, ignoring chores and work.

Stories about psychics that are written in first person sardonic are almost always going to draw me in, especially if the main character is a mess trying to be a better person, and so it is with 24-year-old Teddy Cannon, who we begin with in her hometown Las Vegas. She's dressed in a fat suit, as she has been blackballed from all the casinos, but she desperately needs money as she owes a quarter million to a loan shark. But she gets made by . . . a r
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I am fascinated by any book with "powers" featured in the plotline. Growing up, I loved the idea of harnessing a secret power just like Samantha from Bewitched! School for Psychics is about an elite, most secretive school on Angel Island helping psychics learn their respective gifts. The first book in a new series, this one left us on part of a cliffhanger, so that you are encouraged to pick up the next book to find out what happens next.

Teddy Cannon is our protagonist, she's discovered reading
Sarah Joint
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I am conflicted about this one. It really grabbed my interest when I glanced at the blurb, which was surprising because I don't read a lot of books like it. It's a fantasy about people with special abilities, so I thought it could go one of two ways: it could be about kids or teenagers and be a YA, or it would be about more mature characters and go darker, which I would have found refreshing. I was wrong. It is about characters in their early twenties, but they aren't very mature. They really re ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a difficult book to review if only because a lot of people are going to be put off by the topic in general. Do we really need another book about kids that go to a magical school no one knows about?
The answer here, for me, is yes!

The Writing
K.C. Archer has done a beautiful job of writing a fast-paced, interesting and well put together novel in School for Psychics. It would be unfair to say that this isn't original because Archer's school is very different from those I've read about in t
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Our heroine discovers she’s psychic when she is trying to make enough money gambling to pay off some loan sharks and is thwarted by another psychic. She is recruited for a school that trains people with psychic abilities to work with the CIA, FBI, police, etc.
At the school she meets others with a variety of psychic traits. She also learns to accept friendships and work with a team.
This is a great book with well developed characters and an exciting story line. Can’t wait for t
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*3.5 stars rounded up.

I don't have to be psychic to hear you groaning about yet another book set in a school for extraordinarily talented young people. Yes, it is an overused plot device...and the reason is because it works so well. (As evidence, the fabulously successful Harry Potter series.)

In this first offering in a proposed new series being written by author K.C. Archer (and who the heck IS K.C. Archer??), the main character is twenty-two-year-old Theodora "Teddy" Cannon, a Stanford dropout
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Theodora "Teddy'' Cannon is an intelligent, strong and spirited woman, but sometimes her personality just leads her down the wrong path. But really, if you can read people....really read people....see when they are lying, bluffing, etc....why not use that talent to win at gambling? Teddy doesn't care that every casino in Vegas has banned her. She just puts on a disguise, and goes anyway. She owes money to some dangerous people and then took money from her parents to help pay that loan....she has ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Teddy can play poker. And she is in debt. She is desperate to get out of trouble. If she could just play one more time. But this last time at the Bellagio will come with more than she bargained for. Clint Corbett.

Teddy Cannon is a self-assured, witty, twentysomething, with special talents. She can read people. Her gut taught her to trust her instincts at an early age. Not just in the sense of non-verbal and social psycho
Jay G
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4.5/5 Stars

Teddy Cannon has always been great at poker, playing the tables in Vegas like a pro. Things change when she has a run in with the law and discovers that she is psychic. Teddy is given the opportunity to attend a school specifically to help train psychics and help them develop their abilities in
Patty Smith
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Meet Teddy, a young girl from Las Vegas who has a knack for reading people at the poker tables. We learn that she is down on her luck, living out of her parent’s garage, having recently been kick out of Stanford. Her adopted parents hope that she will get her life together, but that’s not very likely since we meet her, sneaking into a casino having stolen all of her parent’s savings and hoping to make it big at the poker tables. S
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Teddy is in a downward spiral. Making bad decisions that are quickly catching up to her, putting herself and her adoptive parents in some real trouble. Her only choice? To go to the School for Psychics - where her debt will be wiped clean - she'll just need to serve four years of her life... and that's providing she even passes the entrance exams. (Which we know she does, because hello... this is just BOOK ONE!)

This eclectic cast of characters are in their 20's... not teenagers anymore, but not
Sarah Marie
The School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

First book in the School for Psychics series

1.75 stars

This novel follows Teddy Cannon, a misfit gambler who has been banned from the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. She can’t kick the habit especially because she owes thousands to a dangerous man threatening her adoptive parents. Teddy has never been proven to be a cheater, but her ability to tell when people are lying has come in handy at the poker table. When Teddy is offered an opportunity to attend a sch

Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

In many ways, this story is much like the gazillion YA books in which teens discover they have some super-special abilities and are recruited to attend a secret school. Cue in misfits vs. popular/mean kids, a bit of potential romance, some secret goings-on, etc. The School for Psychics is for a bit older crowd (so the drinking and sex aren’t quite as taboo) but the dynamics are similar for much of the book.

I liked Teddy for the most part and the premise has potential, but it was limite
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free digital copy of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley.

I also have a video review of this book, which can be found here:

This is an adult novel (supposedly, but back to that later), in which a woman in her early 20s named Teddy has been banned from all the casino's in Las Vegas as they think she cheats. Teddy doesn't consider herself a cheater, though she does know that she isn't winning in a traditionally legitimate way beca
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kim
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:

When I first started SCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS, I wanted to compare it to Lev Grossman’s THE MAGICIANS, but I’ve changed my mind. They both feature new adults who are sent back to school to learn to master their talents, but the characters in SCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS are way more likeable and realistic, and the school year structure is both satisfying and builds up to the next book.

The main character, Teddy, isn’t easy to like at first. She can read people, know
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, urban-fantasy
This was tagged as “Harry Potter with millennials” which is sort of accurate.

But not really.

Teddy is our main character, a twenty year old who dropped out of college and is living with her parents. I guess that’s where the millennial comes from? She is excellent at gambling, particularly poker, and has a huge debt she owes to some shady guys. She is banned from most casinos in Vegas, but goes in a fat suit and wig anyway. Yep.

She gets caught and recruited to a school for psychics. Turns out t
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
School for psychics 3.75⭐️

Can be compared to the Magicians and harry potter. Academy for magical humans in this case psychics.

The relationships were very rushed, but I guess if you are stuck at a boarding school type situation you better become friendly to everyone.

I dont know how to explain this book without giving things away. I really enjoyed the writing style and the story flowed nicely. The students had to go through training, assignments, missions and cause some trouble along the way.
huge thanks to Netgalley & publisher for providing me with an arc! all opinions are entirely my own.

it took me eleven days to finish this book because i was just completely bored out of my mind.

there’s nothing particularly wrong with it – i just didn’t click with anything: the writing, the characters, the plot, none of that made me excited enough to want to pick this book up after i set it down. and i guess i’m in a slump now because forcing yourself to read mediocre books when you don’t wan
Rosemary Standeven
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an enthralling start to a new psychic series. The Whitfield Institute is gathering and training young adults with psychic powers to hone their talents, so that they can work with the FBI, police and other law enforcement to keep the country safe.
Teddy is a very successful gambler – so successful that she has been banned from every poker table in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, she needs to make a lot of money very quickly, so disguises herself to get into a poker game at one of the big casino
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
We follow a snarky millennial protagonist with a gambling problem as she learns to use her psychic abilities (it's why she's so good at poker) at a secret government school in San Francisco. The protagonist has a lot of baggage to work through, but she does good job of growing as a person as well as learning how to open herself up emotionally. It's fun to be inside her head throughout the story.

The plot clips right along, with fairly straightforward prose and no particularly surprising twists. T
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

Though I struggled to get invested at first, this was one of those books that got better as it went on. For my review though, I've decided to make some good ol' lists!


- In the beginning, Teddy was unlikeable, but she was realistic. She was someone who had made a lot of bad decisions, ones that led to having a gambling problem, and owing a lot of money to a bad man, and stealing money from he
Mar 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
I first learned of this book last year and requested it through NetGalley a couple weeks ago when I saw it pop up on someone’s book haul list. I liked the title, hated the cover, and thought the synopsis was interesting. I decided to give it a try.

The story quickly appealed to me. I took a liking to the protagonist, Teddy, within the first few chapters when she’s at a casino gambling to set her life straight. When she’s recruited for the School for Psychics, my interested perked up even more bec
When the chips are down and the going gets tough, what would you do? Teddy decided to go to school! It isn’t just any school, it is a school for psychics and for some reason, the dean thinks she has special abilities and has promised that all of her troubles will go away if she enrolls. Teddy has money troubles, she stole from her parents, and she owes a Russian mobster loan shark quite a chunk of change, and going to The Whitfield institute for Law Enforcement Training and Development will save ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
Filled to the brim with clichés, shrugs characters, and The Magicians's adult Harry Potter vibes with a hint of Quantico. Seeing as I only made it through the first two or three episodes of the former show, this book was unfortunately not the one for me. I wish it was.

I had no attachment to any of the characters whatsoever, whether it was the way they were portrayed or just the lack of substance that came with all of them; the weird potential love interests galore thing going on with the MC only
Jenny Lee
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The down side of reading ARCs is that you have to wait extra long for the sequel..................

Teddy is the main character in this novel; a 20 something year old Stafford drop out with a heavy mountain of gambling debts, two extremely loving adoptive parents - and a psychic gift she'd always assumed was epileptic episodes.

Teddy is about to be snagged by casino goons after trying to win back some of her debt when Cliff; a recruiter for a top secret school on an island off the coast of San Fra
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