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The Candidates

(Delcroix Academy #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,853 ratings  ·  432 reviews

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
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Hyperion Book CH
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Unfortunately, my New Year reading began with Inara Scott's The Candidates, the first book in the Delcroix Academy series. You know how you sometimes read a blurb, and it gets you so excited, you just have to go right out and buy the book? For some people it's covers, for me, it's blurbs. (And yes, I am the kind of person who sometimes flips to the last page to know what happens, so sue me!) DisneyHyperion did a great job with the cover and the blurb for this book, which is good, because there a ...more
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Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Okay first off, how awesome is Dancia's Grandma. Is that lady not an infinite pool of in your face wisdom! I did not get nearly enough of Granny this time around.

As for the actual novel... I thought it was a little slow at times, but there was a lot of background information that was presented. I'm thinking/hoping that this is going to set us up for something extremely awesome in book two. Speaking of book two, after the ending in book one, I need the sequel, like now!

The mystery surrounding the
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First off I must say that I love, love, LOVE the premise of this book. I have always been fascinated by shows like "Dollhouse" and "Nikkita" where young individuals are trained to be kick-butt superheroes/ spies/ the likes of, able to take on the world and all of that jazz... But then throw in paranormal elements where those individuals are not only kick-butt with their ninja/ assassin/ spy-like skills, but kick-butt with their ninja/ assassin / spy-like skills AND paranormal abilities, and you ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This book has just amazed me. From the very beginning it was mysterious, keeping all the secrets, from me demanding me to read on to discover the truth. At first, when I started this book I was a little skeptical. I kept thinking that maybe I might get bored with it, but it soon proved me wrong.

Dancia is scared. Scared for her life as well as others. Always living under the radar, never doing anything to draw attention to herself, she finds it impossible that she has gotten a full ride into
Colleen Houck
So glad I finally picked up this book out of my TBR pile. The boarding school and the two heroes were awesome! I think I'm #TeamJack though. Excited to read more about the various powers the kids at this school have and what they're going to do with them. ...more
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
My experience with books that delve into the realm of the paranormal has rarely been a positive one. I always seem to get my hands on the books that have super lame, female main characters. But, The Candidates showed me strong female lead characters can exist in these types of books. Dancia Lewis was awesooooome! In the beginning, she struggled with low confidence, but over the course of the book she begins to grow into a strong-minded and independent young woman. Her confidence is on occasion p ...more
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Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nikki
From the onset, it’s pretty clear that Dancia is supposed to be an average, run of the mill character that teenage girls everywhere should be able to relate to. With her average, grades, average appearance, less than impressive wardrobe, and no money or classy possessions to show off, Dancia has pretty much resigned herself to a life less lived. Except, although she seems unwilling to admit it, there is something exceptional about her. She has an odd kind of power and can make things happen with ...more
Dancia Lewis has problems, big problems. Whenever Dancia sees someone that might get hurt she has to save them, and with her strange abilities it's possible, but people get hurt. So Dancia avoids using them at all cost by distancing herself from people in order to avoid hurting them. All this changes though when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix academy come and invite her to join the school, a place for rich, gifted children. Dancia thinks she can't possibly fit in, but joins anyway, whe ...more
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy
2.5 stars - My thoughts. Here they go ...

Yeahs ::

* The idea is fun, has a X-men feel to it. I like the candidates idea and their "talents". It was an interesting new theory about their powers.

* I'm a sucker for bordering school stories, so the setting won me. Delcroix is an Academy for the especially talented high school kids. Kids spend their week days here and go home for the weekend. Most kids don't realize they are "special".

* Jack, Esther and Hennie. I would have luvd to have friends like t
I would give the book more stars but Delcroix Academy gives me the creeps.

Dancia has special powers- when someone she cares about is threatened, Dancia can manipulate the elements to create a diversion- limbs fall off trees, tires explode, guns fly from hands...When she realized this, she withdrew from relationships and went under the radar, sliding unnoticed through her middle school. It was lonely but no one got hurt. When she emerges a hero in a public shootout the Watchers from Delcroix can
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I really wish I would start writing reviews as soon as I finish a book because I am drawing a blank on what to say about this book. I liked it, yes, as you can see by my five star rating. Let's try and detail it up now.

The characters are interesting and intriguing. I instantly wanted to learn more about them when I started reading. I am a Team Jack member ALL THE WAY! I don't like Cam at all and I am actually on Jack's side of the events all the way until the end of the book. I don't trust Mr. J
Tamsin Fleming
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book as a Christmas gift a year or two ago. Why I ever put off reading it is beyond me. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were relatable in an interesting way. There was Jack, tortured soul Freshman that couldn't catch a break but was obsessed with the main character Dancia. Cam was the greek god-esque Junior that was equally into Dancia but was being forced by the freaky private school they all attended to follow Dancia around. This leads back to Dancia who is the super obli ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book held my interest nicely and revolved around a good plot.
My heart was wrenched in sympathy for jack!
Homeless since he was 10 years old with a drug abuser for a mother and a woman beater for a father can ones life possibly be any worse.
He just doesn't get a break.
My only problem was 14? Really. They seemed more like 16-17 year olds with their mature attitudes etc etc.
I forgot how young they were- that was a bad shout. No-one would believe they were that age and I had to keep telling
Hey guys, I finished The Candidates(Delcroix Academy #1) by Inara Scott and it was another quick read. Mostly due to the way the author wrote, fast paced(by fast paced, I mean one event happens(no matter whether it was action packed or not) to another, just like that), and bare scenic details(which sometimes I actually like when I can gain more from the dialogue or a character's back story rather than how many flowers are in a field or something). This first part of this book was okay, I believe ...more
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3.5 Stars

What exactly does Dancia Lewis have? Well other than a startling white girl ‘fro, blue eyes and a mediocre wardrobe. Not much. Dancia has perfected the art of being nondescript. Her two-step jitterbug of misinformation to “not” know someone and her introvertedness pretty much assures that she won’t be noticed. And that’s the way she wants it.

Because when Dancia ends up caring for someone, has friends, or anything remotely resembling a normal life, then things just happen. Weird things-t
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Danica is your typical teen with average grades and a relatively normal home life; there's truly nothing remarkable about her. At least that's how it appears to the majority of her peers at Danville Middle School, she's someone everyone knows, but no one knows anything about. Which is exactly how she'd like to keep things. Unfortunately for her she's been picked up on the radar by a rather large and high profile private school for gifted teens, the Delcroix Academy. Before she knows it, she' s b ...more
Christy And Danielle
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Welcome to Delcroix Academy, where we train the elite of the elite.

I adored this book!! And can not wait for book two to come out this year :)

Danica has always sat right in the middle. It's not like she couldn't excel at anything, but she never wanted to. From the first time she realized she had powers, she has decided to lay low, and draw as little attention to herself as possible.

It would be great to have friends, even one friend would be nice. But having an emotional attachment of any kind i
Sarah Gonzalez
Oct 08, 2010 rated it liked it
After reading the book description I was eagerly anticipating reading The Candidates. While I enjoyed the idea of the story, the characters seemed a bit off to me. As a reader, characters are what really sell me on book and unfortunately in the case of the Candidates, I was not all that impressed.

Dancia, the book's protagonist, has the potential to be a great character. She is empathetic and possess some wicked awesome powers. There were certain parts of the book in which I enjoyed Dancia's cha
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
Dancia thinks she is a normal teen with a hidden talent. Her main goal in life? To blend in... to never stand out in a crowd... she even has a hilarious two-step policy to avoid making friends. So, when she is "recruited" to the infamous Delcroix Academy, she is shocked. But thing are not as the seem. And this quickly becomes apparent to her that things are not adding up. First, the two of the hottest guys she has ever met... are interested in her. And second, besides her gift, she has no clue a ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
A simple short read

This is the story of Dancia, a simple minded girl from a small town who gets invited or recruited into one of the best private schools for gifted students called Delcroix Academy.However, Dancia isn't as simple as she looks and neither is she as mediocre as she assumes herself to be. She has a special power, a power she tries to suppress and lives like a loner because of the same. This is because according to her, her power does more bad than good like hurting people even

Carrie Elizabeth Rundhaug
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the overall theme and content of this book. However, I do have to say that this book was full of background information and could be a little slow/boring at times but once you got passed all of that it was a great beginning to what I hope will be an awesome series.

It has all the elements of a great story-the excitement of the paranormal, a typical teen girl and the choices she faces and my absolute favorite the love triangle. I really enjoy action in my books and in this book th
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
lately all the books i attempt to read bore me to death. i could name 3-4 highly rated books i tried to read these last few days and couldn't get past a few chapters...seriously. then i randomly started to read this book and was actually able to finish it in 1-2 days. so one star for that.
the protagonist was, at best, acceptable. a lot of teen-angst,inferiority complex, annoying protective instinct mixed with some supernatural power, and you get your typical fantasy heroin. not really that admir
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: para-other
I absolutely loved Delcroix Academy and what it could lead to in future books. Books that I seriously dying to read already. The Candidates is a very exciting start to a potentially mind-blowing series.

I loved the idea of what a candidate is - the abilities and what they mean for not just the school, but everyone in the world. I really loved The Candidates, but I would have liked it much more if the secret of the school had been brought up sooner in the book. The mystery behind the school's real
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-copies
I had a feeling about Delcroix Academy ever since I added it to my BEA wishlist. Something about it just clicked with me, and since I returned home from my trip, I've just been waiting for the right moment to read it.

That moment, folks, has happened. And it was glorious.

Delcroix Academy is a private school for 'special' students, and Dancia soon finds herself recruited to their ranks. Commence the boarding school/private school introduction - a (mean) roommate, a team of freshmen Dancia is suppo
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Why I read this: I love boarding school novels and this one had paranormal elements and sounded really good, plus it was the beginning of a series, and I love series.

How is the novel driven: This one is character and plot driven. There is time spent in this the first novel in the series getting to know the characters and the surroundings, but I think it's more plot-driven.

My thoughts: This book was hard to put down. As I stated above - I love boarding school novels so that is what attracted me
Aug 12, 2010 added it
Final Grade: 85/B

REVIEW: So this book is another girl-with-powers-goes-away-to-boarding-school-meets-mysterious-boys story. Another girl who doesn't know what her powers are or how to control them, only that she's different because she has them. Another mysterious boarding school where things just aren't what they seem. Another love triangle with the polished, popular boy versus the rebel/bad boy/loner.

However, the book's redeemed by a well-written main character, strong voice, and good writing
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Gosh, it’s been such a long time since I’ve read this book but there are a few things I clearly remember.

My favorite part of the book was the relationship Dancia had with her grandmother. I thought it was excellently done because I live with my grandparents so I understand the concerns and fears she had about leaving her grandmother alone and wondering if she’d be able to do everything by herself. I think this part of this book rang authentic and true and I easily connected with it.

I was sort o
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
If I'd have known that the M.C. of The Candidates was 14, I definitely wouldn't've picked it up. I prefer to read books about people who are my age or older, because I feel slightly weird reading about younger people. But, nonetheless, I did pick it up, and I liked it.
The book starts off kinda slow, and I tired easily of Delcroix Academy descriptions. The whole place was overly exaggerated, and I was shaking my head at times.
BUT, I did like Dancia (different name, eh?) and how she thought th
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