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The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, Book 1) Hardcover – August 24, 2010

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  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423116364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423116363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"Dancia, who is street smart rather than book smart, leads a tightly written, intriguing mystery. Delcroix's complexities will keep readers guessing as to its real mission, and the romance between Dancia and Cam...adds to her story and serves to show the depth of Delcroix's secrets and influence. A promising beginning." -Kirkus Review

"...the plot is quick and gratifying, and Dancia is much more empowered than the female protagonists in some other popular supernatural thrillers." -School Library Journal

"Scott has mastered the art of the slow reveal, and I couldn't stop reading until I learned all the secrets of Delcroix Academy. "-Lynda Sandoval, author of Who's Your Daddy

"Readers, strap yourselves in for action, intrigue and a dash of romance as you enter Delcroix, the latest must-read academy series - Inara Scott has penned a winner!" -Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Crazy Beautiful and The Education of Bet

"A potent blend of superpowers, friendships, and boarding-school intrigue makes Delcroix Academy a delightful debut. I can't wait for the next installment." -Diana Peterfreund, author of Rampant and Ascendant
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Inara grew up in winter wonderland of Buffalo, NY. Consequently, she spent much of her childhood complaining about being cold. To spare the world her whining, she fled the cold climate and eventually wound up in the Pacific NW, where she practiced law for ten years before getting up the courage to quit her day job and write full time. A proud author of fantasy and romance for adults and young adults, Inara firmly believes that great literature doesn't have to be depressing, true love does exist, and everyone deserves a happily ever after. You can find her online at Twitter (@inarascott), on Facebook, and at her website:

Customer Reviews

I can't wait for the second book!
Elizabeth Chandler
I liked this book - the pacing was good, it kept my attention, and while it didn't have a lot of action, I thought the character development was well done.
You start to wonder just who the good guys are---and whether Dancia is making a HUGE mistake.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Maia T. on August 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am in love with this book! My almost-teen daughter and I couldn't put it down and are desperate for book two! It has all the elements of a great story - the excitement of the paranormal, the romance of a love triangle, and a teen girl's struggle to make the right choices when good and evil seem to collide. Even better, the story comes alive through the extremely engaging voice of Dancia, a refreshingly innocent heroine, and a host of fabulous supporting characters. You might not always agree with Dancia's choices, but you'll be rooting for her all the way!

My daughter is not one who devours every book, but she begged to stay up late so she could finish it (completing the longest uninterrupted reading session she has ever had). As a mom, I really appreciate that this book offers the thrill needed to grab my daughter, without the raciness that would demand a parental veto. Well-written, gripping and altogether delightful read from a great new author. Encore, encore!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh VINE VOICE on December 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Also appears on The Screaming Nitpicker.

Since childhood, Dancia has had a strange power. When she gets upset, things happen. Like when a guy threatens her grandmother at the hospital, he gets thrown into a wall and ends up in a coma. She tries to fly under the radar and not make friends so that she wouldn't have anyone to defend. Then comes an invitation to the famous Delcroix Academy, a school that has turned out some pretty well-known people. With insistance from her darling grandmother and a convincing argument from a boy she's developing a serious crush on, Dancia accepts the invitation and starts to make friends, including Jack Landry. Once Jack starts pointing out the strangeness of the academy to her, Dancia wonders if there is more going on at the school than meets the eye.

The cover of this book is striking and the summary is too, in its own special way. I never had the opportunity to read this book until a friend bought it and gave it to me on loan so I could read it. The first four chapters did not capture me, so I put it away for a few months and got back to it only when it was finals week, I needed a book to read, and had nothing left that I hadn't read other than this book. No more books are going to get loaned from that friend for a while because that is now four awful books she has given me in a row.

I disliked Dancia. The people around her care more about her than she cares about them. She decides to hate one girl (Perfect Girl, later given the name Allie) for absolutely no reason and even her friends get no nice treatment. At one point, her friend Esther is described as "clucking" when she is trying to comfort Dancia about something.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By paranormal junkie VINE VOICE on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
****mild spoilers****

This is another one of those books whose story isn't as good as the cover portrays. The premise is fantastic and there were glimpses of what could possibly be greatness but those glimpses aren't really built upon. I'm hoping this is just the set up for a great series. Our main character Dancia drove me crazy for a good portion of the book. She goes on and on and on and on about one of the guys in her life (Cam) then she turns around and has her first kiss with another guy (Jack) and completely ignores him and the friendship she knows they have together. She also ignores all the warnings he's giving her about the oddities at the school. Dancia is completely blinded by Cam. Irritating. Is it 14yo behavior? Maybe but I still don't like it. Jack is probably my favorite character in the book. He's dark and mysterious but at the same time he's sweet and you can tell his feelings for Dancia are growing and they are real. The way the book ended I can't be certain that he'll be in the next book much and that's a disappointment. The fantastic Cam (Dancia's obcession) left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I can't figure if he's a good guy, bad guy or one of those guys who thinks he's doing good but is kept in the dark and in reality he's doing bad. Dancia's new friends at school are who I'd really like to see have some development in the next book. They bring a bit of fun to the book but weren't in it enough for me. I guess I'll pick up the next book in the series but I won't be waiting as eagerly as with other books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sarah on October 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 character but I did have a few problems with her as well. First of all, her characters personality isn't really defined in the book. Sure, she is empathetic to those around her, but she really just goes along with what other people are saying. She never really makes her own decisions, just follows what either Jack or Cam tells her. It bothered me that she relied on what Cam said to make her decisions. This brings me to my second major problem with her; she was kind of a terrible friend to Jack. He obviously needed her and she just dropped him because Cam was "worried" about her. Jack was a tremendous friend to her; he was always there when she needed him; he definitely got the short end of the stick on that one.

Another character I had mad issues with was Cam. I just do not like him or trust him. In fact, I think he is kind of a sleaze bucket. He straight up lies to Dancia and pushes her away from Jack. Then, she catches him in a lie and calls him on it, and then forgives him. I don't know if she was just stupid or if he was using his powers on her. Honestly, I think his powers are creepy. I would not want anything to do with that guy. I don't want to give away what his powers are, but I just would not trust my feelings around him anymore.
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