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The Marked (A Talents Novel) Hardcover – April 3, 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Talents Series

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"The intrigue deepens at Delcroix Academy in volume two of the Talents Trilogy. This outing is likely to please fans of the series...[I]t's fun to watch as [Dancia] 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." -Kirkus Reviews

"I loved Dancia and Delcroix Academy in The Candidates, and I loved them even more in The Marked..." -Lindsi, bsaot.blogspot.com

"Ms. Scott does a marvelous job of displaying how fear can either bring people together or push them apart."-Kristi-The Book Faery, thebookfaery.com

"The questions of control and manipulation, of evil cloaked in good, of meglomania and power are riveting... Dancia is reckless at times but her moral compass is nearly infallible. Her force of will and eagerness to jump in a fight to protect those she loves makes her one of my favorite heroines. "
-Kate (VerbVixen), verbvixen.tumblr.com

"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. "
-Jennifer K Jovus, kjovus.blogspot.com

About 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Talents Novel (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423116372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423116370
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inara spent most of her childhood reading about pirates, dragons, and true love. Despite having grown up (mostly), little has changed, except that she now writes the books she's always loved to read. Inara splits her time between writing, reading, teaching law, taking care of her family, and hiking around the Oregon forests with her little white dogs. She 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: www.inarascott.com.

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The Marked (Delcroix #2) by Inara Scott is the second installment in the The Delcroix Academy series. The first book, The Candidates, was one of my favorite books of 2010. Ms. Scott does a spectacular job in this paranormal romance filled with danger, thrills, mystery and intrigue an oh, let's not forget swoon worthy romance!

The Marked is one of those books that is difficult to put down, most of the same characters are present from The Candidated (Delcroix Academy, Book # 1) so I had a sense that I knew most of the people present that I knew and loved (or disliked). The narrative was fantastic with just the right amount of tension to keep me turning pages deep into the night. In true Inara Scott style there were shocks and thrills throughout and rarely a dull moment.

Dancia remains at Delacroix with her loyal girlfriends and of course, Cam-the love of her life. Dancia still isn't trusted by some of the eldest watchers who believe she helped Jack get away after stealing 2 valuable books from the counsel library from the first book. She still misses Jack who she believes is innately good but had a rough life and holds people at bay for fear of getting hurt.

There is still danger lurking around Delcroix Academy, specifically a powerful group of kids with powers that are out to destroy the Academy and they don't care who gets hurt. They are called The Irin and they form cells that work co-dependently together all over the world under a man named Gregori, the problem is they are getting bolder in their attacks and they have some serious talent.

The fight to save Delcroix Academy and even their very own lives against Gregori and his Irin followers has everyone on edge. Ms.
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The second installment in the Delcroix Academy series has definitely convinced me that this series is inspired almost wholly by the X-Men. There was a quote partway through when Cam's explaining what The Program does, and it's so obvious that Delcroix is Xavier's school for gifted children, being attacked by guys with comparable powers. That said, I love stories about people with superpowers, so this didn't detract too much from the story for me.

Unfortunately, even more than in book one, I do not like Cam. He's too perfect, which seems to mean lacking personality. I mean, this guy doesn't seem to have a sense of humor or be interested in anything besides Delcroix. Other than the fact that he's super duper hot, I really don't see why Dancia's so into him. Unless, as I personally fear, he's manipulating her with his persuasive abilities. Even if he's not, this is what I've thought about him from the beginning of book one, so I really can't not be creeped out by their relationship. It's not even that I ship her with Jack; she really should find someone else that's neither of them. Too bad since the book is largely about her relationship with Cam.

Speaking of creepy, Mr. Judan freaks me right out. He has way too much power over everyone, with his power of persuasion. Seriously, I don't think anyone can have persuasion powers and not go full-on power hungry. I mean, at one point, it says that if Judan wants a student to leave Delcroix, he can get the parent(s) a new job. What the heck? He has too much power if he can just have people transferred like that!

The best part of this series, which I shamefully neglected to mention in my first review, remains Dancia's grandma. She is one of the spunkiest 78 year old women ever.
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Our Journey continues with the main protagonist, Dancia (which until recently I thought was Danica...), and her friends as they try to uncover the mysteries about their school. Dancia still struggles with her love interests, Jack and Cam, and she knows she must make a decision. She likes dating Cam, but she still misses her best friend Jack.

The action and suspense still continue as Dancia gets more and more powerful and has to go into training after an attack by a gang. Dancia is pushed to the limit and her powers grow beyond what anyone had expected. The academy still has some issues, and as she discovers some of their secrets, she must choose a side...even if neither feels right.

Dancia has come a long way from being scared to use her powers, to being confident enough to excercise her powers. But, her character development was nothing compared to her friends. Most of the characters in the first novel are present in the sequel, so you really have a chance to see them develop after already having time to get to know them. I really enjoyed reading about Anna and Ethel. We get to see another side of both of these characters and their development makes them stronger. I look forward to reading about them in the next book in the series.

And Jack.... What to say about Jack. Jack makes small appearances, where all it seems he does is add suspense and make you question everyone else. I don't feel like I got to know Jack as well as I could have until the end. And then in the end, I was just thinking "WHAT? That was kind of abrupt."

To Sum It All Up: Like most books in a series this book has a small case of the "middle book syndrome." Middle books in a trilogy, or even a series, tend to not be as interesting as the first book.
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