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The Marked (A Talents Novel) Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This book follows a fairly predictable path in the series. It is not bad but not exactly original and I wasn't really feeling the romance. Dancia's powers are cool and I loved the training scenes. Her friends were more like an afterthought thrown in occasionally and used at the end. I would recommend this book to fans of the first book but I was not in love with it enough to be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.
Appropriateness: There is no adult content in this book. I would recommend it to readers 12+
I really disliked this book. It was a quick read and the pacing was okay. Nothing much happens though. It's pretty much book one all over again except Cam has taken Jack's place. The plot circles around the same conflict for most of the novel. There's finally some action in the last few chapters, but nothing that leaves me excited for another installment in this series.
Let's get to what left a sour taste in my mouth. Dancia and her relationship with Cam. She's still so green and way too trusting. She spends most of this book admonishing herself for questioning things she should and not completely writing off a friend. Everything that doesn't feel right to her is automatically dismissed once she gets around Cam. I mean, is the word "adorable" actually used to describe him in the summary of this book? No. I was also disappointed with the direction Jack's character was taken in. Honestly, his development in book one was a big part of what I liked about this series. All in all, this left me disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the book and thought it was well written. It is a bit 12 year old girlish but if you can look past the sappy parts it is exciting and has some good action.Published 24 months ago by bono the monkey
I loved this book! It's full of action and mystery. You never know what's going to happen and what secrets Delcroix holds. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by ATeenager
A perfect sequel! I loved it. It had the perfect amount of romance and action and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.Published on July 7, 2013 by mikenna
This exciting story is absolutely remarkable. Dancia is finally in the program and learning to control her power. She is finally introduced to the real threat. The Iran. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Cant wait until the next book comes out. I love how Inara Scott writes. Shes amazing! Ive told her that as well. And I cant wait til the next book comes out. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by faith christmas
This book picks up right where The Candidates left off. Since I read the first book a while ago I was a little lost at first but soon was right back in this world. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by E. Baker
It took this book for me really to get super interested in this series. If your not quite loving the books yet read this one and you'll be hooked.Published on September 6, 2012 by Pen Name