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The Talents (The Talents Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The school is unique. The selection of courses is vast and electives are varied-until you find what you're "special" at, you take all kinds of things. Dancia finds that she is not" special" in public speaking nor pottery. But she is good at attracting the attention of the resident bad boy, Jack who keeps telling her there is some kind of conspiracy going on at the school. The locked gates bother him. They, the kids at the school, are told it's to keep anyone undesirable out, but Jack thinks it's to keep them in and he shows Dancia some pretty good evidence that makes her question what she's been told.
But she's also got the attention of the hottest guy on campus, the boy that came to her house to recruit her to come to Delcroix. He goes out of his way to pay attention to her and make her feel special. Now, as I read it, I had my doubts. Dancia is 15 and he's probably 17. What does a junior want with a 9th grader? I was suspect of his motives and what he wanted from her (not that!). But Dancia, being 15, doesn't question his attention to her. She thinks Cam's attraction to her is believable. When I told my husband about this part he nicknamed him Scam and I can't get past calling him that. Anyway, Dancia has to sort out who to believe and who can be trusted and the answer is surprising. And what Delcroix is really all about, besides producing senators, and famous painters and actors and ambassadors, is well, one of my favorite things- something paranormal.
This was a quick read but left a lot to think about. I'm glad there is another book coming out soon so I can see what else goes on at Delcroix! Oh and Dancia finds out what she's "special" at. This book is appropriate for older MG and any YA reader who like paranormal reads with romance.
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.
Danica is a teenager who has cut herself off from friends and everyone basically besides her grandmother. All because of her "powers" and how out of control she is of them when she feels someone is being taken advantage of in one way or another. Then 2 recruits (one being the most gorgeous guy she's ever seen) come to offer her a chance to attend the prestigious Delcroix Academy, which is where Danica's mother (who is deceased) always dreamed of attending when she was a teenager. I liked Danica's character. She comes from a humble back ground and has been raised by her awesome grandmother. I really adore her Grandmother. Danica and her Grandmother do not live a life of privilege, they just barely get by on Grandma's social security.
Danica is a character who grows into her powers as she learns to accept what she is and what she can do. I really enjoyed the tension between the two love interests for Danica. Jack who is the "bad boy" who just may turn out to be the good one and Cam who is the "good boy" who just may turn out to be the bad one and is also the one who recruited her. My heart goes to Jack, as he's the bad boy who comes form a broken home and wants to protect Danica. After all, she does save his life, twice. There's a genuine friendship that forms between the two of them, as they both can relate to one another. Cam seems to have an agenda and to say I'm still leery of him is an understatement. I can't say more about him with out giving away part of the plot. I'm anxious to see what his motives really are.
As the story moves on you find out that some of the students know they have powers but some don't. The Candidates started out slow ... but I couldn't put it down and stayed up LATE to finish it. I am looking forward to reading the sequel!
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