Release: August 24th, 2010
Dancia Lewis is nobody special. Average, mediocre, or whichever word you find fitting, she's it. Except Dancia has a strange ability...an ability that usually hurts someone.
Except representatives from the exclusive Delcroix Academy see something more about her than just "average". They offer her a full scholarship to Delcroix, and Dancia's grandmother couldn't be more thrilled. Deciding to give it until the holiday's, Dancia reluctantly agrees to attend.
But what she's really worried about is that she may do at Delcroix. At her old school, she could blend right into the crowd. At Delcroix, they make it impossible. The closer she gets to other students, the more she worries her unusual ability may harm someone she cares about. There's something more to Delcroix than they let on, something unique...and Dancia won't stop searching until she gets some answers.
Review: An intriguing start to what will surely be an amazing series.
Boarding school + Supernaturalness = Awesome. I knew I'd enjoy The Candidates just based on those facts, and I was not disappointed. Dancia is easy to relate with, and she's very true to her age. It's really easy to caught up in her story, especially all the mystery surrounding Delcroix.
But let's not forget the two main guys, Cam and Jack. Jack has a bad reputation, but he and Dancia really get along. Cam is friends with everyone, excellent personality and completely gorgeous. Both guys have their high and low points, making this love triangle a bit more complicated. I never quite knew which guy Dancia would end up with, and which one I wanted her to like.
Mystery, intrigue, romance....The Candidates has got everything I love in a novel, and I'll be eagerly awaiting the sequel.
Highlights: Scott kept me curious, and kept me wondering. Even the two romantic interests weren't just black and white, good and bad. I never quite knew who was good and who was bad. The description is wonderful, not too much, not too little. I could envision everything, and that's definitely a bonus.
Lowlights: A few points of confusion here and there. This book is also what I'd call a "set-up" novel, where the author spends more focus on the characters, relationships, et cetera, instead of the main mysterious parts in preparation for future novels. Nothing wrong with it, but I would have loved a quicker reveal when it came to a few things.