The Talents (Delcroix Academy 1)

The Marked A Talents NovelDancia Lewis is far from popular. And that’s not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia’s mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just … happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to people, believing this way she can suppress her powers and keep them hidden.

When recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy offer her a full scholarship, Dancia fears her days of living under the radar may be over. But Delcroix is a school for diplomats’ kids and child geniuses — why are they treating Dancia like she’s special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make her feel welcome. And then there’s her mysterious new friend Jack, who can’t stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at Delcroix, and he wants Dancia to help him figure out what…But neither Jack or Dancia could have imagined what’s really going on behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.

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Please note: This book was previously released as The Candidates.

Delcroix Academy: The Candidates has been named an Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Book for 2010, by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English!



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Reviews for The Talents

“….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, a junior who is watching out for her well-being, 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

“Take one part Gossip Girls, one part Harry Potter, mix with two parts top-notch storytelling, and you’ve created the next big thing: Inara Scott’s “Delcroix Academy” series, beginning with her page-turning debut, “The Candidates.” Scott has mastered the art of the slow reveal, and I couldn’t stop reading until I learned all the secrets of Delcroix Academy. Vampires, be gone! I can’t wait to see this series on the big screen..”

Lynda Sandoval, author of Who’s Your Daddy, and its follow up, Father Knows Best