Grade: 3.8 / 4 stars out of 5
Danica likes to call herself a mediocre student: basic classes, no special talent, nothing that truly makes her unique. Unless you might consider the incident when she protected her grandmother from an almost-murderer with a gun. If not well she’s not sure why Delcroix Academy wants to recruit her (her of all people!) to their elite school.The Candidates gets mixed feelings from me. On one hand I cannot find a definite fault with the novel, but on the other hand there was not that initial spark, the half-crazed need to finish the book, this extreme desire to hunt down whoever had the sequel. You can’t tell, but I have been writing this exact review for about 2 days now and it is not getting any easier. So instead I am going to back it down with bullet points.
- Danica and Jack’s friendship—in general The Candidates focus more so on friendship then on the romance and for that I respect it. For Danica, who isn’t known for having friends, this is all important step and in my opinion, Scott does a wonderful job of side-stepping that awkwardness and heading straight into the gossip and emotional baggage. With Jack and Danica’s friendship, there’s a bit more. There is an instant gravitational pull between the two, but there is also a push. They both stand on even grounds.
- Background information—it can get overwhelming especially towards the end when it’s a mass of information. However, it does provide enough so everything makes sense with has a bit of wiggle room as Danica learns more about her powers thus more about the school.
- Cam—the male interest; the oh-so-hot one. You have to read the book to understand where I’m coming from. Cam is like freaking perfect, but there’s a twist to him that makes me apprehension. It’s a big spoiler so I’m zipping my mouth shut, but is anyone else keeping an eye out for him!? It’s frustrating to not be able to pinpoint a character down pat, yet at the same time it’s a sigh of relief that you have a character that makes the novel more exciting and different.
- Grandma—she gets her own bullet point because she is awesome.
- The ending—whoa! Definitely a cliff hanger, but there was enough closure that I did not want to rip the book to shreds. It was one of the better endings (let’s just say) with pow.
Published: August 24, 2010