Friday, October 7, 2011

Book Review: The Marked by Inara Scott (Delcroix Academy Book 2)

The Marked by Inara Scott (Delcroix Academy)
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Publish Date: April 3, 2012
Hardcover, 320 pages 
Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal
 ISBN: 978-1423116370

My Review:
It felt really good to be back at Delcroix Academy.  I read the first book last year and really enjoyed the world that Ms. Scott created.  I love boarding school novels, especially ones where the boarding school seems to hide secrets.  Delcroix Academy is for students with special talents and Dancia is one of those students.  The Marked picks up right where The Candidates leaves off (and I won't say much because I don't want to spoil anything).  And from there it picks up pace and never stops until the last page which wraps up book two nicely but leaves things open enough for book three to follow.  I can't believe I will have another year to wait for the next book.  But I know it will be worth the wait.

It was great to get to know Dancia, Cam and their close friends a little more, and there were a few more friends added in.  I really liked some of the additions and the back stories behind the characters to help get to know them better.  There are romances and friend troubles to keep side stories interesting  and the central mystery of this book as to who is behind the problems plaguing the school and the members of the Program.  This keeps the suspense level up there for the whole book.  There is also intrigue and trust issues among members of the Program that have to be worked out.  All things typical of teenagers in groups and I think Ms. Scott does an excellent job with these plot lines.

The Marked held my attention through the entire book, it had me turning pages to see what would happen next and I truly enjoy each and every page.  This series has me hooked.  It has the right level of contemporary/normal teenage goings-on mixed with the paranormal element of the story to make it fun and a good story.  Ms. Scott knows how to hold a reader's attention and I think she has a great understanding of teenagers and it shows in this series.  If you haven't tried the series, give it a try, but I recommend you start with The Candidates to get the full back story and then move on to The Marked for a better understanding.  Then you'll be hooked and eagerly awaiting book three like I am.

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
All of her life, Dancia Lewis has wanted to use her powers for good. And now that she’s learned the truth about Delcroix Academy—and herself—she may just get the chance. But being part of Delcroix’s top secret Program isn’t anything like Dancia expected. She has to ask herself: what happens to the Talented kids who refuse to pledge their loyalty to the Program? And why did her friend Jack run away rather than join? Dancia’s adorable boyfriend Cam insists they need the help of every Talented student to defend Delcroix from dangerous enemies outside their gates. But Dancia has to wonder: what if Delcroix’s most frightening enemies come from within?

About the Author: 
Inara grew up in winter wonderland of Buffalo, NY. Consequently, she spent much of her childhood complaining about being cold. To spare the world her whining, she fled the cold climate and eventually wound up in the Pacific NW, where she practiced law for ten years before getting up the courage to quit her day job and write full time. A proud author of fantasy and romance for adults and young adults, Inara firmly believes that great literature doesn't have to be depressing, true love does exist, and everyone deserves a happily ever after.



FTC Information: I received this book through Good Choice Reading Tours for an honest review. 


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