A Simple Short Read
This is the story of Dancia, a simple minded girl from a small town, who gets invited or recruited into one of the best private schools for gifted students called Delcroix Academy. However, Dancia isn’t as simple as she looks and, neither is she as mediocre as she assumes herself to be. She has a special power, a power she tries to suppress and lives like a loner because of the same.
This is because according to her, her power does more bad than good. Like hurting people, even when she is trying to help the other’s. She has only her Grandmother, with whom she is living, in the small town of Danville. She does take the hard decision to attend Delcroix academy after, Mr Judan, the school’s Chief recruiter along with Cameron a.k.a Cam, a school recruiter, come “personally” to her house to recruit her.
Troubled Teen or Pure Power?
As we live Dacia’s life with her at Delcroix, we can sense her awe and her confusion, as to why she is chosen because she doesn’t fit. We can actually relate to that feeling of not belonging and not fitting in. Her relationship with Jack Landry, the delinquent hottie and Cameron/Cam is quite engaging.
The mystery deepens as Jack plants doubt in her mind, about the school and its principles. The author, quite successfully, spins a web of mystery, that makes you want to go on reading the book. However, 55% of the book is about school life, though the usual clichés have been avoided.
There aren’t many twists and turns but, you still want to keep on reading.
It is a simple, straight story delivered in a straight forward way without any pretensions. However. the reader senses the build up towards the finale/book’s end.
The end was kind of expected. I guess the author did leave some scope for the second book as there is no finality in the first book’s ending. Though I did like the book, it was nothing new; a girl with some powers, a school serving as a backdrop and a love triangle.
It was a simple, good read. Nothing mind blowing. Though I would definitely try the second book.