Friday, February 24, 2012

The Marked (Delcroix Academy #2) by Inara Scott

The Marked by Inara Scott is the second installment in the Delcroix Academy Series published by Hyperion CH Books. The Marked is due out on April 3, 2012 and has 320 pages in Hardcover print. The first book in the Delcroix Academy is The Candidates. Both books are available at Amazon and other fine book retailers.

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?
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The Marked (Delcroix #2) by Inara Scott is the second installment in the The Delcroix Academy series. The first book, The Candidates, was one of my favorite books of 2010. Ms. Scott does a spectacular job in this paranormal romance filled with danger, thrills, mystery and intrigue an oh, let's not forget swoon worthy romance!

The Marked is one of those books that is difficult to put down, most of the same characters are present from The Candidated (Delcroix Academy, Book # 1) so I had a sense that I knew most of the people present that I knew and loved (or disliked). The narrative was fantastic with just the right amount of tension to keep me turning pages deep into the night. In true Inara Scott style there were shocks and thrills throughout and rarely a dull moment.

Dancia remains at Delacroix with her loyal girlfriends and of course, Cam-the love of her life. Dancia still isn't trusted by some of the eldest watchers who believe she helped Jack get away after stealing 2 valuable books from the counsel library from the first book. She still misses Jack who she believes is innately good but had a rough life and holds people at bay for fear of getting hurt.

There is still danger lurking around Delcroix Academy, specifically a powerful group of kids with powers that are out to destroy the Academy and they don't care who gets hurt. They are called The Irin and they form cells that work co-dependently together all over the world under a man named Gregori, the problem is they are getting bolder in their attacks and they have some serious talent.

The fight to save Delcroix Academy and even their very own lives against Gregori and his Irin followers has everyone on edge. Ms. Scott does a marvelous job of displaying how fear can either bring people together or push them apart. I am as much, if not more, invested in the characters and actually care about them as if they were my own friends or enemies; this is how beautifully Ms. Scott depicts her characters. The plot weaves in its twists and turns when you least expect them and keeps the book flowing and exciting until the very end. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series!


*Thank you Netgalley and to the publisher for allowing me to view this galley in exchange for my honest opinion


  1. I have to say since they switched the overall look of the cover for this one, I was all confused and didn't realize it was actually the sequel to The Candidates. Good to know! I love a twisting, turning plot, so I'm excited to read this one! I probably should reread book one though, it's been a while since I read it. Wonderful review Kristi, have a great weekend!

  2. Good point, Jenny-I was thinking the same thing :o] This cover has a sub-heading underneath that says "A Talents Novel" When I first saw the title I thought it was from another series.

    There's nothing on the cover to let the reader know that it's the second installment to the Delcroix Academy series! This is an ARC, though and maybe they'll change it?

    Thanks for the kind comment, Jenny and I hope you have a great weekend, too!

  3. Hm... haven't read the first one yet. Looks like I'll be putting both on my wishlist. I don't always go for academy type books, but I like the mythology this one seems to get into. Irin and Gregory sounds like some intense baddies. I like! :)

    1. I love this series. It doesn't really focus on 'academy life' but you will get a lot of mythology which is fantastic!

  4. I still haven't read the first book!!! I meant to... Im not a huge fan of this cover, I LOVED the first one!!

    1. Read it, Dudette! Remember, you can't judge a book by it's cover!