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The Marked (Delcroix Academy #2) by Inara Scott.
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First off, a little bit about the book, and our thoughts!
First off, a little bit about the book, and our thoughts!
In her second semester at a boarding school for teenagers with special powers, Dancia Lewis faces danger from both inside and outside of Delcroix Academy.
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?
Let me just say that The Marked gave me a lot more than I thought possible. When I finished up with The Candidates (review can be found HERE), I was thinking that it couldn’t get any better than that. Boy was I wrong! (I meant all of that in a good way). Not only did we get five times the romance but we also got five times the action and five times the mystery. For those of you who have read The Candidates, you know that the novel finished off on a note where Dancia knows about the Program and now knows that her abilities are in need of training so that she doesn’t accidentally kill anybody. Well, The Marked not only starts with Dancia being put into the Program, but the novel itself mainly focuses on Dancia and her training. Well… that and the romance between her and the very yummy Cam *smiles*.
For most of the novel, I was pretty shocked at the fast pace that it kept up. Unlike The Candidates, which only had specific fast points, The Marked was constantly keeping me on my toes and guessing. Friendships and relationships were tested, abilities were used more frequently (yay) and we were introduced to a new villain. I know what you’re thinking: New villain? Don’t you mean Anna? No. No. I don’t mean Cam’s ex Anna who always comes off dead set on ruining Dancia. I’m talking about the group of “evil” Talents.
Personally, since I am unsure of how to describe the group of evil Talents, I’ll just tell you how I felt when I read about them and when they faced off against the Program people. It’s like reading a novel about the X-men and depending on the type of person you are that might excite you (like me)!!! Not only do you get to see that the character talents come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but you get to see—well read about-- them in action.
Author, Inara Scott, creates a whole new world where you continue to find yourself guessing about who is really the bad guy. Maybe the “evil” Talents aren’t all that bad, maybe it’s the Program and the Watchers who are the real monsters. Maybe, just maybe, somebody on the inside isn’t as dedicated as they appear to be. Let’s not forget that Jack also makes a return…*gasp*. With so many twists and unexpected scenes, I couldn’t put it down.
Why I Love YA
by Inara Scott
Because I write in multiple genres (adult romance, urban fantasy/paranormal and contemporary as well as YA) I am sometimes asked why I write YA, or what I like about writing for teens. After the movie Young Adult came out, the jokes started to fly about young adult authors, and how we were all pining for some lost high school experience.
This, of course, is nonsense. At least for me (I guess I can’t speak for all YA authors!). I have a terrible memory, and I freely admit that high school is a bit of a blur for me. But what I do remember was, well…pretty average. I wasn’t the prettiest, coolest, or most popular, but I wasn’t a complete loser. I’m definitely not going back to any glory days when I write about high school, but I’m also not remembering the winter of my discontent.
I had a great circle of friends, I watched a lot of movies, threw a few parties, never had a serious boyfriend, and studied a lot. Yeah, I know, pretty boring.
So if I’m not trying to recreate something, why do I keep channeling my inner teen?
The answer is simple: Freedom.
I love writing romance because I adore writing about strong heroines, sexy, protective heroes, and happily ever after. But sometimes I want to stretch out, create ambiguous characters with flawed moral codes, and develop complex plots that can’t be resolved in one book. While I am deeply romantic, when you write a romance novel the book must revolve around the romance to the exclusion of almost everything else.
Sometimes, I want to focus on the something else.
Young adult readers are voracious, but incredibly creative. They like happy endings and dark dystopians. They love fast-paced action-driven plots, but can also fall in love with character studies. They demand good stories and thorough world-building. They don’t just read on the surface—they dive deeply into our words and become emotionally invested in the outcome, whatever that outcome may be. They are open to new experiences, and they don’t go into a book expecting it to follow one single path.
In short, they are perfect for a writer with a short attention span and a weakness for trying new things.
So that’s why I love YA. What about you? Why do you read YA?
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