Book Review: The Marked

Book Review: The MarkedThe Marked by Inara Scott
Series: Delcroix Academy #2
Published by Hyperion on April 3rd 2012
Pages: 320

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?

Review: The Candidates
* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from the first book of the series.
Read at your own risk *

Book One of the Delcroix Academy series, now titled The Talents, was one of my top 5 reads of 2010. Seriously, that book was amazing! And repackaging of this series aside, I was super excited to finally get aback into this world and figure out what was going to happen next.

The Marked takes readers back to Delcroix Academy. Dancia, in her second year, has a lot of surprises in store. The Watchers are pushing her to gain further control of her powers. Her boyfriend Cam is always there for support and to push her to her limits. And an old friend returns.

Last year when I finish The Talents, I had all these grand ideas in my head about what book two would hold. Sadly, The Marked totally went in a direction that I was not expecting. Not even in my wildest dream did I imagine this plot.

All together The Marked was a good step forward in the series. But I was really disappointed with Jack's character. If you remember from The Talents, Jack was one of Dancia's best friends and possible love interest. For me, Jack made book one of the series memorable. In my grand ideas for this book, I was hoping Jack would come back, Dancia would ditch Cam (sorry Cam, I don't like you), and they could pick up where things left off. But The Marked gave me none of that. Instead, Dancia is falling deeper in love with Cam. Jack has undergone a complete change, and is barely the same character that I loved from The Talents.

Final Verdict:
I want to be able to say that I loved The Marked. But I can't. If I push aside the issues that I have in regards to the changes with Jack, it is easy to say that I liked The Marked. Dancia is still a wonderful character. I enjoyed going back to Delcroix Academy and watching everyone grow. But sadly, it all comes back to Jack. His character was one of the things that really drew me into The Talents to begin with. And to see what has become of him, kinda mad me sad. I wish that I felt more secure about this series, but The Marked has given me some big doubts. And I am not sure how I feel about this series now. At this point, I am willing to give the third book a shot. But I am currently not holding out high hopes.

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One response to “Book Review: The Marked

  1. kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews

    Oh no! I had high hopes for Jack too :)) Something about a wild boy that I always find appealing. Cam is just too tame. Great review, Kate!

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