Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Review: School for Psychics by KC Archer

School for Psychics (School for Psychics, #1)
An entrancing new series starring a funny, impulsive, and sometimes self-congratulatory young woman who discovers she has psychic abilities—and then must decide whether she will use her skills for good or…not.

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

Set in a world very much like our own, School for Psychics is the first book in a stay-up-all night series.

Stacey's review 2.5 of 5 stars

This book had potential- I was excited to read a new twist on people with magical (psychic) abilities. Twenty-something-year-old Theodora (Teddy) Cannon is in trouble. She has been banned from Las Vegas for her ability to win -not card counting but somehow 'knowing' what the cards hold and/or what people will do. She owes a lot of money and has had threats made to herself and her family. She is approached by a man who offers her an out- and all her debt paid. She is invited to attend the School For Psychics. She is known to those with abilities to be a very strong psychic and wanted by the government to help in serious matters. She accepts and joins other psychics in a rigorous boot camp style training to see who will pass to the next level.

Unfortunately, there were too many issues with the plot and writing style for this story to be enjoyable for me. Teddy is more like a petulant teenager than the young adult she is supposed to be. There is quite a bit of social drama. And the dialogue seemed like it was put in after the fact.
I felt like I was reading an installment of the Scooby Doo series- a character asks a question and those questioned would feel it necessary to spill the whole story. I was waiting for someone to yell, "those meddling kids!". It's too bad because it was an interesting concept

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