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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

REVIEW: School for Psychics by K.C. Archer @simonbooks #partner

School for Psychics
by K.C. Archer

Big thanks to Simon & Schuster for this advanced copy in return for my honest review.
As a lover of YA, fantasy and a want for a psychic power, this one really hit the spot for me!

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Publishing:  April 3, 2018
Kindle Edition
368 Pages
Series:  School for Psychics, #1
Genres:  YA, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural Thriller

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Teddy is in a downward spiral.  Making bad decisions that are quickly catching up to her, putting herself and her adoptive parents in some real trouble.  Her only choice? To go to the School for Psychics - where her debt will be wiped clean - she'll just need to serve four years of her life... and that's providing she even passes the entrance exams.  (Which we know she does, because hello... this is just BOOK ONE!)

This eclectic cast of characters are in their 20's... not teenagers anymore, but not quite full adults yet either.  Oh, don't get me wrong, when I was in my 20's, I certainly thought I was an adult.. but nope... hell, I'm in my 40's now and still don't feel like an adult so.... 😉  They're sent to this school for various reasons and all have their own skills to bring to the table... and their own secrets to keep.

As with any type of school, we have the split in cliques - for the School of Psychics we have the Misfits and the Alphas.  Who doesn't love rooting for the underdog?!  This book is full of YA cliches, with the smoldering bad boy, rebellious leading girl who finds her way, a puzzle to be solved, etc. - all interspersed with romance.  I am NOT complaining.  Personally, I found this book HIGHLY entertaining.  I flew through this read and am SO glad that it's the first in a series!  The ending left something to look forward to without it being abrupt and still finding a little closure.  

I really enjoyed the sarcastic humor throughout this story and found this easy to read and action packed.  It really wants me to try and move things with my mind again (never worked as a child, but hey.. maybe now 🤷).  I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for book two!

Couple of tid bits for you all - seems K.C. Archer is a pseudonym and I can't seem to find for which author and I'm DYING of curiosity! If you know, please do tell!  Also, I hear a rumor this has been optioned by the CW for a series... I think I may have to give this a look!

Happy reading all - seriously, give this a shot if you're into psychic abilities and YA fodder... and ENJOY!



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