About the Book:
• Publisher: Holiday House (April 1, 2012)
About the Author:
This is a book targeted to young adults but I must say that I found it to be very enjoyable. I am not usually one for books in this genre but something about the synopsis called to me and I decided to read it and I am very glad that I did. It’s not a very long book and I don’t think it took me much more than half an afternoon to breeze through it but I met a very intriguing cast of characters that I would very much like to meet up with again for another adventure.
The heroine, Claire is, she thinks, an ordinary girl living in the midst of an extraordinary family. Everyone but her seems to have some special ability. Her parents are descendants of the founder of Cambial Academy – a school for Exceptional people. They go there to develop their skills in truth seeking, clairvoyance, telekinesis and communicating with ghosts among other talents. The only Claire has ever managed to do is hear the thoughts of animals and this was never considered special enough.
When bad things start happening Claire learns that her talent is far more special than she ever knew. She works with the students and a boy she meets outside of the school to stop an evil force intent upon destroying all she knows and loves.
The book while being a good suspense tale also carries a strong underlying lesson about accepting people for what they are and finding your skills and talents no matter what people might say about your abilities. Wonderful messages for the young adult audience. These messages are not delivered with hammer blows but rather quite subtlety throughout the story.
The characters are well developed and the atmosphere was appropriately scary for the target audience. I will look forward to further adventures from The Exceptionals.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of The Exceptionals gratis from TLC Book Tours. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.