School for Psychics (School for Psychics #1) by K.C. Archer @simonschuster #bookreview #fantasy

Title: School for Psychics

Author: K.C. Archer

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

Page Count: 368

My rating:   3 stars

About the book:

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.

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School for Psychics by K.C. Archer is the first book in the new School for Psychics urban fantasy series. The main character in this series is Teddy Cannon, a twenty something college dropout who has gotten herself deeply in debt in her hometown of Las Vegas.

Teddy has been banned from every casino on the Vegas strip for “cheating” which she claims to have never actually done. You see Teddy has a sense for people and a weird habit of being able to read them so in order to pay off her massive debt she’s disguised herself to head back into the Bellagio to gamble.

Unfortunately for Teddy the night does not go the way she planned when she loses all her winnings to a stranger she hasn’t been able to get a read on. Then when the man she’s in debt to gives chase Teddy turns to a stranger who manages to hide her presence and offers her a spot in the School for Psychics claiming her “feel” for people is her ability beginning to form.

Before picking up School for Psychics myself I’d noticed that reviewers seem to feel this is either a hit or miss so I was curious how I would feel myself. Well, when finished I’m going to stay a bit neutral in my rating as I didn’t think it’s necessarily a bad book but it’s definitely not a great one either.

The biggest problem I see this one having and what will probably be repeated in many reviews is that this is supposed to be an adult main character, in her 20s, but other than gambling in a casino in the beginning of the book it really felt like I was following a young teen. As soon as Teddy hit the school in the book it was like she and everyone around her went back to high school instead of an undercover training program. It was secrets parties, cute boys and breaking all the rules…typical YA filler material. Now I love a good YA just as much as I do adult stories so this didn’t bother me as much as it might some but as far as the story it didn’t necessarily jump out and wow me either as I feel like it’s all been done before so far in this series but maybe it will improve as it goes on.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

 

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8 replies

    • Thanks Hilary! I kept questioning through the whole book why the author bothered making her in her 20s if the rest was fitting what I’d expect from a 16-18yr old. Some are even tagging this one as YA on Goodreads so I can’t help but wonder why the author didn’t just go with that genre.

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