School for Psychics

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 03 Apr 2018

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It has an interesting plot combined with a great set of characters. It was easy to get hooked into the story. Only, it feels like the characters are acting more of teenagers than adult. Still, it's an entertaining read.
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An excellent book about friendship and coming of age. Our heroine discovers her psychic abilities when she is nabbed while gambling in Vegas. She is sent to a school where she discovers she is not alone. Great characters! Great writing!
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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.

While the start is a bit slow it does pick up. Once it found its rhythm I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next one. The characters are well done and the storyline is really good!
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I really wanted to like this book, because the synopsis sounded great.  It took too long go grab my attention and I kept putting off reading it. 

When I finally finished , I saw what too took me so long to read it. Glaring plot holes and not so satisfying ending is not for me.
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I like books that have a bit of an undercover/espionage angle. This one had the intrigue, but the psychic school really didn't pass. I've spent time in both SF and spy schools and the novel resembled neither. I liked idea and it did entertain, but it didn't rise above that for me. Also, the character really was a piece of work and I wanted to wail at her.
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This was an average read that sounds like it might be made for screen, which might work better. Think young X-men meets the Magicians, but definitely not Harry Potter or Hogwarts.
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School for Psychics was a hard one for me to review. Not quite YA, I'd place it as New Adult - but not as sexy as they tend to run (definite plus) - with a heavy dash of fantasy.

 Teddy is definitely not in a good place when we meet her, and if anyone needed a magical school to come along and bail her out of that mess, it was her. It's not long before she learns that this new refuge comes with its own traps - and that she just might be out of the frying pan and into the magical fire. (And definitely into the magical Pyro).

On the face of it, this book is right up my alley. But something never quite clicked for me, and though I finished the book I don't think I'll be continuing the series. I think it would work for other readers, as the book itself is well-written, if a bit dramatic at times.  Honestly, it would probably have worked for me if I'd only read it 8 years ago! Maybe next lifetime, book... :)
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Though I liked the book, I made the decision at the time I finished not to review it on my site. Maybe in the future I will include it in a book list post or another article.
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I really enjoyed the concept of this book - a bunch of young adults together harnessing similar powers they may not have known that they had and wanting to making sure they use them for good. Many aspects felt Harry Potter-Esque, which would definitely float my boat. However, I did not love the way the story actually played out. Everything felt too cliche and overly dramatic, especially for adult characters. Some plot holes were too big to ignore and some characters very under developed. I really wanted to love this book but will likely not continue on with the series. Unfortunately the book leaves off with many questions that i assume will be answered in the future books of the series.
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Many thanks to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I enjoyed this story and will look forward to reading future books in the series.  A quick fun read that has special abilities with real world interactions that is entertaining without stressing you out, this may be the book for you.
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I struggled with this one at the beginning, because I was unfamiliar with the setting and the terminology. I've never been to a casino or played whatever game she was playing, so some of the references went over my head. I wish the author had spent a little more time explaining what Teddy was doing, but instead I felt separated from the story.

Despite my initial misgivings, I decided to continue reading this one. I thought things would get better once she arrived at the super secret school, but sadly they did not. I originally thought this was going to be a YA book, and was surprised when it was about twenty-somethings instead. However, despite her age... Teddy's thoughts and actions were childish. She was impulsive and rarely considered what she was doing, she stole money from her adoptive parents (she was in debt), and she had very little concern for herself and others. 

Also, some of the logistics surrounding the psychics didn't really work. There were too many holes and not enough explanations. The story also started to feel like it was dragging on... she'd study, make a mistake, be threatened with expulsion, promise to do better, and then repeat ten more times. I didn't want to put any more time into a story I wasn't fully enjoying. The concept was interesting... psychics being trained to work in government positions, but the delivery was less than stellar. 

Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on July 29, 2018.
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I was given this book for review. At the beginning the book was hard for me to relate. However, as I continued reading I began to enjoy the book. My favourite character was probably Clint, the misterious proffessor of Emphaty. I felt this book as a little more mature Harry Potter style novel.
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Teddy is a card sharp. Teddy has been caught in all the casinos in Vegas.

Teddy is in debt.

So she tries one more time for a big win. This time she's in disguise. Then her life changes.

School for Psychics is a gripping story. In Teddy we have the reluctant hero, forced to learn her skills. She comes around to them as the story continues, even learning a few lessons about pride along the way. We also have a cast of misfits surrounding her.

In the end, it wasn't what I typically go for, but I suspect it's just the sort of comfort food fiction that lots of people will eat right up.
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The blurb caught my attention but as I got into the book I couldn't really connect to Teddy. Many readers liked this book, but it was kind of too out there for me in terms of having certain powers and utilizing them. I'd say this wasn't my cup of tea.
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Original story. This is a light reading to enjoy during the weekend. The story reminds me X-Men first class, Quantico with a pinch of Harry Potter for adults. Interesting story : a orphan who is looking for a second chance inside the psychics in order to avoid prison, she inheritate powerful gifts from her parents and she is looking to solve the mystery of her natural parents while her life is in danger...
I was unable to stop to read until the end. I highly recommend this book. I hope to see a movie adaptation soon. Excellent novel!
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The story opens as a young woman, Teddy, nervously enters into a casino. We learn that Teddy has been banned and so is in disguise. Her plan is to win enough to pay off a Russian mobster and return the money she has stolen from her parents retirement fund. Just when she has reached her goal everything goes wrong leaving Teddy broke, and fleeing from the casino security. Suddenly a stranger appears who seems to know her, and offers to help her, a task he amazingly manages. He then makes Teddy an offer she cannot refuse, a chance to rebuild her life, resume her education, and leave her problems behind. He claims that Teddy is not a screwed up loser but is actually a psychic, that her success with poker is not an ability to read her opponents' tells but to read their minds. Teddy decides that she has nothing to lose and so heads off to the school where she finds that nothing is what it seems.
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Part X-Men, part Harry Potter, part high school drama- School for Psychics has a little bit of something for everyone. 

The premise seems familiar, a group of people with Psychic abilities are sent to a special school to train for government jobs. Initially cliques are formed, hook ups occur and abilities are discovered - and then it veers into the real meat of a mystery. 

It was interesting and I am curious to know more about the story- I hope that book 2 is heavier on mystery and action, lighter on teen drama.
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I am late in leaving my feedback.... life got in the way. Better late than never. Hope it helps!
I enjoyed the book, the world Archer created was entertaining and witty. Some places I laughed out loud with the character and others I laughed at some of the characters and scenes. I found myself thinking that this book was had a lot in common with the show Magicians if they had a Seal Team. I find books that have plots like popular movies or shows frustrating. Because I don't know if the idea came from watching them or it is just a coincidence. Archer's version of events and the plot did make me think the book idea was first and better! It did take me awhile to get into the world and characters. But overall I enjoyed the witty, mind fighter! Lol
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Not sure exactly what genre I would place this novel in - not really a fantasy or a thriller but with elements of each. It's set at a government run training program for psychics in their 20s, kind of like graduate school Hogwarts for psychics instead of wizards. It was pretty entertaining though the writing was a bit simple at times, and it apparently is the first in a series so it didn't really have a satisfying ending. I did enjoy it and would probably read the sequel, but I won't be waiting for it with baited breath. 3.5 stars.
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For me, the premise of School for Psychics was exciting. I chose to read it even though it's aimed at a young adult audience.  I expected that there would be a lot of set up as this is the first book in a series. I was disappointed in the detail afforded the school, as well as the brevity of the character portraits provided. I am hopeful that KC Archer will make the characters more layered as the subsequent books publish. I found the dialogue not quite appropriate for the characters' ages and professions. All in all, I think there is potential in the series. The first introduction story was entertaining. It is definitely more suited to teens, and at times reads like a teen centric movie. I'd definitely give book 2 a chance, in hopes that it is a more in depth read.
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