Book Review: School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompt: A book involving a heist.   Brief synopsis:  Teddy's in trouble with the wrong so...

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompt: A book involving a heist.

Brief synopsis: Teddy's in trouble with the wrong sort of  people, owing a pretty penny to a mob boss-type. Though she has a lifetime ban from Las Vegas' prominent casinos, she sneaks her way in to try to make some money to pay off her debt. There she meets a man who promises her a way out and some surprising news - she has psychic abilities and is invited to hone her abilities at The Whitfield Institute for Law Enforcement Training and Development, a school for psychics to train for law enforcement roles. Will Teddy take this offer and use her abilities for good? Or will she turn a blind eye and continue to run?

Of course I enjoy the premise of School for Psychics - talented individual discovers they have special abilities and are invited to attend a secret school with other individuals with special abilities, but something goes awry and it's up to main individual and friends to save the day, but also get into trouble for breaking the rules to save those around them. Sound familiar? Yeah, because it is. (Are you thinking Harry Potter? Maybe X-Men? Maybe one of the other bajillions of books and movies with a similar premise?)

I found myself rolling my eyes a lot during the book, but oddly missed the characters once I finished the novel and moved on to something else. The characters in School for Psychics are adults, but they act like teenagers, so it's hard to decipher whether this book in YA or not. I don't think it's listed that way, but definitely reads it. The novel is already set to be part of a series, and the CW has bought the rights to develop it into a tv show, which we all know I will watch.

I had a few issues with the book, including Teddy's serious disregard for rules, which made her incredibly annoying to me. But at the same time I did feel fairly connected to her as a character. I would have loved additional character development for the other characters. I didn't actually feel like she had friendships - just acquaintances that she almost seemed to use for her one selfish reasons. I was also confused by some of the "friendships" - there was a weird dynamic between her and Molly, who I thought were friends, but then were randomly in conflict. It just didn't make sense to me. There was also a good bit of story-line left open at the end, but I think that's just to open up a path for the next book in the series.

I enjoyed the book enough that I will most likely pick up the next in the series to continue along with the story. (I strangely need to know more about both Nick and Pyro.)

This one is a kind of difficult one to recommend, because you may enjoy it if you like YA fantasy novels like Harry Potter, but you also may find it very redundant and overdone. Again, this isn't listed as a YA novel, but definitely read that way to me. I'd say give it a try, because you won't know if you'll enjoy it or not if you don't read it.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. As always, opinions are 100% my own.

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