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. Yes she’s resourceful, bright, and scrappy. But 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.
This book was quite the read! I found Teddy to be a very interesting character right from the start. I loved her “I don’t care” attitude and the overall impulsivity of her actions. The story starts off following Teddy through her troubling lifestyle and her large debt. She finds herself in trouble with some of the wrong people which ultimately leads her to the school for psychics. Teddy has a knack for gambling and claims she can feel when people are lying which helps her win at the casino. She says it’s her gift. She finds out when meeting some helpful strangers from the psychic school that maybe that feeling she gets when she gambles isn’t just a feeling, but instead a special psychic ability. Teddy really struggles with this idea of being psychic and doesn’t really believe it at first. Of course, she decides to attend the school to find out what it’s all about. The story then follows a typical YA plot line. Teddy attempts to learn to control her “power” and in the meantime she makes friends, romantic relationships, and experiences heartbreak and betrayal. I will say – this book had a few twists and turns I did not fully expect. A few characters do surprise you and I felt the betrayal along with Teddy at times.
The story was not only about a special school for people with special abilities. The author tied in secret government plots and rouge FBI agents. There was action and mystery. Teddy finds out a lot about her life before her adoptive parents got her. She learns about her biological parents and how they are connected to the school and the government. She realizes that things might not be so “perfect” like the teachers are saying.
Over all – I really enjoyed the book. It might not be the best story ever or the best writing ever. However, it was entertaining and kept me on my toes throughout. I enjoyed the characters and the romantic tensions. It was a good read and I can’t wait for the next one!!