School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

Setting: San Francisco, CA
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: K.C. Archer
Release Date: April 3, 2018

Generally, this isn't a book I would have picked up. I tend to grab books where the cover design catches my eye. I'm so glad I gave it a chance. School for Psychics is a fun, intriguing story that struck me as a little bit Heroes meets Chuck meets Dark Angel.

Teddy Cannon has gotten herself in over her head. She owns a Russian mobster a bit of money, which leads her to take thousands from her father's retirement account. Her skills at reading people have her banned from every casino in Las Vegas, but she's desperate. Wearing a disguise she hopes gets her in the door, she's at the Bellagio in order to win some of the cash she needs to pay off some of her debt.

Things don't go as planned. Instead, she's whisked away by a guy offering her a chance she doesn't trust but also can't refuse. He's a representative for a school for psychics. The school will pay off her debts if she becomes one of their students. She'll learn how to use the psychic skills she didn't even know she had. In exchange for a free education, she will eventually work for a government agency helping to protect the country.

Teddy takes this chance to make something of herself. She actually starts to enjoy herself at the mysterious school. She also stumbles onto mysteries involving disappearing students, her long-since deceased birth parents, thefts, and break-ins. All Teddy wants to do is succeed, but she's drawn into these cases to see how they connect to her.

This is the first book in a new series, so not everything is resolved, and I'm happy for that. I was so drawn into the story that I am eager to learn more about the characters, Teddy's past and future, and the school itself. The book is touted as a paranormal thriller. I think adults will enjoy it, but the age of the majority of the characters may also have it appealing to the teen fiction and new adult fiction crowd.

I did read that the book series has been optioned for a new TV series for CW. From the start, I saw this story as having great potential for film or television. I'm glad I wasn't the only one. With a husband who is hooked on shows like Jessica Jones, Nikita, and past shows like Dark Angel, Alias, Chuck, and Heroes, I can see this being a show we'll definitely watch.


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