I’ve always been a fan of the supernatural and people with other worldly abilities and even more so when it involves young people. Pair that up with a character that can communicate with animals and I’m hooked. The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman is one such novel and I really enjoyed it! It’s a young adult novel that can be easily enjoyed by an adult as I can attest to and it will take you into the world of clairvoyants, truth seekers, those who can move objects, etc., and all the dangers that lurk when evil people get a little too power hungry.
Fifteen-year-old Claire is part of a world where the people around her possess extraordinary talents as I’ve mentioned above; that is everyone but her. Both her brother and younger sister as well as her parents have their own talents and Claire has always felt like the odd ball since she is quite ordinary with no talent whatsoever. Well maybe that’s not quite true since she has always been able to hear what animals are thinking – mostly if they are hungry or thirsty. Since her parents used to make such a big deal of it she started lying years ago saying that she could no longer hear animals. It seems her parents were very relieved. They even put her in a normal high school while her siblings attend the Cambial Academy; a boarding school for exceptional children. That is until she gets in trouble and they decide she’s better off at the boarding school where they are employed and can keep a better eye on her. Little do they know that this will be the catalyst to bringing about a long buried prophecy involving their daughter Claire.
As far as the students know Claire is just a plain old normal girl and really she thinks she is too. Hearing animals isn’t anything amazing considering what everyone else can do. However she finds that she makes friends at Cambial and she’s actually happy. Then some of the kids with the most exceptional abilities begin to disappear and at home things are weird too. There’s a lot of whispering going on and things being hidden in a big hurry when Claire appears and her parents certainly don’t want to answer any of her questions. When her parents leave to investigate the disappearances Claire and her friends decide to do some investigating of their own and that’s when the floor drops out from under them and the real adventure begins. At the same time Claire learns of the prophecy and it terrifies her to her core but she knows that she will do anything and everything to protect her family and her new friends.
This was a great story. It’s a light and easy read and one of those where the pages seem to fly by and before you know it the end of the book has come. Claire was a likeable character who showed a lot of spunk and bravery and I loved the way she was able to communicate with animals. What I wouldn’t give to have that gift and be able to talk to my Sammy! I also adored her little sister Charlotte who could, among other things, talk to and see ghosts. Of course there is a bit of romance in the novel between Claire and a boy and it’s real sweet. All in all this was just a really good read for me and one I’d recommend to anyone who loves the supernatural!
I read The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman for her book tour with TLC Book Tours so be sure to check out the other tour stops to see what everyone else is saying. You can learn more about Erin on her website and find her on Facebook as well. Your own copy of The Exceptionals can be purchased here in the US and here in Canada.
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Source: Review copy provided by the Publisher via TLC Book Tours. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.