The Exceptionals

  • by Erin Cashman
  • Narrated by Madeleine Lambert
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a famous family of exceptionally talented people, fifteen-year-old Claire Walker is ordinary...or so she leads everyone to believe. Yet the minute she steps out of line, her parents transfer her to Cambial Academy: the prestigious boarding school that her great-grandfather founded for students with supernatural abilities, or "specials."
Although Claire can't see ghosts or move objects with her mind like the other students, she does have a special she considers too lame to admit. Just as she is settling in, one by one the most talented students--the Exceptionals--go missing. In an attempt to find out what happened to them, Claire uncovers a dark prophecy foretelling a mysterious girl who will use her ability to save Cambial students from a dire fate.
Could she be that girl? Does the gorgeous but secretive boy she meets in the woods know more than he's letting on? After years of ignoring her special, Claire decides the time has come to embrace her ability...before it's too late.


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Customer Reviews

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This Book is Exceptional!

I enjoyed this book so so so much! I had high hopes and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest bit! After reading so many YA novels, it's nice to read something that is not only different, but something good.

At first I was worried if I'm a bit too old for the book, but no. People of all ages will be able to enjoy this book, no doubt about that. Erin Cashman managed to capture the combination of fantasy, suspense and romance. Everything was well balanced. There wasn't a single moment when you would think, “Please! Not this again!” Everything about it was unique and intriguing. I was hooked within the first five minutes.

Cambial Academy is fascinating and mysterious world that I would love to know more about. The characters are fabulous as well, especially Claire. I feel like I could relate to her in so many ways. She started as a insecure teenager who is always trying to fit in and measure up to her parents expectations. In most circumstances, I would find this kind of protagonist annoying and weak. Yet throughout the book, I see Claire as a strong, intelligent and independent character.

Overall, The Exceptionals truly is Exceptional!
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- Felicity Fairchild

Lives up to the title...exceptional!

The Exceptionals is captivating. Erin Cashman is in the same class as J.K Rowlings and
Suzanne Collins. I was drawn into the story. There are parallels to the Potter series and its pivotal moments and they done very well. Madeleine Lambert was a good choice for narrator, her performance adds depth to the story. I highly recommend this book.
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- JMcB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.