Sunday, 30 November 2014

Discern by Andrea Pearson



Summary from Goodreads

Nicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

That doesn’t stop magic from finding her. It starts with possessed books and cursed spiders before moving quickly to freaky shadows and magical currents. Nicole turns to her best friend for help, along with fellow student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in her.

Nicole soon finds herself competing to be included on a university-led expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone, but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip, she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be impossible.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she’s making the right choice—especially when she learns that the strange fossils they’ll be studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.
My review

*I received a free eBook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Discern is about a girl, Nicole Williams, who is an Arete. An Arete is a fourth child with magical powers. They can control the elements based on their hair colour. But despite her efforts, she can’t channel her power. Nicole then goes on an expedition, organised by Katon University, and wants to prove to everyone that she belongs with them.

I give this book four stars. I really, really liked it. It got me hooked from the first page and I read this book in one sitting. This book was fun and easy to read. It was fast-paced and had me interested the whole time. There was action and adventure. The story was well-written and the characters were likeable. Nicole, the main character, was brave and wanted to learn more about her powers. Lizzie, Nicole’s best friend was a very good friend and supported Nicole all the time. Austin, Nicole’s love interest was incredibly cute. There was a lot of mystery in this book. The world was fascinating. It has magic, possessed books, spiders, shadows, enchanted shadows, musical instruments, etc. in it. Somehow it reminded me of Harry Potter.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was unique and wonderful.