Wednesday, December 24, 2014


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.


Discern was a very fun and enjoyable read, that at times was very creepy. I loved learning about Aretes and what they can do.

I didn't instantly like the main character, Nicole, but the more I read of the book the more she grew on me and by the end I liked her at lot. I very much liked Lizzie, Nicole's best friend and fellow Arete, and loved every scene with her in it. Austin was a confusing character, but by the end a lot was explained and that helped clear up most of the issues I had with him.

A lot of different things were brought up and not all of them were cleared so I'm definitely looking forward to the next book to learn why certain things were happening and also because I really like these characters now.

I would recommend Discern to fans of paranormal fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500913499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500913496
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Available to purchase: Amazon (Paperback) | Amazon (Kindle)


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