Title: Discern (Katon University #1)
Author: Andrea Pearson
My rating: ★★★★✫
I got this book as a review copy from eBooks for Review. It sounded quite interesting and I was definitely in the mood for a good young adult story. I mean, come on: Magic, spiders and other creepy creatures. So I started to read it as soon as I had time.
What the book is about
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.
What I thought about the book
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and I finished it in no time. I instantly liked the main character, Nicole, and her best friend Lizzie. She is a hard working student, who can do awesome stuff with her cello and she’s a sweet friend. If only she could use her magic her life would be even better. If she finds out that she can go on an expedition, she really wants to do it. The only problem is that she will have to be able to use her magic if she wants to be on the team. That might be a problem, but as she is the main character, she will find a way to deal with that. I mean, why mention the expedition if she can’t come?
But OMG the spiders in the apartment gave me the creeps. I was reading this book at night and I am not afraid of spiders, but there were so many of them and it was just creepy. I could nearly see them crawling in my own bedroom. If you are afraid of spiders you might want to think twice before reading this book. Some other moments were pretty scary as well. It does fit the genre, so I didn’t mind.
The end of this book is not the end of the story, as it is the first part of the Katon University series. There is a lot about this story that I still want to know, so I definitely want to read part two of this series. It won’t come out before 2015, so I have to wait a little on that one, but I will definitely put the second book on my wishlist.
What the book is about
When home no longer feels like home – where can you go?
When your best friend won’t listen – who can you turn to?
When love makes you feel weak – how do you protect your heart?
With constant fighting at home, Emma decides working at High Street Books and practicing avoidance is the best method to save her from more heartache. She doesn’t expect to meet Jake, the shop owner’s nephew, who makes her stomach do crazy things. But Jake is intent on pushing her away, and Emma must ask herself: Is he scared? Or is he hiding something?
Tastes Like Winter is a story of love, family, and friendship and, when everything is uncertain, trying to figure out where you fit in.
What I thought about the book
Emma is an introvert person with a passion for books. She loves to hide in her own world. Especially now that her parents are fighting all the time and seem to be close to a divorce. Emma starts working at a bookstore to be away from home. There she meets Jake, a mysterious and older student, who happens to be the nephew of her boss. He’s got a bad reputation, but Emma has never seen that side of him and she can’t help falling for him.
I really enjoyed this story. Jake is definitely the type of guy I would fall for. He doesn’t talk much about himself, but he gives Emma books as presents. Those books tell bits and pieces of his story. Emma and Jake have conversations about books, music, philosophy, life and more. I could talk for hours about these topics so I really enjoyed those parts. Of course it’s not cool that Jake is not really opening up to Emma, but that mysterious part makes me want to know what is going on in his mind. It makes me want to get to know more about him.
The story somehow reminded me of the books by Sarah Dessen, because of the dialogues and the way the main characters grew on me during the story. I really think that people who enjoyed books by Sarah Dessen will love this story as well.
About CeCe Carroll
CeCe began writing as an escape from her days as a corporate slave laborer. She grew up splitting her time between the beautiful beaches of New Jersey and the bustling city of New York. Currently, she lives in Massachusetts with her super handsome and talented husband and two adorable, but often-sassy cats. CeCe gets excited easily, mostly about travelling, food, and of course, her first love: books.