by Andrea Pearson
My rating: 4 stars
Series: Mosaic Chronicles - Book 1
Publication Date: August 25, 2014
Publisher: Andrea Pearson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 257 pages
Available from: Amazon
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 by Andrea Pearson (Mosaic Chronicles, #1)
Andrea Pearson had brought a fresh, new young adult paranormal fantasy series to the reading table with DISCERN! In a world where only the fourth-born child has magic, Nicole finds herself somehow unable to bring her magic forward, no matter how hard she tries. Is she a late bloomer? Are her powers stunted?
Now away at a special university for magic wielders, she hopes to find a way to unlock her talents or be the only girl at school who fails. When the opportunity arises to go on a mysterious and dangerous expedition, she is one of the few selected, but what happens becomes more than merely an adventure, it becomes a deadly find she may not survive.
Unanswered questions, strained relationships unexplained, there is the potential for much more to come and so many questions to be answered! Ms. Pearson has created characters that range from quirky to terrifying, and has given Nicole a love interest that borders on really aggravating, but, maybe we will learn why in later books?