AWRW Book Review: Discovering Daniel, by Nadine Christian


discoveringdanielWhen a shocking memory surfaces that Ava McCoy can’t understand, she looks for answers. With her parents and her Uncle Sam trying to convince her that she is only chasing dreams, she is determined to prove that they are wrong, the vision too vivid in her mind to be anything but truth.
When her investigation reveals another world so shocking and yet so familiar, it feels as if the pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together – with only one question left unanswered. Who is Daniel? The very memory of him draws her to the sea. Then, the ocean brings her the answer she’s seeking. Daniel himself.
United, Daniel and Ava must find out why everyone wanted to keep them apart – and who is now trying their best to do it again. They must find the answers – before they succeed in separating them. Before Ava loses Daniel all over again – this time, forever.

 Book Review: (Contains Some Spoilers)

Nine years ago, Ava and her father suffered a traumatic accident while fishing on the boat in Pitcairn waters. Bits and pieces of this incident come back to her, but could her memories be real? Or did she dream them?

Ava is unable to leave well enough alone… So when a strong memory that feels like a dream surfaces, she presses her Uncle Sam for answers. He obliges her, and demands she keeps this newly found knowledge a secret.

“Everything’s changed. I thought I knew my island and my world… but really I didn’t know the half of it.”

The beautiful ocean, dangerous and bountiful has always called out to Ava. She knows she shouldn’t search for more answers, and that she should let it go, but she needs to prove to herself that the memory is real. What she finds is beyond her comprehension… Her memories of a boy named Daniel who saved her and her father, are 100% real, but now how is she to get to know him when her Uncle forbade it?

The impossibility of  their situation weighs on her. The star-crossed lovers shouldn’t mix, as they are from different worlds, and yet they can’t stay away from each other. You see, Daniel is a Mer, and to be together one of them has to make the ultimate sacrifice… before it is too late.


I thoroughly enjoyed Discovering Daniel, by Author Nadine Christian. Fantastic world building, writing, and an excellent plot. The imagery was described so perfectly, (from the colors and cut of the coral, to the blue gem that Daniel gives Ava which shone rainbow prisms across his face), that I felt like I was right alongside Ava and Daniel. This is a book that you can really escape into.

Discovering Daniel takes you through the fantastical underwater world known as Zeno, home to the Mer. This was such a uniquely creative story, and unlike any other fantasy book that I have read. If you are looking to read something a little different, then this book will not disappoint!

Discovering Daniel is a young adult, urban fantasy that can be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. Nadine Christian’s usual writing style of mixing romance, humor and risk is evident in this book, so if you enjoy her other romance books, I’m certain you will enjoy Discovering Daniel.

I loved Ava and Daniel as a couple, and enjoyed watching their young romance blossom. They had me rooting for them throughout! Their dangerously risky romance and sneaking around made me eager to turn the page and continue reading!

*Warning Spoiler*

I may have misunderstood, but I was under the impression that Aunt Kelly was unaware that her husband, Uncle Sam was Mer, per George Christian. So when Aunt Kelly brought it up late at night when she and Ava were unable to sleep, I was surprised that Ava didn’t have a reaction.

Also, I was really looking forward to learning what Ava would decide, so I was a bit disappointed that we never learned. 😦

*End of Spoiler Warning*

All in all, I am giving Discovering Daniel, by Nadine Christian 5 very well deserved bright red scales! 😉 Read Discovering Daniel if you would like to learn if Daniel tastes like fish when Ava kisses him!!! 🙂

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Product Details:

  • File Size: 1057 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (March 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J2I7T1O

SONY DSC“Nadine Christian lives on Pitcairn Island, a small isle in the middle of the South Pacific. With no airport and no way on or off the island unless traveling by the island’s supply ship on it’s quarterly supply run, she supplements her free time with writing.
Free time is hard to find — with five children, four goats, two cats and thirty chickens and a life full to the brim. With its rich maritime history, Pitcairn’s romantic past comes alive in her novels, capturing the taste of life on an isolated tropical island, miles from the rush and bustle of normal city life.”–Amazon Bio




***I received an E Copy of Discovering Daniel from the Author in exchange for a thoughtful, fair, and honest book review.


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