This is my stop during the book blitz for True Calling by Siobhan Davis. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 13 till 17 April, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
From 13 till 17 April True Calling is free! So go grab your copy at Amazon. I can’t recommend this series enough and I really enjoyed the books in this series so far. If you like sci-fi/ dystopia books with romance and a well done love triangle, I think you will enjoy this series!
Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.
As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.
Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
I drop my backpack on the table in the living area as Mom approaches with her arms extended. This is unexpected. Sinking into the warmth of her embrace, my repressed frustration releases in a flurry of tears. She offers no words of comfort but continues to hold me like this until my crying subsides. Peeking up at her, all I see is concern shining in her eyes. I’ve missed this closeness between us and realize how much I still need her.
“I saw the official communication today, outlining the procedure for ‘The Calling.’ They’re very thorough, I’ll give them that,” she says.
“It’s like The Bachelor meets Nightmare on Elm Street,” I croak—half-laughing, half-crying. “I’m too young to get married; I don’t even know if I’ve ever kissed a boy!” My romantic history since arriving on Novo has been non-existent, but I don’t know what, if anything, came before, thanks to the governments cerebral pilfering. “And all of it has to take place with the prying eyes of the nation watching my every move,” I moan. My mother doesn’t need to be reminded of my abhorrence for any type of spotlight. Looking pensive, she rubs my back soothingly. Just then, my father comes through the front door and that brings a fresh bout of tears.
“Stay strong, Ari, it’ll turn out all right in the end,” is all he says before stepping into his bedroom.
“I don’t feel like eating,” I say, turning toward the stairs.
“I’ll bring you some chamomile tea. Why don’t you snuggle up in bed with a book?” she suggests. Choosing to take her advice, and having whipped my clothes off in record-breaking time, I pull on my comfy pajamas and dive down under the covers. I’m rifling through my small collection of novels when she enters the room. Placing a cup and a plate of fruit down on my locker, she perches on the edge of my bed. “Ariana, I owe you an apology.”
Sitting up, I prop the pillows behind my back. “An apology for what?” I ask, somewhat confused.
“For not being here for you all. I … I think you know that I’ve found it difficult to adjust to life here.” Knotting her hands in her lap, she gazes down at the floor.
“I know you’re trying your best.” I rest my hand on her shoulder and smile weakly as her chin lifts up.
“Things are going to change. The three of you need me, and I intend to be here for you. I know you’re upset over ‘The Calling.’ I understand, and I’m upset for you too. Getting married should be one of the best days of your life, something you really look forward to. Being in love is magical; experiencing the rush of emotions and finding that one person you just can’t live without—it’s such an amazing feeling! I’m unhappy it’s being forced on you at a time when you’re not ready. Marriage is a challenge at the best of times, and it requires a strong union to keep it on track. So even if the right choice is made, your life may be tougher than it needs to be. But there’s no option, sweetie, this is what the government has decreed. To rebuke it has dire consequences. At least we have some influence over the ultimate decision; that counts for something. I want you to know that I’m here for you. Come find me whenever you need to talk.” Ruffling my hair, she leans over, planting a gentle kiss on my forehead. She gives me a reassuring smile as she closes the door on her way out. It’s hugely comforting to feel mothered again.
I’d a huge collection of books at home on Earth, and reading was one of my all-time favorite pastimes. We only had permission to bring a few belongings with us to Novo, and paper books were seen as an unnecessary waste of our travel allowance because of the vast e-library available to access via the data-cuff and commiboard. In my opinion, the experience isn’t the same unless you feel the pages between your fingers. I remember many nights reading late into the early hours of the morning, unable or unwilling to put the book down. I decide to read Wuthering Heights, maybe its depiction of morality, inhumanity, cruelty, and forced marriages in the eighteenth century will help put my situation into perspective.
Zane is one of many people walking toward a huge red bricked concrete building. As the crowd surges outside the entrance door, a girl with short blonde hair and hazel eyes holds tightly onto his arm. Throwing her head back, she laughs out loud. The grungy haired guy on her adjoining side smirks. Separating inside, the two boys descend several flights of stairs into a locker room. Zane is encased fully in a white latex bodysuit, plastic goggles protecting his eyes, as he sits at a clinical desk pouring liquid into vials.
Waking at the sound of the alarm, my hand is still wrapped around the book. I can’t recall at what stage I fell asleep, only that my dreams included a ghostly Catherine and a beastly Heathcliff. The intermittent flashes of Zane cut through the nightmares.
Here’s what reviewers had to say about True Calling:
“In a word, WOW!! Talk about a fascinating and magnetic tale!” Dianne Bylo. Tome Tender.
“True Calling is a dystopian-sci-fi-romance that is FABULOUS! Siobhan did not fail to impress me with this debut novel.” Ashley Colby. The Caffeinated Booknerd
“True Calling is an excellent read from YA to adult. The entirety of the story is addicting.” Bri Wignall: Natural Bri-Pursuits of Life
“Story driven with a nice cast of characters. I was pleasantly surprised at the paranormal twists and I found it an original addition.” Lola’s Reviews
“It is a true page turner. I read this book in 2 days and I can’t wait for the sequel.” Etnik. Geeky Bookie
“I really loved this book! I liked the characters, the writing, the plot, the world-building….all of it.” Lillian. Mom With A Reading Problem
“The story line was awesome, it kept me into it, and was hard to put down.” Kim Gailey. Superbookgirl13
“Now my problem is: I WANT THE NEXT BOOK!” Amber Hodges. Paradise of Pages
5 Star accolades from Readers Favorite:
“A perfect blend of reality-TV-show, super high-tech sci-fi and teenage drama meets government conspiracies.” Faridah Nassozi
“This is the type of book you’ll recommend to everyone you know and one you’ll read again.” Samantha Rivera
“True Calling takes you on a stimulating journey, then screeches to an abrupt halt, leaving you screaming for more.” Cheryl E. Rodriguez
“… A world with a government that’s not unfamiliar in YA fiction these days, but a fresh and interesting take on it.” Kathryn Bennett
“… caught my eye immediately and held my attention until the very end.” Trisha Dawn
About the Author:
Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction romance series True Calling.
A self-diagnosed ‘teenager forever’—at least when it comes to books, music and movies; Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. Siobhan loves baking, crime novels, shoes, bags, make-up, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).
Siobhan has forged a successful corporate career, in Human Resources, over the last twenty years.
A member of the IWI writers group, Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
Contact Siobhan at: www.siobhandavis.com
Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website
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