This is my stop during the blog tour for Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 21 May, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
So far this series contains 2 books: True Calling (True Calling #1) and Beyond Reach (True Calling #2).
Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.
Presented with evidence of her fiancé Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane.
When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.
Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.
But some things just can’t be undone.
Beyond Reach is the gripping second novel in the True Calling trilogy, continuing the story of Ariana Skyee in the weeks after she arrives back on Earth.
I received a copy in exchange for a honest review
Beyond Reach takes place some time after True Calling, Arianna has settled into her new home with rebel organization Clementia, but not everything is well. Her sister, mom and fiancé are still on Novo and she’s withholding the information entrusted to her by her father to bargain for their lives.
Even though it was a while ago that I read the first book there are enough reminders and hints to who the characters are that I easily got back into this story. The story moves a bit slowly in the first part, but it does give us a sense of Clementia and how they aren’t as good as they seem to be. I like the shades of grey and wondering whom can be trusted and who not. There is one scene that made me a bit uneasy and it really shows the lengths they will go to obtain the information and it’s horrifying.
The characters are in a difficult situation and the author certainly doesn’t hold back to show the difficulties and the horrors of this world. It makes it feel real and even a bit dark sometimes and I really wouldn’t want to live in that world.
Just like the first book this book is split up into 3 parts, part 1 and 3 are told from Arianna her point of view and part two is told from Zane his point of view. I thought this way of telling the story really worked and I liked seeing both their point of views. While part 1 feels a bit slow, in part 2 and 3 the story really picks up and the last 50 pages I had to read in one sitting as so much is going on and I had to know what happened next.
The ending is a cliffhanger again, but it’s a good one that makes me really curious about the third book and what it means. Beyond Reach managed to surprise me multiple times, often I thought I understood was going on, but later we learn things that shine more light on certain things and reveal more. And only at the end do you feel like you understand what went on and then the cliffhanger ending makes me question everything again.
One thing I like about this book is the great cast of characters. There are many side characters who play a role and in this book who meet even more of them, not everyone plays a big part, but they do fill up the story and make it feel more realistic. Some characters are likeable and others are despicable human beings. Some of the side characters I was particulary fond of where doctor Hann, Raina and Ruby. Then there is Arianna, Zane and Call and all three of them go through some difficult things in this book and I really felt for them.
I disliked the constant hostility between Ari and Isla, I could kinda see their point, but sometimes it seems like they didn’t even try and where inclined to believe the worst of each other. It rubbed me wrong and I just wish they could try and see the other their point of view. I did like Isla in the first book, but I liked her a bit less in this one, although in the part from Zane’s point of view we do get a better understanding of why she acts the way she does and at the end she does show a side of herself that I liked.
Then there’s the love triangle, I honestly have no idea which team I am. Siobhan makes me doubt and switch sides quite often. And then when I think I have it figured out, something happens that makes me wonder if the other boy has a chance after all. Both boys are great for her and could make her happy and I think I would like who’s she ends up with no matter which one of the two it is. I used to dislike love triangles, but Siobhan proves with this series that they can be done well. The love triangle feels realistic and Arianna really is in a difficult situation and she genuinely cares for both of them. Arianna stays true to herself and is honest to both guys, which is something I really liked. I also liked how Zane got more chance to shine in this book, but Ari her relationship with Call also grows stronger.
The world building is nicely woven into the story, at first we learn more about Clementia and their organization, but we also get a glance of how earth is doing and we even get a view of a ranger town. There are no info dumps and the author shows us these pieces of world building interwoven in the story. Towards the end even more is revealed and it feels like everything we learned is put into a different light. Also there are hints that there is even more we don’t know and I can’t wait to learn more in the last book!
To conclude: I really enjoyed Beyond Reach, it is a great sequel to True Calling. The first part was a bit slow, but after that the pace really picks up and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next. Al the characetrs are in a difficult situation and there are some nice twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. This book managed to surprise me quite a few times and the twists towards the end might have been the most surprising of them all, it was really well done. I really liked the characters and there are some interesting side characters as well. The love triangle continues and I have no clue who is going to win or who I want to win. Beyond Reach ends with a cliffhanger, that makes me really excited for this third book and I can’t wait to read the last book in this series.
You can find Beyond Reach on Goodreads
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.
You can find True Calling on Goodreads .
You can read my 4 star review of True Calling here.
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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– 2 e-copies of Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis
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