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.
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
Arianna Skyee is still trying to handle living her life while Cal is twelve hundred miles away. She can no longer tell what’s real and what’s not, but her feelings for Cal are not child’s play. With Zane’s constant badgering, her world only starts to get more confusing. Raina is helping her develop her psychic ability, and the events taking place on Novo seem closer to her than they really are. She alone holds the key to helping stop the war, but as battle lines blur, she isn’t sure who she can trust.
I’m glad that I persevered through the first book, even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked, because the second installment was so much better. When the author sent me the book via NetGalley, I was nervous that I wouldn’t enjoy it. Thankfully, Davis added more action and intrigue and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The first book spent a lot of time developing the world that Arianna lived in, but this book offered insight into why, how, and who established it.
Throughout the first book, Zane became a constant enigma—the voice that Ari spoke to in her head. By switching points of view, I got to understand the world that Ari left behind but didn’t really understand his character until this book. Zane played an essential role in Ari learning about the road ahead and helping her face difficult decisions. Without him, this story would not have been as interesting. He spent a good part of the novel trying to convince her that she loved him, and it turns into a growing experience for him as well. Though I may not have liked Zane in the first book, and part of this one, he definitely had a piece of my heart by the end. I find it hard for him to not have that effect on any female who’s swooned by his advances.
I saw a different side to Cal and learned why there were sudden changes in his persona in the first book. He became a stronger character by the things that he endured, strengthening Ari (and my) love for him. Ari may have been confused on how and why her heart had started to split between the two guys, but there was no denying who she wanted to choose to have a life with.
But by the end, be prepared to be as confused as Ari on who will ultimately hold her heart when the trilogy ends.
Siobhan Davis has created a magnificent world with multiple twists and turns, intra-galactic enemies, and a scathing love triangle.
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
This interview was conducted with Ariana Skyee during ‘The Calling’ e-pageant on Planet Novo.
1) You were one of the chosen to live on Planet Novo, describe this new planet for us?
Planet Novo was under construction since the 1960s, and it’s been designed to resemble certain places on Earth. I live in Region 2, Aqua, and it’s been modelled on one of the Great Lakes of North America. I’m a Cadet training for a military career and NSAFTA is my home from home: It’s the Novo Special Armed Forces Training Academy, located in Region 15 or Militia as it’s more commonly referred to. It’s a near-perfect miniature replica of the Grand Canyon. It’s rugged, dusty terrain combines with steep inclines and voluminous, colourful rock formations.
Our new government recreated familiar places to help smooth the transition from Earth to Novo, but honestly? It’s a bit like looking at a life-sized model replica of Earth – all plastic and shiny; devoid of any touches that truly make it feel like home. All the modern technology we have access to here is cool, but I still miss Earth so much (sigh).
2) Recently, you’ve been dreaming of a mystery boy, Zane. What do you make of your dreams and how do you feel about him?
My dreams are so confusing! I’m starting to wonder if there is a malfunction somewhere in my brain, or if my Vita implant is in need of repair. The government wiped our memories of all those we left behind on Earth, so I’m not sure who Zane is, or if he’s even real. But I dream of him most every night and he’s … hot in a boy-next-door kinda way. God, it’s so embarrassing, but I find myself blushing at times when I think of him. That’s crazy, right?
3) You didn’t expect to have feelings for fellow Cadet Cal, but you two have become really close. Do you think he could be the one?
Cal, wow, words fail me. He was always hovering around me, and I could never understand why, as I’m never part of the group of girls who follow him around campus, hanging off his every word. I felt like I was an easy target for him to make fun of, and I never entertained any notion that he was into me. So yeah, what’s happening now between us is surreal. I’ve fallen hard for him, and we’ve become close so quickly, almost as if he’s always been a part of my life. He might be the ‘one’ (red-face).
4) The authorities on Novo recently introduced the televised e-pageant (The Calling). What does it feel like to be watched so closely all the time? Do you feel like you are contributing to development of Novo society?
I can’t even think of ‘The Calling’ without getting really mad! I’ve never wanted this! Forcing teenagers into marriage and motherhood is barbaric, though a part of me can understand the government’s logic. Prioritizing population growth does make sense after everything that happened to mankind on Earth, but I just think they’ve gone about this all wrong. For me personally, this is beyond traumatic. Not only am I being forced into marriage at 18 (swiftly followed by impending motherhood) but I’ve always loathed any form of attention, so being constantly scrutinized in such a public way majorly sucks. But what choice do I have?
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– 2 e-copies of Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis
– 2 10$ amazon gift cards
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