(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: True Calling #4
on July 10th 2016
Genres: Dating & Relationships, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Dystopian, Family, Family Life, Marriage & Divorce, Romance, Science & Technology, Science Fiction, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
This short story collection contains bonus stories set in the True Calling world, including:
Torn Apart - narrated by Cal Remus, this story explains what happens to Cal at the end of True Calling.
Endings and Beginnings - narrated by Anneka Skyee.
Perfect Moment - this story is set two years after the end chapter of Destiny Rising. Join all your favorite characters as they celebrate a very special wedding.
Under the Mistletoe - this story follows the main characters at Christmas, and it's set four years after the epilogue in Destiny Rising. This story is the lead-in to The Skyee Siblings spin-off series.
NOTE: You should only read this collection after you have read Destiny Rising, the final book in the series.
I’ve missed Cal Remus. His love for Ariana Skyee throughout the entire series was one of my favorite parts of the entire True Calling trilogy. The time between True Calling and Beyond Reach, where Ariana doesn’t know what happened to Cal, was accounted for in this short story through his eyes. If you’ve read the entire trilogy, you know how everything ends, but it was still nice to fill in the pieces—especially with my favorite male lead telling things. He had a voice in Destiny Rising, so if you loved that Cal (or haven’t met him yet), you’ll love this Cal.
Endings and Beginnings
This is the second time that I’ve read this particular short story, and Siobhan has outdone herself with the tension and backstory. Like the fine print at the beginning of this story, I also suggest reading the entire trilogy before reading this one. It made a lot more sense, knowing the ah-ha moment already, and it helped me understand Cal’s dad a lot more. By the time I’ve finished this story, especially a second go round, I felt sorry for Nate Remus. Also, I like that Anneka, Malcolm, and Nate are older—life is on the brink of beginning. This is a marvelous addition to the True Calling series and a must read for any and all fans.
It’s no secret that I was team Cal all the way, so I enjoyed watching their second wedding ceremony. This is another story that needs to be read Destiny Rising, as that’s when their first wedding—uber romantic—takes place. Though I still love Cal with all my heart, I liked seeing how Zane and Mel got together. Their happiness made me happy, and I’m glad that more of their love story was explained. All is well that ends well in this short story, and it’s a wonderful edition to my True Calling love.
Under the Mistletoe
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, and not just because it’s my birthday. I loved this story so much, the part told by Ariana and the part told by Zane. Ari, Cal, Zane, and Mel have found their happiness, but sadness looms over Lily and Deacon. Needless to say, these kids (who aren’t really kids anymore) have their work cut out for them. Their lives are complicated beyond measure. This story has me thrilled for the spin-off series, The Skyee Siblings. It’s also a new adult series, I believe, and my newfound love of that genre is squealing with delight.
The True Calling Short Story Collection is the perfect way to spend an afternoon or morning. It’s a quick read and reminded me of the characters that hold a special place in my heart. Siobhan’s writing is wonderful as always, and the characters are complex and realistic. If you haven’t read anything by her yet, I suggest downloading something immediately.