Friday, November 28, 2014

True Calling by Siobhan Davis Blog Tour!

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This is my stop during the blog tour for True Calling by Siobhan Davis. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 15 till 30 November, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

True CallingTrue Calling (True Calling #1)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction/Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: August 1, 2014

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.
Evan Adams is last on my list and he is the one boy that I’ve not been looking forward to meeting. Even sitting across from him now feels deplorable; like an act of profound betrayal. He is handsome and interesting and I can readily see what the attraction is for Eve. He’s a really nice guy too, incredibly intelligent and very attentive. I mention Eve as many times as I can, so he’s left in no doubt that we’re the best of friends. He speaks very respectfully of her, and I think if they’d been left to their own devices they may well have ended up together.
At last, the event draws to a close and we’re permitted to leave. Cal has borrowed his father’s rovercraft for the night and he offers us a ride. We gladly accept given the chilly night air, and the fact that neither of us thought to bring a coat. I’m glad to hear that some of Eve’s dates went well and she is interested in meeting a few of the boys—she’s so affable. She doesn’t ask either of us about our dates, but I think it’s fairly obvious what’s going on between us. I expect that when we’re alone she’ll quiz me on my date with Evan. We drop her off first, and I give her a wave instead of my usual hug. All too soon we’ve reached my house and it’s time to say goodnight. I’m utterly miserable as I wave him off, and I know that my self-inflicted chastity won’t last much longer. If only he weren’t so damn irresistible. 
My data-cuff pings just as my head hits the pillow.
It’s an IM from Cal, “Sweet dreams gorgeous girl.”
I hug myself tightly and fall asleep with visions of him lingering in my mind. It doesn’t work though, I still dream of Zane. The Medicet makes a welcome return to my bedroom.
The next morning I log onto the portal and rate all my dates, I’m generous with all of them except for Dan, who I score a 1. I would assign 0 or lower if that had been an option. I won’t get to see their ratings until after the deadline, when it all becomes public knowledge. The only date I request is with Cal. 
I recently got this book again, from Siobhan Davis, my personal copy, and reread it, and finished it this morning.  I am copy and pasting my review from the first time, but I do need to update it, because I found it even better the second time around.  Here is my review copy and pasted:
When I first read what it was about, and the cover, I was kinda leery, I was expecting a low budget B flick type book, for some reason I was intimidated and wasn't really sure if I wanted to request this book or not, but I'm determined to be open minded when it comes to this reviewing business, so I requested and was granted.  I am so glad I did.

One of the things in this book I wasn't all together thrilled with, was the love triangle.  The Zane of her dreams, and Cal.  I was team Cal the entire book, even after finding out the background of Zane.  He won me over.  I won't say much, but I think the triangle was the weakest point of the book, I'm thinking book 2 will divulge more of the Zane/Ari background to make you feel conflicted about who she should be with.  I hate triangles, but even though I hate them, I don't hate this book.

The book was beautifully written, the scenery was detailed so that I could clearly imagine what I was reading, the technology real enough to be believed that it could really happen.  The characters were real, and you could really love/hate them.  The story line was awesome, it kept me into it, and was hard to put down.  After I was done all I wanted to do was track down the author and ask her to let me be her editor so I can read what she has on book 2 and 3 so far.

If you are a fan of dystopian books, this one is for you.  I found that it's a mix of all the popular dystopians in one.  The 100, Matched, The Selection, The Program, are among the few that I thought of.  Aside from some similarities, this book had a lot of unique qualities too, so it wasn't a complete copy.  

The changes that I would make or additions to my review:  This book is awesome, even better the second time around.  I didn't see as much of the triangle that I griped about last time, I just saw the mystery behind Zane.  I saw details and information of a world that I am dying to see, that I missed the first time.  This post, is being posted on Thanksgiving, here in the US and as I am sitting here typing this, I find myself wondering about Novo, if they have a similar thing like Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or Independence Day.  How they would celebrate.  The characters have woven themselves so deeply in my heart that I just thought about them during a holiday, wondering what they are doing, and they aren't even real!

Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate!  I am thankful for Mrs. Davis for allowing me to be a part of her writing, and Lola for allowing me to participate in the blog tour, I love this book a lot, and I really hope that someone out there sees this and wants to read it, it really is an amazing book!

You can find True Calling on Goodreads.

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SiobhanAbout 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.
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There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of True Calling. The giveaway is open international. These are the prizes you can win:
- Paperback copy True Calling
- 3 e-copies of True Calling

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