19 September 2014

REVIEW: True Calling by Siobahn Davis

True Calling by Siobhan DAvis
Age Category:
Young Adult
Release Date:
August 1, 2014

 Barnes & Noble

I wonder which situation is hardest.
Mine, because I remember everything, or hers because she can't.

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.

My Rating:


         The story revolves around Ariana Skyee. A 17 year old new resident of the planet Novo. They have been relocated due to disruption on Earth. They are inserted with a metal disk called Vito to monitor their health, location and just about anything there is to know about their life. Now there are a lot of comparisons being made from other dystopian books. I get that, because after the first three chapters I was thinking, "It's Hunger Games without the hunger and ugly buildings."
        I love Siobhan Davis' description of her world. She does it in a way that doesn't seem forced. She has Ariana doing something in the present and then transition to her thinking about the events that led to them being transferred to Novo. I found these pictures that looks close to how I imagined Novo would look like.

         I liked how things unfold in the story. It left me wanting to call Siobhan Davis (if we were close) and demand to know what'll happen next. This is the first book in a long time that sucked me into their world. My mind was in overdrive trying to imagine the things that's being described in the book. I can't tell you enough how much I love sci-fi. And this book is the right mix of technology and human emotions. 

          The characters all have their own charm. Ariana Skyee's personality is what got me hooked on the book. Her voice, her emotions is what made True calling a winner for me. She's vain to an extent, pretty, and tough. Yeah, she's sort of almost perfect since she's both athletic and creative but it wasn't really a problem for me. Her loyalty to Cal is to be commended. The situation she faced with the two men could be tough to deal with. But I think she handled it well. 
        I'm still trying to decide which Team I'm on, but I'm leaning towards Cal. We'll see on the second book how their story plays out. I highly recommend it to sci-fi lovers and to those who enjoy a tight-knit dystopian story. Let Siobhan Davis take you on a trip to Novo. I promise you won't regret it.


  1. I'm glad you liked it!! I loved this book, the author is really nice, she's let me do giveaways and everything, I'm a huge huge fan of hers now, BTW she has a CAl short story up http://www.wattpad.com/story/19524100-lovestruck-a-%27true-calling%27-short-story, JUST as good and gives us a small dose until book 2 comes out:)

    1. also, loved the pictures! the first one is kinda what my mind saw too!

    2. Oh my God! Thank you for telling me that. Yeah, I read her interview on your blog. She sounds really nice. *Goes to wattpad to continue fangirling*

  2. Wow, those images are incredible. It's amazing how the world was build with so much depth that you were able to picture it so vividly. I think especially with science fiction, a lot of the descriptions get lost within the storyline, or the author can't translate it into that type of world building. This one sounds incredible! Going to check it out on Goodreads. Absolutely brilliant review Ana <3

    1. Thank you! That means a lot coming from someone who writes great reviews.
      The book really helped me picture those images and I hope you get the time to read it soon. Thanks for taking the time to comment Kelly.

  3. Thanks for the fab review Ana. I'm so happy you liked my book. And those pictures are amazing, particularly image one - a very strong likeness to the images in my head! Enjoy my Cal short story and thanks Kim for the mention. :)

    1. Thank you for creating another world I can fall in love with. I can't wait for the second book!

  4. Hmmm, this one sounds interesting. And that cover is beautiful, my goodness. Your pictures included in your review were beautiful, too, xD. I might just try this one for myself. :)

    Great review!

    Jules @ The Book of Jules

    1. The cover really says a lot about the story. Aside from it being under sci-fi, the cover was one of the reasons why I decided to request for it. Yes, please include this on your to-be-read list. You won't regret it.

  5. Hi!

    I discovered your blog on Goodreads' Blogger Lift. And I'm glad I did, you wrote a great review. This book really want to get into my TBR list now, lol. The cover was gorgeous and the images you inserted in your review were amazing as well. I haven't read many dystopia but I think I'll try to get my hand on this one.

    1. Aww, thanks for checking my post Carla! Yes, please do add this to your TBR list. I'll never get tired of telling people that. I really really enjoyed the story.

      And thank you for taking the time to comment :)

  6. I got this book for review, but I still have to read this book. I hope to get around to reading it this month as it's sci-fi month. I love the pictures you included! It must be well written if you could picture it so vividly! Great review Ana!

    1. Thanks Lola! Yes, you have to read this soon. It's amazing.


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