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True Calling by [Davis, Siobhan]
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Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction fantasy 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. Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons. Connect with Siobhan in the following ways: Author website: www.siobhandavis.com Author blog: http://myyanabookobsession.com Twitter: @siobhandavis Facebook: TrueCallingBooks Google+: +SiobhanDavisAuthor

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2502 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Siobhan Davis; 2 edition (28 Jan. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SX1PG2A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #373 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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If you liked The Hunger Games and Divergent then you will love True Calling. YA fiction has a wonderful new voice in Siobhan Davis.
True Calling is set in the future and moves between two worlds - Earth and Planet Novo. Much of Earth is uninhabitable following varying disasters and Novo is inhabited by a select number of people carefully chosen from Earth-all under the age of 45, who have been stripped of most of their memories.
We are introduced first to 17 year old Ariana who is forced to take part in The Calling - a government initiative to increase the population of Novo. The Calling is a process whereby all 17 year olds are matched with the most suitable partner and expected to marry and have children in quick succession; all done by way of a Big Brother style competition.
True love blooms for Ariana when she meets Cal but they have to battle to stay together. Although falling in love with Cal, Ariana can't stop dreaming about Zane, who appears to live on Earth, but she has no idea who he is.
True Calling is a book of young romance with a unique ‘love square’. But it’s more than just a romance book. It explores themes such as power and control and the idea of Big Brother watching and controlling in the background.
It is easy to write in a future world where anything can happen, it is much harder to make such things believable and True Calling achieves this. We don't have to be conspiracy theorists to understand that selection of people has happened in the past, or that governments around the world have often tried to dictate how people live their lives and that is what makes True Calling so believable.
A must read for all YA enthusiasts and I can't wait to read the second book.
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Title: True Calling
Series: True Calling (#1)
Author: Siobhan Davis
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian
Release Date: 28th January 2015 (2nd Edition)
Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, Online Book Club Meme
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Ariana Skyee has been dreading the day that the Calling came. Every 17 year old on Novo has to participate in the Calling, where they are each given a list of 10 people who they can date. At the end of the Calling they have to be engaged, married before they're 18 and have three children before 22. Ariana hates the idea of the Calling, but when she discover Cal Remus is on her list things start to look up.

I'm not really sure where to start with my feelings on True Calling. I enjoyed reading it and found myself wanting to know how it ended, but I also felt that some of the plot devices used were a little bit of a rehash of other dystopian fiction. It made it a little predictable for me, but I did enjoy it none the less.

I loved the romance between Cal and Ariana. It felt like they were 17 and they were just discovering how to love and about relationships. It wasn't all plain sailing for them and that made their relationship stronger. They also had parents to deal with as well as the authorities which added another level of complications for them.

Just going to get this out there though; I didn't like Zane. I didn't find his part of the narration nearly as compelling as Ariana's, but there was something else that I just didn't like about him. Maybe it is my tendency to take sides in love triangles but it was definitely something!

I loved the fact that the dystopian society was split over two planets.
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(I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my review and receiving a free copy of the book has in no way influenced my opinion. This review is my genuine review having read this book. This review was also posted to my personal blog.)

Wow. This was an amazing read.

I love the cover and that's what attracted me to it in the first place. Then I started reading and just couldn't put it down!

True Calling starts off with 17 year-old Ariana on the planet Novo. She and her family were relocated there from Earth 2 years ago. All's well until the government introduced "The Calling" which is a pageant that all 17 year-olds must participate in, to find their lifetime partner.

As expected, Ariana wasn't happy about it and couldn't understand why she doesn't have a say in her future. And that's when she started to get close to Cal, who incidentally appears in her Top Ten list of suitors on The Calling.

Then we read about Ariana having dreams about a boy called Zane. Who is Zane? We find out more about him when Part 2 of the book is written from his perspective.

All in all this is a well-written book and I look forward to the 2nd and 3rd books!
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I have only read a few books in the YA genre,The Hunger Games trilogy, so was intrigued with the concept of the Davis's debut novel. True Calling has a great plot with the a fresh twist to the dystopian/post apocalyptic worlds, that of enforced love matches for all teenagers.
Pace moves well and the plot kept me interested right up to the end, perfectly placed now for book 2.
Siobhan Davis more than holds her own with the big names in YA fiction.
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