Today I’m so excited to participate in the blog tour for the final book in the True Calling series by Siobhan Davis. The entire series is one big emotional roller coaster, full of science fiction set in a dystopian world with romance appropriate for the young adult reader. Below you’ll find my review for the last book, an excerpt, a tour-wide giveaway, and links to the other books. Click here to see the full tour schedule hosted by Lola’s Blog Tours.
I received this book via the author, Siobhan Davis. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis
Series: True Calling,
Published by Self Publish on 2015-08-30
Length: 349 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
EVERY CHOICE HAS A CONSEQUENCE
The final book in the captivating True Calling series.
Once again, the world is on the brink of momentous change. As revolutionary organization Saoirse prepares to battle the government for control of Earth and Novo, Ariana and those she loves must join humanity’s fight for justice and freedom.
As haunted memories resurface, old discoveries and new realities conspire to shatter her world forever.
Torn in one direction by her unique connection to childhood sweetheart Zane, and pulled in the other by a relentless passion for her fiery fiancé Cal, she must make the hardest decision of all. While embarking on a road to self-discovery, her psychic gift evolves and the full extent of her powerful ability is revealed.
Then fate lands another savage blow and she faces the most horrific choice of all. Forced into striking a deal with the enemy, she must make the ultimate personal sacrifice or risk everything she holds dear.
When destiny finally rears its head, what will the future hold?
Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis is the final book in her True Calling series that follows the story of Ari, Zane and Cal as they fight for freedom on Earth under the tyranny of Novo. Ari and Cal are safe in an underwater facility after Novo bombed their headquarters in Florida. Zane having been left behind in the Connecticut facility in a coma after being shot, his heart failing him. Can Ari save everyone she loves AND free Earth?
Please note that if you have not read the previous books in this series that there are minor, unavoidable spoilers in this review!
Oh Ari! What am I to do with you? She grew up SO much this book. I had found her a bit annoying with her immaturity during the last two books, BUT that changes in this one. She makes huge headway with her psychic ability and she finally chooses between the two guys. Her memories are back too and boy does that not help her decision or her heart! I ached for her in this book and the choices she had to make.
Cal, who if you’ve followed my reviews you know he’s not my favorite, grew on me as well. He’s got a better hold of his temper as his hormones start to settle after everything that was done to him on Novo. On top of that his memories are back as well. His love/obsession for Ari is still there, along with his insecurity in her love for him. BUT he does a big thing, or maybe a rash thing when he tells her he’s making the decision for her. Read the book and you decide 😉
Zane….oh Zane. I shipped you from the beginning 😀 Zane has a rough go in this book. And I feel like he gets the short end of the stick as well. Maybe that’s just in my head though. His love and devotion to Ari and her family come first in ALL his decisions, but a choice that Ari makes at about halfway will change his character drastically!
So the plot of this book is more romantic than action I felt. It centered on Ari and the two guys and then during the last chapter you get the explosive all-out action scene. One thing I do like, even if I personally didn’t agree, is that the author has Ari choose between Zane and Cal early on (at like 30-40%) so the love triangle is gone and there is more focus on the other guy rebuilding his life AND the actual romance between Ari and her choice. This I liked! I hate it when a triangle is dragged out too long.
My only dislike, and this is why it received 4 instead of 5 stars, is that I felt like there wasn’t enough explanation to the war between the rebels and Novo. Also there really wasn’t much on the actual rebellion. There was a lot of information about the romance, but little focus on the war and what led to it. As I already stated, the last two chapters of the book are explosive (figuratively and literally) and are the only time the book focuses solely on the bigger plot point.
Overall I love the series and this is a good conclusion….even if I didn’t agree with Ari’s choice 😉 I do wish the battle between the rebels and Novo was explained more but really all in all it’s a great book! If you’re a fan of the series, I doubt you’ll be disappointed. If you enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopians go get the books!
We exit on the lower level and hurry to keep up with his brisk pace. Walking through a succession of winding corridors and endless passageways, we eventually stop in front of two large, vaulted steel doors. Dad taps in a code on the keypad and the doors retract.
We step into the vast Operational Command Center set over two levels. The outer glass window doubles up as a screen, and a barrage of information floats in front of my eyes: coordinates, maps, images, graphs, and other military data sweep across the wide screen in rotating grids. I count four rows of technicians seated at uniform square desks. Some have their heads bowed, eyes firmly fixed on digital screens. Others converse lowly between themselves or communicate via small digital earpieces. A steady thrumming sound resonates in the room, and the air of urgency is palpable.
A large rectangular table takes center stage on this level, and I spot several familiar faces seated or standing in close proximity. Separate digital pods line the back wall. Two enclosed rooms are off to the right.
A deadly hush descends over the room, and my heart spikes in anticipation. Swiveling around, I focus on the screen as an image loads. “What’s happening, Dad?”
Gently, he clasps my shoulders. As I sense his mounting fear, a cold sweat forms underneath my clothes. He presses his mouth to my ear. “The government is moving in on the Clementia Connecticut compound.”
My eyes widen as the image of the familiar woodland materializes on the screen in front of us. A solid block of Rangers stands shoulder to shoulder outside the main entry hatch, weapons raised and ready. A fleet of stealth-craft hovers ominously overhead.
My breath hitches in my throat as I stare trance-like at the screen. “Zane.” The word is a whisper on my tongue as my eyes latch onto Dad’s face. He grips my hand and we both stare, horror-struck as the stealth-craft simultaneously release a slew of missiles into the air.
Standing motionless, united in our fear, we watch as the underground facility explodes in a massive fireball that illuminates the entire night sky.