So I went on holiday on the 15th of July, for a week, and during that week I read three books. I was going to post all of them individually, but I thought rather than spam everyone’s feed with numerous reviews, I would post them in here.
So- apologies for the long post, but here are the books I read whilst on holiday.
True Calling by Siobhan Davis
Previously read by the same author: Saven Deception
Read between: 14th-17th July
Published: October 2014
Synopsis: For Ariana Skyee, Planet Novo was everything it promised to be until the authorities introduced “The Calling” as their response to repopulation. Now, all seventeen-year-olds are to participate in this Bachelor-style pageant to find their perfect match, marry, and have children.
But that’s not Ariana’s only concern. Thanks to the government-sanctioned memory erase, she has no recollection of Zane, the mystery boy who haunts her dreams. Things are further complicated when the pageant commences and her feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify. Together, they start to realize not everything about their new home is as it seems.
Entangled in a dangerous web of deceit, Ariana sets out to identify the truth. Conflicted over warnings that Cal isn’t trustworthy and alarmed at the government’s increasing interest in her, she doesn’t know where to turn. But her search for the truth comes at a high personal price. When her world implodes, discovering the past shapes her future with devastating consequences.
TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. ONE SHARED DREAM.
Review: This book was just what I expected of a sci-fi dystopian. I really liked it!
There are two viewpoints in the novel, Ariana- or Ari, who lives on the planet Novo, and Zane, who still resides on Earth. He is one of the few who did not get health clearance to go to Novo….and maybe he’s part of a rebellion..
Ariana, it seems, doesn’t get much better treatment on Novo when her freedom as a teenager is taken from her when she has to take part in ‘The Calling’, a process where every 17 year old is matched to another (of the opposite sex, homosexuality is illegal on Novo!) and proceed to get married and re-populate Novo. At first, she is against the whole idea but that changes when she gets a make-over, a new wardrobe, and a chance to showcase her artistic talent- as well as spending time with Cal, of course.
However, Zane interrupts her life when she starts to hear his voice in her head. Strangely, Zane can hear her too. Why are they psychically linked? What’s their relationship? Ariana doesn’t remember Zane. It’s not her fault, everyone on Novo had a memory cleanse when they moved there.
Thankfully, none of the characters were annoying. Ariana had her moments, which were understandable and Zane is really understanding. He accepts that Ari is with someone else, unlike her fiance Cal, who is EXTREMELY jealous.
Overall, it was a good story with a very interesting concept. I really liked the writing style and I really felt like I knew the characters. There was some drama but it’s there for a reason, and is a reflection of the character’s behaviour.
I’d recommend it.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (DC Icons #1)
Read between: 17th-18th July
Published: 31st August 2017
Synopsis: She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning…
Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.
Alia is a Warbringer – a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.
To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war
Review: This re-telling of the Wonder Woman story is similar to the movie- but with some differences, for example, there’s no Steve Trevor and it’s set during modern times rather than during the war.
Leigh Bardugo has also made the story very inclusive. Alia and Nima, two of the main characters aside from Diana, are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Nima is also LGBTQ+ but that wasn’t really made into an important character trait, it was more brushed upon when she fawned over Diana.
Diana is written really well, the author has obviously put in a lot of research about the character. I really love the Princess of Themiscyra. She’s such a bad ass!
It was great to see the inclusion of gods and creatures from myth- even if it was a little far fetched in places, but it did add to the story. The only downside is that some of the creatures were from the author’s imagination rather than actual greek mythology.
There were lots of plot twists, some that were pretty obvious but others I definitely didn’t see coming! There was also a point where I think there was a continuity error, unless I wasn’t paying attention- Diana’s shield was destroyed then a couple of chapters on she has a shield…..when did she get a new one?
I did feel that the unnecessary romance between Diana and Jacob was just used to show her vulnerability and solely as a plot point. However, although it wasn’t needed, the author did have a knack for description- and their kiss was very fiery!
I also liked how she described Themiscyra as well as Diana’s view of New York!
I did hope that there would be a moment when they used ‘Wonder Woman’ or referred to the comics in some way, but then it is an origin story. However, the ending the quite open so there is a suggestion we could get a sequel at some point where Diana has embraced her heroism.
A great story. There were some elements that could have been left out but overall I liked it.
Lovestruck by Siobhan Davis
Read between: 18th-19th July
Published: 20th March 2015
Synopsis: Everything changed the moment he found her…
Cal Remus is in love.
But the object of his affection barely acknowledges his existence. Worse: She acts like he’s the dirt sticking to the bottom of her shoe. Weaker men might give up. But not Cal. Hell no, he loves a good challenge and Ariana Skyee has made this the most intriguing challenge of all.
Having read his father’s confidential military files, Cal should be concerned about the seemingly fragile new world order on Planet Novo and the events back on Earth. But he’s distracted.
Securing Ariana’s love is his number one priority.
He’s going to win her heart, or die trying.
Review: This is a True Calling short story set before the first book and written from Cal’s perspective. It’s a little creepy in places, because he watches Ariana by standing outside her house. Thankfully, he realises this and stops acting that way!
As it’s set before True Calling, we can get an idea of how Cal felt before ‘The Calling’.
As a character though, he is a little obssessive…
It’s a good novella and helped me to understand him and his family life better, although it’s a shock to discover his father’s true nature.
A quick read, but useful to understand more about the character of Cal Remus.
And that’s all the books I read on holiday!
Thanks for reading