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Destiny Rising (True Calling) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 30, 2015
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EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1
Mercifully, I've been left undisturbed for the last hour--undisturbed by other humans that is.
My thoughts, however, are entirely another matter.
Severely disturbed is more akin to how I feel at the swarm of memories that are presently invading my mind.
Forced to flee when the government unexpectedly attacked Saoirse's facility in Florida, I can barely recall our arrival here in the underwater military Command Center. It hadn't actually taken that long to travel here even though we are thousands of miles out at sea and scraping the bottom of the ocean floor. That's the beauty of the Velo network, I suppose. Designed specifically as a high-velocity transportation system, it can travel at the speed of light. Okay, so I made that last bit up, but it's probably not far from the truth.
Vaguely remembering Cal going to sort out our accommodation, I had taken flight at the first opportunity. I'd wandered aimlessly for a while until I stumbled into the main lobby area. Levels stretched upward as far as I could see. Curious to discover what was at the top, I'd hopped in the elevator and ended up here.
The observation deck reminds me a little of the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center but without all the buildings and the crowds. The view is still spectacular though.
Scooting forward on my knees, I press my nose to the glass and stare at the multi-colored fish as they dance on by. The water outside is eerily calm and there's barely a ripple.
The one observation I've made so far about our new home is how weird it smells. If I were standing at the top of the Empire State Building now, I'd inhale the fresh minty air and feel the sting on my skin as wind whistled by, whipping my hair around my face. There's nothing here but a sterile, clinical-type odor that reminds me of a hospital ward, or the whiff you get when you sit in a brand new car for the first time. I wiggle my nose as my nostrils itch aggravatingly. I hope I'm not allergic.
Approaching footsteps break my reverie, and my heart rate rockets when I sense who it is.
There's no hiding from him.
Not now. Not ever.
"I've been looking for you everywhere."
Glancing up, I automatically sweep him from head to toe. Sculptured jawline, check. Sparkling blue eyes, double check. Defined chest and abs, oh, yeah. Before I can continue my ogling, he drops to his knees beside me. My body still presses into the glass, but he gently tugs on my shoulders, easing me back. Twisting around, he snags me onto his lap.
My gaze remains latched onto his, and I know I need to stop staring. But I can't force myself to look away, almost like it's an inhuman feat I'm incapable of achieving. "I feel like man-candy." Cal smirks.
I snort in a most unattractive manner. "I can easily get behind that," I say, visualizing getting all up in his personal space. Yeah, my mind is still in the gutter, though I'm totally blaming my pregnancy hormones for that.
Threading his fingers in mine, Cal stares at me pensively. "Talk to me. What's going on?" Panic builds in my chest and I avert my eyes.
Mission accomplished on the whole staring thing.
"Nothing much," I mutter, focusing on my feet. I won't lie to his face.
"Is it him? Do you remember?"
Even though he's somewhat hit the nail on the head, there's no way I'm admitting to that right now and not until I've spoken to Zane about the horrific memory that's hijacked my mind and threatened my sanity. Though I'm unsure if I'll ever get to do that, for we've been separated again, and this time I fear there's no returning from it.
Zane has been in a coma since he took a bullet for me in the woods outside the Clementia compound. Miraculously, I'd still been able to communicate with him through my mind, but that connection is lost now and I'm terrified for him. Even when we were living on different worlds, we'd found a way to communicate. Now there is nothing but a blank, empty void, and I'm so afraid of what that means.
I'm still mad at him though.
I'd confided in him about the weird dreams I've been having these last couple of weeks. He knew; yet, he said nothing and tried to brush it off. "That sounds very mundane," he'd said. 'Mundane' indeed. I had sensed something was off, but given everything else going on at that time, I'd let it drop.
I know what he would say if he were here now and I could confront him. I was only trying to protect you.
By lying to me.
I'm so sick of all the deceptions, well intentioned or not. And I direct that thought at myself too. I'm the worst culprit, and I hate myself for it. Nonetheless, I'm not breathing a word to Cal about the abhorrent memory that has resurfaced, threatening to derail me completely.
I don't think I even like me anymore, so how on earth can I expect him to if he finds out? Though the temptation to share the burden is riding me hard, I can't risk losing Cal again. "I remember some stuff, but it's not what you think. It's just the enormity of everything and where I am. I had such plans for my life, you know? None of this was on my agenda." I shake my head and bite down on my lip. Risking a peek at him, I note his narrowed eyes and taut jawline. Jeez, I'm such an idiot. I can't seem to stop putting my foot in it.
"I'm not explaining properly," I say, wrapping my arm across his shoulders. "I want to be with you, but all the other stuff ... it's overwhelming. And it's as if it's just hit me, like an out-of-control juggernaut."
"You know you can tell me anything, right?" He twists a lock of my hair around his finger.
He doesn't believe me.
"Of course. And I would if there was anything to tell. I'm just trying to get my head around everything." I hate lying again because I've promised him that there will be no more secrets between us.
But I can't tell him this.
I can't. I won't.
I don't want to see the look in his eyes when he realizes I'm not the person he thinks I am. I always thought I was a good person, but now? Now, I'm not so sure.
My eyes dart to the glass again. "I wish I was a fish," I blurt out.
Cal almost chokes on his laugh. "What?"
"Look at them," I say, motioning with my hand. "They look content, right?"
"Okaaaay. I'll play along." He arches a brow.
My eyes stare transfixed out the window. "Life must be so simple, just swimming along without a care in the world. And if they succumb to a predator, it would be fast. Two seconds of realization and then poof, over and out. No politics, no suffering, no impending war. No ..." I clamp my mouth shut in time, the word 'baby' lying unspoken on my tongue.
If Cal notices, he doesn't let on. "Hhmm," he says, his finger trailing a path down the side of my face. My skin tingles in every place where he touches me and I shudder. He smiles knowingly. "How do you know fish aren't plagued with worries and concerns? That they don't think and feel the same way we do?" His lips tug up at the corners.
"Oh please! What do they have to worry about? Corrupt governments? Fake rebel movements? A deranged bitch with some kind of personal vendetta?"
He frowns, his finger momentarily stalling on my cheek. "If you were a fish, which one would you be?"
I'm caught off guard by the blatant diversion, but I decide to go with the flow.
Anything to avoid a further convo about my recalled memories.
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Top customer reviews
This series would make a great movie saga. This review has a hell of a lot of spoilers.
Arianna is one of my favorite YA characters. I like the fact that she is constant. Also that she stands up and fights for what she believes in. I was okay with the mistakes Ari made because she is human. We all make mistakes. The difference being; Ari admitted and owned up to hers. I think that is what makes her a strong honorable person.
Ari was put in a horrible situation and she did the best she could. I liked the fact that Ari stayed true to Cal. Yes…Ari admitted that she still loved, Zane, and even kissed him a few times. But to me; it would not have been as realistic if she didn’t waver or have uncertainties. Ari had her memories stripped from her mind. Her 1st love was taken from her. Life is a bitch! Sometimes, I do believe things happen for a reason, but they work out the way they should.
I normally root for a heroine’s first love. With the True Calling series, I guess it’s how you view it. Technically, Cal was Ari’s 2nd. But for the readers, Cal was our 1st. I’m Team Cal. That’s never wavered.
What’s refreshing about this series was that Ari chose her 2nd love. I had my doubts along the way. Ari and Zane had a rare psychic connection, both having mind abilities. Plus, Ari had Zane’s love stolen from her. I felt like what Cal said was true. “Right now, you don’t remember. But if your memories return, you may then realize that you love him more than me.”
I think that’s a very true statement. That thought had me worried sick because there was indecision when Ari did remember that she loved Zane. I was Damn delighted when Ari declared she loved Cal more. Even though they didn’t share a physic bond; there was just something magnetic about their relationship that made it so special.
The main concept of this novel or at least my perception is; fate can choose your soul-mate, but you can choose your own destiny. I believe Arianna and Zane were fated to be together. But as Ari stated; life chances….things change. Ariana rose up and chose her destiny to be with Cal. Ari choosing Cal, her 2nd love is not typical in other stories, making it more unique. It was never about Ari’s 1st love. The irony to this series is that Ari choose her destiny to be with her 2nd, and that’s the love she fought for.
Zane turned out to be a good guy. He grew on me, and I was able to connect with him in book 3. I found myself wanting him to be happy and find love. He deserved it. I just didn’t want him to find love with Arianna.
Zane was dealt an unfair stack of cards in life. In books 1 & 2, one of the issues I had with Zane, was his longing for Arianna. I wanted him to man up, and grow a pair. If it was meant for them to be together, then it would have played out that way.
In book 3, Zane started off in a coma. I was relieved to find out that Zane was still alive. That relief was short lived when I wasn’t sure what Ari’s decision would be.
I actually enjoyed being in Zane’s head in this book. I could sympathize more with him. When Zane accepted that it was not mean for him and Ari to be together, I thought, hallelujah! Long overdue. I respected him more as a man when he finally let her go, but I felt his heartache. I didn’t want him to be in pain.
There’s so much to say about Cal, being so smitten for him. He’s a rare blond that I have rooted for. I loved his playful personality and his bad boy appeal. Cal’s hilarious and I thought he had the best lines in the series. I also loved the way he loved Ariana. Zane loved her just as much. But it was Cal’s love that I adored.
Another characteristic I liked about Cal was his morals and standards. As the series went on, it was thrown out there that Cal might be a traitor. I never believed it because I’d always believed in him. Cal fought for what he believed was right, and he had a good heart. He also didn’t play games. Cal wasn’t going to deal with ploys of the twisted triangle. Cal told Ari that from the beginning. He loved her wholeheartedly, but was not going to have his heart trampled on. I respect that. At one part in this story, Cal said, “Screw this! We’re though.”
My mouth was hanging open, and I thought, Wait! What just happened? But it just backed up Cal’s honest character.
I was so excited for Part III, being the 1st time in Cal’s head. He drops a ton of F bombs, but hey, that’ Cal. His POV was entertaining and fun to read. There was one part in his view where for the 1st time, I found myself angry with Cal. He’s not one to be hypocritical, so it really bothered me. When Ari and Cal finally found each other again, claiming their undying love for each other, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Time apart is what showed this 2 they could not live without each other. They agreed to leave the past in the past…no more secrets. Ariana needed to share some things that she had been keeping from Cal which was honorable of her to do. So, I was dumbfounded when Ari made her confession about kissing Zane 3 times and Cal stated that he wasn’t sure if he could even forgive her. Cal being livid…yes. But after weeks had passed and Cal still wasn’t sure if he could forgive Ari threw me for a loop. Upon not having seen her for 2 months, he had just told her, nothing she said would change his feelings or him wanting to be with her. Ari admits she kissed Zane, and wham…it may be over. I mean for Pete’s sake, Cal, yes they kissed. But Zane didn’t penetrate. That’s a huge difference in my books.
For once, I totally agreed with what Zane told Cal. It’s not that I ever disliked Zane, he was just in the way of Cal. But Zane’s speech to Cal, earned major points with me. Zane took the higher road, truly being an honorable man. I chunk Cal’s lapse in character of being a hypocrite, to his hormone injections.
Zane’s speech lighted a fire under Cal’s ass that was overdue. After that episode, Cal was back in my good grace.
This 3rd final installment of the True Calling series didn’t disappoint. Now looking back, I can appreciate everything that happened, since I know the outcome. My emotions were all over the place when I read this book. I wasn’t sure how I would feel when it was over.
Loved how in this novel the love issues were not resolved until the end. Even though it damn near killed me. That concept was different. Although it was a roller coaster, it was done well, and worth the ride.
Ari’s gift was a neat aspect of the story. I liked how even though this series is Sci-fi, the story had a very realistic feel. As for I believe in premonition, 6th senses, and 3rd eyes. I don’t believe in telekinesis though. I have to draw the line somewhere. Lol.
This plotline had a lot of action, romance, and suspense. All being what makes my favorite in a genre. I liked how we got to see Ari’s gifts in action. In the end finale; Ari’s power of dismantling the bomb seemed a little farfetched. Other than that, it was a great addition to the story.
The twist with Ari’s pregnancy was a shocker. That’s some sick s***. But being an ultrasound tech for 15 ½ years, makes me question their advanced technology. That doctor should have been fired if he didn’t see the 2nd baby during her 1st ultrasound. The concept was wicked though, so I went with it with a smile.
Again, Ms. Siobhan is the queen of not only cliff hangers but suspense. I was not expecting what happened on the very last paragraph of the very last page. Literally…my mouth was hanging open. And it almost broke my heart. Praise Sonar, it turned out okay. I don’t think I could have accepted it. I would have been devastated.
The epilogue in this book was one of the most beautiful epilogues I have ever read. I felt all the issues that needed to be resolved were. I didn’t have any lingering questions that weren’t answered. The irony of the epilogue was epic, a delightful surprise. One I didn’t see coming. The irony to this story was satisfying, making perfect sense.
My favorite traits of a story are the connection of plots and entities within. The best stories are ones with a metaphoric or underlining purpose. The connection of events and plotlines binding together, making the concept of the novel hole. Ari with Cal. Zane with Melanie, Cal’s sister. You can’t get more ironic then that.
Destiny Rising has a beautiful ending to a wonderful Sci-fi series. I recommend this series to anyone who loves Sci-fi with a twist. Conflicted romance and action.
Saoirse organization is preparing nonstop to battle the government and take over Earth and Novo too. Ariana, her father and those who she loves most are joined on this battle for their freedom and justice. But that is not the only thing happening on Ariana's life, old memories are resurfacing, old discoveries and new realities and making her whole world fall apart forever and she needs to decide what is best for her and her family. Her father makes a decision and sends her away to Greece for a while on the pretest that she has to concentrate on her psychic gift to evolve and fully extent it to help the battle that they are all in. While she is away she manages to connect with her psychic gift with the help of someone who has the same powerful gift and it evolves to the max, but she also makes some major personal decisions that will either destroy her childhood boyfriend Zane or her fiancée Cal's heart, but it's a decision that she is ready to make.
When she comes back and battle is fully on, fate takes another turn and Ariana is face with another major decision, one that will have to involve making a deal with the enemy. She then faces the worst choice of making the ultimate personal sacrifice or risk everything she holds dear. What will she do? Well, you just have to read to find out. Will Saoirse and Ariana will this battle against the government? What will the future look like? Who did Ariana choose; Zane or Cal?
These are questions that you will have answers too, some you will like others you will not, but you will get them. I wasn't happy with one of the choices Ariana made, but overall the book was really good. I really liked how everything wrapped up nicely and how you get to see much more into the future that you get from other books.
I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars, I probably would have give 5 if she had made another choice but that's just my personal option, and that's what reviews are for, right? And everyone has different options and I'm sure some people probably liked her decision. Do I recommend this trilogy, absolutely!!!
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Finally finishing this book and it was nothing short of a roller coaster ride. The whole series was amazing!Read more