Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review: Beyond Reach

Book Cover: Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis
Published 1 May 2015 by Siobhan Davis
Source: review copy supplied by the author

Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.

Presented with evidence of her fiancé Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane.

When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.

Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.

But some things just can’t be undone.

My Thoughts

Beyond Reach picks up immediately after the events of True Calling. (Read my review of True Calling here.) Ari is now back on earth and living in the secret compound of the rebel faction known as Clementia. Unfortunately, her mother, sister, and fiancé were left behind on Novo. Reunited with her former boyfriend, Zane, Ari still has no memories of him and this is a major source of conflict between them.

As the story develops, Ari discovers that the leadership of Clementia are not what she had thought. There's something really underhanded going on. That just adds to her stress as she withholds her father's information in exchange for the rescue of her family and Cal from Novo.

Did you ever watch Lost in Space on TV? Every episode had about 90 seconds of the next one tacked on the end, always ending on a suspenseful cliffhanger. Well, that's just about what happened in Beyond Reach. I've read a lot of trilogies and series where you know there's more to come, but at least the current episode comes to a satisfactory conclusion. But that's not the way that Davis constructed her trilogy. And, I have to state that I really don't like it when the “To Be Continued” card is played when the next volume isn't available. I'm eager to read the next chapter in the story of Ari, Cal, and Zane. I'd have been just as eager even if there weren't a cliffhanger ending.

Okay. I'll stop whining, because this is a small aggravation that didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the book. I liked Beyond Reach very much. Both of the story arcs—the political situation between the rebels of Clementia and the governments of Novo and Earth as well as the romantic triangle between Ari, Zane, and Cal—were well developed. And the characters are realistic with their own personalities, faults, and strengths.

I have to give a hearty recommendation for Beyond Reach. By the time you read the first two books in this trilogy, perhaps the third will be available and you won't have the long wait that I'll have to experience. Davis has crafted an excellent story and appealing characters, all designed to draw the reader in. My time on Novo and in the Clementia compound weren't long enough and I look forward to returning to the world of Beyond Reach as soon as possible.

Thanks to Siobhan Davis for an advanced reader's copy and to Lola of Lola's Blog Tours for introducing me to Ms. Davis' books and arranging this blog tour. If you'd like to see what other readers have thought about Beyond Reach, follow the links in the tour schedule


SiobhanAbout the Author

Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction 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. A member of the IWI writers group, Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons. Contact Siobhan at

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Beyond Reach from the author via NetGalley in return for an honest review. This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which the BookObsessed online community will receive a few cents if you make purchases.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting my blog tour today, I really appreciate it!

    1. Siobhan -- thank you for stopping by my blog. I am definitely enjoying your books and look forward to the release of the last in the trilogy.

  2. You have me curious because I too loved Lost in Space.

    1. Danger, Will Robinson!

      Other than the cliffhanger endings and some language eccentricities which I whined about in my review of True Calling, I couldn't find much to criticize with the two books (so far) in this series. They have enough action to keep me engaged. The romance is OK for an older teen—nothing explicit, but some choices which a younger teen shouldn't make.

      If you like YA SF, then you might find that you would enjoy reading the True Calling series.