Lily Dale: Believing
by Wendy Corsi Staub
Review by Gayle Surrette
Walker Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780802796561
Date: 29 April 2008 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Calla Delaney is still trying to come to grips with her mother's death and her move to live with her grandmother in Lily Dale. She learned that she has a gift -- seeing the dead. Living in Lily Dale, the largest community of spiritualists, she's in the right place to learn how to handle the gift. But Calla is ambivalent about taking the classes, until she has a vision of a killer that just might be looking for her.
Beginning almost immediately after the end of Awakening, Calla has learned to be cautious about letting people know what she can do. She's having more visions and must make a decision about what to do. It's too late for one girl but in a similar vision she sees the girl move and knows she must act -- and soon.
But life doesn't stop just because you're confused. Calla's father wants to come visit and he doesn't know about Lily Dale or her grandmother's gift. Blue Slayton has asked her out again. She's also attracted to Jacy Bly but her new best-friend has a crush on him. Calla needs to stay in Lily Dale for the school year if she takes the classes in spiritualism. But, with enough planning she may get most of what she wants.
Jacy helps her to learn to relax and just listen. It really helps, but then the visions of her mother's death keep coming back. And what about the feeling that the killer is after her now?
Staub builds on the background she set up in Awakening. Calla is growing. She's learning to listen to herself and her environment. She's got a long way to go, but the growth gained last time is a good foundation for what is to come. There's still a lot that we don't know. Many of the threads left over from the last book have been fleshed out and added to, but they are not resolved.
The series is getting better and stronger. Calla and her friends are very much teens of today. These are the teens that you don't read about in the newspaper -- the ones that are just going about living their lives and trying to find a place for themselves, and a way to be true to who they feel they are.
I think you'll like Calla, once you meet her.