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Believing (Lily Dale #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  977 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews

After her tumultuous summer in Lily Dale, Calla has decided to stay, hoping to unearth more about her mother’s untimely death. As she starts school at Lily Dale High and begins to explore her relationships with Jacy and Blue, her visions begin to occur with greater urgency. There may be a killer on the loose, and he may be after Calla for her role in solving his first vi

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Walker Books for Young Readers
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Apr 12, 2010 Jacqueline rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, mystery
Lily Dale: Believing is the second book in the Lily Dale series of ghost mysteries by Wendy Corsi Staub. I enjoyed this second a book a lot less than the first book and may not have finished reading it if it wasn't for the mystery component and my boundless curiosity.

After the cliff hanger ending of the first book in the series, Awakening, I was very eager to start this book. Unfortunately the author spends a lot of time especially in the first few chapters rehashing the first novel in a manner
Jun 03, 2009 Roxy rated it it was ok
This is book two in a three book series about a young girl named Calla Delany. the on going story through the three books is about Calla coming to terms with her mother's accidental death, moving to Lily Dale, NY to "temporarily" live with her maternal grandmother, and learning she along with most of the town has some sort of supernatural abilities, Calla and see and hear spirits. And the longer she stays in Lily Dale, her mother's childhood home, the more she learns about her mother and starts ...more
Oct 01, 2009 Laina rated it liked it
The second book in the Lily Dale Series. Calla is still in Lily Dale, and is...somewhat happy. She's got Blue slayton on her case twenty-four seven and her new friend Evangeline by her side. After she helped to find Kaitlyn Riggs' body in the last book, she still can't seem to get rid of the Spirit. Kaitlyn Riggs' killer is still out there, and her spirit wants Calla to stop him. Only pone problem--Calla has no idea how. This book was a great addition to the first one, Calla's character is so li ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 09, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
The story starts with a girl being kidnapped. Then it recaps what happened in the first book in the series, and how Calla Delaney found out she has psychic powers and can see and communicate with the dead.

Her mother is dead, yet the bracelet Calla accidentally dropped into her mother's grave appears in Calla's jewelry box. Then, going to her first day of school there, a ghost she had seen before appears and tries to communicate with Calla.

Calla is also still thinking about the possibility that
Sep 11, 2011 S C rated it did not like it
Just started this book and it is seriously irritating me.

I can't remember the first one being this bad but this book the tense is all mixed up and it's not from Calla's point of view yet instead of saying things like 'her dad' it just says 'dad' as though it is from her point of view. It's really confusing!

It's so bad I may have to give up and possibly finish at a future date when I'm feeling more patient.
Katy H
Apr 06, 2014 Katy H rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook, 2014, ya, series
I really enjoy this series...probably because I've always loved ghost stories - or, in this case, stories about people who can communicate with Spirit(s). I also love mysteries/thrillers and this had both. Lily Dale is on my list of places to visit before (and/or after?) I die. I was actually really surprised (for no good reason) to see Akron, OH mentioned as well. (view spoiler) ...more
Jamie Brooks
Apr 12, 2010 Jamie Brooks rated it really liked it
Loved it. I think the ending should have more impact. It was all this build up with the tiniest ending. Can't wait to read the next one though!
Nov 10, 2015 L8blmr rated it liked it
This series is not one of the more powerful out there for young adults, and might perhaps be enjoyed more by teens. However, I kind of like it and I suppose that has to do with the fact that Lily Dale actually exists. Now I feel a little bit invested in the main character, Calla, and will hang with the stories until the mystery she is so curious about is solved. These books are quick and easy reads and the libidos of the teenagers have not yet been completely out of control, so that was somewhat ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-and-teens
It has been several years since I found Lily Dale Awakening at a used bookstore and read it because it sounded interesting. I loved it and wanted to read the rest of the series, but it wasn't until this last winter that I finally acquired the next three books. Wendy Corsi Staub writes amazing suspense and romantic suspense novels. As far as I know, this is her only young adult series. I was as captivated by this book as I was the first one.
After her amazing summer in Lily Dale, Calla has decided
It has been several years since I found Lily Dale Awakening at a used bookstore and read it because it sounded interesting. I loved it and wanted to read the rest of the series, but it wasn't until this last winter that I finally acquired the next three books. Wendy Corsi Staub writes amazing suspense and romantic suspense novels. As far as I know, this is her only young adult series. I was as captivated by this book as I was the first one.
After her amazing summer in Lily Dale, Calla has decided
Robin Brown
This short series of Teen Fantasy books is an odd oxymoron.

Clearly aimed and written for a young teenaged audience, there are moments of violence, deep emotional devastation, and adult emotional themes. (not sex. there is no sex.)

Each book stands alone, although they really should be read together and in order.

Calla has just lost her mother, who buried her own teenaged years behind a wall of efficiency and 'normalcy.' This death is handled very well, and gives good insight into the grieving pr
Linda Munro
Apr 11, 2011 Linda Munro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit, this book held a special appeal to me because the setting is local, Lily Dale; and the plot was solving murders with the help of those who have passed on, something else I truly believe is possible. This is the second book in a series of four.

When the 'accidental' death of her mother occurs shortly after her father has accepted a sabatical in California, seventeen-year-old Calla leaves Tampa, Florida to temporarily stay with her grandmother, a spiritualist medium residing in Lily D
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it
From dust jacket:


The air squished right out of Calla's lungs.

"My daughter might never have been found if it weren't for a special girl her own age who happens to have an incredible gift," Ms. Riggs said.

Without warning, the screen goes dark.

Calls looks around. It's not a power outage, because the computer is still running and the lights are on.

So what hap-


The screen is back up.

Only it's jumped to a completely different page.

Calla's e
Feb 12, 2013 Carolynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
Ms. Staub is continuing her Lily Dale series with this fascinating story. Calla has begun to accept her abilities and take on new responsibilities, some that can get her killed. Of course, she doesn't tell her grandmother about what's going on and sets herself up for disaster. Still, the book is a clear portrait of someone discovering herself, and expanding as she learns more and more.

Ms. Staub writes with real feeling, and I really got into the story, whether I was reading about the give and t
Jul 17, 2008 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I would probably give this book 2.8 stars because it was a bit better than just OK and although I liked it, it wasn't as good as the first book.
This book suffered from "middle child syndrome." In the first Lily Dale book, Calla had just lost her mother, found her grandmother, moved to the spiritualist community Lily Dale and discovered she had psychic powers...a great beginning to a series. In this book, Calla decides to stay in Lily Dale with her grandmother in order to figure out the potential
May 22, 2010 Cindi rated it liked it
Not a bad little book! This YA novel resonnates with me, I suppose, because Calla is a teenager grieving the death of her mother and is distanced from her father even while she's committed to staying in Lily Dale with her "gammy". She feels closer - sometimes - to her mother by staying in the house her mom grew up in, going to the high school her mom attended and meeting the people that knew her then, sorta. Calla also begins to see that her mom may have kept secrets from her dad, and one of the ...more
Linda Lipko
Jan 28, 2011 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult

The second book in the Lily Dale series, this one can be read independent of the first.

Using the backdrop of Lily Dale, a town 60 miles south of Buffalo, NY and is possibly the largest Spiritualist community in the United States, the author follows the saga of 17 year old Calla who recently discovered her psychic ability.

Temporarily living with her maternal grandmother in Lily Dale, Calla becomes more convinced that her mother was murdered. This, added to th
Jan 12, 2015 Rayne rated it liked it
Nice pacing and kept my interest. Finishes with a cliffhanger - so I will definitely have to go onto the next book. The triangle is sweet - I must admit I'm leaning towards Jacy instead of Blue though. I think it's more the mystery surrounding him. The storyline is good - loving the mix of crime and paranormal (psychics). Let's see where her abilities go...
Oct 02, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
Good installment in the Lily Dale series. However, there was an event at the end which was never explained. Here it is: (view spoiler) I like to have ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Steph rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-in-2014
This series is fun & fast read!! Book 2 was a GREAT read for a rainy day... getting lost in/at Lily Dale!!
I love the characters. My Favorite is Calla's Grandmother!! I love the fact that Lily Dale is a real place and
at the end in the Author's note She shares her own vist to Lily Dale!! I love this series need to get book 3
May 06, 2015 Rachael rated it really liked it
I was so intrigued with everything that was going on in this book that I didn't get anything accomplished today except this book. I could not put it down. The characters are great, and I can't wait to see how their stories unfold. I loved the first one in the series, but I have to say that this one was a lot better. I am looking forward to reading the next two in the series soon.
Jun 23, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
Cala, is just trying to settle in living with her Gammy and starting a new school. And just as a routine starts Kaitlyn the girl whose body she helped locate shows up again saying "save her" and "stop him". Cala doesn't know what to do still feeling awkward talking about this with her Gammy, grieving over losing her mom and feeling more like that wasn't an accident after all. All the while Kevin is emailing again dad is coming for a visit she has to be tutored by Willow Blue's ex, Jacy is showin ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Believing is the second book in Staub's Lily Dale series. These books are fun, fast and cute. I really enjoy the main character Calla, as well as her eccentric grandmother, Odelia. The first book ended with a cliff ender, so book 3 "Connecting" will be on my to-read list too.
Tamora Pierce
Jul 10, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it
In the second book of the series, Calla (whose dad has agreed she can stay in Lily Dale, the family finances still too shaky for the California coast) starts school in Lily Dale, facing academic tribulations, a competitor for Blue's affections (who is also her math tutor), new lessons in the use of her psychic gifts, and the attention of the serial killer who has been killing teenaged girls in the tri-state area that includes Lily Dale. She is also finding more disturbing clues that hint that he ...more
Apr 30, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, death-ghosts
It's been quite some time since I was last in Calla's world. I read Awakening a year or two ago (soon after it came out, I think) and I got sidetracked. So I was really relying on Wendy to reintroduce me to the story.

She did a good job on that note. Even though I only vaguely remembered a few things from its predecessor (I really only remembered Evangeline! I didn't even remember Calla!), Wendy got me back on track. And it was nice. It wasn't the greatest suspense/supernatural story I've ever re
The BookWhisperer
Nov 13, 2009 The BookWhisperer rated it really liked it
I loved this story. Calla has settled into her new life in Lily Dale. She is accepting the knowledge that her mother may have not accidentally fell down the family home's stairs and that she is seeing and talking to ghosts. Not only is she settling in; but she actually likes her new home, and is taking an active role with her newly discovered abilities. [return][return]Wendy Corsi Staub writes a hell of story, that with capture and intrigue the reader through the last pages. After two books, I a ...more
Kaisa Mettille
It was a good book however not much actually happens in it.
Oct 30, 2008 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
The mysteries continue in the second book of the Lily Dale series. After spending the summer with her grandmother, Calla decides to stay a in Lily Dale hoping to unearth more about her mothers untimely death. When Calla helps authorities find the body of a missing girl, she becomes the next target of Kaitylns killer who has perpetrated a string of abductions. While trying to understand more about her new found gift she uncovers the whereabouts of a recent victim that has been dumped while still ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I said I wanted fluffy light-hearted reading after The...Dragon Tattoo and the Hunger Games, and my mom gives me ghost stories. But even though I am occasionally clutching the book, I really am enjoying this series. (Mind you I am a complete CHICKEN!!!) But they are realy easy reads and I find myself thinking about the book(s) often. There are times when I want to yell at the main character, Calla and say "why oh why are you not telling your grandmother about all this, she can help you!" I ...more
Allison Riehl
A lovely installment in the series.
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