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Believing (Lily Dale #2)

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After spending the summer in Lily Dale, Calla has decided to stay for a few more months, and will soon be starting school at Lily Dale High. She's finally getting used to her new home and her newly realized gift. But lately, the visions occur much more frequently and have a greater sense of urgency. There may be someone who needs her help but there might also be a killer o ...more
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Published December 14th 2010 by Walker Books (first published June 9th 2009)
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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
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
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
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
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
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!
Linda Munro
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
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
Carolynn Padgett
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
I'm enjoying the development of the characters and story lines in this series, but I still despise the way this author mixed up verb tenses. It makes for disjointed reading!!
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
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
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
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
Marie Dafgard
This one wasn't as good as the second. It seems like there's 230 pages of build-up, then two pages of climax, and then the rest is setting up for the next book. It was cool for the first book knowing all about Lily Dale beforehand and the area and all...but now I'm noticing all of the inaccuracies (Anchor Bar does not serve's all RC Cola!) They might be small, but they're enough to irritate me during slow build-up in a book like this. Not really feeling a need to read the ...more
I have really enjoyed this series... such an easy read (and so hard to put down once you start!!!)

I think part of the allure is that it is based on places that are near me, places that I have driven past or can go to in a short amount of time. I am desperately trying to talk some of my friends to going to Lily Dale during the summer... but do so with mixed feelings (excited yet scared!!!)

I am going to Amazon immediately to order the third book in hopes that it is as enjoyable as the others.
With the death of her mother Calla finds herself in the town that her mother grew up in. Her mother never talked about her past. Calla finds out that the town is loaded with mediums and that she too has this same ability. She sets out to find out everything about Lily Dale and her mother’s past. This is a very enjoyable read with mystery happening throughout. This book is the first in the series.
Slightly better than Awakening, I would give this one three and a half stars if that were allowed. All the ticks in the first book that I found so irritating, the writing in present tense, Calla being a bit of an idiot when it comes to trusting her own perceptions, Calla having no common sense — these are all still annoying. However this book had more shape to it, and moved along faster.
This series of books makes me yearn to visit Lily Dale. It sounds so picturesque and it would be fun to stop at on an East Coast road trip. I liked the authors note at the end of this one sharing her own visit to Lily Dale. Somthething about the town being a real place makes the books that much more interesting. I'm excited to read last two.
I liked this one even more then the first book in the series. This book was very suspenseful as Calla embraces her spiritual side in the search for the reason of her mother's death. I really liked the aspect of Calla helping in murder cases because of her psychic abilities. I really liked this one and can't wait to read Connecting.
Jenn Estepp
i'm pretty sure i read this book a while ago, but maybe i just started it and didn't finish it? because i totally remembered the beginning but not really the ending ... forgetting the book is maybe a bad sign but i'm chalking it up to me, because this time around it was a good, quick supernatural read. and i really want to visit lily dale.
WCPL Teens
Continues where Liliy Dale: Awakening left off. Calla has more questions than ever about her mother's death but is distracted by the spirit of a dead girl whose body she helped loacte. The girl wants her to find the man responsible because he's still out there abducting other girls. But will the man find Calla before she finds him?
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