Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review: Significance (Significance, #1) by Shelly Crane

Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but then her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating - barely - and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she saves the life of Caleb and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.

They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive.

Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him.

Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

I took a shot in the dark with this one.  I'm not even sure how I came across the title, and I had not read anything by Crane before cracking open this cover, but there was just something about this book's description that had me wanting to check it out for myself.  And once again I got lucky and I'm very glad that I found yet another title to add to my shelves that I can't wait to recommend to friends and book lovers alike.

While it has what I'd consider a crazy premise, the action was great, and Crane's writing was effortless.  Her characters had you instantly engaged and invested before breaking out of the first quarter of the book.  Maggie and Caleb were impossible to resist.  Readers will instantly find themselves on their "side" and want nothing more than for things to work out for them in the end.  Their families were a fun extra dynamic that Crane threw into the story and I enjoyed getting to know each and every one of them.

While it would have been nice to see Maggie and Caleb able to just enjoy the miracle that was given to them when they found each other, unfortunately Crane decided to put them through the ringer from the very start.  Not only was there trouble and plenty of obstacles thrown their way from outside forces and rival families, Maggie and Caleb had to deal with the turmoil brewing with some of their own family members as well.  It was packed with drama (the good kind) and action and suspense that had me on the edge of my seat and racing through the pages so that I could find out what would happen by the book's end.

I couldn't resist picking up the next installment in the Significance series immediately and can't wait to dive right in.

I gave Significance (Significance, #1) 4 shamrocks!!!!

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