Significance by Shelly Crane (Kindle Edition) – Read November 16, 2011
Cost: $2.99 (as of this post)
Official Product Description:(This is book 1 of the Significance series) 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 meets Caleb. She saves his life and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. 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?
My Take: I was slightly reluctant to read this only because I’ve read so much Young Adult lately and a lot of them run together. This one does have some familiar YA aspects and themes, but it takes a unique approach to the concept of Soul Mates. I enjoyed the writing the characters came off really well and you even have some empathy for certain ‘bad guys’. I did like Kyle at first kind of, everyone knows a Kyle the guy who has a cute crush but just goes too far with it even after you tell him no. By the end of this I just wanted to shake him and snap him out of his punkness. Ok, anyway, I love the relationship between Caleb and Maggie it’s sweet and pure and honest and I love the concept of delving into each others minds and how intimate that can be. The whole concept of the Ace’s is pretty cool, but I feel like there is SO much left to learn about them, we never really find out much other than they have powers, imprint and what not. We even have a kind of mythology of how they come to be but I want to know more about the group so, I hope to read some about them in future novels. I really like this writer so far so I will definitely have to pick up some more of her works. The one thing that did bother me (other than Kyle) was the editing in some areas, there were extra words or words that didn’t make sense, but I read around them.