Thursday, December 29, 2011

Significance by Shelly Crane Review

Significance is the first book of the Signicicance series. The second book of the series, Accordance, came out in September of this year. The third book, Defiance, is coming out May of 2012.

Synopsis: (Custody of Goodreads)
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 Thoughts:
Note: I am not a big fan of contemporary books but I do enjoy fantasy and sci-fi so I decided to give this book a try. If you like contemporary books, with a twist of fate, I think you will love this book.
The story reminds me of the Twilight Saga. It has a tight knit paranormal family while the mundane family is weak and broken. There is also a "bad" group which want to hurt the main girl. Each paranormals have special abilities. For some reason I enjoyed this book more than Twilight.
First I'll mention the things I didn't like about the book.
To begin with I didn't enjoy the emphasis on Maggie's sob story of her family. I really think this contributes to many readers' distaste of whining. I don't enjoy reading other's problems. I have enough problems of my own. Other part of the whining came with Maggie was thinking about what if she and Caleb never imprinted. She was doubting if Caleb would had loved her, but I mean come on, you are a gorgeous, sweet girl. How can he not love you?
Now to the things that I did love about this book.
First I love the abilities of the family! One of the member had the ability of transferring knowledge. It immediately reminded me of the TV show Chuck and how it is the intersect. Images would flash by and the person would gain the knowledge of whatever is passed on. Gold star there!
This book also avoided one of my biggest pet-peeve, which is authors trying to write "teen-like" stuffs. Shelly did a good job of writing teen conversations and reactions. It didn't sound forced. It didn't sound like some old editor trying to think she knows teens and try to put all the "cool" words in.
I read this book in my graduating year and it really connect to me because Maggie was graduating. I found that some books are so unrealistic about school. Most books never mention about grades and other stuff. In my graduating year, all my fellow peers were worrying about grades and universities, not love. I mean of course there were relationships but it didn't dominate most of the life like most books write to be. So when the book mention how Maggie screwed up in her final years and her grades drop and she got to get a job to support herself, I felt that, because I lived a part of that.

Shelly did a fabulous job describing characters. I personally felt that I hated Kyle. He was such a jerk. I mean yes he just got his girl stolen away, but Maggie didn't love him. So basically Caleb avoiding years of heart break for Kyle. Shelly made the characters so real and how their emotions penetrated into me was phenomenal. I felt the anger, the love, the pain. This book was better than I thought. Great job Shelly.

4 out of 5 stars. :)


  1. Yay! Great review! I bought this book awhile back, and I got Accordance as well. I can't wait to read it. I loved Twilight, so hopefully I'll love this one too.

  2. Great review! I've heard so many good things about it. Haven't bought it yet, tough :)

  3. Great review!! I loved this book so much!!! I just got Accordance and can't wait to start it!!

  4. Great review! I'd never heard about this one but it sounds really good. :)

  5. Think I might have to check this one out!

  6. Thanks for your great review! I really enjoyed this book after finding it by chance. I always like to hear others opinions on books that I have read, especially of they are similar to mine! Thanks again!


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