Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review: Significance by Shelly Crane

Genre: Supernatural


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?


In her novel Significance, Shelly Crane tells a sweet story of how two adolescents on the brink of adulthood discover that they are soul mates. Caleb and Maggie are realistic characters, and the audience can genuinely feel the awkward hesitancy that comes with new romances. Crane explores a new dimension of the imprinting phenomena, while simultaneously keeping the supernatural elements subtle and tasteful. Their blossoming love is the star of the show. 

Though they are rushed into a relationship, Caleb and Maggie do so with maturity, taking care to pace their new relationship as slowly as possible. I have been craving a YA novel that illustrates the struggles of older adolescents that face the responsibilities of the adult world, and I think this series sates it. The opposition that the characters face is appropriately evil. The well scene was startling and disturbing. After all the mush I was anxious for the sense of danger and terror. Overall, I enjoyed reading Crane's novel and I look forward to reading Accordance, the next installment in the Significant series.

Random Quote: "Something triggered, rather, in my mind. A flash of something crossed before my eyes and I found myself doing some strange roundabout kick thing and saw Marcus go down to the grass on his back...Kyle's father had taught me karate that day and I was skeptical, but no more. It was amazing. My brain was literally teaching me karate as I went along. And when Marcus reached for my arm, I used it on him. It was like watching a movie. I didn't control it, I just did it."

Rating: 4 out of 5 owls
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