Review: Significance by Shelly Crane

August 7, 2013 Book 1

Title: Significance
Author: Shelly Crane
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy, Romance
Series: Significance #1
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: June 2011
Source: Own

Significance (Significance, #1)

Goodreads Summary: 

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?

Marianne

This is the first book in which Jennifer and I differ from opinion…. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

This book… this book…

I mean, I guess it was an okay book for me. I don’t know. There’s so many people rating it 4 and five stars, and here I am, struggling to give it 3.

The main problem I had with this book was the whole “soul mates” and “imprinting” theme. I’m perfectly okay with these themes, but the fact that they weren’t as explained as I would’ve wanted them to be turned me off.

Here’s the deal with these themes: they’d be great themes to explore in a book, if they’re explored correctly. Here, whenever the words “soul mate” or “imprint” were mentioned, I’d cringe, because it sounds really unhealthy to have to depend on someone else to be alive. This takes co-dependency to a whole new and even unhealthier level.

And you know what? I would’ve been okay with this, if I hadn’t found other problems, such as clumsy/forced dialogue, generic characters, and need for a more fleshed out plot.

  • The Dialogue: I didn’t really enjoy it. I think this book was in need of an editor to help smooth it out more. It just seemed too forced for me, and I had trouble distinguishing between the characters at times.
  • The Characters: I loved Caleb, because he was cute and swoon-worthy and whatnot. I also loved his family because they were quirky and funny and supportive. However, other characters, such as Kyle* (the rejected boy who has a thing for Maggie), and Rebecca (the much more eccentric than Maggie best friend), where way too generic for my taste. *If Kyle were a nice guy, then I could accept this, but Kyle was basically a douche. Kyle, get this through your small head: MAGGIE IS IMPRINTED. SHE CAN’T MAGICALLY FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU. GET OVER IT. Gah.
  • The Romance: I think this is what I loved most from the book. Basically, the romance is what makes the book. This romance was so… different. It was so funny seeing how they didn’t need to be hesitant around each other, (because, you know they’re soul mates) but they still did because they wanted to develop a “real” relationship, not one created by a stupid imprint. It’s true that what they did for 65% of the book was touch foreheads and whatnot, but, at least they’re trying to be a normal couple.
  • The Ending: Arrrgghhhhhh.

After reading 387 pages, I would have thought that I’d get a better ending. The ending left everything un-resolved, (in my opinion), and I just… can’t.

Overall, I will read book 2, because I can’t stand to leave a story unfinished. I hope to see some of the issues mentioned in this review to be resolved in the next book.

Rating: 2.75 Stars (Yes, it is, in fact, 2.75. Why not 3? Why not 2.5? Because I felt like 2.75 was an accurate rating.)

Jennifer

Maggie is a seventeen-year-old teen going through things no one should face. Like having to get a job to maintain herself and her father, deal with the abandonment of her mom, and being dumped by her boyfriend after being in a relationship for three years. And Senior year has ended. On a normal night, her life is changed completely when she saves the life of a guy that turns out to be her soul mate, her Significant. Entering a world of paranormal and finding the true love of her life might sound easy at first.  After years of none of their kind imprinting, an enemy clan finds it unfair that the Jacobson clan is always in the upper hand in everything.

At the first few pages the story might sound like Twilight, but it isn’t. I liked how the author took the all-too-known topic of soulmates and gave her some of her own touch in a good way. One would think that only werewolves and ever-reincarnating souls have soulmates, but in this story Shelly Crane doesn’t go by those rules.

The plot is a mix of seeing Caleb and Maggie develop a relationship without making the other feel in the pressure of loving mutually without a choice in the matter, even though they are soulmates. If it wasn’t because I knew they were soulmates, I probably wouldn’t have liked it much because most of the book screams Insta-love! Which I don’t like much. But at least it was delivered in a way that was manageable and not at an all slimmy/corny way. If you don’t like Insta-love, I don’t think this book is for you. But, if you’re a hopeless romantic, specially to paranormal, then this book is for you. I probably liked it more than what I should because I wanted to read some mushy romance with paranormal xD

The other part of the plot was the paranormal aspect that I liked. There are these people called Aces, whom when they reach age (twenty-two) they have abilities after they imprint. They’re like us, only with superpowers and soulmates. We have a general outline of how this works and who are like that and their abilities. While the story is based on this and the imprint, it is not the main focus. The main focus is Maggie and Caleb, plus the big hate the other clan has for the Jacobson’s.

I’m a bit conflicted by Maggie, because at some moments she’s kind of afraid and at others she’s in fighter mode. But I suppose we’re all like that at times so it’s understandable.  She’s understanding, caring, and even with the whole soulmates hippie going on, she doesn’t give in to it completely, maybe only 70% percent so it’s better than a whole 100%.

But Caleb, oh Caleb. I think the whole reason why I liked this book was for him…. and some of the plot of course, but mostly him *sighs*.

He’s so dreamy, and perfect, and everything you’d hope for in a fictional character (cos real people aren’t almost flawless lol). You can know more of what I think of him by clicking here for the second My Perfect Boyfriend meme.

In general, it was a good read. And I’m really excited for the movie to come out, though I’m afraid that the screenwriters will change it a lot and make it look as a bad movie *shrudders*.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Overall Rating: i liked it

M&J

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