Monday, February 6, 2012

Significance by Shelly Crane

Sometimes what you always needed walks up when you least expect it...


I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of soul mates. When I read a certain popular series (that which shall not be named), I was intrigued, but hesitant at the idea of imprinting. I wasn’t pleased with the way it was handled in that particular series. Then, I read Significance. It was as if author Shelly Crane reached into my brain (and heart) and said, “Here you go... this is what you want.” And boy, was it ever. The romance... oh, the romance. Be still, my heart! I think I tingled from the top of my head to the tips of my toes the entire book! Sah-woon.

“His eyes opened and he smiled at me like he understood everything, like I was everything.”

Seventeen-year-old Maggie has had a rough year, to say the least. Her mom deserted them, her brother is struggling in NY, and their dad is pretty much a zombie, making their father-daughter relationship non-existent. Her boyfriend Chad dumped her for his football career, and her grades have taken a major hit. When cute, funny Kyle asks her out for the umpteenth time, she finally says “yes.” She may not be interested in Kyle romantically, but she doesn’t want to sit home alone on their graduation night, and she could use a friend. On the way to Kyle’s house, Maggie sees an oh-so-cute boy about to cross the street. Correction. What she actually sees is the oh-so-cute boy about to step into oncoming traffic! With quick reflexes and strength she didn’t know she possessed, she pulls Caleb out of harm’s way, never suspecting that both of their lives are about to be changed forever. Caleb just happens to be Kyle’s visiting cousin, and their family? Well, they are much more than the average family. They are part of a supernatural group of humans called Aces. When Caleb and Maggie touch, they get a jolt of energy followed by some incredible visions, and Maggie is thrown into a world she never knew existed. Caleb imprinted on Maggie. She is what they call his Significant. She is his soul mate, and he is hers.

 “'I saw something in you that I couldn't live without. I chose you, inside of me, and you chose me. It's not one sided, it only works when both people choose the other. You are perfect for me in every way.'”

Sigh. Not only are they perfect for each other, but they literally feel each other’s heart beats. They need one another’s touch to survive.

“'But... we will always be drawn together. We'll always crave each other. We'll always be in tune with each other, physically and mentally. There is nothing that can change or break that. And even if there was, I wouldn't want to. Not for the world.'”

This book is guaranteed to get your swoon-inator humming and your toes curling towards the heavens. Caleb is just...well... beautiful. Inside and out. He is exactly what Maggie needed, and vice versa.

“...his arm came around to hold me to him just as instinctively. It felt perfect, like it was right where I was meant to be.”

But it’s not all fun and romance, because there’s another group of Aces who are none-too-happy about Caleb and Maggie's imprint or what it means for their clan.
I adore Kyle - he is so funny and so very unwilling to give up on Maggie. You just have to admire that kind of dedication. Then, there’s the Dad who finally decides to give a damn, the ex-boyfriend who realizes he made a huge mistake, and the very protective older brother - all of whom seemed destined to make poor Maggie’s life crazier than it already is! Throw in a group of supernatural bad guys and an incredibly huge, loving, but slightly eccentric family, and you have one very entertaining, heart-warming, and exciting story.

I was super impressed with all of the supporting characters in this book and how the author made each one of them genuinely fascinating. I love the details of the abilities that she gave to Caleb’s family members as well as the other clans. It was nothing short of spectacular, and I want to immerse myself in learning everything about Aces. And Gran... who wouldn’t love Gran?

“'Gran, I'm only gonna ask this once. Please don't have sex talks with me, ok? Especially with Maggie in the room. Do you think we could do that?'”

I had been hearing a lot of buzz about Shelly Crane, and now I know exactly why. I can’t wait to read more from this incredibly talented author and more about Caleb and Maggie.

“You don’t love people for what they can give you. You don’t love them because of what they do for you or how good you make them look. Love is blind, love does not boast, love is not vain.”

A huge thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.