Friday, July 3, 2015

Review: Significance by Shelly Crane

Author: Shelly Crane
Series: Significance
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: June 15, 2011
Publisher: Kiss Me Publications 
My Rating: 2 Stars
Summary From Goodreads: 
Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. 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 

Significance has been sitting on my Kindle for a while now, so I finally decide to give it a try since I found out it’s going to be a movie aired on TV. 

Plot: Honestly, this would have been a book that I would really enjoy had I not already read something extremely similar to it. Maggie lives a seemingly ordinary life. After breaking up with her boyfriend of three years, she decides to finally accept going on a date with Kyle, who has been asking her out multiple times after her break up. On the way to meet him for their date, she runs into his cousin by accident. She literally saves him from being hit by a car when crossing the street. She discovers that he’s Kyle’s cousin when they end up walking to his house. Both can’t deny the connection between them and when they shake hands, something strange happens. Flashes of their future appear, and Caleb realizes Maggie is his Significance since they just imprinted, even though Maggie is human. This brings up problems with a rival supernatural group who hasn’t had any member of their clan find a Significance in years. 

The plot idea was definitely interesting but somewhat cliché. The imprinting aspect reminded me of the werewolves from the Twilight series. Also, the fact that being apart from your Significance caused physical pain seemed a little extreme. I would’ve appreciated the idea of Significances more if I had not read the Fate series by Heather Lyons which is almost identical in plot. The main character in both novels experiences a strange connection to a boy they have never met, and it turns out they’re destined to be together. The only difference is that the character in A Matter of Fate didn’t suffer as much being away from her Connection (aka her Significance if we’re talking terms of Shelley Crane’s novel). There is also a love triangle that spans across the entire Fate series that Significance doesn’t have, at least not in the first book. This is can either be better or worse depending on your opinion about love triangles. I probably won't be reading the rest of the series because I'm afraid that it will be just like Heather Lyons' books, which I actually liked despite the over stretched love triangle.

Romance/Characters: The romance, of course, was completely instalove considering the two are destined to be together. Caleb seemed like a genuinely nice guy, but Kyle annoyed me with his petty jealousy. Maggie was an alright character, nothing bad but nothing exceptionally special. Marcus is your typical villain, and besides him kidnapping her nothing else really happens. 

If you don't mind instalove and are looking for a quick fantasy read, Significance is the book for you. It's also currently free on Amazon Kindle! The plot is similar and different at the same time. It does have a Twilight aspect to it with the whole imprinting and share multiple similarities to A Matter of Fate, but the plot is still a cool idea.
Shelly Crane
Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants, site-see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music, and, of course, loves to read, but doesn’t have much time to these days with all the characters filling her head begging to come out.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.

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