BOOK REVIEW: “Significance” by Shelly Crane

Title: Silent: Significance
Author: Shelly Crane
Publication: March 26, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Genre: YA Fiction, Romance
Source: Netgalley



SYNOPSIS: (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?

**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchance for an honest review.**

Before I go into detail, I want to say I do like the story line in this book. “Significance” by Shelly Crane is definitely a story people love… I mean look at the number of books she has sold (NY Best Seller!). While I loved the story, I did find small issues with the book that brought the rating down a little, but I definitely want to be clear. It’s a good story and most people will enjoy it immensely.

“Significance” is the story of Maggie, who finds herself in an epic love story with Caleb, a boy she just met. Of course, with every good story is a twist! The characters are lovable and you definitely find yourself wanting great things to happen, even in the midst of chaos. Crane did a great job developing characters people would love and a story unique in itself. Maggie and Caleb are the couple everyone wants to be and the feelings they emit were well displayed in writing. Crane has a great way of putting emotion on paper and making the reader feel what they are feeling.

While I do love the story, the execution and detail is what brought my rating of this story down. I found myself a little irked by the likeness and references to “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer. The story would have been great without them, but there were too many similarities for me to ignore. This is not me saying being inspired by another book or author is wrong, but I feel “Significance” skated a fine line. There were also times when I felt the story dragged on about the same exact things and I just wanted it to move forward.

Even with those letdowns I will say I am intrigued as to what happens with Caleb and Maggie and will be checking out the rest of the books in this series. So don’t take my review as a turn-off, because I will be moving forward with it and hoping for improvements along the way. Crane is clearly a great author and I look forward to more of her work and seeing how she grows.

Make sure to pick up “Significance” by Shelly Crane in your local bookstore or on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles! Also add it to your TO READ list on Goodreads! You can also check out the rest of the series at the same locations! Check out Shelly Crane’s website HERE for more information about her books.

Also make sure to stay tuned to the Significance Series Facebook page for the upcoming TV show set to start filming this fall! That’s right… these characters will be brought to life before your very eyes!

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