Shelly is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a wonderful husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read.
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.
on July 11, 2013 :
I liked this story. I’d been looking for an insta-love story, but of the paranormal kind. I really liked this one.
I really liked the premise of having a significant, who is your soul mate and your perfect match. In many stories now-a-days, when a person finds their “mate,” “true love,” or “soul mate” you get couples who try to fight it because they don’t want to be with that person, etc. and it annoys me. This is the person who you are meant to be with! But not here. Maggie and Caleb can’t stand to be apart from each other—quite literally, because otherwise they’re in pain.
Maggie isn’t a stupid weakling, but she understands why Caleb is sometimes a bit protective of her and is smart enough to cooperate and listen. Caleb isn’t an over-protective caveman, he listens and he pays attention. Everything he does is for Maggie—she’s the only one that matters to him right now. Caleb is sensitive and listens and I really, really liked him for Maggie—they really complemented each other well.
Kyle… Kyle annoyed me. A lot. I realize that this was probably what was supposed to happen with this character, but I just wanted to keep him away from Maggie for ever and ever. Seriously. He needs a slap upside the head.
One thing that I really didn’t like in this story was Maggie’s father. His sudden recovery from being a bad father for a year is solved by seeing his daughter be with a boy she’s serious about? And then he acts like he cares and like he wasn’t a complete ass-hat for a whole freaking year but he forced Maggie to work her butt off in high school so she could pay for clothes and food! What? And then Maggie forgives him because she knew he was having problems?
I had to stop reading for a bit. He is her father. He shouldn’t have been an ass for the past year and then “whoops, sorry, everything’s back to normal now.” I had a hard time accepting that.
Once I got past his speedy recovery into fatherhood, I just tried to pretend like it never happened and that he was just a normal father. Once I did that, I was able to continue reading (though I did get really mad at him throughout the book). If I pretended like that whole year of ass-hattery didn’t happen, he was actually a good dad who cared about his daughter.
Another character I didn’t like was Bish, Maggie’s brother. Where does he get off on acting like Maggie’s father? Finally, when Maggie’s father is on board and everything, now he decides he’s going to be telling Maggie what to do. No. Nope. Not happening. I understand he’s concerned about his sister, but maybe there is a reason her father and Caleb’s family isn’t worried. It’s 50-ish against one for a reason, jerk.
(The ending, by the way, left me mad at Bish and Kyle, for many, many reasons.)
Phew. Rant over.
I loved the whole idea of this story. Having a significant, getting special powers, it was all amazing. I loved the two ‘clans’ and everything. Even with Maggie’s father and Bish, I still enjoyed this story and all of the obstacles Caleb and Maggie had to go through, and I liked the main characters immensely. I am looking forward to reading the next book.
(review of free book)
on May 20, 2013 :
I have read this series last year, but was unable to locate
significance when I transferred all my data to my new iPad. I have read this series several times and absolutely love it. I love Caleb and Maggie and purity of their relationship. Shelly putting their relationship through trials and tribulation and them overcoming this as a clan. Fantastic read! I have shared this with my family and friends to read. I have truly become a fan of Shelly Crane!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 08, 2012 :
This book was really awesome. Kept me up til about 4 a.m. reading it, I really could not put this book down. Never read anything by this author, but will be purchasing the rest of the series. I am not huge into teen books, but I am so glad that I got it. Excellent read. Wonderful job on the writing.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 11, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book! I can't believe that I hadn't read it before now. I got the book today and I finished it today. I simply could not put it down. I knew after reading the synopsis that I would enjoy this book and I did. The only reservation I had was with the imprinting, because I'm not a fan of insta-love but the author took it above anything I could have imagined.And although they do fall in love instantly they take the time to get to know each other.
We have Maggie a regular girl who on the eve of her high school graduation accepts a date with one her classmates named Kyle. This will be the first time she has been out with anyone since breaking up with her boyfriend of three years, Chad earlier in the year. While waiting on Kyle to text her she meets and saves Caleb from getting hit by a car. She later finds out that he is Kyle's cousin, and is in town for Kyle's graduation party.Caleb then offers to take her to Kyle's house Once they make it inside his family's house they are formally introduced and with a handshake their entire lives change, because Caleb has just imprinted on Maggie.From there Maggie's learns that when you imprint you get a set of abilities, and with those abilities soon comes problems. Now she has to deal with rival clans, a jealous family member, trying to dodge her now overprotective dad ,all the while learning everything she can about this new group of people and founding out why she is so special to them.
Maggie: is not your typically teenage girl. She just graduated high school a year early. Her mom took off last year and her dad is a zombie. She was put though a lot of situations that could break her but she came out on top. I loved the relationship she has with her dad, brother and best friend Becca.
Caleb: Whom I loved is the perfect male hero. He's strong; he's responsible, and basically perfect. He had a strong relationship with her family and genuinely cared for Maggie. Together they were the perfect main couple.
Secondary characters: I basically loved all the characters. Kyle, Becca, Bish, Jen, and both Maggie and Caleb's family made the perfect supporting cast. I even loved the villains!
I loved learning the background information on the clans and how the Virtuoso people came to be. What are Ace's, the different abilities you can process, how many clans are around and why some are rivals. The author does a great job with coming up with the back-story for all clans.This book offers drama, mystery, and action.
Overall, this was a pretty good book. The only negative I have was the ending. I really wanted it to either continue or have another stopping point. Aside from that, I look forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing where Maggie and Caleb's story go from here.
Would I recommend it: Yes! If you like YA books then this is the story for you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
mandy I Read Indie anderson
on Sep. 06, 2011 :
Seventeen year old Maggie has barely graduated high school after one of the worst school years of her life. Her mom left, leaving Maggie motherless and her father depressed. Her boyfriend of 3 years leaves her at the worst time to focus on college. This is so not how her senior year is supposed to be.
The day of graduation Maggie has a run in, literally, with Caleb and saves him from becoming today's road kill. Soon Maggie's life becomes even more chaotic after touching Caleb, learning they have imprinted. Feelings and emotions are amped up between the two, leaving her breathless and confused. Her dad starts coming out of his funk wanting to be a dad again and Chad, her ex is wanting her back. Maggie is learning what being imprinted means, and that not everyone is as excited about Caleb finding his Significant. With the revelation of the imprint, old enemies will cause trouble and tensions will flare.
Characters are absolutely genuine and real, aside from their supernatural powers, they have problems like everyone else. I just think the world of Caleb and his protective nature for Maggie. Maggie is a smart girl. She wants to make sure the feelings between her and Caleb are real and not fabricated due to the imprint. Crane writes a swoon worthy romance with a plot that is unique and deliriously addictive. I just wonder if Shelly Crane even knows how to write a bad book with a bad story line? I highly doubt it. I was immediately sucked into the story, as I was with her Collide series. Now I am patiently waiting for the sequel of Significance to make its appearance this month. Crane’s books are a must read!!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 16, 2011 :
Significance is the perfect paranormal romance. The chemistry and descriptions are create a beautiful love story between Maggie and Caleb. Maggie has been having a really sucky life. Her mother abandoned her family but not before she took all their money with her. Her Dad is practically catatonic and she had to start working to help pay for things around the house. Her academic year is shot and she isn't sure she could get into a good college if she tried. Maggie used to have friends but has pulled away from them because of her family troubles. She has been hiding her life from everyone. Her High School sweetheart Chad, breaks up with her three days after her Mom leaves with everything. She is devastated and withdrawals from everything she has known.
Significance begins at Maggie's graduation where she is sitting among her peers but still just going through the motions. Kyle turns around and asks her to hang out and for some reason after turning him down several times over the past year, Maggie says Yes. After graduation, Maggie's Dad behaves like a complete jerk and she ends up just escaping out of her house for a walk. As she begins to walk around she is waiting to cross the road when she notices a cute tan guy with headphones in his ears. She ends up saving him from being run over by jerking back from the curb at the last minute. She feels attracted to him from the start but finds out he is Kyle's cousin Caleb who is actually in town celebrating Kyle's graduation. They walk to Kyle's together. Kyle isn't thrilled when he sees them together thinking Caleb is encroching his girl. Just as Maggie goes to leave on her date with Kyle, she shakes Caleb's hand and then the magic starts. She starts to change and she and Caleb imprint with each which means they are soulmates.
Maggie finds herself the center of a large paranormal family with amazing abilities and the perfect guy in Caleb. This book is pure magic and romance. Many times I read a book and feel like the just as the couple gets together it ends and you miss all the good stuff. Well, Significance is all "good stuff"! Caleb is sweet, protective, and HOT! I would bet Caleb could beat Edward and Jacob in a best boyfriend contest hands down. Although they are dependent on each other, I feel this just adds to the mystical connection between them. Maggie and Caleb compliment each other as so many of the significants do in the story. Significance is not all romance but has some rival clans, a kidnapping and soulmate withdrawals that Maggie and Caleb must get through.
I hope that more people will read this 5-star romance. I would recommend this for YA Romance lovers who like paranormal. I will definitely be picking up Ms. Crane's other books and cannot wait for Accordance to continue Maggie and Caleb's story. For me this book was better than Twilight which I read over and over. I am sure this is the first of many readings for signifance that are in my future!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)