Jody Duffy

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  • Significance 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!
  • Collide on Aug. 27, 2011

    Collide is one of those books that takes you on a wonderful journey. There is so much to this book that I don't know how to do it justice. Collide is a apocolyptic book that weaves a story that tests courage and family. Sherry has always felt there was something more and someone watching over her. When the Moon disappears from the night sky, strange things come to earth. People start to disappear only to return later acting differently. Danny, her little brother has had to move in and sleep on her couch since her hippie parents have packed up to stand with others to welcome the aliens to our planet. Sherry also has to dodge her abusive, egotistical ex-boyfriend Matt. Matt has been coming by drunk and pounding down her door until she is afraid to death of him. Sherry's journey begins as a normal day when she is confronted by Matt on her way home in the parking lot of her apartment. Except Matt says he isn't Matt but a Keeper and she and Danny need to come with him right away if they want to live. Sherry thinks that not only is Matt abusive but he has gone crazy. So Matt drugs her with a special drug that keeps her aware but unable to move or communicate. Matt puts her in the car and then she hears him return with Danny. Matt drives them to an underground bunker where she wakes to him in room without Danny. Matt tells her that his name is really Merrick and he is a Keeper sent to watch over Danny because he is a Special and must be saved so that he can complete his a task for the good of the human race. Sherry believes him because his mannerisms and eye color have changed. None of Matt's swagger or cockiness are present in Merrick. Together they convince Danny of Merrick's change. Merrick also tells Sherry and Danny that Lighters have come to take over the earth and they are responsible for the disappearance of the moon. However, Lighters are using complusion through the news to blame Keepers as a means to track down Specials and kill them. If the Lighters manage to kill Specials, they will be able to take over the earth because society will no longer advance and they will be in control. They will use fear to rule. A ragtag bunch of Specials and Keepers soon assembles in the underground bunker. Sherry notices that Merrick is very uncomfortable with her and misinterpets this as dislike. Sherry and Merrick are drawn to each other but Keepers are only supposed to be here for a short period of time and are more pure than humans. Merrick is sure that someone as good as Sherry couldn't love anyone like him who isn't even human. Sherry doesn't care that Merrick isn't human but enjoys the way he is always there for her and knows everything about her. Merrick and Sherry's love story is epic and draws the reader into the book. Love manages to win even at the end of the world. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys romance with dystopian or paranormal twists. The Action is really good as the group has to run from Lighters and Markers. Warning you will want to read the next book Uprising almost immediately. I believe Ms. Crane is an author to watch and feel so "special" to have discovered her talent so early in what will surely be a long career.
  • Uprising (A Collide Novel - Book Two) on Aug. 28, 2011

    Uprising continues with Shelly and Merrick's love story that began in the apocolypic Collide. The chemistry is explosive and draws the reader into the relationships that build among the rebels. This book opens as the resistance has built an expanding underground bunker under a convenience store. It is the perfect hideout outside of town and provides much needed shelter for the group. Throughout the book, the group continues to grow in numbers as they seek out other Keepers and Specials who need shelter. Sherry has taken a caregiver role by cooking and mothering the group. Merrick and Jeff are looked to as the leaders and protectors of the ragtag family. Relationships are what really make this book shine. Sherry and Merrick continue their wonderful love affair and are the glue that binds the group together. Lines between Specials, Keepers, Lighters, Enforcers, and Regular People blend and flow naturally as wonderful new relationships blossom and grow. This book will make the reader question the definitions that we put on people in our lives and how that affects your relationships. The labels for people in our lives are nothing compared to love. There are many suspenseful scene of action, resistance fighting and rescue also that round out this story. Again, Ms. Crane delivers a great tale of love and relationships set in a world of paranormal creatures from another place.