Author: Shelly Crane
Publication Date: June 2011
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Book Summary (from Goodreads.com)
Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who’s had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but then 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 saves the life of Caleb and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing. 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?
Significance was a book I found while browsing the available options for my Kindle app. When I saw it was free with my prime membership, I figured that it had a decent cover and blurb, so I’d try it out. And it wasn’t bad!
If you are looking for the next classic, this is not it. But, if you enjoy quick, fun YA paranormal romance, it fits the bill. The characters, Caleb and Maggie, are likeable, and the supporting staff isn’t bad. I will admit everyone seems overly nice at times, and there are some places where there could have been a lot more tension and drama and it sort of fizzled out before it had a chance to start. The “insta-love” here is sort of expected, and while I wish they’d had a little more time to get to know each other, the author does touch on it a bit and have the characters try to get to know each other better before they get too intense.
The story with Dad is a little less feasible for me, but that’s a personal preference. He went a little too much in both extremes for me. I also wish the bad guys had been a little worse from the beginning so that the ending made a little more sense and maybe would have been a little more dark and dangerous to me. In the end, I enjoyed the read, and again, if you like the paranormal YA romance genre, it is a fun “beach read.” A word of caution – this is a first book in a series. While I enjoyed it, I don’t know that I’ll read the rest. So if you don’t like series books, this might not be the one for you.
Where to Find the Book
Book was purchased by reviewer.