Chock full of charm, Significance is straight ACES!
Published in 2011, Significance is the first book in the same-titled Significance Series by Shelly Crane. As a YA novel this is clean, yet slightly angsty goodness.
When I first read this book back in 2013, I was immediately drawn in by the quick paced plot, the slow burn between the two characters, and storyline itself. Six years later, all those things are still true! Which, in my opinion, is a sign of a great book. I have a supreme soft-spot for YA books. This one is no different.
The main character, Maggie, has had a rough time for the past couple years. We first meet her while she’s dealing with a Mom who is MIA, and a Dad who is essentially a walking zombie. She does have an adopted older brother, Bish, who is dealing with his own rough time in NYC. The plot moves pretty quickly, so right off the bat, we get to the juicy stuff: Maggie and Caleb meeting and imprinting on each other. This isn’t your normal werewolf imprint. It’s very romantic and dramatic. Honestly, I live for the descriptions and feelings that Shelly Crane uses to make this completely unique from other books with imprinting.
Caleb’s family is part of a larger group of people with supernatural abilities called Aces. These abilities which grow as the couple grows closer emotionally, reaches the pinnacle of their power once the couple ascends. The problem for Maggie and Caleb is that they are the first two people to imprint in over a generation. This makes them highly unusual, as well as targets for a rival family, the Watsons. Right away we see that the Watsons will stop at nothing to make sure Maggie and Caleb don’t ascend. It’s not just the Watson’s who has some issues. Many Aces, when imprinting stopped, started dating normal humans and some even got married. You can see where I’m going with this right? Now, some Aces are worried. With imprinting coming back, what will that mean for them? I’m telling you readers, this is some really juicy plot!
Another element that I love is the strong female characters that Shelly Crane writes. Maggie is definitely new to the supernatural community, but she’s not one to be intimidated. Also, even with strong female characters, the male characters, like Caleb, are respectful, and romantic. Only the antagonists in the story have the less than pleasant thoughts, and actions. Even during the page-turning conflict of the plot, Maggie is such a vibrant character, and remains strong throughout the book.
Just a friendly reminder that this is part of a series, and while we do get a resolution to the main conflict, but there is definitely more to the story! The book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, although Shelly Crane does leave the reader wanting more, and sets up the next book very nicely. While, I do feel that most younger readers will be able to handle the overall book, I do feel there are some triggers that are talked about, but not explicitly described. Overall, I feel this is a clean book.
Bonus Good News, Bees! Earlier this Summer, Shelly Crane released information confirming that this wonderful book has been re-optioned for film!
If you love YA, a fast-paced plot, and some sweet as honey young love this book is just right for you! Don’t miss out!