by Shelly Crane
Release Date: June 12, 2011
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Amazon Kindle
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Maggie has had a rough past year. Her mom left, her dad lost his job and has been really depressed, her boyfriend of three years broke up with her a year ago right when her mom left, and her grades went down so she isn't headed to college. On graduation night she wants to finally have some fun so she agrees to go out with Kyle, who has been asking her out all year. While walking to his house she saves a cute boy named Caleb, from being hit by a car, who also happens to be Kyle's cousin. Maggie walks with him to Kyle's house and right before she leaves to go on a date with Kyle, she shakes hands with Caleb. The touch causes them to imprint and she sees visions of their future together.
The imprinting thing is a little bit like Twilight and there are even jokes about it mentioned in the book. It does have quite a few differences too though. Caleb and Kyle are of a supernatural species. When their species find their mate, they imprint, and then they ascend and receive their power. If they don't imprint then they don't ascend. But no one from their family has ascended in many years and very few have imprinted on a human, especially so young. Maggie is only 17 and Caleb is 19. This becomes a very big deal and Caleb's family, the Jacobson clan, is very excited for them. The Jacobson's are also worried because it is a difficult transition for a human to go through. Humans enjoy their independence and having a Significant takes a lot of that away.
The imprinting is intense. They can read each other's minds, feel each other's reactions, and being apart causes them physical pain. Literally they feel pain and withdrawals when they are apart. It's supernatural and I get it but at times it becomes a bit extreme for me. If she goes one night without him then she gets sick. This becomes problematic with her father. Usually the imprinting happens at an older age and the couple gets married right away. Her father and friends think she is crazy since she has to spend everyday with a boy she just met. His touch also calms her and can keep enemies away. There is an enemy family that is very upset with their imprint and Marcus enters Maggie's dreams and tries to harm her. At one point she is kidnapped and four days without his touch puts Maggie in extreme pain.
I found the book extremely addicting. I felt like there could have been a little more to it than the romance though. I can go with the flow of a heavy dysfunctional romance but this one pushed my limits a tiny bit. I felt like them having to constantly be together and touch was a bit annoying at times, yet I couldn't stop reading it. But if you are not into heavy romance with the I can't eat, can't sleep without you concept then this book probably won't be for you. I also prefer a little more free will. I didn't like that they didn't really get into what would happen if Maggie wanted out. It sounded like there was no way out. What if she wanted to go away on vacation by herself? Also can someone please get Kyle a Significant? lol That poor boy broke my heart. You all know how I have a soft spot for the guy left behind and I felt really bad for him. He loved Maggie and had wanted to go out with her for so long and then she imprinted with his cousin. Even though the romance was a little extreme for my usual likings, I've already started the second book.
"I saw something in you that I couldn't live without. I chose you, inside of me, and you chose me. It's not one sided, it only works when both people choose the other. You are perfect for me in every way."
"Because you are my significant, my soul mate. And I'm yours."
"But... we will always be drawn together. We'll always crave each other.
We'll always be in tune with each other, physically and mentally. There
is nothing that can change or break that. And even if there was, I
wouldn't want to. Not for the world."
"Why not get married and get started on your life?"
"You’ve thought about this already, haven’t you?"
"Of course I have. Caleb leaned to hover over me on his elbows and
looked seriously at me. “I’ve thought about it every since you first
touched me and I knew you were mine."
Rating: 4/5 Stars!
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