Significance (Significance #1)

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Significance (Significance, #1)

“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?”

– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16282066-significance)

I have to say that this book was a huge disappointment to me. Given the high ratings on Goodreads, I was expecting it to blow me away. Instead, I felt annoyed at several points and relieved when I finally reached the end (sooner than expected, thanks to all the excerpts from other books at the end).

I think this is the first book in a long time that I couldn’t find anything to like. The main characters, Caleb and Maggie, were too perfect and shallow for my taste. I mean, Caleb is a music genius, a star athlete and the first Ace to imprint in years. Maggie seemed to have no personality at points, she was so accepting of what was going on. And, after imprinting, every little thing she did was amazing (the use of that word also drove me to distraction). The only thing she was adamant about was not explored in this book, namely, her relationship (or lack thereof) with her mother. And not even that was unusual.

Plotwise, I didn’t like it as well. It’s my opinion that any sort of bonding or imprinting has to be carefully written, otherwise it becomes a mess. Whenever I read stories based on the premise of a bonding or imprinting, I don’t expect the character’s personality to be completely erased. Rather, I like to see an attempt at struggling against it. I mean, in this case, Maggie and Caleb didn’t even know the other existed before imprinting. Caleb was raised for that, so his reaction was kind of acceptable. But Maggie, being a human? She should have kicked and screamed, at least at first, given all that she would have to give up. And being mated for life with a total stranger? I certainly would not be very accepting of that.

Besides the characters and the story, another thing that drove me to distraction in this book were all the mistakes. I mean, English is not even my first language, and still the mistakes jumped at me. I’m not exactly a grammar nazi (my sister will disagree with that, though), but I certainly don’t expect a book to have that many mistakes. Verb tenses simply changed from one line to the next, for instance, as well as subjects.

I am sad to say this, as I had such high expectations for this series, but I have no intention whatsoever of gritting my teeth through the next book.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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