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A story by NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Shelly Crane.

Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. 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 meets Caleb.

She saves his life and instantly feels a need to know more about this blue eyed boy. But she was supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin, however, 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?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045266840
Publisher: Shelly Crane
Publication date: 08/03/2011
Series: Significance , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 23,805
File size: 590 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Shelly is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a wonderful husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read. Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.

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Significance: A Significance Series Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 332 reviews.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The story is fantastic, the characters are great, and it moves at a great and sometimes fast pace. When I first started reading, I was a bit thrown off by the imprinting thing and thought. "Oh boy, here we go!", but I was pleasantly surprised about where the story went from there. It was much different than I initially thought. The only thing that I didn't like in fact, was the amount of errors in the book. There were a lot of them. Missing words, wrong words, etc. The good thing is, Shelly has written a great story that captured me, so I was able to overlook the errors in the book for the most part. The characters are really great. Maggie is very likable and real. I really felt connected to her. You really get to know her well since the book is from her PoV. You get to know what she's thinking and what she's seeing. Then there's Caleb. *sigh* Totally sweet, and super swoon worthy. You get to know Caleb really well too, since they are soul mates. I wasn't bothered by the gushy instant love with them because that's the way it is supposed to be. I was bothered by Kyle though. Seriously! He just annoyed me to no end. I know that he is supposed to come across that way, but I really wanted to jump into the book and be like, "Dude, what is your problem!! She's Caleb's soul mate, don't be such a tool about it! She never would have wanted you anyways! Ughh!" Okay, so yeah, sorry about that. I loved the whole Jacobson family (minus Kyle) though. They are are really fun, friendly, and caring. The characters were written really well, and I loved getting to know them. I really did feel a connection with them. There is a lot of things that Maggie has to learn, and honestly if it were me, I probably would have freaked. She takes everything relatively well, with only a few little breakdowns. I was worried that learning all about the life that Maggie now belongs to would feel like a major info dump, but it really didn't. You do find out a lot, but it seems like just the right amount so it's not overwhelming. Maggie knows that she will gain abilities now, and so do the Jacobson clans enemies. There has also not been an imprint in a very long time for any of the clans, and the Watson clan is super angry about it. They will try anything they can to get Maggie away from Caleb so they can't ascend. (that is what it is called when they get their abilities) There are some really tense situations, and I was really on edge and feeling Maggie and Caleb's pain when they were going through them. This was a great book. The characters are wonderfully written, it has great ups and downs, and there were no spots that felt too slow or boring to me. I want more Maggie and Caleb. I could do without Kyle, but he's there for a reason, and hopefully we will get to know more about him. (No matter how much he bothers me.) There's something not right about that boy besides his intense jealously and malicious behavior. Significance held my interest all the way through, and I am interested to see where the story will go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow is all i can say. This is by far one of the best booksi have EVER read, and i read alot! If your trying to figire out wither or not to read this.... u need to right now! Signifigance is amazzing and so is crane. Maggie and caleb are so right for each other. Allthough i love maggie and caleb together i feel bad fpr caleb. He truely loves her and has to watch all this.. wow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! It was unique and adorable. The romance was cute and it didnt rush right into it. The action was built up and climatic.
mommywags More than 1 year ago
A friend convinced me to read this series. And why i waited so long I don't know. It was such an amazing story and I fell in love with it. I could not put it down.
CrisM More than 1 year ago
Shelly Crane does a wonderful job developing her characters in this book. The story line is original and I really appreciate the fact that Maggie is a strong female character who can hold her own. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and would recomend this book!
Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
What an adorable, sweet and addictive story! It’s told from Maggie’s point of view, and it’s touching to follow her as she graduates from high school having suffered through a breakup with her boyfriend of three years, abandonment by her mother, and a withdrawn father all in the last year. She has no idea Caleb’s her future when she saves his life. At the first touch of their skin, they imprint, seeing bits and pieces of their future together flash before their eyes. Caleb introduces his soul mate to his family and his world, not realizing just how difficult their lives will become. His family’s enemies do everything in their power to take it all from them before even getting a chance to explore their bond. Shelly’s designed this story in such a way that we get to be in both Maggie and Caleb’s heads, while staying in Maggie’s point of view. We watch as Maggie gets to know Caleb’s family, and Caleb assures Maggie’s now active father that she’s in good hands. It’s a little funny to see how nervous they are as they get to know each other, despite Fate having showed them already that they’ll be perfect for each other…if only they can manage to stay together. My only complaint is that I feel the final confrontation is a little anticlimactic, and Maggie seems to respond to her ordeal very mildly. That being said, it makes for a story with conflict, while still keeping the overall experience pretty light hearted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know why, but I just love this book. It dosen't have a love triangle that you have to chose whos the best. I like the idea of only loving one person becouse maybe at the end is not the person you thought it will be. And the best part of this book is Caleb his funny and -of course - gorgeous. His perfect for this book. All I can say now is this book is the best book I readed!!! <3<3<3 I love it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is literally the best book I have ever read. The world the author creates feels so real I found myself wishing for my own imprint. I want a Caleb for myself. I was worried that I might not like the concept of love at first sight, but it worked for this book.
livelife More than 1 year ago
My favorite part of this book? Everything! I love the large family, the innocence, the fun, the drama, the danger, the paranormal, the.. EVERYTHING. There is so much to love and Shelly Crane is now forever in my heart. No freaking lie. This book nurtured me through the flu, yeah, it's that good. What Shelly does is take an idea we've all heard about, Soul Mates, and makes it her own. She builds an incredible supernatural world around love and the connection we all yearn for in another human being. She takes insta-love and makes it make sense, when those sparks fly it's all or nothing. She made me fall in deep with a book that I will be rereading just to feel that same way again. I fell in love with Caleb's character from the beginning. Warning: The word love will be used A LOT in this review. From the second he landed on Maggie I was pulled in. The imprinting idea was interesting and it took me a little getting used to, but now it's as natural as anything. Paranormal books are always my favorites, there are no rules when reading them, anything can happen! Maggie continued to surprise me throughout the story with what a strong person she was. The heartbroken and untrusting person she could have been was not the determined and open minded woman she became. Character building is definitely one of Shelly's (many) talents. Throughout this book Maggie became one of my best friends, as sad as that may be that I have fictional best friends, it's so true. I felt connected to her and wanted that happy ending for her. My favorite character was Kyle. I know I know. But, I can't help it. Bish was definitely a close second. Kyle was just, he was fun and I felt heart broken for him. I hope he has a happy ending.. Same with Bish, and I hope to see more of Bish and *** in future books! Oh Kyle. I really do like Kyle. Funny, sweet, class clown Kyle. I continuously found myself gnawing on my finger nails. The intensity, especially towards the end of this book made me a restless mess. Shelly Crane adds some delicious drama to upturn the love story and create some additional tension. It was really tense, and made it that much better. It is an unforgettable book, and the perfect beginning to a series. With the character introductions and world building out of the way I know the other books are going to impress! One question I continuously asked myself as I devoured this fascinating read was, &quot;WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO READ THIS ONE?!&quot; I mean seriously, if you're like me and have been putting this one on the back burner, wait no longer. It's always been there and I always consider it but for some reason I thought it'd be like any other PNR, but boy was I wrong! I guess it's kind of perfect timing though, with the last book being released this month I don't have to wait through long periods of withdrawal. As soon as I finished the last page of Significance I picked up Accordance and began on that one! And, just to tease, Accordance begins immediately after this book! Which was great. Ok, so it's been established that I loved this book. I adored this love story, enjoyed the paranormal and supernatural addition into the plot, and will be recommending this one endlessly. It's a great read and will leave any reader pining for more.
Laureezy More than 1 year ago
***I did not purchase this book through Barnes and Noble*** I usually like to write a little spoiler free synopsis of the book with my review. I find it a little difficult because the blurb pretty much says it all without giving away too much of the story. I admire Maggie in this book. She's kinda spunky and mature. She's been living with her father since her mother walked out on them. Maggie meets Caleb on her way to meet her friend Kyle. I love this whole scene and everything afterwards!! I find that a lot of the YA books I read have too many similarities. That was not the case with this book. This was unlike any story that I have ever read. I love paranormal and Shelly delivered a story that kept my interest from the very first page. It has sweet moments that make me so jealous that Caleb is a fictional character. I found myself drooling several times while reading :-P There's also a little bit of action. I won't go into details on that, but yeah, it does not disappoint. I can't say enough great things about this series. I recommend it to everyone. This was my very first Kindle book and I am so thankful that Amazon recommended it to me. I'm a huge Shelly Crane fan!! Shelly's books introduced me to the world of Indie books and I am eternally grateful!
pallavi94 More than 1 year ago
So wonderful, ive read all 3 &amp; cant wait for the next one, trust me this book is unlike anything you have ever read before, it pulls you into a world where true love is much more than a myth and with in the first chapter you and entrapped in the world of Maggie &amp; Caleb. The very relationship between two people in love has been written in a way i have never seen before, not to mention the authors writing style makes it very easy to replace yourself with Maggie and feel everything she does. This book will make you laugh, cry and make you want to throw the book against the wall in frustration. its a really good book guys :)
EmmyDoodle More than 1 year ago
I originally read Significance in December 2011 and fell in love with the story line. Shelly Crane provides the reader with a new, unique take on the paranormal world that has me wanting more. Let's start with the main characters. Maggie isn't your average seventeen year old girl. She graduated high school early after the worst year of her life; her mother left and her dad has abandoned all responsibility since. She is smart, caring, responsible, and a little naive. It's only by chance that she meets Caleb at a stoplight where he almost gets killed. Caleb is gorgeous, charming, and sweet. He is one of only two guys Maggie has ever been attracted to and no longer does she want to go on her date with his cousin Kyle, especially after the sparks. I think this is one of only a few books where the insta-love concept works. Caleb is a supernatural being called an Ace. Being an Ace means that there is only one person out there for him, his soul mate. When Caleb and Maggie finally touch, sparks fly. They are the perfect match for each other. A number of young adult books I've read these days try to carry out this concept and I almost always find a flaw in each of the relationships. With Significance, we learn early on that there is a reason for them being head over heels for each other so quickly, it is expected. The thing I like most about this book is that it is original. I've never read a paranormal book that has this idea of soul mates. Granted Twilight has imprints, but this is nothing like the idea behind Stephenie Meyer's werewolves. It is more like a recognition of the other person. I also like that Maggie isn't whiny. She doesn't sulk over her mom leaving, shes mad at her mom, but not whining about it. She made the best of her situation. I really enjoyed this book and I don't have much bad to say about it. There are times when Maggie is just explaining things that gets a little old, but it isn't overwhelming to the point it is an annoying quality to the book. Overall, this is a great addition to any paranormal lovers library. I look forward to reading and reviewing Accordance and Defiance. Originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Significance is a really great read! I just got it because it was free and I was in the mood for a cheesy romance story, but I was pleasantly surprised. There are grammar errors throughout the book (i.e. indentations, wrong words, missing words...) but though I am a bit of a grammar Natzi, I was okay with it. After all, it is just bad edittng... Despite the petty mistakes, the writer is very talented. She has a very distinct style to her writing and makes very realistic and believable characters without throwing the obvious in your face. I was able to connect the Maggie because I wouldn't drink, I think I'm pretty nerdy, I hate attention and crowds (and crowds that give you attention), and I'm really shy. Because I was able to connect to (or understand) the main character, I really thought she was well presented and would be able to connect to any reader. Caleb is like your dream guy... He is caring and sweet and... well you get the picture. They're relationship is very well presented even though it was so rushed by everything that was going on, which makes for a very talented writer to be able to develope characters so well. That was probably the awe facter in the writing. I really understood each character and wasn't confused about who was who. Even when Maggie's brother was introduced, it was very sudden and he was only mentioned a few times before in the story, but I still felt like he was developed very well. It was also well described and I was able to picture everything in my head really well. In the end, even the small things connected; like when Maggie's family and friends call her nicknames. That makes very good writing (excusing the mistakes of course...) All in all, I was pleasantly surprised and am starting to read it again... What can I say? I'm a helpless romantic... *A note to the younger audience who may want to read this book: There is no sex (thank goodness) and only one or two cuss words. I know that probably doesn't matter, but I was just throwing it out there. I know I would want to know before I started reading. It can get slightly graphic (so like don't let your ten year old sibling read it), but it isn't disturbing or bad or anything. Just kissing and *spoiler* kidnapping a little later in the story. There is some talk of sex but that is it. Sorry this is long but I hope it is helpful. It is a really good book! Probably my favorite romance story I have read. I know I'm cheesy but whatever. :]
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Significance is the first book in Shelly Crane&rsquo;s Significance series. Overall I liked it. It reminded me a great deal of Twilight: heroine is being raised by a single dad, all the supernaturals in the story look at the unconfident plain heroine in awe all the time, the male lead and his family are so protective over her, the supernatural element is secretive, there is conflict with a nearby supernatural clan, supernatural gifts, the similarities go on and on. There was some uniqueness that perked my interest. As noted in the synopsis, the story is about the main characters &ldquo;imprinting&rdquo; on each other. It&rsquo;s described as each other&rsquo;s souls seeing something in the other that they can&rsquo;t live without. The couple are instantly drawn to each other and become mates, partners, companions, soul mates, the person they each will be with forever. Although &ldquo;imprinting&rdquo; is not a new concept in supernatural fiction, the focus in Significance was the unconditional love between the significants (the couple who imprinted on each other) and them being the only other person in the world able to calm the other. It is a beautiful thought really and I liked that this young-adult book encourages abstinence, life-long commitment, and connecting with someone in a powerful way. That alone is why I went from 2 stars (it&rsquo;s ok) to 3 stars (I liked it). Also, there are some climactic moments that involved the rival clan which creates some fun suspense. My favorite quote: &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t love people for what they can give you. You don&rsquo;t love them because of what they do for you or how good you make them look. Love is blind, love does not boast, love is not vain.&rdquo;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good flow in the writing. Story of a insecure depressed teenager meets confident darling man and of course the usual competitive other guys who can't resist her. This seems to be the theme for most of her books. This one has an interesting 350 page teenager type story to go with it. The ending is an abrupt cut-off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it but it kinda dragged for me? I seen potential maybe the next book will be more exciting.
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
I liked this story. I&rsquo;d been looking for an insta-love story, but of the paranormal kind. I really liked this one. I really liked the premise of having a significant, who is your soul mate and your perfect match. In many stories now-a-days, when a person finds their &ldquo;mate,&rdquo; &ldquo;true love,&rdquo; or &ldquo;soul mate&rdquo; you get couples who try to fight it because they don&rsquo;t want to be with that person, etc. and it annoys me. This is the person who you are meant to be with! But not here. Maggie and Caleb can&rsquo;t stand to be apart from each other&mdash;quite literally, because otherwise they&rsquo;re in pain. Maggie isn&rsquo;t a stupid weakling, but she understands why Caleb is sometimes a bit protective of her and is smart enough to cooperate and listen. Caleb isn&rsquo;t an over-protective caveman, he listens and he pays attention. Everything he does is for Maggie&mdash;she&rsquo;s the only one that matters to him right now. Caleb is sensitive and listens and I really, really liked him for Maggie&mdash;they really complemented each other well. Kyle&hellip; Kyle annoyed me. A lot. I realize that this was probably what was supposed to happen with this character, but I just wanted to keep him away from Maggie for ever and ever. Seriously. He needs a slap upside the head. One thing that I really didn&rsquo;t like in this story was Maggie&rsquo;s father. His sudden recovery from being a bad father for a year is solved by seeing his daughter be with a boy she&rsquo;s serious about? And then he acts like he cares and like he wasn&rsquo;t a complete ass-hat for a whole freaking year but he forced Maggie to work her butt off in high school so she could pay for clothes and food! What? And then Maggie forgives him because she knew he was having problems? I had to stop reading for a bit. He is her father. He shouldn&rsquo;t have been an ass for the past year and then &ldquo;whoops, sorry, everything&rsquo;s back to normal now.&rdquo; I had a hard time accepting that. Once I got past his speedy recovery into fatherhood, I just tried to pretend like it never happened and that he was just a normal father. Once I did that, I was able to continue reading (though I did get really mad at him throughout the book). If I pretended like that whole year of ass-hattery didn&rsquo;t happen, he was actually a good dad who cared about his daughter. Another character I didn&rsquo;t like was Bish, Maggie&rsquo;s brother. Where does he get off on acting like Maggie&rsquo;s father? Finally, when Maggie&rsquo;s father is on board and everything, now he decides he&rsquo;s going to be telling Maggie what to do. No. Nope. Not happening. I understand he&rsquo;s concerned about his sister, but maybe there is a reason her father and Caleb&rsquo;s family isn&rsquo;t worried. It&rsquo;s 50-ish against one for a reason, jerk. (The ending, by the way, left me mad at Bish and Kyle, for many, many reasons.) Phew. Rant over. I loved the whole idea of this story. Having a significant, getting special powers, it was all amazing. I loved the two &lsquo;clans&rsquo; and everything. Even with Maggie&rsquo;s father and Bish, I still enjoyed this story and all of the obstacles Caleb and Maggie had to go through, and I liked the main characters immensely. I am looking forward to reading the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know what to compare this book to, and I'm a TAD upset that I bought all the sequels. Okay, this is the best I can do: it's like throwing an outfit together in a hurry, running out the door and looking at your reflection in a glass just as you got to your destination. Then you find out that your shoes are from two different pairs, same with the earings, etc. It's like she took an itty bitty piece from Twilight, threw in some goons for variety, and there........she called it a book!
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This was a really good book. From the beginning the story caught me up in it and I couldn't put it down. It was amazing! The characters really talked to me, and i felt a certain kinsmanship with Maggie. She is beautiful and wonderful and confused, just like me!!!!!!!!!!! Thats crazy, i know, but so cool. I love the book.
Wolf-Princess3 More than 1 year ago
I love these books!! They are so addicting!!
earthangelJM More than 1 year ago
I was just wanting to get through with this book. It wasn't great or even real exciting, only to find out, there are 2 more. sheesh, no way. There are a lot of parallels to Twilight, howeve, the writing isn't nearly as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If havent read this yet..well you should! Go on what are waiting for!? Every single page was fantastic~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of adventure that keeps you on your toes and wanting more author does a great job keeping you guessing great job of writtgi
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