Author: Shelly Crane
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Stars
In the third installment of the Significance series, we begin with Maggie and Caleb in the clutches of a new enemy; the Virtuoso council. Not only do they have to deal with the consequences of taking the lives of the Watsons and the council attempting to take Maggie away to keep their precious Visionary safe, but they must deal with Marla as well. All are determined to undermine, control and use Caleb and Maggie’s rare gifts for their own uses, some wish to destroy them entirely. Then Maggie’s father and Bish are threatened but the council forbids the presence of humans. Peter and the family fight and stand beside them every step of the way to save Maggie’s father, to keep Caleb and Maggie together when the corrupted council is so set on keeping them apart and to stop Marla and whatever she has up her sleeve. Then Maggie has the shock of her life when she discovers something about her real father. It may change everything for everyone. Stay tuned as the story continues.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
Defiance, by Shelly Crane, was a great addition to the Significance series. While the first book lacked a lot of tension and drama between Caleb and Maggie, the further I’ve gotten into the series, the more tension seems to arise—and I love it! What started as an instant love relationship between two teenagers has become a full on, real relationship, complete with all the messes that seem to inherently stem from them.
As with the previous books, I found that Caleb and Maggie made a fantastic couple. Their relationship isn’t perfect—they still fight and have doubts despite the paranormal aspect of their bond, but regardless all the drama, it is easy to tell that they belong with one another. It was nice to see a couple that fits so perfectly together.
As far as the technical aspect of the book went… well, I’ll be honest: the editing left something to be desired. The book contained multiple misspelled words, missing words, punctuation mistakes, and other typos. That being said, the typos were relatively small, and, for the most part, not jarring to the story. Otherwise, both the narrative and the dialog were well put together, flowed at a decent paste, and were easy to understand. The writing wasn’t bad… it just needed to be cleaned up.
I think my favorite part of the book though, was watching Maggie come into her powers as the Visionary. Throughout this series, Maggie’s been pushed and pulled through her new life as Caleb’s significant other. From the very beginning, she’s accepted who she’s meant to be and didn’t put up much of a fight. It was nice to see that change as the story wore on. Yes, she did step up and take over the role she was supposed to play… but she did it her way, and she didn’t let anyone tell her what to do. I enjoyed watching her finally step up and stand up for herself, as well as for the rest of the Aces.
Overall, I loved the book. It was a solid edition to the Significance series, and I’m glad I read it. I’m excited to move further into this series. If you like paranormal YA romances, you’ll probably enjoy this series. If the first book doesn’t grab you, give the second or third try.